Sean Connery

by Lil Vacha on March 1, 2013

Birth Name: Thomas Sean Connery

Place of Birth: Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth: August 25, 1930

Ethnicity: Scottish, Irish

Sean Connery is a Scottish actor and producer. He is known for playing James Bond. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Untouchables (1987).

Sean is the son of Euphemia McBain (McLean) and Joseph Connery. His brother, Neil Connery, is also an actor. Sean is married to painter Micheline Roquebrune. He has a son, actor and director Jason Connery, with his former wife, Australian actress Diane Cilento.

Sean was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1989. He is thus far the only Scottish-born man to have been given this title by the magazine.

Sean’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Connery (the son of James Connery and Elizabeth McPhillips). Thomas’s parents were Irish.

Sean’s paternal grandmother was Jeannie Lawson “Jean” McNab (the daughter of John McNab and Jeanie Allison). Sean’s grandmother Jeannie was Scottish. John was the son of George McNab and Elizabeth Reid.

Sean’s maternal grandfather was Neil McLean/Maclean (the son of John McLean/Maclean and Euphemia McBain). Neil was Scottish, and was born in Edinburgh. John was the son of John McLean/Maclean and Janet Mathieson. Euphemia was the daughter of William McBain and Mary Gourlay.

Sean’s maternal grandmother was Helen Forbes Ross (the daughter of John Forbes Ross and Mary Reilly). Helen was Scottish, and was born in Aberfeldy, Grandtully, Perth and Kinross; she may have also had some Irish ancestry. John was the son of James Ross and Christina Tullock.

Sources: Family history of Sean Connery – http://web.archive.org

Genealogy of Sean Connery – https://www.geni.com

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neiltennant November 25, 2017 at 4:05 am

he could easily pass for arab or iranian

take this old man to TEHERAN or ALEXANDRIA he would not be seen as foreigner

typepope May 29, 2018 at 4:47 am

He could easily pass as Scottish/Irish, which he’s.
You’re so low IQ and live in a sheltered world.

ses101 November 24, 2017 at 11:31 am

Legend. Strong, straight and charismatic. A world away from the bland, ultra-liberal Ewan McGregor types we produce now.

neiltennant January 21, 2018 at 12:57 pm

you f–king idiot

ultra liberal is by far better than being a nazi right wing like you

andrew September 16, 2016 at 6:36 pm
gel September 16, 2016 at 11:31 pm
andrew May 19, 2016 at 5:03 am

Sean’s son Jason Connery is an actor. Also Neil Connery (his brother) acted.

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 11:03 pm

I thought he was Welsh?

cwm85 August 30, 2015 at 1:47 am

Definitely a Scotsman…

Wolfman August 30, 2015 at 2:06 am

Are you sure about that? Have you seen him play a Punjabi in ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ or playing an Arab in ‘The Wind and The Lion’ Cwm85? Plus I have a Scottish friend looks very similar to him and he took a DNA test showing he has the haplogroup J common in the Middle East, which is rare in Scotland which he thinks came with the Roman soldiers stationed in Scotland.

gel September 19, 2015 at 7:56 am

There are a lot of dark haired/eyed people in Scotland – generally in the Lowlands. I guess descendants of Britons/Picts.

gel January 12, 2016 at 3:39 am

Also African genes have been found amongst them – look at the guy in the photo below, to see what I mean!:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2015/dec/31/couples-home-floods-fourth-time-storm-frank-chaos-scotland-video

Hill April 13, 2017 at 3:01 am

what do you mean if he’s sure about that? he’s scottish and irish. it’s a fact. i highly doubt there are many indian or middle eastern there haha…

neiltennant July 5, 2015 at 8:09 am

to my person ! I m of fully afghan descent and i was born in the north of afghanistan

the side of my mother is darker but for afghan standards pale while my fathers side is very pale and most of my relatives are mistaken for russians.

i was mistaken for so many ethnicities haha

bosnian, russian, serbian, but also italian or greek

whats the matter ? IT doesn’t hurt me. I know that there are people who do not fit in the stereotypes of some peoples eyes

Sean Connery was born in a western country but in my eyes he looks iranian and afghan, Thats my view and I’m not willing to change my mind

Hill April 13, 2017 at 3:02 am

yeah just because he has light brown eyes not blue you weirdos instantly start saying everyone’s middle eastern or whatever.

neiltennant June 28, 2015 at 1:11 pm

i swear that i had thought that he might be of arab or iranian descent

when he was younger he did not look like an arab or iranian but now in his late age he looks middle eastern

I had met several people in my life of arab descent who look like him

and last week i discussed with friends about this strange thing

stonelord July 5, 2015 at 7:55 am

Many people in the British Isles have a dark phenotype. There is this weird myth, mostly from north America, that we are bristling with blonds. Many 20-25 are blond at maximum

neiltennant July 25, 2014 at 5:39 pm

i read somewhere that 5 percent of scottish people do have berber blood

that would make sense

andrew July 26, 2014 at 10:15 am

it wouldnt make sense coz he doesnt look it anyway

Check7t November 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

Scotts don’t have any North African blood, he doesn’t look Berberid, at all.

He’s a Paleo-Atlantid, classic British Isles type.

Alice June 29, 2015 at 4:50 am

Some of those newspaper articles are very misleading. They are saying this because of E1b1 y dna in Scotland which is substantially higher in Southern Europe. Scotland has one of the lower percentages of E1b1 ydna in Europe so most of Europe must have higher Berber blood if you follow that logic.

The interesting thing is that it appears to be around Hadrian’s Wall. Could quite possibly be Roman influence.

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/Y-DNA-PROJECTS/2013-07/1373324354

The article below is sensationalist rubbish. People would really need to take articles in the press about dna with a pinch of salt.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-17740638

Sean Connery looks North West European. If people are seeing North African or Arab they have overactive imaginations. His features are obviously very British Isles. He ancestry has deep roots in Scotland and Ireland.

Leon April 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Thought he was an Englishman, now he’s even cooler! Irish and a Scottsman! Awesome!

sadie March 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Who cares! I have always loved him since I was a little girl especially after seeing him in Darby O’gill and the little people. He is still soooo handsome!!!!

christian March 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

sean connery has/had black hair and brown eyes

he looks arabic, turkish, afghan or italian

but he is white

britain was in contact with other countries and therefore many people look different in britain

britain is not only a country of anglosaxion descent

pixels May 6, 2013 at 2:31 am

Since when aren’t Italians white?

Lol.

Arabs, Turks, and Afghans generally aren’t though.

nnnnn May 6, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Christian told, he’s afghan himself

andrew June 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

he missed Persian

crunty February 1, 2016 at 6:38 am

Well, that’s not quite true. Southern Scotland was part of Bernicia, which with Deira, formed the Anglian Kingdom of Northumbria. Still, that’s probably lost on you. As for Mr Connery, if you look at his lineage, it is split between Irish and Scottish (which may include Gael (Scottish), British (Welsh) and English (Angle).

kevin March 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm

He is white, END OFF!

Lorredana October 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

Correction to my previous comment. I’ve done a bit more research, and it seems that the genetic input from the Spanish Armada survivors would be negligible. Its a bit of a myth apparently. But the rest of my comment it correct as far as I can see. The original prehistoric Irish are Iberians (from Spain)

Freerk July 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

Probably Celtiberians … :D

The history of settlement in Ireland is just a legend. The legend tells about seven waves of settlement by different peoples. What we can say is that the more you go to the (north)west in Ireland,what means to the peripheral regions, the more people you can find who are relatively small and have dark hair; that is what we can see in Europe throughout and what reflects an underlying population stratum; the Celts as we know them through Caesar and Tacitus are definitely not the first inhabitants of Ireland.

Lorredana October 8, 2011 at 2:49 am

To me Sean looks quite Spanish.
I thought it was common knowledge that the Spanish Armada survivors washed up on the shore of Scotland and Ireland and married the local girls. The Spaniards were welcomed because they were fellow enemies of the English. In any case, the original inhabitants of Ireland came from the Iberian peninsula (Spain) in prehistory and the Scots came from Ireland. I think there were also migrations of Galicians from North West Spain into Ireland in later waves of migration.
Spanish people have a lot of Middle Eastern DNA from ancient Phoenicians colonists and the from the Jewish communities who lived there for many centuries. Also the Moors.
I have several friends with Scots and Irish ancestry who look totally Spanish, and people always ask them if they are from Spain or Italy. People get confused about Irish and Scottish looks because there were also immigrants from Norway and England, so some Irish and Scots look very fair.

JasonBaker July 5, 2014 at 11:41 am

That is certainly not true. There are Spaniards who are of partial Jewish ancestry, but there are not as many of them to consider them a significative percentage of Spaniards.
And those children who were born to a Moorish parent and a Spanish parent were considered Moorish, and, therefore, were expelled too when the whole Reconquista thing took place.

rick stevens April 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm

WAKE UP PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON IS SCOTTISH ROMA ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS GYPSIES THAT EVER LIVED WE CANNOT BE DISCRIMINATED IN THE US ANYMORE IT IS A LAW PASSED IN FEBRUARY 2011 THANK YOU SO MUCH PRESIDENT CLINTON!!! IT SURE IS A GREAT TIME TO BE AN AMERICAN GYPSY! WE ARE TEN MILLION STRONG AND GROWING THE LIST OF FAMOUS ROMA IN THE US AND WORLD WIDE IS ASTOUNDING! WERE HERE ALWAYS HAVEN HERE ALWAYS WILL BE HERE IM SO PROUD IT WAS A LONG TIME COMING… BUT YOU ALWAYS SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST!!! LOL

Tyler February 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Sean Connery is very tan with somewhat rounder facial features that sort of set him apart amongst British people, it definitely looks like he has some Roma blood in him otherwise there probably wouldn’t be a page of people asking what his ethnic background is, I’m not personally attracted to men but I think these features add to his unique look that a lot of women like, I am part Roma and I look a little like a less attractive version of him. You could say he is not Roma if it isn’t part of his culture, but I don’t know that and the intersection between race and culture is a tricky one people could debate back and forth forever. He is also Scottish and Irish nationality is a completely different thing from race, I believe his dad was an immigrant from Ireland and very proud of it and I believe he also speaks Gaelic

The Genealogist March 23, 2011 at 6:42 am

Don’t be so stupid. Plenty of British people have tanned skin.

Alice July 18, 2011 at 4:49 am

There are some Irish people that have dark colouring. You can get people with brown, green and blue eyes and blond, dark and red hair all in one family. There is such stereotypes about what a nationality should look like. This is the same in a lot of European countries. There is no country with all blond, blue eyed people in Europe. There is usually a mix. We are just talking about genes here. Places like Ireland have a high percentage of blue eyes and fair skin but there is definitely people like Sean Connery and George Clooney there as well.

ses101 November 24, 2017 at 11:42 am

Yip. I’m bored of all these people trying to say someone isn’t Scottish because he has dark hair or a tan. Everyone in Scotland originated from North Africa/Southern Europe (like everyone else). Some of us turned into blonds/redheads, some of us stayed darker, and some of us mixed with other Europeans at some stage. He’s still way more Scottish than anything else.

Jack November 6, 2010 at 10:37 am

No he’s not a “gypsy” his grandfather had Irish traveller family, these are often referred to as gypsies in Britain but they are ethnically Irish and have nothing to do with the more appropriately named Romani gypsies which are found in Britain, they just lead a somewhat similar lifestyle.

A quote from Wikipedia

“Irish Travellers (Shelta:Pavees) are traditionally nomadic people of Irish origin with their own language and traditions”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Traveller

Anonymous March 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm

So do he and Catherine Zeta Jones have what has long been referred to as “Black Irish” ancestry? I’ve pondered that for many years.

Paul. April 17, 2011 at 11:50 am

No.

A black Irish person is an Irish person of African descent.

a gypsy January 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

I think you may be referring to ‘Black Dutch’, which is Sinti (Romani) heritage.

Maria January 6, 2012 at 11:22 am

No they not talking abut black Irish the term most Americans use to refer to Irish people that have darker features and hair complexion that the usually taught .http://www.ireland-information.com/articles/blackirish.htm
And they are talking about the Irish travellers which a lots of people refer to as gypsies i hate when people get the term mixed up the Romanis are gypsies.The tv show “my big fat gypsy wedding” dosen”t help much using Irish travellers living in England and calling the show gypsy wedding.

andrew January 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm

an Irish with dark hair

LIL VACHA September 23, 2010 at 8:23 pm

SO EHNIC, I THINK HIS ETHNICITY SHOULD BE LISTED AS: IRISH, ROMANI (GYPSY), AND SCOTTISH. CAN YU FIX THAT PLZ.? THANX.! =]]

Dude September 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Isn’t he part Gypsy?

Steve September 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Ya, his grandfather was a gypsy from Co.Wexford in Ireland.

Anonymous March 23, 2012 at 7:12 am

Irish Traveller not Gypsy.

Gypsy is a disparaging way to refer to the Rroma not to Irish Travellers.

Courtney August 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Handsome man in his day.

Jana July 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I just saw him in one of the first James Bonds…he was gorgeous! Why can’t Hollywood find guys like that anymore? I know there’s only one of him but….

Tribe April 4, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Like fine wine…

Scott October 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm

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