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21 Famous People of Swedish Descent

Updated June 14, 2019 77.3k views21 items

This list of famous people of Swedish descent is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous people are of Swedish descent. Some of them have a mixed heritage while others are 100% Swedish. Celebrities of Swedish descent have had successful careers in film, television, and sports. Even several Academy Award winners are of Swedish ancestry.

Who is the most famous person of Swedish descent? Taylor Swift tops this list. The “Shake It Off” singer is of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, Swedish, Dutch, French, and Italian descent. Musician Grace Slick, of Jefferson Airplane, is of Norwegian, Swedish and English descent.

Many Oscar winners are also of Swedish ancestry. Matt Damon is of Scottish, English, Finnish, and Swedish descent. He won an Academy Award for co-writing the film Good Will Hunting with Ben Affleck. Read through the list below to find out which other Oscar-winning actors and directors are Swedish.

How do you celebrate the multi-cultural aspects of your heritage? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  • Taylor Swift is of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, Swedish, Dutch, French, and Italian descent. She grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania.
    • Born: 1989-12-13
    • Age: 30
    • Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • George W. Bush is of English, German, Dutch, Welsh, Irish, French, Swedish, and Scottish descent.

    • Born: 1946-07-06
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
  • Julia Roberts is of English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. She has starred in films such as Pretty Woman and Eat Pray Love.

    • Born: 1967-10-28
    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Smyrna, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Matt Damon is of Scottish, English, Finnish, and Swedish descent. He has appeared in films such as Good Will Hunting and The Bourne Identity.

    • Born: 1970-10-08
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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