Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are revealed to be distant COUSINS

Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are revealed to be distant COUSINS

05/28/2021

Friends… and family! On-screen couple Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are revealed to be distant COUSINS through English ancestors that lived 500 years ago

  • Matthew, 51, and Courteney, 56, are 11th cousins through Courteney’s mother and Matthew’s father
  • The connection goes back to William Osbern Haskell III and his wife Ellen Haskell, who lived in England about 500 years ago
  • Courteney is a direct descendent of their son Roger, while Matthew is a direct descendent of his younger brother William
  • Both Matthew and Courteney are also related to Lady Gaga, while Courteney is distantly related to the reigning Queen Elizabeth
  • The actors, who played married couple Monica and Chandler on Friends, will appear in a reunion on HBO Max on May 27 

Genealogy researches have revealed that Friends stars Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are distant cousins.

Matthew, 51, Courteney, 56, make up one of TV’s most beloved celebrity couples, but in real life they are distantly related.

According to researchers at the online genealogy website MyHeritage, who spoke to CNN this week, the actors are 11th cousins through Courteney’s mother and Matthew’s father.

Related! Genealogy researches have revealed that Friends stars Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are distant cousins

Who knew? Matthew, 51, Courteney, 56, make up one of TV’s most beloved celebrity couples, but in real life they are distantly related

Far apart: The actors are 11th cousins through Courteney’s mother and Matthew’s father

The pair’s connection goes back centuries to William Osbern Haskell III and his wife Ellen Haskell, who lived in England about 500 years ago. 

In 1635, Ellen and her two sons, Roger and William, moved to what is now the US.

That was nearly 30 years after Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, was founded, and 141 years before the Declaration of Independence was written.

Courteney is a direct descendent of Roger, while Matthew is a direct descendent of his younger brother William.  

‘We went into this line very deeply, we checked every name. We found a lot of records that support it, and we have confidence that they are related,’ said Roi Mandel, the head of research at MyHeritage. 

Mandel explained that they searched through billions of historical records to find the relationship.

He added that it’s ‘not such a surprise’ to find a connection between them, saying ‘it makes sense that when you go so many generations back.’ 

In fact, both Matthew and Courteney are also related to Lady Gaga — of whom Courteney is a fan.

‘Of course I like Lady Gaga. Who doesn’t love talent?!’ she tweeted in 2012.

Lady Gaga is among several stars set to make appearances on the Friends reunion that will premiere on May 27 on HBO Max.

Previously, Courteney learned of some of her other famous relations in a 2017 episode of TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? 

Surprise! Both Matthew and Courteney are also related to Lady Gaga

‘Of course I like Lady Gaga. Who doesn’t love talent?!’ Courteney tweeted in 2012

Courteney learned of some of her other famous relations in a 2017 episode of TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? — including Queen Elizabeth

More relations! Matthew is the stepson of Dateline correspondent Keith Morrison, who has been married to the Friends star’s mother Suzanne Perry, for 39 years

Most notably, she is very distantly related to the reigning Queen Elizabeth.

The star learned that her 18-times great-grandfather was a man named Thomas de Berkeley, whose descendants including the queen.

Thomas de Berkeley also once held Edward II  prisoner in 1327. 

Meanwhile, Matthew is the stepson of Dateline correspondent Keith Morrison, who has been married to the Friends star’s mother Suzanne Perry, for 39 years.

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