Birth Name: Gloria Elizabeth Reuben
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of Birth: June 9, 1964
Ethnicity: Jamaican [African, Ashkenazi/Sephardi Jewish, likely some English]
Gloria Reuben is a Canadian actress, producer, and singer. Her roles include the film Lincoln and the series ER, Mr. Robot, and Cloak & Dagger, among many others. Her parents, Pearl Avis (Mills), a singer, and Cyril George Reuben, an engineer, were from Jamaica. Her brother was actor and singer Denis Simpson.
Her father was of mostly white ancestry, though he also had some black roots; his white ancestry included a significant amount of Jewish, evidently both Sephardi and Ashkenazi. Her mother was black, though with some European ancestry.
The show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was able to trace Gloria’s family to her maternal great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Leonorah, who was born, c. 1767, in Africa.
A DNA test whose results were disclosed on the show Finding Your Roots (2014), and in the book Finding Your Roots, Season 2: The Official Companion to the PBS Series (2016), stated that Gloria’s genetic ancestry is:
——–*28% Northern European
——–*12.3% Ashkenazi Jewish
——–*10.4% Southern European [likely Sephardi Jewish]
*38.7% Sub-Saharan African
——–*7% Ghanaian/Ivory Coast
*0.3% East Asian/Native American
Gloria’s matrilineal DNA traces back to Cameroon.
Gloria’s paternal grandfather was believed to be a man named Henry Emanuel Reuben (the son of Isaac Reuben and Judith). Isaac was the son of Jacob Reuben, who was born, c. 1780, in Jamaica. Judith was the daughter of Samuel.
However, DNA testing indicates that Gloria’s biological paternal grandfather was a man with the surname Lindo. The Lindos are a Sephardi Jewish family who are prominent in Jamaica.
Gloria’s paternal grandmother was named Florence Gabay (the daughter of John Edmund/Edward Gabay and Amelia). Florence was born in Montego Bay, Saint James Parish, Jamaica, and was of partial African ancestry. John was the son of William Gabay. Gloria’s father was born outside of marriage.
Gloria’s maternal grandfather was named Thomas Leopold Mills.
Gloria’s maternal grandmother was Myra Gertrude Samuels (the daughter of Hezekiah Samuels and Rebecca Higgin). Rebecca was the daughter of Isaac Higgin, whose parents, Thomas Higgins and Elizabeth Martin, were born into slavery.
Gloria is a second cousin, twice removed, of actress Nicole Lyn. Gloria’s paternal great-grandparents, John Edmund/Edward Gabay and Amelia, were also Nicole’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents.
Source: Genealogy of Gloria Reuben (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Related to Nicole Lyn.
Nicole’s great-great-grandfather George Edmund Gabay was the son of John Edmund/Edward Gabay and Amelia.
I didn’t realize before how old Gloria’s father was when she was born.
Good call. In fact “Gabay” was a red flag.
if her DNA test has revealed that she is 59.3% European, thus “African” should be written after Sephardi/Ashkenazi Jewish.
Also her other Euro ancestry is not necessarily English but it could easily be Irish, or Scottish.
correction: her fathers ancestors were Jews from Spain. makes her father Sephardi Jew.