Rebecca Hall

Hall in 2011, photo by Featureflash /

Place of Birth: London, England

Date of Birth: May 3, 1982

*English (father)
*African-American, Dutch (mother)

Rebecca Hall is a British-American actress. Her father, Peter Hall, was English-born, and was a director who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her mother, Maria Ewing, is American-born, and is an opera singer and actress. Rebecca is married to American actor Morgan Spector, with whom she has one child.

Rebecca’s father was of English descent. Rebecca’s maternal grandfather was born to parents who were both of part African ancestry; he also had possible Scottish and Sioux Native American ancestry. Rebecca’s maternal grandmother, who was caucasian, was Dutch.

Rebecca’s half-siblings are producer Christopher Hall, actress, musician, and journalist Jennifer Caron Hall, stage director Edward Hall, set designer Lucy Hall, and actress Emma Hall. Christopher and Jennifer’s mother is actress Leslie Caron.

Rebecca’s paternal grandfather was Reginald Edward Arthur Hall (the son of George Hall and Edith Kate Mitchell). Reginald was born in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England. George was the son of John Hall and Mahala Vincent. Edith was the daughter of John Mitchell and Elizabeth Ann Tindall.

Rebecca’s paternal grandmother was Grace Florence Pamment (the daughter of Frederick William Pamment and Phyllis Louisa Wilson). Grace was born in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England. Frederick was the son of Charles Edwin Pamment, Jr. and Jane Linsey. Phyllis was the daughter of Henry Wilson and Elizabeth.

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather, Norman Isaac Ewing, was born in Washington, D.C., c. 1892-1894 (most likely in 1894). Both of Norman’s parents were of at least part African ancestry. Norman was the son of John William Ewing and Hattie Norman, who married on July 16, 1885 in Washington, D.C. On the 1910 U.S. Census, John is listed as born in Tennessee and Hattie, the daughter of Isaac Franklin Norman and Amanda Jane Myers, is listed as born in Ohio.

On the 1910 U.S. Census, Norman’s “race” is listed as “Mulatto” (mixed race), and so is the “race” of both of his parents. At this time, Norman’s birth place is listed as Virginia, and his residence place is listed as Washington, D.C.

On the 1915 South Dakota State Census, Norman’s race is listed as “Indian” (Native American), and on the 1920 U.S. Census, his “race” is again listed as “Indian”. On the 1920 U.S. Census, his birthplace is listed as Washington, D.C., while his father’s birthplace is listed as Oregon and his mother’s birthplace is listed as Washington, D.C. It is perhaps notable that the woman he was married to at this time, Margaret “Maggie” Culbertson (who was not Rebecca’s maternal grandmother), is listed as “Indian” on the 1920 Census also. It is not clear if Norman had documented Native American ancestry. Some African-Americans told census takers that their race was “Indian.”

Rebecca’s maternal grandmother was Hermina Maria Veraar (the daughter of Robertus Veraar and Hermina M. Vernellen). Rebecca’s grandmother Hermina was Dutch, and was born in Amsterdam. She was white.

Sources: Genealogy of Rebecca Hall –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s father (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of Rebecca’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather, Norman Isaac Ewing, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Norman Isaac Ewing on the 1915 South Dakota State Census –
Norman Isaac Ewing on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandparents, John William Ewing and Hattie Norman, in the District of Columbia, Marriages, 1830-1921 –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandmother, Hattie Norman –


Curious about ethnicity

110 Responses

  1. Akwaba says:

    I never knew she was mixed, she looks full Northern European :O !

  2. Dogg says:

    She probably has around slightly less African than Michelle Rodriguez.

  3. Dogg says:

    People, all you have to do is a quick google search and you’ll find pictures of her mother. She is clearly part black. Not distant black, not 8% black or whatever. She is a half African-American woman. Most African-Americans have something like 19% white ancestry with a little bit of Native thrown in. Her grandfather is probably just another regular African-American with maybe a little bit more white ancestry than usual. Very few African-Americans turn out to be 50/50. But I’m going to say that Rebecca is probably no less than 1/8 black.

  4. Capricious says:

    Like Shailene Woodley, her African heritage is distant. Sorry, she’s too fair skinned to have a recent African ethnicity.

  5. fuzzybear44 says:


    If I didn’t. Know who she was, and she mention. She was part African American, I wouldn’t. Blink an eye. Simply because unlike you, this is not uncommon to me, no one said she’s, Not majority White, but she still part black to. She’s. No different than Channel Van Waeyenberge, or Victoria Rowell daughter or even Eartha kitt daughter,.No one is calling her a black woman. She is simply part black like probably billions of other people.

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