Matt Lucas

Lucas in 2013, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Matthew Richard Lucas

Place of Birth: Paddington, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 5 March, 1974

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Matt Lucas is a British actor, comedian, writer, singer, and television presenter. He has starred on, co-created, and co-wrote the shows Mash and Peas, Rock Profile, Little Britain, Little Britain USA, Come Fly with Me, and Pompidou. He has been a co-writer and co-presenter on Fantasy Football League.

He is the son of Diana and John Stanley Lucas, who owned a chauffering business. He has also taken out German citizenship, due to his roots there.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was Harry/Henry Lucas (the son of Israel Lucas and Annie Miller). Annie was the daughter of Avraham Itzhak Miller.

Matt’s paternal grandmother was Fanny/Fay Lischinsky (the daughter of Solomon Lischinsky and Pesia Malkah “Millie” Koffman). Fanny was born in Mile End Old Town, London, England, to Jewish parents from Russia/Poland. Pesia was the daughter of Jacob Lewis Koffman and Chaye/Chaie Rochl.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was Maurice Pilpel/Williams (the son of Hyman Pilpel/Williams/William and Flora Krakower). Maurice was born in St Margaret, Westminster, Middlesex. Hyman was born in Lemberg, Ukraine, the son of Leon Pilpel and Lena Brandel Mensch. Flora was born in Krakow, Poland, the daughter of John Joachim Krakower and Helena.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Margot Hillel (the daughter of Hirsch Gedalje/Gustav Hillel and Bianca Therese Rose Kaufmann). Margot was born in Berlin, Germany, and came to the U.K. in 1939 to escape the Nazis. Margot’s maternal cousin, Werner Goldschmidt, lived with the family of diarist Anne Frank in Amsterdam in 1942. He was killed at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Hirsch was born in Rogozno, Oborniki County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland, the son of Hillel Hillel and Adele Horwitz. Matt’s great-grandmother Bianca was born in Berlin, the daughter of Abraham Kaufmann and Louise Nelson.

Sources: Genealogy of Matt Lucas –

Matt’s maternal grandfather, Maurice Williams, on the 1911 England and Wales Census –

2 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Matt’s maternal grandmother was named Margot Hillel (the daughter of Gustav Hirsch Hillel and Bianca Therese Rose Kaufmann). Margot was born in Berlin, Germany, and came to the U.K. in 1939 to escape the Nazis.

  2. Capricious says:

    Upload his picture.

    He looks very English to me, as he’s very pale.

    Funny guy though (Little Britain)! Makes good comedy.

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