Olivia Wilde

by ethnic on May 14, 2009

Birth Name: Olivia Jane Cockburn

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 10, 1984

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Irish, German, Manx, 1/64th Sephardi Jewish

Olivia Wilde is an American-born actress, model, producer, and activist. She has dual citizenship with the United States and Ireland. She is the daughter of journalists and writers Andrew Cockburn (Andrew Myles Cockburn) and Leslie Cockburn (born Leslie Corkill Redlich). Her mother is also a politician. Olivia has two children with her partner, actor Jason Sudeikis.

Olivia’s father was born in London, England, and was raised in County Cork, Ireland. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, and Northern Irish (Irish Protestant); one of Olivia’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Ralph Bernal, was a Sephardi Jew who converted to Christianity (thus making Olivia of 1/64th Sephardi Jewish ancestry). Ralph Bernal was an actor and a politician in England.

Olivia’s mother is American. Her ancestry is German, English, Irish, and from the Isle of Man.

Olivia stated in an interview in Media World that, as a young child, she lived in a small country town in the south east of Ireland, where she learned strong Irish family values.

Olivia’s paternal grandfather was Francis Claud Cockburn (the son of Henry Cockburn and Elizabeth Gordon Stevenson). Francis, a journalist, was born in Beijing, China. Henry, a diplomat, was born in Calcutta, India, the son of Francis Jeffrey Cockburn and Elizabeth/Eliza Ann Pitcairn, from Tasmania, Australia. Olivia’s great-grandmother Elizabeth Stevenson was the daughter of James Francis John Stevenson, from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, and of Louisa Cameron Ross, from Kilmonivaig, Scotland.

Olivia’s paternal grandmother was Patricia Evangeline Anne Arbuthnot (the daughter of John Bernard Arbuthnot and Olive Blake). John was a soldier, banker, and journalist, the son of George Arbuthnot, a politician, and of Caroline Emma Nepean Aitchison. Olive was born in Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland. Olive was the daughter of Henry Arthur Blake, from Limerick, Ireland, who was Governor of Hong Kong (1898-1903) and Governor of British Ceylon (1903-1907), and of Edith Blake (born Edith Bernal-Osborne), a botanical illustrator and writer.

Olivia’s maternal grandfather was Christopher Rudolph Redlich (the son of Edgar Rudolph Redlich and Margaret Ellen “Nellie” Moore). Christopher was born in Washington. Edgar was the son of Oscar Rudolph Redlich and Mary “Mamie” McClain. Margaret’s parents were Irish; her father, Christopher Moore, was from Bohola, and her mother, Ellen Benson, was from Cork.

Olivia’s maternal grandmother was Jeanne Louise Fulcher (the daughter of Albert Phillip/Phil Fulcher and Mabel Josephine Corkill). Jeanne was born in New York. Albert’s parents, James Fulcher and Ann Bearpark, were English. Mabel’s father, Frederick Corkill, was from Lonan, Isle of Man. Mabel’s mother, Josephine or Amy Tomblin, was born in Virginia or California.

Sources: Genealogies of Olivia Wilde – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Q&A with Olivia Wilde – http://www.thescifiworld.net

Biography of Olivia’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Ralph Bernal – http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org


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Drea K February 27, 2016 at 7:50 am

She looks mostly Irish.

babyjesu November 28, 2015 at 1:38 pm

She has the same kind of look like Emma Stone. She’d pass as any Eastern / Western / Northern, maybe even Southern European.

noneofyourbusiness February 2, 2015 at 6:08 am

She’s exotic looking. She looks like she could have Asian genes.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 12:13 am

Just no.

xoxo November 4, 2015 at 7:30 am

She looks Asian to me too, like one of her parents could be half.

ethnicitiies February 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/12/18/article-2525914-1A2F46E400000578-952_634x961.jpg Here are her parents. They don’t look half Asian. Maybe she had a super small amount that contributed to her appearance? I don’t think she has any Asian ancestry.

Hill April 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm

what is wrong with these people. you can see her ethnicity below the picture.

visokozen December 12, 2014 at 3:24 am

The o.c was a long time ago.:)

The.geneal.guy December 11, 2014 at 6:29 am

Just because her Great Gran was born in Wales does not mean she was ethnically Welsh

Nikki April 9, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Olivia wilde is welsh too!

follers April 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm

From which ancestor?

Nikki April 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

She said in an interview in 2011, that her mother’s great grandma was from wales

follers April 11, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Is there a link?

Nikki April 20, 2014 at 11:08 am

no sadly, i can’t find the video anymore. but she said
that she was heavily welsh and it was proved by a dna test in 2011

Alice December 11, 2014 at 6:44 pm

You can’t prove you are Welsh by a dna test. They haven’t managed to refine dna to that extent.

ihatemostpeople January 26, 2014 at 3:23 am

I thought she was half Asian at first. She looks Eurasian.

Nikki April 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm

She isn’t asian at a lll

ihatemostpeople January 26, 2014 at 3:23 am

She’s alright. Overrated.

Alice January 18, 2014 at 3:38 am

Olivia Wilde is a blonde. Her natural hair colour is blonde apparently. As I’ve said previously it is very difficult to know what people’s natural hair colour is.


ashash April 1, 2014 at 11:52 pm

She is a natural blonde. I think she looks better as a brunette, though.

neiltennant January 17, 2014 at 9:09 am

she has the face similiar to this of MCCAINS daughter

Humanid January 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

To dumb people,
mighty Greeks laid foundation for Europe and Italians, their Rome is also Europe’s foundation

ashash January 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Why write this on Olivia’s page?

Humanid January 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

I like her

ashash January 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

She is mixed-race like most British aristocrats.

98.4375% white
1.5625% Jewish

follers January 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

Halle Berry?

ashash January 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

Olivia is closely related to you.

follers January 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

Olivia just reminds me of Halle for whatever reason.

ashash January 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

They look nothing alike. Olivia is similar to Ty Burrell. Sort of.

follers January 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

Olivia is Mexican and Ty isn’t.

ashash January 9, 2014 at 11:50 am

Nah. Olivia is multiracial (white and Jewish).

ashash January 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

Damian Lewis, Cara Delevingne, Poppy Delevingne, Chloe Delevingne, Pandora Stevens, Pixie Geldof, and Callan McAuliffe are also closely related to you because they all have Jewish ancestry. :)

follers January 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

Everyone there.

ashash January 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

The DNA test said Jewish. So she counts.

ashash January 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

Anyway, I am glad I have Olivia Wilde, Cara Delevingne, and Damian Lewis to look up to. They are mixed-race like me and also closely related to Steven Spielberg. :)

ashash January 9, 2014 at 11:36 am

Scarlett Johansson would be more like Halle Berry since Halle Berry is half black and half white, and Scarlett is half white and half Jewish.

Name January 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm


J420 November 6, 2015 at 12:03 am

@Ashash She is not mixed, she’s White. Jews are not a race. Just like Hispanic is not a race either.

AnonymousPerson January 4, 2014 at 6:47 am

She looks part Asian.

BellaTrainer April 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Such pretty eye shape and cheek bones…great facial structure

Not into her bod though but that’s just my opinion

She is very pretty and looks so much more interesting with darker hair

nnnnn March 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm
ashash January 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Are you sure she was on such a list? I looked it up but couldn’t find it.

follers January 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm

I could have sworn there was a list on Listal that included her. Hmmmm…..

Petrarca May 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

She’s a natural blonde. But I agree with he decision to darken her hair. It makes her look more mysterious.

She’s upper Class Anglo-Irish, so it’s natural she has a mixed European heritage.

ashash January 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm

She’s a natural blonde, but she looks better with darker hair. It brings out her eyes, whereas her blonde hair makes her look washed out.

Anya April 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm

She looks very Irish. Well, she looks like a specific Irish type…there are a few few types, some of which cause a lot of controversy on this site! She has the exact same eye shape as me only mine are green. I always thought I got my eye shape from my Grandmother was 1/2 Icelandic 1/2 Faroe Islander. I think Saoirse Ronan is another Irish actress of a similar type….fair and with striking blue eyes that have a slightly feline shape. Cillian Murphy has those eyes too.

ashash January 13, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I don’t think she is mostly Irish, though.

Nadia March 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm

i like this website because i find it interesting seeing people’s (well, celebrities’) backgrounds, it makes me feel like i know them a bit more.
what i hate about this website is that in the comments, people fight and argue over skin colour and race, and people almost try to class these celebrities as if they are dogs!
‘oh no, her slanted eyes could mean there’s a big of far-east-asian in there of some sort’
‘her long and broad nose definitely signify some sort of native american heritage’
might as well slap your money on the counter and shout ‘i’d like a pedigree irishman to look like a pedigree irishman!’
fuck you, these are people, don’t try and classify them.

Celtic March 17, 2012 at 11:38 am

she is a mudshark bitch

ignorant killer 2 March 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

like your mother is.

me March 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm

she made the film “turistas” in Rio

terrible movie by the way.

Una March 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm

she looks a bit asian because of her square face and slanted eyes

me March 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm

her square face and slanted eyes make her exotic.

Wow March 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm
me March 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm

@Dolphin’s Revenge I don’t think Minka Kelly is a self-hater racist liar,I just think there’s something about her and her father who does not convince me.

me March 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

George Clooney is just tan ,when he was young, he was ruddy. The skin tone Minka Kelly is not tan, looks natural.

eMI March 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm


me February 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

She don’t look asian at all,there are many Israeli girls who look like her.

Marc March 1, 2012 at 8:01 am

does she?

Huh? March 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

It says Olivia’s great-great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Bernal, was Sephardic Jewish in the description.

Huh? March 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

Her great-great-great-great-grandfather was Jewish. It is cool that it is a part of her heritage.

Huh? March 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

It says Olivia’s great-great-great-great-grandfather was Jewish in the description above.

me March 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

She is not Irish,she is a American with Irish, English, Scottish, Sephardic Jewish, and German heritage.

me March 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

Ignorance is to say that she is Irish, as you did, she’s a Irish-American with Irish, English, Scottish, Sephardic Jewish and German ancestry.Matter closed.
Jordana Brewster lived in Brazil as a child, she speaks Portuguese fluently and is familiar with Brazilian culture, but she is not Brazilian.
Olivia Wilde is not Irish anyway.

me March 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

I need not say anything, my opinion will not change because of you.

Alice March 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm

By Irish law she is an Irish citizen. She is also American by law. Legally she could be called Irish OR American. She could be called Irish-American. There are Irish people as well as Americans with other ethnicities but she doesn’t have citizenship of those other countries. You said further down she is Irish-American and this would be correct. This is an ethnicity site so all her ethnicities should be listed but she can call herself Irish and she is entitled to do this.

Alice March 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I have dual citizenship and you can travel on either passport.

Alice March 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Olivia Wilde is listed as an Irish celebrity on this Irish-American site and it states “Wilde, proud of her Irish background, subsequently attended the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin in order to fulfill her acting ambitions, and drew inspiration for her stage name from the great Irish writer Oscar Wilde.”

Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/people/Olivia+Wilde#ixzz1o1T8A3Dj

Marc March 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

By Irish law she is an Irish citizen. She is also American by law.

Alice March 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm

I have dual citizenship and you can travel on either passport.

Manu Sanga March 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm
Manu Sanga March 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm
storm January 28, 2012 at 1:41 am

“Her father is an Irish Journalist.

Her father’s ancestry is made up of Irish, English, Scottish, and Sephardic Jewish (Ralph Bernal, a great-great-great-great-grandfather of Olivia’s was Sephardic).”

that’s cool

Haley January 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

She is goregous!

talkthattalk January 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm

her last name was cockburn wow she surely got teased as a child

Alice March 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm

The ck is silent so it is pronounced as Coburn thank goodness.

me December 31, 2011 at 8:56 am

Her eyes look Asian (a little).

Marc February 29, 2012 at 12:18 am

Almond shaped eyes is not uncommon feature in Western Europe

British saylor Sarah Ayton

Frnch alpine skier Nastasia Noensh

Welsh football player Sophie Cole

Australian actress Lisa McCune

Alice February 29, 2012 at 12:33 am

I remember reading that people used to ask Irish writer Frank McCourt if he had Asian ancestry because of his eyes. I can’t find the reference now but I will post if I find it.
The article below has a picture of him as a child.

Marc February 29, 2012 at 12:59 am

Yeah,i’ve been a couple of time in France and England and a bit “asian” eyes it’s a common feature there.And i lived in Czech Repaublic about year and there’s also found people with similar shape of eyes,not often as in Western Europe,but enough to say that it’s not mixed descendants of asian immigrants or something like that

Marc February 29, 2012 at 12:37 am
Marc February 29, 2012 at 12:46 am
Marc February 29, 2012 at 1:20 am

Welsh middle distance runner Haley Tullett
http://athletics2005.tripod.com/Hayley Tullett.htm

This Welsh football player Lauren Townsend looks like Megan Fox’s sister,maybe not so hot as Megan but… :)

French swimmer Camille Muffat

Australian actress Catherine McCormack
http://www.celebrityring.info/zoom.php?pic=Catherine-McCormack-2.jpg&celebrity=Catherine McCormack

French biathlete Florence Baverel

Maria December 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm

She has great eyes. Cockburn that`s a weird surname ha. No wonder she changed it. It`s Scottish I think.

Haley January 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Its not weird to me. Its cool that is part Shepardic Jewish!

Maria February 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Her heritage is cool what your point?I said the name Cockburn which is a Scottish surname sounded funny to me and it does.Just like someone above me said they were sure she got teased for it.I don`t know what i said that was offensive typical of people to jump down your throat over anything on here .

ihatemostpeople January 26, 2014 at 3:22 am

Haley, shut up bitch.

Robert November 14, 2011 at 9:03 am

Isle of Man descent = *Manx*

It is it’s own ethnicity, language and culture. The surnames of people of Manx descent are also distinctive.

Alice December 30, 2011 at 7:48 am

Isle of Man is in the Irish Sea so the people are a mixture of Irish and English and some Viking. They also speak Manx which is a a Gaelic language. They are no different from the other people in the British Isles.

Kimmy Ann October 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

the reason why she probably looks asian is because some irish people have chinky eyes me my self does well that because of my native american descent too! sooo i guess its because shes irish

Alice December 30, 2011 at 7:51 am

Kimmy Ann is correct. A lot of Irish have almond shaped eyes as well as other Europeans. Olivia looks fully European.

Alice January 15, 2012 at 12:26 am

Almond shaped eyes are not restricted to one group of people i.e. Asian. People with almond eyes don’t have epicanthic folds which is what give a lot of Asian people their unique look. Not all Asian people have epicanthic folds either. Almond shaped eyes occur in all populations they have nothing to do with race. Africans, Europeans and Asians can have almond shaped eyes. There are some characteristics that can be surmised to come from certain racial groups but almond shaped eyes is not one of them.

Alice January 15, 2012 at 12:29 am

An example would be the beautiful Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida. She has almond shaped eyes and is of fully European descent.

Alice January 15, 2012 at 12:30 am

I meant Sophia Loren has almond shaped eyes.

KnowItall September 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

She looks like she has some asian in her…a tad bit

KnowItall September 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I actually always thought she might have a little asian in her…her eyes seem a tad bit slanted….just saying.

Paul. August 19, 2011 at 4:25 am

She’s actually stunning. She was raised in Waterford! I’m from there!

Paul. August 21, 2011 at 3:06 am


Her father IS of Irish descent. His mother was Irish, from Cork. It’s on wikipedia that she was the granddaughter of Henry Arthur Blake, an Irishman from Limerick.

S. August 3, 2011 at 7:03 am

Olivia Wilde isn’t part Asian at all. Unfortunately it seems to have become quite the habit for people to label racially homogenous indivicuals as biracial or multi-racial. That’s wrong.

For instance, there are numerous people who try to claim Rachael Bilson is part Asian, when her father Danny Bilson is Jewish, and her mother Janice Stango is of Italian-American. The same has happened to Miranda Kerr, who despite being of Western European heritage, has been branded as being part Asian. She has told various interviewers that this is not true.

I realize that some biracial and multi-racial people want others to be like them, but it is wrong for people to label racially homogenous people as biracial or mult-racial, just to satisfy their desire for the individual to be so.

Bring More Truth August 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm

God bless you.

dee June 29, 2011 at 12:31 am

Her father’s ancestry is English, Australian, Scottish, and Sephardic Jewish (a great-great-great-great-grandfather of Olivia’s was Sephardic). Her mother’s ancestry is German, Irish, and from the Isle of Man.



ethnic June 30, 2011 at 7:49 am

thanks for that Dee. Nice find.

Lil Vacha June 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

Hey, I don’t see where the Sephardic Jewish part is? Where is it on the genealogy page? Which ancestor?

dee June 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm

See her great-great-great-grandfather Ralph Bernal-Osborne. His father, Ralph Bernal, was a Sephardic Jew.



Lil Vacha June 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Hey ethnic, can u post my other profiles I’ve submitted to u?

Tom March 5, 2011 at 8:05 am

With a gorgeous face like that she’s definately more Irish than anything, reminds me of Megan Fox a bit, another Irish-American.

cookiemouth September 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Pls mate Irish people ain’t that goodlooking I’m Irish and even I have to say that were not that nice looking for god sake we were pajamas when shopping haha

Alice September 6, 2011 at 3:47 am

Wow Cookiemouth talk about an inferiority complex!

Maria February 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Haha cookiemouth only only the skanger types wear there pajamas to go outside the door.But that`s true.

l= March 5, 2011 at 1:24 am
JIMBO February 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I would suggest with a traditional Scottish name like Cockburn,there is some Scottish heritage there as well.

Holly88 December 18, 2010 at 1:20 am

Just wanted to let you know Olivia Wilde’s Paternal Grandfather was Francis Claud Cockburn who was a British Journalist and his Father was a British Diplomat who I’m guessing was probably more than likely English. Here’s a link to Francis’s wiki below. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claud_Cockburn.
If you scroll down to the bottom it says he is the Paternal Grandfather of Olivia Wilde.

Paul March 5, 2011 at 9:39 am

Not saying this isn’t true, but plenty of Irishmen and Irishwomen migrated to the UK.
He could be English, but more than likely Irish.

Logan March 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Yep, as far as we know Olivia Wilde says she’s Irish, thus it would be silly to call her something else she hasn’t admitted to being, i think she knows her family better than people on the internet do.

ethnic March 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Kira Id like to know what interview that was.


kira March 12, 2010 at 10:33 am

She’s like part Japenese, she said in an interview.

yiya June 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm

yeah she said that her grandfather was japanese i saw the interview too

annie September 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

Would you elaborate on those claims more? unless it’s only heresay

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