CELEBRITIES WITH MALTESE ANCESTRY

We may be just a speck on the world map, but some of our compatriots have set the scene for many superstars to be born and entertain the world.

Australia has Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Iceland has Bjork. Sweden’s got ABBA. But what about us? Well… You’ll be surprised.

Kerry Ingram – Rising to fame as Princess Shireen in Game of Thrones – the little girl who was burnt at the stake – Kerry’s still at the beginning of her career. What many may not know is that Kerry’s grandfather lives in Imqabba and is Maltese. If that’s not random, I don’t know what is…

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Edwidge Fenech – I guess her surname gives the ancestry away here. Born to a Maltese father and a Sicilian mother in France, Edwidge is one of those CineCitta actresses with more talent than one person should have. Among her many accomplishments, the two that stand out the most are when she was asked by Quentin Tarantino to star in Hostel: Part II and producing A Merchant of Venice, which starred Al Pacino.

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Joseph Calleia – Before the tenor, there was the actor. And while today he’s all but forgotten by the Maltese, Joseph Calleia’s fame would be similar to Leonardo Di Caprio’s today. Born in Malta, the actor went to Hollywood and played various roles, and worked alongside Rita Hayworth in Gilda, Ingrid Birgman in For Whom the Bell Tolls, Lucille Balls in Lured and with Orson Welles in Touch of Evil. He was one of the Golden Age of Hollywood’s most popular and ubiquitous actors.

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Bryan Adams – This Canadian legend’s grandmother was Maltese, and in case the feud between Valletta and Floriana needed any kindling, she was from Floriana, and lived in Valletta. In fact, his ancestry had been officially revealed to us a few years back when Adams held a concert in Pembroke.

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Britney Spears – When our descendants will read about our cultural history some 200 or 300 years from now, there will definitely be a chapter on how 2007 was an uber eventful year for celebrities. The one who had made the most headlines was Britney Spears for shaving her hair off and attacking a car with an umbrella. It seems like Britney’s great grandparents were also the talk of the town back in the 1920s when they were living in sin. More importantly to our cause however, was Britney’s great great grandfather, Edward Richard Portelli, who was born in Malta in 1873.

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So yes, they may not have a Maltese passport and, yes, not everyone would directly associate them with this little island. But they still have Maltese blood running through their veins.

 

Can you think of any other global superstars with Maltese ancestry?

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