Birth Name: Laura Franca dos Santos Neiva
Place of Birth: São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Date of Birth: September 21, 1993
Ethnicity: Brazilian [Portuguese, one quarter Spanish, possibly other]
Laura Neiva is a Brazilian actress and model. She is known for her role in the film Adrift (2009).
Laura is the daughter of Michele Franca dos Santos. She was raised by her mother and stepfather Dario Mattar. Dario is of Lebanese descent. Laura is married to actor, singer, and songwriter Chay Suede, with whom she has two children.
Laura has stated:
I have three families: my stepfather’s family, my mother’s family and my father’s family. A Lebanese, an Italian, and a Brazilian one. I’m an only child, but my house was always full of cousins.
It is not clear if Laura has Italian ancestry. Her recent family surnames are Portuguese and one quarter Spanish.
Laura’s paternal grandfather is Jailson Borges Neiva (the son of João da Silva Neiva and Edelvita Borges). Jailson was born in Bahia.
Laura’s paternal grandmother likely is Ester Gimenes Cruz (the daughter of João Gimenes Gomes and Isabel Cruz Carrenho). Ester was born in São Paulo. João was born in São Paulo, to Spanish parents, from Málaga, Juan Gimenez Martin and Carmen Gomez Lopez. Isabel was born in São Paulo, to parents from Almería, Spain, José Cruz Leon and Antonia Carreño Lucas.
Laura’s maternal grandfather is José Silvio Afonso dos Santos (the son of José Afonso dos Santos and Rosa Maria Neves). Laura’s grandfather José likely was born in Minas Gerais.
Laura’s maternal grandmother is Maria José Almeida Franca (the daughter of Manoel de Souza Franca and Rosa Maria de Almeida). Laura’s grandmother Maria was born in Minas Gerais.