Surprise! You might just be blown away to learn about these famous celebrities with Canadian roots. Their connections to the Great White North come in the form of their parents, distant ancestors, and long-time spouses.

Most of the faces on this list should be super familiar to you, but their Canadian ties aren't often talked about. 

You may also gain a little bit more adoration for famous stars including Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga, Mark Wahlberg, and even Walt Disney.


Madonna's birthplace is in Bay City, Michigan however, her mother comes from French-Canadian descent. IMDb writes that she and Celine Dion even have a common ancestor named Zacharie Cloutier.

Mark Wahlberg

Boston-born Wahlberg is one-eighth French-Canadian from his mother and also has a love for the city of Toronto. The Star reported that the actor bought a $12 million penthouse in Yorkville back in 2011.

Lady Gaga

The "Shallow" singer hails from Manhattan, though her West Virginia-born mother is half French-Canadian and Italian.

Brendan Fraser 

Indianapolis-born Fraser comes from a Nova Scotian mother and father from Saskatchewan, with French-Canadian ancestry that runs in his family. He also briefly lived in Ottawa and studied at Upper Canada College in Toronto.

Anna Paquin

The True Blood star was actually born in Winnipeg to an English mother and Canadian father. However, she considers herself to be a Kiwi from New Zealand since she spent most of her childhood growing up there.

Warren Beatty

Virginia-born Beatty gets direct Canadian roots from his mother Kathlyn Corinne who originates from Nova Scotia. IMDb also writes that his uncle by marriage was a Communist member of the Canadian Parliament.

Amanda Bynes 

The She's The Man star was born in Thousand Oaks, California but her mother comes from a Jewish family who immigrated to Toronto. Bynes' grandparents are from the city and most of her relatives still live there, per IMDb.

Dwayne Johnson

You likely know the pro-wrestler-turned-actor as an American from Hayward, California but he actually holds Canadian citizenship. He gained that through his father Rocky Johnson who's of Nova Scotian descent.

Neve Campbell

The Scream star has been in a whole bunch of Hollywood productions but her roots are based in Guelph, Ontario where she was born and raised. IMDb even claims that she speaks French.

Jon Favreau

Queens-born Favreau comes from his father who has French-Canadian ancestry which puts a little bit of Canada in his blood!

Paula Abdul

Hailing from San Fernando Valley, California, Abdul's Jewish mother was born in Canada and both of her parents spent time living here as well. IMDb even claims that she spent her honeymoon with ex-husband Emilio Estevez in Winnipeg.

Elon Musk 

The Tesla CEO was born in South Africa but moved to Kingston, Ontario when he was a teenager in order to study at Queen's University. Despite dropping out after two years, he ended up getting his Canadian citizenship, which is also helped by his mother Maye Musk who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Jessica Alba 

The Good Luck Chuck star from Pomona, California lived in Canada for about five years and even called it "like my second home", according to Global News.

Robin Thicke

L.A.-born Thicke is actually a Canadian citizen and claims that he's "proud" that it's part of his identity, according to The Globe and Mail. His late father Alan Thicke was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, lending to their Canadian roots. 

Kim Cattrall 

The Sex and the City star originates from Liverpool, England but immigrated to Little River, B.C. with her family when she was three months old and was raised there. IMDb writes that she currently lives in Courtenay, B.C.

Walt Disney 

You can thank the American entrepreneur for creating the wonderful world of Disney. Biography claims that his roots are actually Irish-Canadian from his father, Elias Disney.

Kathie Lee Gifford

The famous TV presenter was born in Paris, France but gets some French-Canadian roots from her mother.

Tristan Thompson

The power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers was born and raised in Toronto and attended a French secondary school in Brampton before moving to New Jersey to pick up his basketball career.

Angelina Jolie 

L.A.-born Jolie's mother Marcheline Bertrand was about one-half French-Canadian. IMDb adds that she has a "maternal eight times great-grandmother" named Catherine Anenontha, who was born in Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec.

Matt LeBlanc 

Looks like Matthew Perry wasn't the only Friends star with Canadian roots. Newton, Massachusetts-born LeBlanc comes from his French-Canadian father, Paul LeBlanc.

Elton John

Sir Elton John gets his Canadian ties through Toronto-born hubby David Furnish. The couple has been married since 2014 and shares two children together.

Shemar Moore 

The Oakland, California-born actor comes from a mother who has half French-Canadian roots.

Samantha Bee 

The Full Frontal with Samantha Bee host does weekly segments about America but was actually born and raised in Toronto, with an education from George Brown Theatre School, per IMDb.

Vince Vaughn 

Minneapolis-born Vaughn has strong Canadian roots through his mom Sharon who was born in Brantford, Ontario. Plus his wife, Kyla Weber, is a real-estate agent from Canada who he has been married to since 2010. They share two kids. 

Carrie Underwood 

The country singer has shared a decade of her life with hockey star hubby Mike Fisher who was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. They have two children together, who get half of their dad's Canadian nationality.

Tom Cruise 

The Top Gun star has a couple of connections to Canada including briefly living in Ottawa while attending the same high school as Bryan Adams, per IMDb. He also received his pilot licence in Markham, Ontario back in 1994.

Dame Maggie Smith

You know her as the iconic Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter franchise, but Smith called Stratford, Ontario her home for four summer seasons between 1976 to 1980 when she worked at the Stratford Festival Theatre, per The Star

Steph Curry

Golden State Warriors' point guard was born in Akron, Ohio but spent a brief part of his teenage years living in Toronto when his father Dell Curry played for the Raptors. That's also where his wife of nine years was born and raised for most of her childhood.

Ellen DeGeneres 

The talk-show host from Metairie, Louisiana has very distant ancestors who lived in Canada during the mid-1700s, according to Flare.

JR Bourne

You might know this familiar face from series such as Teen Wolf, The 100, or Revenge, but he's actually a born-and-raised Canadian as IMDb writes that he hails from Toronto. 

Hillary Clinton

Chicago-born Clinton has pretty distant French-Canadian roots that come from her maternal great-grandmother named Delia Martin, per Flare.

Joel McHale 

The Community star was born in Rome, Italy which is pretty far from his American-Canadian roots. He gets half of those from his mother Laurie who hails from Vancouver. 

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