Billy Idol

Billy Idol in 2003, image via PR Photos

Birth Name: William Michael Albert Broad

Place of Birth: Hendon, Middlesex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 30 November, 1955

Ethnicity: English, Irish

Billy Idol is a British musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He was the lead singer of punk rock band Generation X.

Billy is the son of Johanna and William Alfred Broad. His father was English and his mother was Irish. In 1958, his family moved to New York, living in Patchogue and Rockville Centre, before returning to England, a few years later, where they lived in Dorking, Surrey, Bromley, London, and Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex. In 2018, Billy became a U.S. citizen.

Billy has a son with his former partner, dancer, singer, and actress Perri Lister; and a son with his former partner Linda Mathis.

Billy’s paternal grandfather was named Albert Broad.

Billy’s paternal grandmother was named Naomi Heslop.

Billy’s maternal grandfather was named Michael O’Sullivan.

Source: Genealogy of Billy Idol –


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. Alice says:
    Could someone add that Billy has Irish ancestry. He is also on this list of Notable Britons with Irish ancestry.


  2. Alice says:

    Other future rock stars who would be English most of the year and Irish for a few weeks of the summer include John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) of the Sex Pistols, and Billy Idol. Speaking of his annual holidays with his Cork relations, Idol said: “They used to call me the British kid because I had an English accent. It seemed like everywhere I went I was the outcast. When my mother used to watch something about Ireland on TV she’d say ‘I hate the British’.”

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  3. Alice says:

    Billy Idol’s mother is Irish as verified by himself.
    30 Jul 2012 … Billy IdolVerified ‏@BillyIdol 30 Jul. Just to show u where my heart lies……My
    mum’s Maiden name was O’Sullivan. Half English half Irish alright!

  4. CiCi617 says:

    He said on his twitter his mother was Irish.

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