Shannen Doherty

Doherty in 2011, Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Shannen Maria Doherty

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 12, 1971

Ethnicity: Irish, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, remote French

Shannen Doherty is an American actress, producer, author, and director. Her roles include the shows Little House on the Prairie, Our House, Beverly Hills, 90210, and later 90210 and BH90210, and Charmed, of which she also directed episodes; and the films Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Heathers, and Fortress (2021).

Shannen’s paternal grandfather was named John Thomas Doherty.

Shannen’s maternal grandfather was Lloyd Buford Wright (the son of Benjamin Richard Wright and Bertie Murphey). Lloyd was born in Arkansas. Benjamin was the son of James Wilson Wright and Sallie Beth Montgomery. Betie was the daughter of Ferdinand Eugene Murphey and Margaret Ann “Maggie” Pippen.

Shannen’s maternal grandmother was Hilda Mae Parker (the daughter of Jesse P. Parker and Rosa Mae Powell).

Sources: Genealogy of Shannen Doherty (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Shannen Doherty (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

31 Responses

  1. Croc says:

    She absolutely looks Irish. Bone structure, colouring.

  2. luckystar says:

    She looks British-Irish in the movie “Heathers”. Now she is Plasticoid.

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