Star Siblings: Top 12 Famous Celebrity Sisters and Brothers

Maybe they’re born with it! They say that lightning never strikes the same place twice, but the opposite seems to be true for celebrity siblings. Famous brothers and sisters, such as Jaden and Willow Smith, Beyoncé and Solange Knowles,  Serena and Venus Williams and the Olsen twins appear to have star power running in their genes.

Top 12 Famous Celebrity Sisters and Brothers

Born to the same parents, these relatives not only followed similar life paths, pursuing careers in acting, music, sports and reality TV, but made names for themselves apart from their famous family members.

1. Beyoncé and Solange Knowles

Beyoncé, Solange

Beyonce Giselle Knowles was born in Houston, Texas, to Celestine “Tina” Knowles (née Beyonce), a hairdresser and salon owner, and Mathew Knowles, a Xerox sales manager. Beyoncé's name is a tribute to her mother's maiden name. Beyoncé's younger sister Solange Knowles is also a singer and a former backup dancer for Destiny's Child. Solange and Beyoncé are the first sisters to have both had No. 1 albums. Mathew is African American, and Tina is of Louisiana Creole descent (French, Native American, and African), and distant Jewish, Spanish, Chinese and Indonesian ancestry. Through her mother, Beyoncé is a descendant of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard, as well as a direct decendent of Jean-Vincent d'Abbadie de Saint-Castin. In 2018, Beyoncé researched her ancestry and found out that she is descended from a slaveowner.

2. Haylie Duff and Hilary Duff

Haylie Duff and Hilary Duff

The older sister of Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff was born in Houston, Texas. She is best known for her roles as Sandy Jameson in the television series 7th Heaven, Amy Sanders in Lizzie McGuire, Summer Wheatley in Napoleon Dynamite, and Annie Nelson in the made-for-television films Love Takes Wing along with its sequel Love Finds a Home. Hilary Duff is an American actress, businesswoman, singer, songwriter, producer, and writer.

3. Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, and Andrew Wilson

Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, and Andrew Wilson

While the three brothers are all in the film industry, Luke Wilson is the younger brother of actors Andrew Wilson and Owen Wilson. They are the three sons of Laura Wilson (née Cunningham; born 1939), a photographer and Robert Andrew Wilson (1941–2017), an advertising executive and previously an executive at KERA, a public television station.

4. Jaden Smith and Willow Smith

Jaden Smith and Willow Smith

Willow Camille Reign Smith, also known mononymously as Willow, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She is the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and the younger sister of Jaden Smith.

5. Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko (2001). His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, English and Swiss-German.

6. Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel

Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel

Emily Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, to cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir). Her younger sister is actress and singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel.

7. Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård, and Gustaf Skarsgård

Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård, and Gustaf Skarsgård

Alexander Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He is the eldest son of actor Stellan Skarsgård and his first wife, My Skarsgård, a physician. He has five younger siblings: Gustaf, Sam, Bill, Eija and Valter, and two half-brothers from his father's second wife, Megan Everett. Gustaf, Bill, and Valter are also actors.

8. Chris Hemsworth, Luke Hemsworth, and Liam Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth, Luke Hemsworth, and Liam Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth was born in Melbourne, Australia to Leonie (née van Os), an English teacher, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counsellor. He is the middle of three boys; his brothers Luke (older) and Liam (younger) are also actors. His maternal grandfather is a Dutch immigrant and his maternal grandmother is of Irish descent; on his paternal line he is of English, Scottish, and German ancestry.

9. Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning

Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning

As far as child stars go, Dakota and Elle Fanning have a squeaky clean reputation. Throughout their lengthy careers, the two sisters have largely managed to stay out of the tabloid headlines, and they continue to present themselves as two highly-intelligent and down-to-earth individuals.

10. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen (born June 13, 1986), also known as the Olsen twins as a duo, are American fashion designers and former child actresses. The twins made their acting debut as infants playing Michelle Tanner on the television series Full House. At the age of six, Mary-Kate and Ashley began starring together in TV, film, and video projects, which continued to their teenage years. Through their company Dualstar, the Olsens joined the ranks of the wealthiest women in the entertainment industry at a young age.

11. Kate and Pippa Middleton

Kate and Pippa Middleton

Fame aside, the Middleton sisters still share an unbreakable bond: Both women were even pregnant at the same time in 2018! "It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition before the age of 30 on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom," Pippa wrote of her connection to the throne via Kate in her book Celebrate. "One day I might be able to make sense of this. In the meantime I think it's fair to say that it has its upside and its downside." 

12. Serena and Venus Williams

Serena and Venus Williams

Despite their competitive nature — Serena beat out her sister at the January 2017 Australia Open to win her 23d Grand Slam title — these two remain in each other’s corners. Venus sent a message to the tennis champ after she lost at Wimbeldon to Garbiñe Muguruza, telling her little sis, “I miss you. I tried my best to do the same things you do, but I think there will be other opportunities.” She also gushed about the arrival of her niece, Alexis Olympia, to reporters in September 2017, saying, “I’m super excited. Words can’t describe.”


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