Dave and James Franco. Venus and Serena Williams. Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. There are some siblings out there that make you truly believe in the power of genetics. It’s hard to look at Jared and Shannon Leto strolling down Rodeo Drive looking impossibly fashionable, or Ben and Casey Affleck in another Oscar-worthy movie, and not think to yourself, “What kind of magic DNA game did their parents play to produce offspring like that?”
Of course, North America doesn’t have exclusive rights to the phenomenon of extraordinary siblings. At least five of the six remaining continents are ripe with beautiful celebrities, many of whom also happen to have equally beautiful brothers and sisters. Celebrity siblings in Antarctica were scarce, but we did come across a group of photos of a mostly naked Alexander Skarsgard while on an excursion to the southernmost point on our planet. Thus, this article is dedicated to hot celebrity siblings from foreign lands.
The list spans 15 different countries and ranges from Hollywood A-listers, such as Penelope Cruz, to Nigerian music stars like brothers D’banj and Kayswitch, to sports sensations like Cristiano Ronaldo and Anna Kournikova. There are even a couple of cast members from Game of Thrones scattered throughout it. And while these celebrity brothers and sisters represent quite the variety in terms of nationalities and careers, it’s undeniable that they are all exceptional in one way or another.
15. Gisele and Patricia Bündchen
It seems fitting for an article focused on brothers and sisters to kick things off with a set of twins. Unless you live under a rock, you’ve seen, or at least heard of, Gisele Bündchen. She’s one of the world’s top-earning supermodels, a former Victoria’s Secret angel, and easily one of the sexiest women alive. She also fared well in the husband department, marrying NFL quarterback Tom Brady.
But this Brazilian beauty isn’t the only hot commodity from the Bündchen family. Her fraternal twin sister, Patricia, is no slouch either. While she never hit the runway as a model, Patricia has worked in the fashion industry as her sister’s spokeswoman and manager.
14. The Hemsworth Brothers
You just can’t get very far on a list about hot celebrity siblings without bringing up the ultra-handsome Hemsworth brothers, who are, without a doubt, one of Australia’s highest quality exports. While Chris has been lighting up movie screens as Thor, the God of Thunder, in Marvel’s cinematic universe, younger brother Liam has been charming The Hunger Games fans with his portrayal of Gale, and keeping the tabloids busy with his on-again off-again relationship with Miley Cyrus.
But don’t forget about Luke, the eldest member of the Hemsworth trio. He might not be as famous as his little brothers, but he has been working in film and TV down under for a number of years, and certainly isn’t lacking whatever gene it is that gives the Hemsworth boys their good looks.
13. Cristiano Ronaldo and Katia Aveiro
Without question, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest soccer players still playing the game. Countless women will agree that he is also one of the finest specimens that God created. Come on, just look at that smile, those eyes, those abs (you can just imagine them). It’s almost not fair. His Calvin Klein underwear campaigns are rivalled only by fellow soccer god, and fellow foreign hottie, David Beckham.
On the other end of the gender spectrum (can it be a spectrum?), you’ll find that the captain of Portugal’s national soccer team has a sister. And of course, she’s also a looker. Katia Aveiro is a pretty successful recording artist with six albums under her belt and a massive social media following. I wonder if Cristiano inherited any of his sister’s musical talents.
12. Mads and Lars Mikkelsen
These Danish brothers have a unique mysterious charm that has dazzled filmgoers and Netflix-bingers for years. The youngest of the two, Mads, burst onto the international scene playing Tristan in King Arthur and went on to be a Bond villain in Casino Royale. Recently, Mads received critically acclaim for his portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter on the renowned TV show Hannibal, and has huge projects on the horizon; he’ll be appearing in Marvel’s Dr. Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this year.
Mads’ older brother, Lars, has spent more time on Danish television, but is also known for his work as Magnussen on Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch, and as Viktor Petrov on the latest season of House of Cards.
11. Lee Byung-hun and Lee Eun Hee
North American audiences are most likely to know Lee Byung-hun as the bad guy Storm Shadow in the live-action G.I. Joe franchise or as a contract killer in Red 2 alongside Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker. But the handsome South Korean actor is also widely known in his home country for starring in a number of films, including Joint Security Area, which was the highest grossing South Korean movie at the time of its release.
Carrying on the legacy of beauty in the family is his younger sister, Lee Eun Hee, who was selected as Miss Congeniality at the Miss Korea pageant in 1996, and has done plenty of acting and modeling since then.
10. The Skarsgård Bros
Fans of True Blood are all too familiar with Swedish hunk, Alexander Skarsgard, who played Eric Northman on the show. The rest of the world knows him for his jaw-dropping shirtlessness in The Legend of Tarzan with Margot Robbie.
Alexander comes from a very large and very talented family of Swedish actors. His brothers Bill, Gustaf, and Valter are all actors as well. Gustaf is probably best known as Floki on the TV series Vikings, while Bill was one of the leads on Netflix’s Hemlock Grove. The four brothers also have a sister, Eija, and are sons of Stellan Skarsgard, who is well-known for his roles of Bootstrap Bill in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, as well as Dr. Erik Selvig in Marvel’s Thor movies.
9. D’banj and KaySwitch
You might not know Nigerian music sensation D’banj by name, but there’s a pretty good chance you’ve danced along to his international hit “Oliver Twist” at some point. The stylish, suave singer-songwriter is reportedly the richest solo musician in all of Nigeria and was signed by Kanye West‘s record label in 2011. Not long after that, D’banj started his own label, DB Records, and was quick to sign on his younger brother, KaySwitch, a rising talent in the Nigerian music scene. KaySwitch cites his older brother as a major influence on his musical career, but it’s pretty clear that he also managed to inherit the same fashion-sense and good looks that have helped make D’banj such a star.
8. Anna and Allan Kournikova
Anna Kournikova is still one of the biggest names in tennis despite the fact that she retired from professional competition almost fifteen years ago. It’s easy to argue that the Russian athlete’s fame came less from her prowess on the tennis court, especially considering she never won a title in singles competition, and more from her classic beauty.
Anna comes from a family full of high-level athletes; her mother was a 400-metre runner, her father was a world champion wrestler, and her little brother, Allan, is a genuine golfing prodigy. At only eleven years old, the youngest Kournikova is already a four-time U.S. Kids Golf World Champion. It doesn’t seem like he’s going to have much trouble filling the international sports star shoes left behind by his big sis. And judging by what he looks like now, he’s definitely going to be breaking hearts in a few years.
7. Jelka and Carice van Houten
TV audiences are undoubtedly most familiar with Carice van Houten for her work as Melisandre on Game of Thrones. The Dutch actress has been wowing fans as the sultry, conniving witch on HBO’s hit show since the second season. When she’s not oozing sexiness on the small screen, Van Houten has been known to dabble in music. She released a pop-rock album in 2012 called See You on the Ice.
6. Joy and James McAvoy
One of the most prolific actors working today, charming Scotsman James McAvoy is likely best known for playing the younger version of Patrick Stewart‘s Charles Xavier in the X-Men film franchise. His breakout came after playing Tumnus the faun in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Since then, he’s acted alongside other Hollywood A-listers in movies such as Wanted, Atonement, and The Last King of Scotland.
In one of his more recent, critically-acclaimed dramas, Filth, James was accompanied onscreen by his younger sister, Joy, who has been working as an actress for over ten years with roles on various shorts and TV series.
5. Anisha and Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone is one the highest paid actresses in the entire world thanks to her Bollywood superstardom. Her striking beauty and attractive personality have made her one of India’s biggest celebrities. Western audiences might not be familiar with her work, as the bulk of her career has existed in the Hindi film world, but the 30-year-old has been turning in box-office hits for years.
Deepika’s younger sister, Anisha, has taken an entirely different, but no less impressive, path. She may not be a household name in India, but Anisha is one of the country’s most promising young golfers. Deepika and Anisha’s father was a prominent Badminton player in his day, so it’s not hard to see where the younger Padukone sister gets her athleticism from.
4. Monica and Penelope Cruz
Hollywood star, Penelope Cruz, is the only Academy Award winner on this list. She walked away with the trophy for Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for her work in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. The gorgeous actress and model was the first Spanish actress to win an Oscar, which is just one of the many bright spots in her long and distinguished film career.
Monica, Penelope’s little sister, isn’t nearly as well known as her world-famous older sibling, but the two look so much alike that Monica was used as a body double during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides due to Penelope’s pregnancy.
3. Vincent, Cecile, and Mathias Cassel
The second trio of hot celeb siblings on this list is comprised of French brothers, Vincent and Mathias, and their half-sister Cecile.
Vincent is the most famous of the bunch, best known to English-speaking audiences for playing the antagonist in Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, as well as his performance as Thomas Leroy in Darren Aronofsky‘s Oscar-winning thriller, Black Swan.
Rounding out the trio is Mathias Cassel, or Mathias Crochon, who raps under the name “Rockin’ Squat” with the group Assassin, and half-sister Cecile, who has followed in both her brothers’ footsteps, working as an actress in France, as well as a singer under the pseudonym “HollySiz.”
2. Nicholas and Jennifer Tse
The dynamic Tse siblings have a lot going on between the two of them. On top of having a psychology degree, younger sister Jennifer has been lighting up the screens of Hong Kong cinemas since 2010 when she played the love interest of the title character in Bruce Lee, My Brother.
The elder Tse has had an even more versatile career, which began as a heartthrob pop-star in Hong Kong in the mid-nineties. In 1998, he broke into the movie biz in the film Young and Dangerous: The Prequel, and has racked up dozens of film and TV credits since then.
1. Alfie and Lily Allen
The final entry in this list might be the most evenly matched pair. Both of the Allen siblings have enjoyed very impressive careers over the last few years. Lily is one of Britain’s most adorable songstresses, breaking out with the song “Smile” and following it up with hits such as “The Fear” and “Hard Out Here.” One of her songs is even about her younger brother Alfie, referencing his laziness and affinity for smoking weed.
Apparently sitting around and getting high didn’t hurt Alfie’s acting ability, though, because he’s now one of the biggest characters on Game of Thrones. Lily’s lazy little bro has led audiences on a wild rollercoaster ride as Theon Greyjoy on the hit show. He’s also started to make a name for himself on the big screen with roles in Atonement and John Wick, among others.