Johnny Depp and Queen Elizabeth are cousins?
May 17th, 2011
03:07 PM ET

Johnny Depp and Queen Elizabeth are cousins?

Johnny Depp might be upset about being left off the royal wedding guest list now that it's been revealed that he and Queen Elizabeth are reportedly distant cousins.

According to the Daily Mail, the "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" star and the British monarch both share the same bloodline. One branch of Depp's ancestors are descended from 15th-century aristocrats Sir William Gascoigne and his wife Margaret Percy, who hailed from Yorkshire, England.

Margaret was the daughter of the third Earl of Northumberland and also a direct descendent of King Edward III. Queen Elizabeth is Edward III's great-granddaughter, 17 times removed, and Depp's cousin, 20 times removed.

Meanwhile, it's also been said that Lady Gaga is related to another music icon. New England Historic Genealogical Society specialist Chris Child tells the Boston Globe that Madonna and Gaga are ninth cousins, once removed.

"When I saw that Lady Gaga had French Canadian ancestry, I thought there might be something there," he said of the New Yorker, who has been criticized in the past for copying Madonna's music and style. According to Child, both women are descended from a French farming couple who moved to Quebec in the 1600s.

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  1. familyforest

    Congratulations Johnny on your new Pirates movie! You will make a great Tonto!

    See who his famous relatives are here:

    What a great actor he is. Loved him in "Neverland".

    May 23, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Robinlane

    That explains why she's so unattractive!!! Johnny got all the looks in the family!!

    May 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roxanne

    wow....all i got to say... the world is indeed a small place

    May 19, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. afasf

    pls go and see the Pirates of Carribean all you english folks!!!

    May 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fred

    Being that England is and always has been a very small country, it is likely that almost every white person in America can trace roots to someone in royalty in England. Also if you go back far enough you can connect lots of dots to whomever you want. I traced my family tree back to Adam and Eve.

    May 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. familyforest

    Johnny Depp and another famous relative story in the Family Forest National Treasure:

    May 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    I purseonly think dat this story is not true. How the queen be related to Cap't Jack!!!!! I dont think CNN is dat credable. Holla y'all!!! Queen?! pfffft!!!!!!!!

    May 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tom

    Considering we in the US have 11 STATES that are bigger than the entire UK, do you really think this is surprising?

    May 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. the_dude

    this guy was awsome as young luke skywalker on thos empire strikes movies.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Johnny Depp Fan

    May 18, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jen

    Hey xxv is this your age or your I.Q. I haven't used the term put out since I was 15 grow up please. These women have.

    May 18, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    Big deal. I'm a direct desendant of Adam and Eve.

    May 18, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. kristennikco

    I'd have to pull a Joe Dirt on Johnny and "get it on with my family member." Ohhhhh yeahhhhh.

    May 18, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Fisharegood

    Reminds me of my 6th grade science class where our instructor showed us an issue of the Weekly World News which made the claim that Gorbachev & Bill Cosby are related & then revealed that all of us are related by 50th or so cousins. So we're all related to both the Queen AND Depp!

    May 18, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. XXV

    They own a toy company come on but they are hott and put out

    May 18, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  16. Jen

    As for ladder climbers,the Middletons aren't exactly exports of a trailer park.

    May 18, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  17. jen

    My several-times-great-great grandfather was King George III's cousin, so that makes me Johnny Depp's cousin? Dammit, too bad I don't do incest.

    May 18, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • f

      My claim to fame???? My mother's mother (my grandma)was a second cousin to the great baseball player Lou Gehrig. Too bad the athletic ability didn't transfer over ! ! !

      May 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. XXV

    I wish Pippa was one of my descendents...!
    Let's all talk about Pippa, now that's
    Real News..! Another Woman using Her
    Looks to get ahead and she and Kate have
    Done a great job of that with
    Moving up the Social Ladder. Ha Ha...I Love them all...!

    May 18, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  19. dante

    the queen is very lucky she can give him a hug because he is family

    May 18, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  20. vijay banga

    Elizabeth and Depp 20 times removed is more of history for reference. As it is Depp is more popular than his cousin at least million times, a fact cousin Elizabeth would envy and turn deep red. Interesting is'nt it.

    May 18, 2011 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  21. JustMe

    @Aren’t we ALL related distantly crazy like this??? Matt
    May 17th, 2011 4:04 pm ET
    Thank you, Matt. Amen.

    May 18, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  22. corrina

    Give it a rest people. We are all related through Adam and Eve

    May 18, 2011 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jen

    Oh I would've thought Kate was related to Camilla she sort of has that naaaag look.ahaa

    May 18, 2011 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  24. Carly

    Kate Middleton is actually descended from the same couple. She and William are also (very) distant cousins.

    May 18, 2011 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  25. Coolness

    The royal family ate reptilians... LoL, yall ever humor yourself by watching those videos on YouTube?? Plus, there's videos saying Obama is a clone.

    May 18, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  26. Jen

    Tersa that black part is the part hoes like you can't get enough of right?

    May 18, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  27. Clueless

    Makes me wonder who I'm related to... Maybe someone famous. Like Id know, I don't know anything about my biological father. Oh well, there's worse things in life, like listening to gaga's music. 😉

    May 18, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  28. dippity doodoo


    May 18, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  29. popcorn

    Lady ga ga can ga ga my pp

    May 18, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  30. ape

    Big Fukn Deal ! Im Related 2 My Cousins 2 !

    May 18, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  31. Thought U Knew

    YES Obama is a 1/2 breed. The white 1/2 is President. The black 1/2 is the idiot that screws everything up.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  32. Sunshine Girl *

    And this is important how? I agree. If we all go back far enough were all related in some way shape or form. Thats why the word is so screwed up. Because its so inbred after all these years.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  33. ramona martinez


    May 18, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  34. Jen

    Now Katie you need to control that little temper it's not very lady like. People are just saying that the presidents name is always brought up when ancestry
    is mentioned

    May 18, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
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    May 18, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
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    May 18, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  37. katie

    Ill tell you what I'm sick of... Why is it everytime someone says blah obama whatever someone always has to say oh man your racist.. Ummm can't people just not like him? This is america right? I have that right to not like my president don't I? Doesn't mean I'm racist cause I didn't like the the last one either. So get the hell off it already and find something else to complain about!

    May 17, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  38. EMaxSTP

    I absolutely love the people who say the article is a waste of time, yet read it and comment on it. Perhaps those people should revisit the concept of waste of time. Anyway, I think it's mathematically impossible for us not to all be some degree of cousins. That being said, where can I send Cousin Johnny family reunion invitation?

    May 17, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Angie

    I think its all a publicity stunt bs bs

    May 17, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Michael

    Why is all of this such a suprise? If we are to believe that what the bible says about Adam and Eve, are we not all related ?

    May 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jen

    Wow now that would explain why I think about axes when I see my ex.just kidding ahaa!

    May 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  42. senrique

    Hey, beats finding out you're related to the infamous Lizzie Borden, which I am.(You know, who supposedly took an axe...etc.)

    May 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Jen

    Johnny's great granny was black, I wonder were she came from.

    May 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  44. osama bin hidin

    oh please... werepretty much all related then, so fitting because its easier for me to hate family members than total strangers.. i bet madonna secretlytaught a young lady kaka how to kill music in the 21st way back in the 80s or early 90s when lady gaga was still a young boy...

    May 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jen

    I bought new booties thanks to this weird revelation I've got the mad hatter on the brain,so tomorrow it's off to the millinery I go ahaa!,

    May 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  46. niko

    20 times removed? i wonder how many divorces r in that family haha

    May 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  47. whateva

    Whoooooo cares....20 times removed??? There are probably thousands that can stake that claim also...

    May 17, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Matt

    Wow. What a news flash. Here's another one – we are ALL related if we go back far enough.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  49. monty

    Kathy needs a hug.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  50. west

    Johnny related to hugo Chavez also.because john or juan is Mexican Viva la raza

    May 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Kathy

    Halle Berry's mother is white. So what if Obama's mother is white? Why are there still stupid racists in this world? God did not make a mistake when he made people different. Why do racists think He did? Get off of it already! We are all HUMANS! God made us HUMANS! Does anyone care??

    May 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  52. tiabear

    Madonna is from saginaw michigan usa with italian blood moron!!

    May 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • LA

      Yeah – on her DAD's side.

      May 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • six degree's

      My 9th grade science teacher was related to Madonna on her father's side. The six degrees of separation is funny. I guess you can know almost anyone by 6 degrees.

      May 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  53. poop u

    Thank you bealle I love your coment.u go girl...

    May 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Ray

    these are mostly all reall comments that are not funny at all. opinions like those should be kept to youself. it really hurts when people talk about others like that. no one ask 4 u to read this so if its waistin ur time don't read it. jonny depp is one of the most awsome actors of our time and i don't know much bout the queen but i bet she's awsome 2 in her own way.

    May 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rene

      Yes, And since the country is an island everybody is related one way or another to each other in the country.

      May 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  55. delia rodriguez

    Relatives... they just don't make them like they used to.

    May 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  56. jake

    Spit spot, Albert Hall, Meat and two veg, Big Ben, Dave Clark Five, Baby's Arm Holdin' an Apple, PIP PIP Cherrio!

    May 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Paulie Boy

    You gives a rat's behind.

    May 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  58. mejazzbo

    I seriously doubt if JD even gives the recent royal wedding a second thought.

    May 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Bealle

    Well if these newly discovered tidbits are true good for them. No one made those of you who don't believe it or feel it's a waste of time read this blog so why complain? I'm just saying if you have nothing nice to say just keep it to yourself.

    May 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  60. sally

    Anyone who is related to Johnny Depp should be honored, bow down to the good Lord, and thank her lucky stars!
    The guy is gorgeous, smart, talented, and the best actor of our time. And this is coming from an oldster...a real cougar.

    May 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Mr. Marty

    We all share common ancestry. Go back far enough and there was one woman we can all call great grandma.

    May 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Deppity Doo

    He is royalty in a world of "commoners" no matter if he actually has the blood line or not. A fine, fine, human specimen, both inside and out, IMO.

    May 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Julio

    talk about Ole MERRY ENGLAND...EVERYONE WANTS IN....

    May 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  64. emmy a ward

    I (purse-only) am so gel us. Hats off to them all. Where is Patty Duke?- Cousins.

    May 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  65. don don

    I think most everyone is practically related to Madonna and Gaga. They've been around.

    May 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  66. yeah her

    That's thrilling. -_-

    May 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  67. mike

    i In this case, then we all are related to each other with Adam and Eve being our Great parents 2000x removed or someting like that

    May 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • hehe101

      that would explain why some people are born with birth defects to two perfectly healthy family bloodlines.

      May 17, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      Adam and Eve are fictional like the rest of the bible.

      May 18, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • LA

      boocat – apparently you never heard of Mitochondrial Eve. There's truth in every story.

      May 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Doug Hiley

    I am surprised that he was not at the royal wedding! His hat would have fit right in with Princess Beatrice's Moose Antlers!! lol

    May 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Valerie

    Big freaking go back far enough and ALL of us are related, one way or the other..........

    May 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Matt

    I heard a crazy story that Obama is related to white people?!

    May 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  71. willy wonka

    I just wasted my afternoon break reading this?

    May 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  72. emma

    I kinda liked their silly hats.

    May 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Matt

    He didn't make the cut. His hats are not quite ridiculous enough.

    May 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Diana

    Aren't we ALL related distantly crazy like this???

    May 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • hawkechik

      Probably. I can't remember how exactly (my sister's the genealogist in the family,) but I'm somehow distantly related to John Wayne and Mark Twain among others.

      May 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rene

      Yes, we all are related.

      May 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Superhiro

    I agree with Kaylie Bull – Sh|t

    May 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • LA

      By no means. Any genealogist will tell you it's entirely probable and for a large pecentage of the population.

      May 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Peace

    The Queen is a lucky woman! How dare she not invite him!! 🙂 As for Gaga, y'all kept saying she copied Madonna. She wants to be like her older cuz! You guys are too smart!

    May 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Kaylie

    this lis not true!!

    May 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      well actually my husband is kin to him also and his familys history is from England , so it very well could be, his grandparents are buried in summer shade where my husband grew up.

      May 18, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • familyforest

      Here is a better Johnny Depp famous relative story:

      May 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |

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