If you've ever taken a deep-dive into your family's past to learn more about where you might have come from, how your family got to be the way that it is, or where it is, you know that it can be pretty interesting stuff. And genealogy TV shows like
Who Do You Think You Are? and Finding Your Roots have taken that process and added your favorite celebrities to the mix, because they too want to know more about who they are and where they came from. There are a number of celebrities you didn't know are actually distantly related, as well, which can make the process and stories even more intriguing.
In some ways, it might make sense that famous people would be related to other famous people, but these aren't mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, or siblings. These celebrities are more distantly related, but related all the same, you may just not have ever known it before. Some celebrity connections can be quite surprising — this isn't the Franco brothers or Rashida and Quincy Jones. From Justin Bieber to Hilary Duff, Madonna, and more, some of the celebrities that are actually distantly related are people you'd never expect.
1 Kate Middleton, Dakota Fanning, & Elle Fanning WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Fanning sisters are very, very distantly related, but they are still related.
Middleton, Dakota, and Elle Fanning are 21st cousins, experts from Ancestry told People. The three share a common ancestor in King Edward III of England. 2 Al Roker & Lenny Kravitz Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 3 Bernie Sanders & Larry David Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images News/Getty Images, David McNew/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Larry David has portrayed Bernie Sanders multiple times on
Saturday Night Live because the two look quite a bit alike, but they didn't know that they were, in fact, related until later on. When David appeared on PBS's Finding Your Roots, he learned that he and Sanders are, in fact, cousins, as Time reported. 4 Prince Charles & Ralph Fiennes Charles McQuillan/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
The Prince of Wales and actor Ralph Fiennes, who's played many royals over the course of his career, are actually related.
Us Weekly reported that Prince Charles and Fiennes are eighth cousins, sharing a connection to James II of Scotland. 5 Madonna & Hillary Clinton Mike Coppola/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Mike Coppola/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Pop legend Madonna and Hillary Clinton might not seem to be that much alike, but they're actually related. The
Washington Post reported that a Washington-based genealogist named William Addams Reitwiesner found that Madonna and Clinton are 10th cousins, but declined to comment on his research to the Post directly. 6 Matt Damon & Ben Affleck Craig Barritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 7 Ryan Gosling & Justin Bieber Samuel de Roman/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images 8 Kit Harington & Rose Leslie Stefania M. D'Alessandro/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Andrew Toth/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 9 Justin Bieber & Avril Lavigne Phillip Faraone/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Jag Gundu/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Not only is Justin Bieber related to Ryan Gosling, but they're actually both related to Avril Lavigne as well. As the aforementioned article from E! noted,
Bieber and Lavigne are actually 12th cousins. Celine Dion is also related to this crew, which just makes this story all the more interesting. 10 Emily Blunt & Stanley Tucci Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Emily Blunt and her
The Devil Wears Prada co-star Stanley Tucci aren't just co-stars, they're family. Blunt invited Tucci to her 2010 wedding to actor John Krasinski, which is how Tucci met his wife — Blunt's older sister Felicity, E! reported in a separate article. 11 Robert Pattinson, Prince William, & Prince Harry Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 12 Hilary Duff & Queen Elizabeth II Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Chris Jackson/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 13 Thomas Sangster & Hugh Grant Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images