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22nd Jan 2018

That’s not my name: 23 celebrities whose real names will surprise you

We'd have stuck with Maurice Joseph Micklewhite personally...

A rose by any other name…

A phrase that many of these celebrities probably didn’t hear before they decided to change theirs.

Yes, many of our favourite A-listers are not who we think they are, having changed their names before they hit the big time.

From Hollywood legends like Marilyn Monroe to rap artists like Drake, it seems like most of Hollywood has something different written on their birth certificate.

Here are just some celebrities who’ve decided to rebrand.

1. Jamie Foxx – Eric Marlon Bishop


2. Natalie Portman – Neta-Lee Hershlag



3. Vin Diesel – Mark Sinclair Vincent


4. Katy Perry – Kathryn Hudson


5. Tom Hardy – Edward Thomas Hardy


6. Demi Moore – Demetria Gene Guynes


7. Drake – Aubrey Drake Graham


8. Emma Stone – Emily Jean Stone


9. Nicolas Cage – Nicolas Kim Coppola


10. Mila Kunis – Milena Markovna Kunis

11. John Legend – John Rogers Stevens

12. Reese Witherspoon – Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

13. Ben Affleck – Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt

14. Lady Gaga – Stefani Germanotta

15. Bruno Mars – Peter Gene Hernandez

16. Lana Del Rey – Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

17. Christopher Walken – Ronald Walken

18. Tina Fey – Elizabeth Stamatina Fey 

19. Michael Caine – Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

20. Miley Cyrus – Destiny Hope Cyrus

21. Charlie Sheen – Carlos Irwin Estevez 

22. Whoopi Goldberg – Caryn Elaine Johnson 

23. Kit Harington – Christopher Catesby Harington