Pedro Pascal

by wanderer on January 31, 2016

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Birth Name: José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal

Place of Birth: Santiago, Chile

Date of Birth: April 2, 1975

Ethnicity: Chilean [Spanish, Basque, possibly other], 1/16th Peruvian

Pedro Pascal is a Chilean-American actor. He is known for portraying Oberyn Martell on the HBO series Game of Thrones and Javier Peña on the Netflix series Narcos.

Pedro was born in Santiago, Chile, the son of Veronica Pascal and José Pedro Balmaceda Riera, a medical professional. He spent much of his childhood in Orange County, California and San Antonio, Texas, because his parents opposed the military dictatorship of Chilean ruler Augusto Pinochet. His brother is actor Lucas Balmaceda.

His father’s surname, Balmaceda, is Basque. Pedro has said that his grandfather was Basque and one of his grandmothers was from Mallorca, Spain.

Pedro’s paternal grandfather is José Balmaceda Bergasa (the son of Paulino Balmaceda and Petronila Bergasa). José was born in Valparaíso.

Pedro’s paternal grandmother is Juanita/Juana Riera Blanco del Campo (the daughter of Simón Riera and Juana Blanco del Campo). Pedro’s grandmother Juanita was born in Santiago. Pedro’s great-grandmother Juana was the daughter of José Blanco de La Lastra, who was from Lima, Perú, and of María Campo Lantadilla Venegas.

Sources: Biography of Pedro’s father –

Biographical sketch of Pedro’s paternal grandfather, José Balmaceda Bergasa –

Genealogy of Pedro’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

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blue September 22, 2017 at 2:54 am

He was in Spain yesterday, he visited a TV program and did a lot of interviews, and he said to the journalist that he has a basque granfather and a grandmother from Mallorca, and spanish roots:

And in other interview he said that he considerated himself spanish too.
But i dont know because he has stronger roots in peru and chile, what do you think?

andrew July 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm
follers July 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm

The link doesn’t seem to fit.

andrew July 11, 2017 at 2:59 am
andrew July 11, 2017 at 7:08 am

I am also sure that his father is somewhat related to the 11th President of Chile José Manuel Balmaceda, but I didn’t find the link.

andrew June 26, 2017 at 12:10 pm
bablah June 27, 2017 at 4:52 am

Pedro’s grandmother Juana Riera Blanco Del Campo is 1/4 Peruvian.

andrew June 30, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Yeah, I noticed that.

Some of Pedro’s ancestors has lived in Perù and Chile since the 1700s.

andrew June 25, 2017 at 7:58 am

Pedro’s father was born in Santiago, Chile. On his father’s side, Pedro is the grandson of José Balmaceda and Juanita.

His father’s surname (Balmaceda) is of Basque origin, while “Pascal” is usually French or Italian.

Biography of Pedro’s father:

andrew June 26, 2017 at 5:52 am
follers June 26, 2017 at 8:44 am
bablah June 26, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Most of those are from Gerona. Does that mean it’s Catalan or is it just a coincidece?

andrew June 26, 2017 at 1:02 pm

It appears to be mostly common in Navarre and Catalonia. It does not sound Castillan.

blue September 22, 2017 at 3:03 am

Maybe it was misspelled, was Pascual and no Pascal or changed it or it is french

andrew April 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm

He is the son José Pedro Balmaceda and Veronica Pascal.

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