Oona Chaplin

by Harriet on December 22, 2013

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Birth Name: Oona Castilla Chaplin

Place of Birth: Madrid, Spain

Date of Birth: 4 June, 1986

*Chilean [Mapuche, Spanish, evidently Romanian] (father)
*English, Irish, 1/16th Scottish (mother)

Oona Chaplin is an actress.

A granddaughter of actor Charlie Chaplin, Oona was born in Madrid, Spain, and was raised in Spain, Switzerland, and Cuba. Her father, cinematographer Patricio Castilla, is Chilean; he has Mapuche Indigenous and Spanish ancestry. Oona appears to say here that her father also has Romanian ancestry. Oona’s mother, actress Geraldine Chaplin (Geraldine Leigh Chaplin), was born in Santa Monica, California, of English, Irish, and 1/16th Scottish, ancestry.

Among her first cousins are actresses Dolores Chaplin, Carmen Chaplin, and Kiera Chaplin, circus performer and actor James Thiérrée, and actor and rapper Orson Chaplin. She is the niece of actor Sydney Chaplin.

Oona has worn an Arauco, a traditional crown of the Mapuche tribe. A picture of her wearing it can be seen here.

Oona’s maternal grandfather was actor Charlie Chaplin (born Charles Spencer Chaplin, the son of Charles Chaplin and Hannah Harriet Pedlingham Hill, who were entertainers). Charlie was born in England. His documented ancestry was English and some Irish. Oona’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Spencer Chaplin and Ellen Elizabeth Smith. Hannah was the daughter of Charles Frederick Hill and Mary Ann Terry.

Oona’s maternal grandmother was Oona O’Neill, an actress (the daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill [Eugene Gladstone O’Neill] and writer Agnes Boulton). Oona’s grandmother Oona O’Neill was born in Warwick Parish, Bermuda. Eugene was born in New York City, New York, the son of actor James O’Neill, who was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, and of Ella O’Neill (born Mary Ellen Quinlan), who was born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Irish parents, Thomas Joseph Quinlan and Bridget Lundigan. Oona’s great-grandmother Agnes was born in London, the daughter of Edward William Boulton, an artist, who was American, of English and Scottish descent, and of Cecil/Cecille Maud/Maude Williams.

Charlie Chaplin is often stated to have had some degree of Romani (Gypsy) ancestry. It does not appear that this ancestral claim has ever been verified/documented. Charlie was sometimes believed to have been Jewish (especially during his lifetime), but his parents were not of Jewish heritage.

Sources: Article about Oona Chaplin – http://www.heraldscotland.com

Genealogies of Oona Chaplin (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Oona’s mother – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Oona’s maternal grandparents, Charlie Chaplin (Charles Spencer Chaplin) and Oona O’Neill – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Oona’s maternal grandfather, Charlie Chaplin (Charles Spencer Chaplin) – http://www.wargs.com

Draft card of Oona’s maternal grandfather, Charlie Chaplin (Charles Spencer Chaplin) – https://www.archives.gov

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

madman April 21, 2018 at 4:15 am

Separate Romanian from Chilean

anen87 April 18, 2018 at 8:13 pm

Oona has said her father is also Romanian in this interview.

MadBadDog July 8, 2017 at 4:02 am

She is native american on his father side, more specifically, the mapuche tribe from south Chile. Oona has also mentioned that when she began acting she considered using her grandma’s native surname, and she usually wears traditional jewellery of her tribe at the red carpet.

[ She did consider changing her name for a while when she became an actor. For a while she considered a surname drawing on her other grandmother’s Mapuche Indian background. “I was looking at Oona Nany. Oh God, Oona. How unbelievably pretentious.” But she had a conversation with her mum and her principal at RADA, who told her a “pretty girl wouldn’t cut her face into pieces so she can say ‘they’re not hiring me for my looks’.”

And anyway, she’s proud of her heritage. “I took on the responsibility of honouring it and not having my granddaddy turning in his grave. That’s the objective now.”]

Source: http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/13108411.Oona_Chaplin__Charlie_s_angel/

MadBadDog July 8, 2017 at 4:10 am

I meant “she is native american on her father side” (sorry, english is not my first language).

And here’s a picture of her at the red carpet wearing an “arauco”, a traditional crown of the mapuche tribe.


madman November 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm

English, Irish —> English, Irish, 1/16th Scottish

phaedra April 28, 2016 at 6:51 pm

She looks Middle Eastern.

Hill August 8, 2017 at 3:28 am
Adrian1Cram February 26, 2016 at 11:23 pm

*sings* oooh oohhh nanananana

Adrian1Cram February 26, 2016 at 11:22 pm

oooooohhh naaaaa

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 7:57 am

18% Native American.

romanticcelt February 26, 2016 at 6:21 am

Not likely.

California July 24, 2015 at 10:17 pm

Her face and nose are long as hell.

random June 21, 2015 at 11:03 pm

She is necessarily partially Ashkenazi Jewish if she is a direct descendant of Charlie Chaplin. How you could include that she is indeed his grand daughter and yet omit Jewish from her list of ethnicities is ridiculously asinine.

follers June 21, 2015 at 11:39 pm

Charlie Chaplin was not Jewish.

random June 22, 2015 at 12:03 am

He said his parents both were in an interview.

follers June 22, 2015 at 12:11 am

What interview? Chaplin never said he was of Jewish heritage.

Holly12 August 4, 2014 at 7:04 am

She is so naturally pretty. I saw her in the BBC drama ‘The Crimson Field’ where she plays a WW1 nurse. Beautiful actress.

andrew July 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

follers what do you know about alleged Romani roots of Chaplin?

follers July 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm

This is pretty much all that’s known of Charlie Chaplin’s ancestry:

As far as I know, no Romani ancestry was ever documented/proven.

Princess June 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Her nose is really ugly and distracting. She would look decent with a nose job.

stonelord August 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm

not everyone wants to have the ‘plastic peg’ nose common amongst American tv ‘stars.’

WTF May 31, 2014 at 4:14 pm

idk why but she looks part black to me

athelya November 18, 2015 at 7:02 pm

everyone looks part black to you

J.J. December 25, 2013 at 7:16 pm

correction; I think percentages should be written next to her ethnicities as it is a bit confusing the way it’s written e.g;
Chilean (father) 50%
English (maternal grandfather & great grandmother) 37.5%
Irish (maternal great grandfather) 12.5%

plus the Chilean needs to be changed as Chilean isn’t an ethnicity, her fathers surname is castilla which is of Spanish origin so her Chilean descent should be listed as Spanish-Chilean or Hispanic Chilean

AnonymousPerson December 25, 2013 at 2:04 am

OMG she looks like Jennifer Beals!

J.J. December 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Chilean isn’t an ethnicity

Harriet December 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

CORRECTION: ‘Chilian’ is actually spelt ‘Chilean’. Sorry, I miss-spelled it!

scott December 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

loved her ass and tits in Game of Thrones

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