21 Celebrities Who Adopted Kids


In the world of celebrities who've adopted children, it's hard not to immediately think of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, right? This A-list couples has adopted several times, and show no signs of stopping the expansion of their family. With both biological and adopted children, they've set the picture-perfect family bar pretty high. But they're not the only celebrities who've adopted kids.

For some, like Katherine Heigl, the adoption stemmed from a precedent of always wanting to adopt. For others, like Calista Flockhart, Sheryl Crow, Sandra Bullock, and more , they were single women who wanted to become mothers, and turned to adoption to do so on their own. And for many, like Hugh Jackman, Julie Andrews, and Nia Vardalos, adoption came to fruition by facing the challenges of fertility.

Regardless of how or why they came to the adoption process, they made it here, and many have become vocal advocates for adoption along the way. However different in their careers and backgrounds, the one thing all of these celebs have in common is that they've all opened their arms and provided a loving home to a child in need. And that's way, way cooler than winning an Oscar, right?

1Charlize Theron

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Us Weekly reported that, in 2012, Charlize Theron adopted a baby boy. In 2015, she adopted a baby girl, August, according to People.

2Sandra Bullock

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After a lengthy process, Popsugar noted that Bullock finalized the adoption of her son Louis in 2010. In 2015, she expanded her family again with the adoption of her daughter, 3-year-old Laila, according to People.

3Kristin Davis

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Life imitated are for this former Sex and the City star. In October 2011, Davis announced that she had adopted baby Gemma Rose domestically to Us Weekly.

4Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman


Cruise and Kidman adopted daughter Isabella together in 1993 and son Connor, in 1995.

5Viola Davis

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According to Hollywood Reporter, Davis and her husband Julius Tennon welcomed their adopted daughter Genesis into their family in October of 2011.

6Ty Burrell

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Modern Family star Burrel and his wife Holly have adopted twice, according to E!. Their daughter Frances, and another daughter in 2012.


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Madonna's 2008 adoption of David Banda from Malawi made headlines, but it didn't stop her from returning to the country a year later and adopt her daughter Mercy.

8Connie Britton

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According to Us Weekly, Britton never thought she'd have a child on her own, and in November 0f 2011, adopted her son Yoby.

9Hugh Jackman

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Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee have adopted two children, Oscar and Ava. Jackman is very vocal on his thoughts about adoption.

10Mariska Hargitay

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Hargitay opened up to Good Housekeeping about the adoptions of her two children, August and Amaya.

11Meg Ryan

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Along with her biological son Jack, Ryan adopted a little girl, Daisy, from China. She opened up the the LA Times after the adoption. saying, "I always thought I'd do it. It's such a deliberate act, this adoption."

12Mary Louise Parker

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Three years after giving birth to her son, Mary-Louise Parker adopted her daughter Caroline "Ash" Aberash.

13Calista Flockhart

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Calista Flockhart was a single lady when she adopted her son Liam.

14Katherine Heigl

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According to Us Weekly, Katherine Heigl has adopted twice; her daughter Naleigh in 2009, and daughter Adelaide in 2012.

15Michelle Pfeiffer

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People noted that Pheiffer adopted her daughter Claudia Rose in 1993, having begun the process before she met her husband David E. Kelley, who later adopted Claudia as well.

16Cate Blanchett

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In early 2015, Blanchett adopted her daughter, Edith, to join her three biological sons, Dashiell, Roman, and Ignatius.

17Sheryl Crow

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In 2007, Sheryl Crow adopted her oldest son, Wyatt. And in 2010, she adopted another son, Levi.

18Ewan McGregor

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Ewan McGregor and Eve Mavrakis are the parents of four children, two biological and two adopted daughters. The pair adopted Jamiyan from Mongolia in 2008, and Annouk in 2011.

19Julie Andrews

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Andrews and her late husband Blake Edwards adopted two daughters, Amy and Joanna from Vietnam in the 1970s.

20Nia Vardalos

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Nia Vardalos has been very open about her struggle with infertility, and how it eventually led her to adoption.

21Diane Keaton

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In 1996, the actress adopted daughter Dexter, followed by son Duke six years later.