Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox turn out to be distant Cousins

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Genealogy research has revealed that Friends stars Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are distant cousins.

Matthew, 51, Courteney, 56, are one of the most loved celebrity couples on TV, but in real life they are distantly related.

According to researchers from the online genealogy website MyHeritage, who spoke CNN this week, the actors are eleventh cousins ​​through Courteney’s mom and Matthew’s dad.

Related! Genealogy research has revealed that Friends stars Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are distant cousins

Who knows?  Matthew, 51, Courteney, 56, are one of the most loved celebrity couples on TV, but in real life they are distantly related

Who knows? Matthew, 51, Courteney, 56, are one of the most loved celebrity couples on TV, but in real life they are distantly related

Far apart: The actors are eleventh cousins ​​through Courteney's mom and Matthew's dad

Far apart: The actors are eleventh cousins ​​through Courteney’s mom and Matthew’s dad

The couple’s connection goes back centuries to William Osbern Haskell III and his wife Ellen Haskell, who lived in England about 500 years ago.

In 1635, Ellen and her two sons, Roger and William, moved to what is now the US.

That was nearly 30 years after Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, was founded, and 141 years before the Declaration of Independence was written.

Courteney is a direct descendant of Roger while Matthew is a direct descendant of his younger brother William.

‘We went very deep into this line, we checked every name. We’ve found many records that support this, and we’re confident they are related, ”said Roi Mandel, the head of research at MyHeritage.

Way back: Their connection can be traced back to William Osbern Haskell III and his wife Ellen Haskell, who lived in England about 500 years ago

Way back: Their connection can be traced back to William Osbern Haskell III and his wife Ellen Haskell, who lived in England about 500 years ago

They're back!  The pair will appear together in the HBO Max's Friends reunion

They’re back! The pair will appear together in the HBO Max’s Friends reunion

Mandel explained that they searched billions of historical records to find the relationship.

He added that it is ‘no surprise’ to find a connection between them, saying, ‘It makes sense that if you go back so many generations’.

In fact, both Matthew and Courteney are also related to Lady Gaga – of whom Courteney is a fan.

‘Of course I like Lady Gaga. Who doesn’t like talent ?! she tweeted in 2012.

Lady Gaga is one of several stars who will be appearing at the Friends reunion that premieres May 27 on HBO Max.

Previously, Courteney heard about some of her other famous relationships in a 2017 episode of TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Surprise!  Both Matthew and Courteney are also related to Lady Gaga

Surprise! Both Matthew and Courteney are also related to Lady Gaga

'Of course I like Lady Gaga.  Who doesn't like talent ?!  Courteney tweeted in 2012

‘Of course I like Lady Gaga. Who doesn’t like talent ?! Courteney tweeted in 2012

Courteney heard about some of her other famous relationships on a 2017 episode of TLC's Who Do You Think You Are?  - including Queen Elizabeth

Courteney heard about some of her other famous relationships on a 2017 episode of TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? – including Queen Elizabeth

More relationships!  Matthew is the stepson of Dateline correspondent Keith Morrison, who has been married to Friends star Suzanne Perry's mother for 39 years

More relationships! Matthew is the stepson of Dateline correspondent Keith Morrison, who has been married to Friends star Suzanne Perry’s mother for 39 years

Most notably, she is distantly related to the reigning Queen Elizabeth.

The star found that her 18-time great-grandfather was a man named Thomas de Berkeley, whose descendants included the queen.

Thomas de Berkeley also once imprisoned Edward II in 1327.

Meanwhile, Matthew is the stepson of Dateline correspondent Keith Morrison, who has been married to Friends star Suzanne Perry’s mother for 39 years.

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