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10 celebrities you didn’t know have Scottish roots – from Isla Fisher to Reese Witherspoon

Scotland has been the birthplace of many celebrities and stars over the years including David Tennant, Karen Gillian and many more.

There are around 50 million people around the world who claim to have Scottish ancestors and some of them are our famous friends we are used to seeing on the big screen.

These celebrities have varying degrees of Scottish heritage, from parents in Greenock to historical ties dating back to the 18th century.

Take a look at our list of Celebrities You May Not Know Have Scottish Ancestry.

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John Barrowman

John Barrowman

John Barrowman became famous through West End musicals before he was cast as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and the spin-off Torchwood. John was born in Mount Vernon, Glasgow before moving to America at the age of 8.

Isla Fisher

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Isla Fisher is best known for her films like Confessions of Shopaholic and Now You See Me, but the Australian star has Scottish connections. The actress was born in Oman to Scottish parents Elspeth Reid and Brian Fisher and grew up in Bathgate before emigrating to Australia in the early 1980s.

Angus and Malcom Young

Guitarists Angus Young (left) and his brother Malcolm (1953-2017)

You’d think AC / DC started out in Australia, but rock legends Angus and Malcolm Young were both born in Glasgow. The brothers were born in Glasgow in 1953 and 1958 before moving to Australia with their parents in 1963.

Alison Brie

Alison Brie attends the Netflix event

Before Alison Brie starred on the hit show Mad Men and headed the women’s wrestling ring in Glow, Alison Brie studied in Glasgow. The star did an exchange here and studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and experienced all of Glasgow’s student highlights – the garage nightclub, 2 a.m. chips and cheese along Sauchiehall Street, and a football game between Celtic and Rangers.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay, best known as the angry chef on his hit shows Hells Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, has Scottish connections. The celebrity chef may have grown up in Stratford-upon-Avon, but he was born in Johnstone, Scotland and lived there until he was 9 years old.

David Duchovny

David Duchovny

David is known for starring alongside Gillian Anderson as an FBI agent on the hit show The X-Files, but the star is open-minded and has never forgotten his Scottish heritage. Duchovny was born in New York in 1960, but his mother was a Scottish immigrant from Aberdeen. The star visits Scotland regularly to pay homage to his roots.

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Tom is waiting

Tom is waiting

Music legend Tom Waits is another star on our list of Scottish paternal heritage. The paternal side of the family has ties to Scotland and his mother is of Norwegian ancestry.

Re ese Witherspoon

10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Scottish Roots – Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon has a proud claim to her potential Scottish heritage as she is believed to be a direct descendant of John Witherspoon, Scottish Presbyterian minister and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.

Jay Leno

Jay Leno

American talk show host Jay Leno is another surprising celebrity with Scottish roots. His mother Catherine was born in Greenock in 1911 before moving across the sea to America at the age of 11.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore visits Tom Ford during NYFW

Julianne Moore is best known for her work in Still Alice and Magnolia, but what is less known is that she is of Scottish ancestry. Moore’s mother, Anne, lived in Greenock before moving to America in 1951 and meeting her father, Peter Moore Smith.

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