Jamie Cullum

Cullum in 2016, photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Jamie Paul J. Cullum

Place of Birth: Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 20 August, 1979

*father – English, Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Burmese, Indian, possibly some Spanish

Jamie Cullum is a British jazz-pop singer, songwriter, pianist, and radio host.

He is the son of Yvonne (Peters) and John Cullum. He is married to model and author Sophie Dahl, with whom he has two children.

Jamie has stated:

My dad was born in Jerusalem; his mother managed to get out of Nazi Germany. My mum was born in Burma and when the Japanese invaded came over to the UK when she was five. Her father was Indian, her mother was Burmese. You know, dark-skinned kids in the middle of Wales in the Fifties.

He has also said, “My mother was born in Burma but my grandfather on her side was Indian-Spanish. So I have this quite exotic mix,” and specified that his grandfather “was an orphan. And we think he was Indian.”

Jamie’s paternal grandfather was named Harry Cullum. Harry was a British Army officer, from Kent, England.

Jamie’s paternal grandmother was named Irma. She was a Jewish refugee from Prussia. She lost her relatives in Holocaust. Irma is pictured here.

Jamie’s maternal grandparents were named Leonard and Hazel.

2 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    My grandmother on my father’s side, a nightclub singer, was a Jewish refugee from Prussia who ended up in Jerusalem, where she met my grandfather – a British army officer. I remember as a child having bowls of chicken soup made by her. There were lots of interesting components, like feet and necks.



    Can I get you talk about your grandparents? They were very important to you.

    CULLUM: On my mother’s side, she was born in Burma. So my grandmother was Burmese. My grandfather – he was an orphan. And we think he was Indian. And on my father’s side, he was born in Jerusalem. His mother escaped Nazi Germany at just the right time. But my grandfather on that side was English. He was from Kent.


  2. Kimmel says:

    Well he’s super mixed up! The surname I suspect is Scottish. As for his overall look I was curious, but guessed he might be welsh.

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