The Queen’s shocking celebrity connections revealed

These famous Hollywood stars reportedly have links to Her Majesty

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks with staff during a visit to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
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The Queen’s celebrity connections may not be something many consider, but it seems that the 94-year-old monarch is just as well connected to Hollywood royalty as she is to other Royal Families. 

With Queen Elizabeth II’s family tree going back hundreds of years, it has recently been discovered that many famous faces link in some way to Her Majesty. A new study by (opens in new tab) has unearthed a variety of Hollywood connections that are sure to surprise some royal fans and perhaps even the Queen herself. 

Here we reveal the Queen’s most shocking celebrity connections...

Given how extensive the Queen’s family tree must be, many people might be wondering exactly how many Hollywood stars have links to the beloved monarch. The answer, according to the study, is quite a few.  

Royal connections don't just end in the UK, they're more involved in Hollywood than you think. The study reportedly found that celebrities such as Hilary Duff and Johnny Depp are both actually related to Queen Elizabeth II. 

As surprising as it sounds, Hilary Duff is understood to be the Queen's 18th cousin and Johnny Depp her 18th cousin.

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And though the British Royal Family may know of their connections to various Dukes, Viscounts and Lords, it turns out that actor Ralph Fiennes has a surprising connection to the Royal Family.

Perhaps best known for playing evil Lord Voldemort in the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling (opens in new tab)’s Harry Potter series, Ralph is actually an 8th cousin of the Queen's son, Prince Charles. 

Who else is connected to the Queen?

Whilst it may not be a biological connection, actor Johnny Depp also links director Tim Burton to the monarch, as he is godfather to Tim’s son Billy. 

Tim’s former partner Helena Bonham Carter (opens in new tab) will no doubt be a familiar face that all The Crown (opens in new tab) fans will recognise. The popular actor, who also starred in the Harry Potter films alongside Ralph Fiennes, played Queen Elizabeth II’s sister Princess Margaret (opens in new tab) in the Netflix hit. 

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If that wasn’t shocking enough, the Queen is even thought to have a link to singer-songwriter Marilyn Manson. With his signature gothic makeup, Marilyn Manson may seem a far cry from the Royal Family.

However, as godfather to Johnny Depp's daughter, actress Lily-Rose Depp, Manson is part of the extended Royal Family Tree. Although we’re not sure we can imagine them all socialising in Buckingham Palace (opens in new tab).

Did you know about any of these shocking celebrity connections?

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.