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THE WELSH CONNECTION
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THE WELSH CONNECTION
You might be surprised at just how many big names can trace their roots back to Wales. Russell Crowe may be best known as a Kiwi hardman, but his grandfather was born in Wrexham, meaning Welsh blood courses through those Gladiatorial veins. And he's not the only megastar with roots in the principality. Tom Cruise's great great grandparents were immigrants from the north of the country, while Bond Girl Denise Richards and silver screen veteran Susan Sarandon can likewise claim some Celtic genes through their Welsh fathers.

England's western neighbour has some even more surprising connections in the world of pop. Kylie Minogue and her sister Dannii inherit a Celtic heritage from their Maesteg-born mum, as does Motley Crew wildman Tommy Lee. Better-known as Pamela Anderson's hard-partying ex, Tommy traces his roots to Wales through his dad who was born there.
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