Xavier Dolan

LOS ANGELES - NOV 12:  Xavier Dolan at the "Mommy" Screening at

Dolan in 2014, photo by kathclick/bigstockphoto.com

Birth Name: Xavier Dolan-Tadros

Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: 20 March, 1989

*father – Egyptian Coptic, Lebanese
*mother – French-Canadian, one quarter Irish

Xavier Dolan is a Canadian director, actor, screenwriter, editor, and costume designer. He has written and directed the films I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways, Tom at the Farm, Mommy, It’s Only the End of the World, The Death & Life of John F. Donovan, and Matthias & Maxime. He starred in I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, Tom at the Farm, and Matthias & Maxime, and has also appeared in the films Martyrs, Good Neighbours, Miraculum, Elephant Song, Bad Times at the El Royale, Boy Erased, It Chapter Two, and Lost Illusions. He created, directed, and wrote the series The Night Logan Woke Up.

He is the son of Geneviève Dolan (Geneviève-Beatrice Dolan), a teacher, and Manuel Tadros, an actor and singer. Xavier’s father is Egyptian; he was born in Cairo, and moved with his family to Canada when he was around ten. Xavier’s mother is Canadian, and is of one quarter Irish and three quarters French-Canadian descent.

Xavier’s paternal grandfather was Emmanuel Saadi Tadros (the son of Michel Tadros and E. Makhla). Emmanuel was of Coptic Christian background.

Xavier’s paternal grandmother was named Suzette Sawaya (the daughter of Emilie Saab). Suzette had Lebanese roots. Emilie was the daughter of Scandar Saab and Jeanne Arcache.

Xavier’s maternal grandfather was Louis-Paul Dolan (the son of Albert Dolan and Marie-Ange Jeanne-Yvonne Dupuis). Louis-Paul was born in Nicolet. Xavier’s great-grandfather Albert was the son of James Dolan and Ellen Purtell, and was of Irish descent; James’ parents were Michael Dolan and Bridget O’Keefe, and Ellen was the daughter of William Purtell and Ellen Alice Rebecca O’Grady. Xavier’s great-grandmother Marie-Ange Jeanne-Yvonne was the daughter of Joseph Dupuis and Marie Fabiola Papillon, and was of French-Canadian origin.

Xavier’s maternal grandmother is Marie Thérèse Alexandrine Rollande Methot (the daughter of Joseph-Wilfrid-Eutrope Methot and Marie-Bertha-Beatrice Robin). Xavier’s grandmother Marie Thérèse is French-Canadian. Joseph was the son of Elzéar Méthot and Marie Amanda Ouellet. Xavier’s great-grandmother Marie-Bertha-Beatrice was the daughter of Louis Robin and Joséphine Marie Zoé Rose-Anna Fortier.

Sources: Obituary of Xavier’s paternal grandmother, Suzette (Sawaya) Tadros – http://obits.dignitymemorial.com

Genealogies of Xavier Dolan (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.nosorigines.qc.ca

5 Responses

  1. ann says:

    Emmanuel listed to be a Copt and Suzette of Lebanese ancestry (surnames Sawaya, Saab and Arcache all can be find in Lebanon).

  2. rafe says:

    That’s a sexy picture of him.

  3. phaedra says:

    Knew that he had Mediterranean in him. He’s so exotic and cute.

    • Jordan says:

      Egyptians are a mix of middle eastern and african elements, unlike European mediterraneans, so I would avoid using that word as a marker of ethnicity

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