Russell Peters

Birth Name: Russell Dominic Peters

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: September 29, 1970

Ethnicity: Anglo-Indian [Indian, English]

Russell Peters is a Canadian comedian and actors.

Russell is the son of Maureen Christina (Waike) and Eric Reginald Peters, both Anglo-Indian, both of mixed Indian and English descent. His father, who was born in Bombay, was Anglican, and his mother, who was born in Calcutta, was Catholic, and Russell was raised in his mother’s Catholic faith. Russell grew up in Brampton, Ontario. He has a daughter with his former wife Monica Diaz.

In his book, Call Me Russell (2010), Russell wrote:

Both of my parents are Anglo-Indian. Both of their parents were Anglo-Indian, and before that one of their great-grandfathers or great-great-grandfathers was British, Welsh, Scottish or Irish – one of those ishes. That’s what it is to be an Anglo-Indian. Somewhere in your genes is a British father and an Indian mother. Anglo-Indians, or AI’s, mixed with the British when they occupied India. That’s why my name is Russell Peters instead of something you’d be more likely to expect for a guy who looks like me, both of whose parents were born in India. Anglo-Indians come in all shades – from blond-haired and blue-eyed to dark-skinned with very traditional “Indian” features. Anglo-Indians are a very small, unique community as well as a dying one, a remnant from the Raj.

Russell’s paternal grandfather was James Peters. James was from Madras.

Russell’s maternal grandparents were Christopher Anthony Waike and Sheila (the daughter of Jessie). Christopher was killed in a robbery in Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia.

Sources: http://web.archive.org
http://wisdom154.tripod.com

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5 Responses

  1. Bobby Martnen says:

    https://books.google.com/books?id=Man0-BpnFjkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=call+me+russell&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiOqJmgi4_TAhUG5iYKHVSRBZkQ6AEIGjAA#v=snippet&q=grandmother&f=false

    His autobiography

    CORRECTION: Russell’s father was Eric Reginald Peters (1925-2004), who was born in Bombay. Eric’s father, James Peters, was from Madras. Here’s (http://wisdom154.tripod.com/ericpeters/) a website about Eric

    Russell’s mother is Maureen Christina (Waike) Peters, born 1941 in Calcutta. Her father, Christopher Anthony Waike, was killed in during a robbery in Australia on October 13, 1976 in Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia. Maureen’s mother is/was named Sheila, and was born in 1924. I’m not sure if she is still living or not. Sheila’s mother was named Jessie.

  2. madman says:

    In my opinion, the Anglo-terms shouldn’t be used (like Anglo-Irish, for example). Anglo-Indian can be confused with people from India of British descent. “Indian, English” is enough.

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