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In Hollywood and in the world of celebrities, it’s sort of an unwritten rule that stars give birth to stars. And while some parents may struggle to shape their children and get them to follow in their footsteps, for these famous actors, acting runs in the family. You can find them all on Showmax.

1. Alexander Skarsgård: Big Little Lies, True Blood

Big LIttle Lies on Showmax
Image: HBO

The tall hunk that is Alexandar Skarsgård – popularly known for his role as the vampire Eric in True Blood and as Nicole Kidman’s abusive husband Perry Wright in Big Little Lies – is the son of actor Stellan Skarsgård, who you’ll recognise from movies like Mamma Mia and Pirates of the Caribbean. And these two are not even the only actors in the Skarsgård clan – ever heard of Gustaf (Vikings, Westworld), Bill (It, Deadpool 2) or Valter Skarsgård? You are welcome. Find Alexandar Skarsgård in True Blood and Big Little Lies, both on Showmax.

2. Miley Cyrus: Hannah Montana

Hannah Montana on Showmax
Image: Disney

Aren’t we all glad that Miley Cyrus is past her VMA twerking phase and the bad girl alter ego that came right after? Boy, wasn’t she a wrecking ball. The world may never get Hannah Montana back but at least Miley spends most of her time these days hanging out with hotshot boyfriend Liam Hemsworth and singing duets with her rockstar father Billy Ray Cyrus. Catch Miley in her younger days as Hannah Montana on Showmax.

3. John David Washington: Ballers

Ballers S1-3 is on Showmax
Image: HBO

John David Washington has never been one to ride on his father’s fame, so much so, that many (if we can use Instagram as a source) are still shocked to find out that the Ballers star is Denzel Washington’s son.

In Ballers, Washington plays pro-football playboy Ricky Jerret, a role that is not too far-fetched for the 34-year-old, who started his career playing in the NFL. Watch Ballers S1-4 on Showmax.

4. Angelina Jolie: Lara Croft, Wanted

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life is on Showmax
Image: Paramount

It’s confirmed guys, Angelina Jolie is making a comeback to the big screen after four years. The daughter of veteran actor and TV’s classic bad guy Jon Voight (Ray Donovan) is set to star alongside British actor David Oyelowo in the movie Come Away. And, although the father and daughter haven’t always had the best relationship until recently, Jolie even appears with her father in the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life is streaming on Showmax). Also find Jolie in action thriller Wanted on Showmax.

5. Colin Hanks: Fargo, S1

Fargo S1 is on Showmax
image: MGM

We know it’s the genes but it’s still mind-blowing to look at Colin Hanks and realise that he’s the spitting image of his father. I’m still waiting for a movie where these two play a younger and older version of each other – that would be the easiest casting in the universe. Make it happen, Hollywood. In the meantime, catch Colin as Officer Gus Grimly in Season 1 of Fargo, streaming on Showmax.

6. Jennifer Aniston: Along Came Polly

Along Came Polly on Showmax
Image: NBC

It’s been 24 years since Jennifer Aniston walked into Central Perk in a wedding dress and gave us Rachel Green, one of the greatest female characters in Hollywood. After Friends, Aniston, who is the daughter of actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow, effortlessly transformed to romantic roles that have defined her career since ’04. Catch Aniston in Friends and in the romantic comedy Along Came Polly on Showmax.

7. Drew Barrymore: Scream

Scream is on Showmax
Image: Miramax

A member of Hollywood’s royalty made largely of actors, Drew Barrymore has been acting professionally since she was five. She comes from a long line of actors, most notably her grandfather John Barrymore who was considered one of the top Shakespearean actors of his time. Her father also worked in the business, but never managed to achieve the same levels of success as John Barrymore. Drew’s mother also dabbled in acting and became Drew’s manager early on in life, using her daughter’s fame to fuel a crazy social life. Drew was legally emancipated from her mom at age 14. Drew’s most iconic role as a child actor was in Steven Spielberg’s ET. Catch Barrymore in horror flick Scream, streaming on Showmax.

8. Zoe Kravitz: Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies Showmax
Image: HBO

Daughter to 80s wild child Lisa Bonet and rockstar Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz is the Hollywood trifecta – actress, singer, model (imagine if she were a philanthropist as well). Find Zoe as the bohemian yogi Bonnie in Big Little Lies on Showmax.

9. Mamie Gummer: The Collection and True Detective S3

The Collection is on Showmax
Image: The Guardian

Here’s a fun assignment, look at a picture of young Meryl Streep. Now look at her daughters Mamie and Grace Gummer. The Hollywood icon basically gave birth to herself not once but twice.

Catch Mamie Gummer as Helen Sabine, the American wife of Paul Sabine, the Paris fashion mogul, in The Collection on Showmax. You’ll also see her in True Detective Season 3 as the mother of the missing Purcell children.

10. Grace Gummer: Mr Robot, S3

Mr Robot S3 is only on Showmax
Image: NBC

Mamie’s sister Grace plays no-nonsense FBI agent Dom DiPierro in Season 3 of Mr Robot, only available on Showmax.

More famous actors with famous parents on Showmax

Harlots S2 is only on Showmax
Image: ITV
  1. Liv Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler. Find Live Tyler as Lady Isabella in Harlots.
  2. Alison Williams, daughter to NBC journalist Brian Williams, and best known for her role as Marnie in Girls.
  3. Lily Collins, daughter to singer Phil Collins. Catch her on the rom-com Love, Rosie on Showmax.
  4. Maya Rudolph, daughter to musicians Richard Rudolph and Minnie Riperton. Catch her alongside Melissa McCarthy on Bridesmaids.
  5. Kate Hudson, daughter to actress Goldie Hawn and step-daughter to Kurt Russel. Find her in the rom-com A Little Bit of Heaven.

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Jennifer Ochieng

I'm a Kenyan creative writer with eight years' experience in both the SEO and entertainment industries. I like writing stories about people I've met, but mostly about those I see on TV. Sometimes, when I'm melancholic, I write poetry as well. Visit author's website

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