Keisha Castle-Hughes

02/21/2009 – Keisha Castle Hughes – 2009 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Arrivals – Santa Monica Beach – Santa Monica, CA. USA – Keywords: Keisha Castle Hughes – False – – Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos – Contact (1-866-551-7827)

Place of Birth: Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia

Date of Birth: 24 March, 1990

Ethnicity: English, Māori

Keisha Castle-Hughes is an Australian-born New Zealand actress. She is known for playing Paikea “Pai” Apirana in the 2002 film Whale Rider.

Keisha was born in Donnybrook, Australia, and moved to Auckland, New Zealand in 1991. She has received New Zealand citizenship. She is the daughter of Desrae Hughes and Tim Castle. Her father, an Australian, has English ancestry. Her mother is Māori, and also has some English ancestry. Keisha has a daughter with her former partner Bradley Hull.

Keisha is the first millennial to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Whale Rider, 2002, nominated for 2003’s movie year). She is also the first person of any gender born in the 1990s to have been nominated for an Academy Award for acting.

Keisha’s maternal grandfather is the son of a man surnamed Ahuriri Hughes, and of Kay Mary Neil. Keisha’s great-grandfather is the son of Etera Ahuriri and Ti Mohea White, whose own father was Prince (Periniha) White. Keisha’s great-grandmother Kay was born in Chelsea, London, Greater London, England.

Source: Genealogy of Keisha Castle-Hughes (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Her grandfather or great-grandfather may be Thomas “Tom” Taihoa Ahuriri Hugues. Someone with a Pressreader account could check it.

  2. Pegzi says:

    She’s cute. She was in Star Wars.

  3. Rabco says:

    The Castle surname originated from Kassel, Germany. So she is also of some amount German descent.

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