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) – https://www.geni.com