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 its spin-off, Angel; Charmed, Veronica Mars, and The Lying Game, and in the Josh Kirby… Time Warrior! and The Expendables films, as well as Psychosis and Bound.

She is the daughter of Christine, a bird sanctuary worker, and Don Carpenter, a salesman. 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) –

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

28 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.

    • callmecharlie says:

      Lmao she thinks people from Spain are Latino. That’s funny.

      • Andrew133 says:

        latino means people of latin (Romance) heritage so yes spanish are latinos

        • Andrew133 says:

          I think the only stupid one is you, Every time you prove that you are just a moron,The word latino is a Spanish word that has entered the English language. In Spanish, it means someone belonging to the people of ancient Latium, in Italy, whose language was Latin; so the Romans of course were latinos. Another and related meaning of latino in Spanish refers to someone who belongs to the cultures of the Romance Languages, that is, those peoples whose language, and to a varying extent, whose culture, too, derive from the language and civilization of Rome, which was latin. Among these Romance languages are Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Rumanian. Therefore, all Italians, Frenchmen, Spaniards, Rumanians, and Portuguese, as well as all those Latin Americans whose language is Spanish or Portuguese (an English-speaking person from Jamaica would not qualify) are latinos

        • Andrew133 says:

          You are “porkarella” with another account, your stupidity has no limit, I doubt that you are really an Italian

  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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