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Lady Gaga and Madonna
These two never stop bickering – and we don’t want them to – but that’s what families do, right? It all makes sense now, because apparently Madge and Gaga are cousins. Ninth cousins, dating back to a French ancestor from the 1600s, but who’s counting?
Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy
This is one of our faves. You know the large lady out of Bridesmaids – she’s related to a former racy model. True story. Melissa McCarthy is Jenny McCarthy’s cousin. Jenny, who’s long been more of a comedian and presenter than a model is actually pretty funny, so it all makes sense now.
Sophia Coppola and Nicolas Cage
NickCage used to be called Nicolas Coppola and is actually first cousins with actress/director Sofia Coppola. Her late father Francis Ford Coppola is his uncle. Wow, now that must have been handy when he started out in T’Town. What a connection!
Brother and Sister Act
Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine
Warren B’s known for his womanising ways, but there’s one lady he definitely hasn’t dated, thankfully, because she’s his older sister. Her name? Downton Abbey’s Martha Levinson, played by actress Shirley MacLaine. OMG! Who would have thought it?
Gwyneth Paltrow and Steven Spielberg
We all know that Steven’s Drew Barrymore’s godfather (he cast her in ET), but you might not know that Gwyneth Paltrow’s also Mr Spielberg’s goddaughter. He even cast her as Wendy in his 1991 hit Hook. Now that’s a handy godfather to have, lucky girls!
Ralph Fiennes and Prince Charles
He’s pretty posh, but we didn’t know that Ralph Fiennes, aka Voldemort in Harry Potter and the star of loads of other blockbusters is actually almost royalty. He’s Prince Charles’ eighth cousin. Now that’s a bit of useful trivia for quiz night!
Romeo Beckham and Elizabeth Hurley
They might not be that matey these days – Posh seems to change her celebrity chums as often as she switches Harper’s outfits – but at one stage Victoria Beckham and Liz Hurley were matey enough for Posh to make Liz Romeo’s godmother.
Justin Bieber and Ryan Gosling
The fact that they’re both Canadians helps, but it’s still a bit of a shocker that the Biebs is related to gorgeous Ryan Gosling. Apparently the pair are 11th cousins, once removed, but that’s not all. Justin’s also related to skater girl Avril Lavigne – they’re 12th cousins. Now that’s some good pop trivia.
Mariah Carey and Ashley Cole
Who knew Mazza and Chezza’s ex Ashley were related? Mariah was researching her family tree and discovered that their relatives all hailed from the same area of America. Carey said, “It’s fascinating. My grandmother was a Cole before she married and it turns out she comes from the same area of Alabama as Ashley’s ancestors.”
Robbie Williams and Simon Cowell
Now this one’s a bit of a long stretch, but bear with us. Weirdly, music superstar and on/off Take That band-member Robbie Williams’ brother-in-law’s cousin (still with us?) is X-Factor baddie, and music mogul Simon Cowell. How random is that! Another bit of quiz night trivia for ya. You’re welcome!