Alia Shawkat

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

Shawkat in 2013, photo by s_bukley/

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/Arbëreshë

Alia Shawkat is an American actress and artist. Her roles include the films The Final Girls, Green Room, and The To Do List, and the shows Search Party and Drunk History, among many other projects.

Her father was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and is a Muslim. Her mother is of one quarter Irish, one quarter Sicilian/Italian/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 interviews, Alia describes her father simply as being of Arab descent (for example, here and here).

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 parents from Italy, Paolo/Paul Proietto Palermo and Nicolina Liuzza. Paolo was Arbëreshë, from Santa Cristina Gela (Arbëresh: Sëndahstina), an Arbëreshë village in the province of Palermo, Sicily. He was the son of Giuseppe Palermo and Giovanna Musacchia.

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.


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 –

28 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Italian —> Italian (Sicilian)

  2. Adrian1Cram says:

    I don’t find her attractive at all.

    • cwm85 says:

      I’m sure she wouldn’t find you attractive as well…

      • Adrian1Cram says:

        You’re raged with jealousy HA! So I can’t state my opinion? I’m not going to find every girl attractive. Especially not spotted faces, I prefer blondes. Why don’t you go work out rather then acting like a feminazi? Men have standards and opinions, deal with it.

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