Catherine Zeta-Jones

Zeta-Jones in 2005, 360b /

Birth Name: Catherine Zeta Jones

Place of Birth: Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales

Date of Birth: 25 September, 1969

Ethnicity: Welsh, smaller amounts of Irish and English

Catherine Zeta-Jones is a Welsh actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Chicago (2002). Her roles also include the films The Mask of Zorro, Entrapment, The Haunting, Traffic, Intolerable Cruelty, Ocean’s Twelve, No Reservations, and Side Effects, and television’s Catherine the Great, among other works.

Her father is of Welsh descent. Her mother is of Welsh, English, and Irish ancestry. She is married to American actor Michael Douglas, with whom she has two children.

Catherine’s paternal grandfather was named Bertram G. Jones (whose parents’ surnames were Jones and Johns). Bertram was born in Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Catherine’s paternal grandmother was named Zeta Davies (whose parents’ surnames were Davies and Morgan). Catherine’s grandmother Zeta was born in Swansea.

Catherine’s maternal grandfather was William Edgar Fair (the son of Ernest George Fair and Edith Margaret Williams). William was born in Swansea. Ernest was born in Swansea, to English parents, from Devon, William Fair and Agnes Pugsley, with Agnes at least being from Barnstaple. Edith was the daughter of James Williams and Ruth Lewis.

Catherine’s maternal grandmother is named Kathleen/Catherine O’Callaghan. Catherine was born in Swansea.

Catherine is sometimes described on the internet as being of Greek ancestry. This is not accurate.

Source: Genealogy of Catherine Zeta-Jones –


Curious about ethnicity

247 Responses

  1. Man from Leblon says:

    She is mostly Welsh.

    Bretons and Welsh share great part of their DNA with the Portuguese, Galician, and Nothern Spaniards, as well as with the Irish, like Colin Farrell for example

    • Alice says:

      Welsh, Irish and Bretons are fairly close genetically but Portuguese, Galician and Northern Spanish while close to each other are not particularly close to Welsh, Irish and Bretons. Bretons share ancestry with British Isles populations due to migration from those parts to Brittany in the 5th Century. It is the reason why Breton is classified as an Insular Celtic language related to Welsh and Cornish.

  2. Wolfman says:

    Beautiful! She looks like she’s part Sami or Hun who allied and mix with the Sarmatian Scythian who settled in Wales with the Romans.

  3. GypsyQueen says:

    I thought she was a Latina or a Spaniard.

  4. abbracci says:

    What is Welsh? She looks Spanish or Portuguese and maybe a little bit Romani.

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