Hayden Christensen

Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: April 19, 1981

Ethnicity: Danish, Swedish, one quarter Italian

Hayden Christensen is a Canadian actor and producer. He is known for playing Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, and for the films Shattered Glass, Awake, Jumper, and Takers, among others.

Hayden is the son of Ali and David Christensen. His father has Danish ancestry. His mother has Swedish and Italian ancestry, with family in the U.S. His brother, Tove Christensen, is also an actor and producer. Hayden has a daughter with his former partner, actress Rachel Bilson.

Hayden’s maternal grandfather is named Kenneth E. Nelson.

Hayden’s maternal grandmother is Rose H. Rao (re-marriage name Rose Schwartz; the daughter of Enrico Henry Rao and Concetta Greco). Rose was born in Pennsylvania. Enrico was Italian. Concetta was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents.

Source: Hayden’s maternal grandmother, Rose H. Rao, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

32 Responses

  1. Jacklyn 224 says:

    Yeah this guy looks 100% nordic european.

  2. vilgotaan says:

    Looks typical Danish for me.

  3. andrew says:

    it’s possible that his father has English ancestry too

    • Fatmonkey says:

      Hayden does have English ancestry on his father’s part.


      His typically Scandinavian complexion and features match neither his Italian nor his English genetics, though. And, interestingly, even if his Italian and Swedish ancestry are mentioned somewhat often, his being part English is practically nowhere to be read about. I managed to find the above-mentioned evidence about his full ancestry on, like, the fourth page of the Google Search, not before.

      • follers says:

        That’s just one of those online bios that copy each other. This one probably copied the Wikipedia biography back when it said, without evidence, that he has English ancestry.

        • Fatmonkey says:

          Most Canadian family trees being unresearcheable by Internet, odds are we’ll never know for 100% sure what Hayden’s full lineage looks like. I just took their story for granted.

          There is likely a reason as to why his ancestry has been described as part English instead of, say, part French-Canadian.

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