Charisma Carpenter

Carpenter in 2010, photo by Featureflash /

Birth Name: Charisma Lee Carpenter

Place of Birth: Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 23, 1970

Ethnicity: Spanish (maternal grandfather), English, Scottish, as well as evidently French, German, Irish

Charisma Carpenter is an American actress. She is known for her roles on the shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as Charmed, Veronica Mars, and The Lying Game.

Charisma’s maternal grandfather was a Spanish immigrant, who was adopted by an American family. Charisma has described herself as a “proud Latina.”

Charisma also has English, Scottish, and evidently French, German, and Irish, ancestry. Charisma’s maternal grandmother was said to be of one quarter Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Cherokee Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. No Cherokee ancestry appears in genealogies of Charisma’s maternal grandmother, and Charisma’s maternal grandmother, as well as her own parents and grandparents, were all listed as “White” on United States Censuses.

She was raised partly in Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico, and then San Diego, California. She does not speak Spanish fluently.

She has a son with her former husband Damian Hardy.

Charisma’s maternal grandfather was named William P. “Bill” Whidden.

Charisma’s maternal grandmother was Frances Mae Kirkland (the daughter of Reece/Reese Costello Kirkland and Emma Adina Goodman). Frances was born in Florida. Reece was the son of Radford Reece/Reese Kirkland and Dyce Caroline Wiggs/Riggs. Emma was the daughter of Henry Goodman and Mary Ann Harvey.

Sources: Genealogy of Charisma Carpenter (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogies of Charisma’s maternal grandmother, Frances Mae Kirkland –

Charisma’s maternal great-grandfather, Reece/Reese Costello Kirkland, on the 1880 U.S. Census –
Reece/Reese Costello Kirkland on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Charisma’s maternal great-grandmother, Emma Adina Goodman, on the 1900 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

25 Responses

  1. Adri028456 says:

    I remember vividly since I was a huge Buffy fan, that she used to claim half Mexican, half Cherokee. Weird how really none of it was true.

  2. Man from Leblon says:

    LOL, every American or European with “olive” skin, brown eyes and dark hair are Spanish or Portuguese.

    Europeans are not cookie cutter and never have been. There are Swedes that look like her, same for Germans, Swiss, French, etc.

    And Germanic tribes also invaded Portugal and Spain, which were in themselves Celtic countries conquered by the Romans (Celtics were not a race by the way).

  3. Devotion says:

    She looks full Spanish to me.

  4. Daron says:

    She looks Puerto Rican.

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