Rebecca Hall

by ethnic on April 16, 2011

Place of Birth: London, England

Date of Birth: May 3, 1982

*English (father)
*African-American, Dutch (mother)

Rebecca Hall is a British-American actress. Her father, Peter Hall, was English-born, and was a director who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her mother, Maria Ewing, is American-born, and is an opera singer and actress. Rebecca is married to American actor Morgan Spector.

Rebecca’s father was of English descent. Rebecca’s maternal grandfather was born to parents who were both of part African ancestry; he also had possible Scottish and Sioux Native American ancestry. Rebecca’s maternal grandmother, who was caucasian, was Dutch.

Rebecca’s half-siblings are producer Christopher Hall, actress, musician, and journalist Jennifer Caron Hall, stage director Edward Hall, set designer Lucy Hall, and actress Emma Hall. Christopher and Jennifer’s mother is actress Leslie Caron.

Rebecca’s paternal grandfather was Reginald Edward Arthur Hall (the son of George Hall and Edith Kate Mitchell). Reginald was English. George was the son of John Hall and Mahala Vincent. Edith was the daughter of John Mitchell and Elizabeth Ann Tindall.

Rebecca’s paternal grandmother was Grace Florence Pamment (the daughter of Frederick William Pamment and Phyllis Louisa Wilson). Grace was English. Frederick was the son of Charles Edwin Pamment, Jr. and Jane Linsey. Phyllis was the daughter of Henry Wilson and Elizabeth.

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather, Norman Isaac Ewing, was born in Washington, D.C., c. 1892-1894 (most likely in 1894). Both of Norman’s parents were of at least part African ancestry. Norman was the son of John William Ewing and Hattie Norman, who married on July 16, 1885 in Washington, D.C. On the 1910 U.S. Census, John is listed as born in Tennessee and Hattie, the daughter of Isaac Franklin Norman and Amanda Jane Myers, is listed as born in Ohio.

On the 1910 U.S. Census, Norman’s “race” is listed as “Mulatto” (mixed race), and so is the “race” of both of his parents. At this time, Norman’s birth place is listed as Virginia, and his residence place is listed as Washington, D.C.

On the 1915 South Dakota State Census, Norman’s race is listed as “Indian” (Native American), and on the 1920 U.S. Census, his “race” is again listed as “Indian”. On the 1920 U.S. Census, his birthplace is listed as Washington, D.C., while his father’s birthplace is listed as Oregon and his mother’s birthplace is listed as Washington, D.C. It is perhaps notable that the woman he was married to at this time, Margaret “Maggie” Culbertson (who was not Rebecca’s maternal grandmother), is listed as “Indian” on the 1920 Census also. It is not clear if Norman had documented Native American ancestry. Some African-Americans told census takers that their race was “Indian”.

Rebecca’s maternal grandmother was Hermina Maria Veraar (the daughter of Robertus Veraar and Hermina M. Vernellen). Rebecca’s grandmother Hermina was Dutch, and was born in Amsterdam. She was white.

Sources: Genealogy of Rebecca Hall –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s father (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of Rebecca’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather, Norman Isaac Ewing, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Norman Isaac Ewing on the 1915 South Dakota State Census –
Norman Isaac Ewing on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandparents, John William Ewing and Hattie Norman, in the District of Columbia, Marriages, 1830-1921 –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandmother, Hattie Norman –

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Dogg January 30, 2016 at 6:11 am

She probably has around slightly less African than Michelle Rodriguez.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 5:43 am

People, all you have to do is a quick google search and you’ll find pictures of her mother. She is clearly part black. Not distant black, not 8% black or whatever. She is a half African-American woman. Most African-Americans have something like 19% white ancestry with a little bit of Native thrown in. Her grandfather is probably just another regular African-American with maybe a little bit more white ancestry than usual. Very few African-Americans turn out to be 50/50. But I’m going to say that Rebecca is probably no less than 1/8 black.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 11:35 pm

Like Shailene Woodley, her African heritage is distant. Sorry, she’s too fair skinned to have a recent African ethnicity.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 5:36 am

Skin colour or hair colour is not an indication of anything. My little cousin is 25% African came out with blonde hair, green eyes, and slightly brown skin, and his mother is very dark but his father was white and very fair. My cousin who is half Malawian can get quite fair when she hasn’t been in the sun for a while.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 6:06 am

You could be 1/8 or 20% black and turn out to be fair. 1/8 black is not “distant”. And judging by her mother’s appearance and what we know of her ancestry, I’m going to say that Rebecca is 1/8 black at the VERY LEAST.

Kimmel June 9, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Bet her hair gets kinky after a long time in the rain. Hall is probably 20% Black.

neiltennant August 11, 2015 at 3:41 am

this is really a girl who is white

no discussions

i want to see the faces if she says IM part african american

fuzzybear44 August 12, 2015 at 10:43 am


If I didn’t. Know who she was, and she mention. She was part African American, I wouldn’t. Blink an eye. Simply because unlike you, this is not uncommon to me, no one said she’s, Not majority White, but she still part black to. She’s. No different than Channel Van Waeyenberge, or Victoria Rowell daughter or even Eartha kitt daughter,.No one is calling her a black woman. She is simply part black like probably billions of other people.

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 9:50 pm

There has to be some Mongolian or Native American in her.

cwm85 August 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Nope… dutch and English and some African-American.

cwm85 July 16, 2015 at 3:13 pm

She is like 8 percent African lol… But some want to count her as black because they use the one drop racist views of the south. How sad and outdated. This woman is clearly Caucasian.

weedie July 17, 2015 at 2:50 pm

More like 12-25%… but nice try.

Plenty of white people have African ancestry.

cwm85 July 17, 2015 at 10:26 pm

She is Not 25 percent African. She would be darker. She probably is like 8 like I said. If she was 1/4th African decent she would be tanner and her hair would be curly. And yes some Caucasians do have African ancestry. My grandfather was a quarter native American but seeing his photo so saw just his Caucasian side. What you see is what people go on. And 1/4th black is not in this woman’s ancestry. You think even white people are black. Lol sorry. Nope.

A user July 18, 2015 at 4:44 am

Okay instead of making baseless guesses like 8% which you just pulled out of your ass, let’s just agree that it is probably somewhere below 25%.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Like I said, her mother probably isn’t half African, but rather a Dutch with remote African ancestry (and it’s just one single grandparent going back a few generations). It’s all whitewashed anyway as it went down to Hall’s mother.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 5:55 am

It’s not hard to do a quick google search to find pictures of her mother. She is clearly a “black” woman. She’s looks at least 1/3 to 1/2 black. Her father was an African-American who was probably a bit on the light side.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 5:48 am

Have you seen her mother? If you think she looks 16% black you must be mad. Her mother is at least within the 30 to 50 percent range. Given that she’s half African-American, she’d most likely be something like 40% black.

noneofyourbusiness February 6, 2015 at 9:59 am

She looks white.

everyoneisthesame September 1, 2014 at 12:22 am

she dont look african and mixed

angrygirl19 September 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

She doesn’t have to look it. What the f$&k are you talking about

Uniscorn August 9, 2014 at 5:19 am

I love how obvious some people are here.

“She’s not black”

No shit Sherlock.
But she does have black in her blood.

qutsflyd August 28, 2015 at 6:58 pm

in her genotype*

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 4:25 am

She doesn’t even look part black, she looks extremely white.

scott June 20, 2014 at 2:47 pm

she can pass as European very easily even tho she is 1/4 African, she looks much more European than Rhona Mitra, who is 1/4 Indian (south asian)

Ajaxfan October 24, 2015 at 3:35 am

1/4? more like 1/1509

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 7:15 am

And you’re an idiot.

Princess June 12, 2014 at 8:29 pm

She’s not Black.

Nikki May 31, 2014 at 10:32 am


Rebecca hall is african, english, irish, welsh, scottish, french, and native american

Thanks! hope this helped!

Ajaxfan October 24, 2015 at 3:36 am

She is partly Dutch dumbass

JasonBaker May 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm

She’s not black. She does have black ancestry, but doesn’t make her black. She’s white with partial black ancestry and she looks fully white.

WTF May 31, 2014 at 10:47 am

aw the whitey is mad because a pretty “white” girl has black ancestry. it doesn’t change the fact that her mom is a mulatta and she’s a quadroon.

qutsflyd August 28, 2015 at 7:01 pm

She’s not a quadroon. A quadroon has around 25% of ancestry of a certain race, different from the other 75%.
She’s less than 25%. So, no, she’s white. Even if she had 25% of black ancestry, she would be white still.

scott May 5, 2014 at 6:07 am

Wikipedia says “Her mother is of Dutch, Scottish, Sioux, and African American origin.”

follers May 5, 2014 at 9:41 am

Read the whole thing.

Nikki May 31, 2014 at 10:29 am

wikipedia is almost never true.

eu May 4, 2014 at 10:10 pm

pic of her mother:
she looks alot like her mother, especially the full lips

scott May 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm

What percent African American is she?

eu May 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm
ihatemostpeople May 5, 2014 at 6:44 am

Her mom actually looks less than 1/2 black. It says on her (Maria Ewing) bio that her dad was most likely mixed. He was possibly Native American and white. Most AFRICAN AMERICANS are mixed. None are actually fully African. Her mom actually looks Puerto Rican or Dominican, not “black”.

Her mom’s bio ^^^^^^

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 6:03 am

Her mum looks around 30-40% black. Her father was probably just a regular African-American man with a bit of European and Native American ancestry. African-Americans are on average 19% European. Very few African-Americans turn out to be less than 70% African.

Daisuke January 22, 2014 at 9:09 am

just because she doesn’t look Black doesn’t mean she isn’t black.

eu May 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

she is not black,she is part black,she’s mixed

qutsflyd August 28, 2015 at 7:04 pm

She’s white.
Black means you have from dark brown to light brown skin. Black means black, it means you have african ancestry MOSTLY.
Stop it with that idiotic “one drop rule” thing. Grow up. There are tons of white people who have black ancestry and don’t know about it. But that doesn’t make them black at all.

Shawn January 18, 2014 at 12:19 am

Yes she looks fully white.

Freword June 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Not really

WTF June 21, 2014 at 7:44 am

we got a blind bitch on our hands right here lmfaooo. she is white-passing and you know that. stop playin around dumbass. if she were to walk up to a brotha or a sista and would say “what’s up my nigga?” the bitch would get the shit beat out of her. they probably would bust a cap in her saltine ass too. her mom looks barely black herself. probably no more than 15% black.

Freword June 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

Not at all

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 6:21 am

You’re clearly the blind one here if you think her mum only looks 15% black lmfao. More like 35% black. Maybe even more than that.

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