Birth Name: Erika Jane Christensen
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 19, 1982
Ethnicity: Norwegian (paternal grandmother), Danish (great-grandfather), Irish, English, German, Scottish, Welsh
Erika Christensen is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles in the films Traffic, Swimfan, The Banger Sisters, The Upside of Anger, Flightplan, The Perfect Score, How to Rob a Bank, The Tortured, and The Case for Christ, and on the shows Parenthood and Wicked City.
Her brother is actor Dane Christensen. Erika is married to cyclist Cole Maness, with whom she has two children.
She is of one quarter Norwegian and one eighth Danish ancestry, with her other roots being English, German, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish.
Erika’s paternal grandfather was Frederick Grant Christensen/Christiansen (the son of Frederick Axel Christensen/Christiansen and Mary Jane Grant). Erika’s grandfather Frederick was born in Washington. Erika’s great-grandfather Frederick was born in Washington, to Danish parents. Mary Jane was the daughter of Thomas James Grant, who was of Irish descent, with roots in County Kilkenny and County Clare; and of Louise Sophia Gutschow, who was of German ancestry.
Erika’s paternal grandmother is Evelyn Eriksen/Ericson (the daughter of Olaf Frederik Leander Eriksen/Ericson and Dorothy/Dorothea Hedvig Lyngvar). Evelyn was born in Washington, to Norwegian parents. Olaf was the son of Per Eriksen and Augusta Ottilie Thorstensen.
Erika’s maternal grandfather was John Patrick Hendricks (the son of John Patrick Michael Hendricks and Minnie D. Heath). Erika’s grandfather John was born in Alaska. Erika’s great-grandfather John was born in Illinois, the son of John Michael Hendricks, who was from Ohio, and of Catherine Dunne/Cusack, who was Irish. Minnie was born in Oregon, the daughter of Eugene Arthur Heath and Angie Marie Beede.
Erika’s maternal grandmother was Jane Knight (the daughter of Harry Martin Knight and Rhoda Marie Davies). Jane was born in Ohio. Harry was the son of John Samuel Knight and Mary Ellen Bunts. Rhoda was the daughter of Gabriel C. Davies and Rhoda Marie Morgan.
Sources: Erika’s paternal grandfather, Frederick Grant Christensen/Christiansen, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Erika’s paternal grandmother, Evelyn Eriksen/Ericson, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Erika’s maternal grandfather, John Patrick Hendricks, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Erika’s maternal grandfather, John Patrick Hendricks – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Erika’s maternal grandmother, Jane (Knight) Hendricks Matz – http://www.legacy.com