Louis Ashbourne Serkis

by follers on April 3, 2018

Birth Name: Louis George Ashbourne Serkis

Place of Birth: Haringey, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: c. July 2004

Ethnicity: English, one quarter Armenian, possibly other

Louis Ashbourne Serkis, also known as Louis Serkis, is an English actor. He will star in the title role in the 2019 film The Kid Who Would Be King.

Louis is the son of actress Lorraine Ashbourne and actor, director, and author Andy Serkis.

Louis’s paternal grandfather was named Clement F./Georgis/George Serkis. Clement was from Iraq, and was of Armenian descent.

Louis’s paternal grandmother is Lylie A. M. Weech (the daughter of George Strudwick Weech and Jean Sayegh). Lylie was born in Cuckfield, Sussex. George was the son of William James Weech and Lilie Alice Hatche. The surname Sayegh can be of Arab origin.

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John Kassir

by madman on July 5, 2017

John Kassir – “Jack the Giant Slayer” Los Angeles Premiere – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Birth Name: John Edward Kassir

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 24, 1957

Ethnicity: Iraqi Arab, Syrian Arab

John Kassir is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian. He is the son of Lillian (Kuselias) and Matti Andria/Andrea Kassir. He is married to actress Julie Benz.

John’s father was born in Mosul, Iraq, of Arab ancestry. His mother was born in Massachusetts, to Syrian parents, from Mardin, Turkey.

John’s paternal grandparents were Andria Kassir and Noria.

John’s maternal grandparents were Elias Michael Kuselias and Mary Rahab Khello.

Sources: Immigration record of John’s father –

Obituary of John’s uncle, Albert Kassir –

John’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Mary Rahab Khello –


Michael Nouri

by madman on December 25, 2016

Birth Name: Michael David Nouri

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., United States

Date of Birth: December 9, 1945

*Iraqi (father)
*Irish, possibly other (mother)

Michael Nouri is an American actor. He is known for his role as Nick Hurley in the film Flashdance (1983).

Michael is the son of Gloria M. (Montgomery) and Edmond Joseph Nouri. His father was born in Baghdad, Iraq. His mother has Irish, and a small amount of French, ancestry.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Robert H. Montgomery (the son of John H. Montgomery and Margaret Canavan). John was born in Illinois, the son of William Montgomery and Sarah, who was Irish. Margaret was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of Irish parents, Patrick Canavan and Ellen.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth A. Murphy (the daughter of James P. Murphy and Amelia L. Davis). Elizabeth was born in Massachusetts. James was Irish. Amelia was born in Ontario, Canada, the daughter of William Patrick Davis, who was Irish, and of Emma Cotton/Cotten Walsh, who was born in France, but may not have been of French ancestry.

Source: Obituary of Michael’s father –

Michael’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Michael’s maternal grandparents, Robert H. Montgomery and Elizabeth A. Murphy –

Michael’s maternal grandparents, Robert H. Montgomery and Elizabeth A. Murphy, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Michael’s maternal grandfather, Robert H. Montgomery, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Michael’s maternal great-grandparents, John H. Montgomery and Margaret Canavan –

Michael’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth A. Murphy, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Photo by kathclick/


Helly Luv

by Manila on July 6, 2015

Birth Name: Helan Abdulla

Place of Birth: Urmia, Iran

Date of Birth: November 16, 1988

Ethnicity: Iraqi Kurdish

Helly Luv is a Kurdish-born Finnish singer, dancer, choreographer, actress, and model.


Alia Shawkat

by follers on April 23, 2014

Alia Shawkat at the "Arrested Development" Los Angeles Premiere,

Birth Name: Alia Martine Shawkat

Place of Birth: Riverside, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 18, 1989

*50% Iraqi
*25% Norwegian
*12.5% Irish
*12.5% Sicilian/Italian [including likely Arbëreshë]

Alia Shawkat is an American actress and artist.

Her father was born in Baghdad, Iraq. Her mother is of one quarter Irish, one quarter Sicilian/Italian (including likely Arbëreshë), and one half Norwegian, ancestry.

Alia’s father is sometimes described as being of Kurdish background. It is not clear if this is accurate. In this video interview, Alia describes her father simply as being of Arab descent.

Alia’s maternal grandfather was Paul Burke, an actor (Paul Raymond Burke, the son of Martin Joseph Burke and Santa Maria Palermo). Paul was born in Louisiana. Martin was the son of Martin Patrick Burke and Mary Julia Finnerty, who were Irish, from Galway. Santa was the daughter of Italian parents, Paolo/Paul Proietto Palermo and Nicolina Liuzza. Paolo was from Santa Cristina Gela (Arbëresh: Sëndahstina), an Arbëreshë village in the province of Palermo in Sicily.

Alia’s maternal grandmother was Alice Louise “Peggy” Wikan (the daughter of John Andreas/Andrew Ovesen Wikan and Fredricka/Fredrikke Marie “Freda” Fredriksdatter Hellesfiord). Alice was born in Wisconsin, to Norwegian parents. John was born in Vikan, Smøla, Møre og Romsdal, the son of Ove Ovesen Næbb/Wikan and Elen Andreasdatter Nelvik. Fredricka was born in Hellesfjord, Smøla, Møre og Romsdal, Edøy, the daughter of Fredrik Jakobsen Rosvoll and Marie Gurine Johansdatter Gjøstøl.

Sources: Genealogy of Alia Shawkat (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy and obituary of Alia’s maternal grandfather, Paul Burke –

Marriage record of Alia’s maternal great-grandparents, Martin Joseph Burke and Santa Maria Palermo –

Photo by s_bukley/