Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury Stamp

Freddie Mercury stamp, issued c. 2006

Birth Name: Farrokh Bulsara

Date of Birth: 5 September, 1946

Place of Birth: Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (now Tanzania)

Date of Death: 24 November, 1991

Place of Death: Kensington, London, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: Parsi Indian

Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was the lead singer of the band Queen. Other members of the band include or have included John Deacon, Brian May, and Roger Taylor.

Freddie was born Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town, in the British protectorate of Zanzibar (now Tanzania), an island. His parents, Jer and Bomi Rustomji Bulsara, were Parsis from the Gujarat region of India. His father worked as a cashier at the British Colonial Office in Zanzibar. The surname Bulsara is derived from the town of Bulsar (now known as Valsad), in southern Gujarat.

Freddie’s family was of the Zoroastrian religion. He spent much of his youth in India and Zanzibar, and moved to London, England, when he was seventeen. In India, he attended St. Peter’s School, a British-style boarding school for boys.

Throughout his career, he was said to have been hesitant to talk about his ethnic background. This was something he was criticized for. He is considered Britain’s first Asian rock star.

Freddie was played by Rami Malek in the film Bohemian Rhapsody (2018). Rami won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role.

Freddie’s paternal grandparents were named Givind Bulsara and Devkor.


Genealogy of Freddie Mercury (focusing on his father’s side) –

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41 Responses

  1. sparkles180 says:

    I’m such a huge fan of him! I had no idea he was full indian/persian, grew up in india and was born in africa, very exotic indeed. I thought he was half indian but I mostly just assumed he was greek or italian and was born in england haha I guess you learn something new everyday.

  2. Check7t says:

    He looked totally white, could’ve passed as an ethnic Brit.

  3. Freddie Mercury is a Indian and Persian put them together it makes him a Parsi.

  4. Actually Freddie Mercury is a Indian and Persian put them together it makes him a Parsi.

  5. Poppy says:

    Freddie was Indian of Persian background and ok he was pale but he was average colour for the average north Indian.They go darker in India and lighter in Europe.The north of India has a huge Persian/Scythian/white Huns element naturally so google up Kareena Kapoor,Priety Zinta,Rohail Hyatt,Rohit Bal,Hritik Roshan to name a few and for each one of these there are thousands of others.They wear Indian origin clothes and their hair is styled differently but they are all Indian and aryan and caucasian.Caucasia is up the road.It does not belong solely to Europeans so think on.India is also a poor country and they have no time or money for gimmicaks.We have dark superstars as well like Kajol ,AB and Rekka.Not a problemWe have Chinese Indians.Not a problem.
    Swedes do not look like Italians and Punjabis do not look like Tamils but they are all Indians in the best traditions of diversity.
    Also the 3 tenors okay…Look at all of them ….the Spanish and the Indian were the same colour,height etc but the Italian was darker and more swarthy.

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