Chris Hemsworth

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Hemsworth in 2012, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date of Birth: 11 August, 1983

Ethnicity: Dutch (maternal grandfather), Irish, English, as well as 1/16th German and 1/16th Scottish

Chris Hemsworth is an Australian actor. His roles include Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe/The Avengers, the films Star Trek (2009), A Perfect Getaway, Ca$h, The Cabin in the Woods, Snow White and the Huntsman, Red Dawn, Rush (2013), Blackhat, Vacation (2015), In the Heart of the Sea, the sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Ghostbusters (2016), 12 Strong, Bad Times at the El Royale, Men in Black: International, Extraction, Spiderhead, and Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga; and the series Neighbours, Home and Away, and Limitless with Chris Hemsworth. Though he has had roles on Australian television, he had never starred in an Australian film, until U.S.-Australia co-production Furiosa in 2024.

Chris is the son of Leonie, a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social services counselor. He was partly raised on Phillip Island, southeast of Melbourne. He is the brother of actors Luke Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth. He is married to Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, with whom he has three children.

Chris’s maternal grandfather was a Dutch immigrant. The rest of Chris’s ancestry is approximately 11/32 English, 9/32 Irish, 1/16th German, and 1/16th Scottish.

Chris’s uncle, by marriage, was bushman Rod Ansell, who inspired the character “Crocodile” Dundee. Rod was married to Chris’s aunt (Chris’s mother’s sister), Joanne van Os, an author.

Chris was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2014. He is the second Australian-born man (Hugh Jackman, in 2008, is the first), and, thus far, the only man of significant Dutch heritage, to have been given this title by the magazine (although Patrick Swayze, the 1991 title recipient, may have had a Dutch great-grandfather).

Chris’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced to John Hemsworth, who was born, c. 1804, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was Keith Hemsworth (the son of William Hamilton Hemsworth and Frances Margaret Jobson). William was born in Footscray, Victoria, Australia, the son of John Richard Hemsworth, who was of English descent, and of Carroline/Caroline Sophie Fahle, who was the daughter of German emigrants, Heinrich Conrad Fahle, from Minden, Westphalia, then belonging to Prussia, and Carroline/Caroline Schwer, from Hannover. Chris’s great-grandmother Frances was the daughter of John/Jack Jobson, who was of English and Scottish descent, and of Janet Bibby; Janet’s father, Thomas John Bibby, was born in Argyle, Scotland, and Janet’s mother, Ann/Anne/Annie McKeown/McEwan, was born in Dublin, Ireland.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Priscilla Outen (the daughter of Charles Whynam Outen and Priscilla Louise Dainton). Charles had English and Irish ancestry, and was the son of Charles George Outen and Bridget Cross. Chris’s great-grandmother Priscilla was the daughter of James Henry Dainton, who was born in Clifton, Gloucestershire, England, and of Elizabeth Victoria Parker, who was born in Devon, England.

Chris’s maternal grandfather is Martin van Os (the son of Johannes Has Van Os and Petronella Nel Verhoeven). Martin is a Dutch immigrant. Johannes was born in Veghel, Noord-Brabant, the son of Petrus Johannus Van Os and Theodora Van Der Heijden. Petronella was born in Vorstenbosch, Bernheze, Noord-Brabant, the daughter of Everardus Martinus Verhoeven and Maria Van Der Sanden.

Chris’s maternal grandmother was Rosemarie Therese O’Sullivan (the daughter of Thomas Augustus O’Sullivan and Mary Christina Denham). Thomas was the son of Irish parents, Daniel O’Sullivan, from Kerry, and Catherine Flynn, from Tipperary. Mary Christina was the daughter of Henry Albert Denham, who was English, from Somerset, and of Margaret Catherine O’Neill, who was of Irish origin; Margaret was the daughter of Samuel O’Neill and Mary Alicia Bryce.

Source: Genealogy of Chris Hemsworth –

37 Responses

  1. IIINorsemanlll says:

    I myself have German, English, Irish, and possibly Scottish (Documented) heritage, and parts of my ancestry rumored by my family such as Chinese, Indian, Egyptian, Italian and Native American, somehow, via intermarriage with my British/Anglo Australian ancestors. Although I’m a little confused about my heritage since the people closest to me have said that I look Scandinavian and I Agree, so, my best guess is that I’m someone else’s kid, with my mother being promiscuous and all. She previously dated two men who could be my father, one of the guys actually had Scandinavian heritage, Ah, but I guess I shall never know. I have no Scandinavian heritage, Btw.

  2. IIINorsemanlll says:

    Well, okay, first off the bat he looks predominately German (Germanic) in terms of phenotype with a slight Celtic look. He has the stereotypical German square jawline, blue eyes, and naturally light hair, which is probably why he was the perfect candidate to play Thor, right next to Alexander Skarsgard, who was marvel’s second choice to play the god of thunder. Here are some examples.

  3. Fatmonkey says:

    He’s basically a mixture of your standard, fair-tanned Germanic peoples: the Dutch, German, and English, with a tint of Celtic (Scottish and Irish) genes to add the “rougher” features. Hence the looks he has.

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