The Surprising Royal Connection: Harry Potter Actor’s Distant Royal Family Relation Revealed


The genealogical connections between Hollywood stars and the British royal family can be quite intriguing, showcasing familial ties that span centuries and continents.

Hilary Duff is revealed to be related to Alexander Spotswood, an ancestor shared with Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III, making her Elizabeth’s 18th cousin. Brooke Shields also shares a royal connection through Henry II.

Several actors from the “Harry Potter” series have genealogical ties to the royal family. Helena Bonham Carter, who portrayed Bellatrix Lestrange, is related to Catherine, Princess of Wales. Robert Pattinson, who played Cedric Diggory, has ancestry traced back to King Charles. However, Ralph Fiennes, renowned for his portrayal of Lord Voldemort, is noted as the closest relation, being an eighth cousin to King Charles III.


Ralph Fiennes’ lineage to King Charles III is traced back through James II of Scotland in the mid-15th century. Fiennes is a direct descendant of Mary Stewart, daughter of James II of Scotland, and her second husband, James Hamilton. His family tree includes various noble titles, and his elaborate last name comes from Frederick Twisleton, who became Baron Saye and Sele in the 1800s.

Ralph Fiennes’ nephew, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, also featured in the “Harry Potter” series as the young Tom Riddle (Lord Voldemort). Hero Fiennes Tiffin, being a member of the same Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes family, shares the royal lineage connecting him to King Charles III, similar to his uncle Ralph.

Ralph Fiennes initially hesitated to accept the role of Lord Voldemort in the “Harry Potter” films but was convinced by his sister, Martha Fiennes, who recognized the significance and impact of the role. Interestingly, Hero Fiennes Tiffin’s portrayal of Tom Riddle in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was not influenced by his uncle’s casting but was independently chosen due to his fitting portrayal of the character.

These connections highlight the vast and surprising familial links between Hollywood actors and the British royal family, demonstrating the intriguing intersections between entertainment, history, and lineage.