Celebrity Adoption
Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie currently has three adopted children (Maddox adopted by Angelina from Cambodia in 2002 and adopted by Brad Pitt in 2006. Zahara Marley adopted by Angelina from Ethiopia in 2005 and adopted by Brad Pitt in 2006). Pax Thien from Vietnam adopted by Angelina in 2007.

Dawn French

Dawn and comedian husband Lenny Henry adopted a baby girl Billie in 1992.

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor and husband Eddie Fisher started adoption proceedings in 1964 which Elizabeth then completed with Richard Burton. They have an adopted daughter called Maria.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh and his wife have two adopted children, Oscar Maximillian adopted in 2000 and Ava Eliot adopted in 2005.

Jane Fonda

Jane has formally adopted a daughter called Lulu who is the child of Black Panther activists.

Kate Jackson

Kate adopted a son (Taylor) as a single mother in 1995.

Marie Osmond

Marie has five adopted children with her former husband music producer Brian Blosil. Their adopted children Jessica, Michael, Brandon, Brianna and Abigail were adopted over the period 1987 to 2002.

Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan adopted a two – year old girl called Daisy True from China in January 2006.

Sharon Osbourne

Sharon adopted Robert Marcato a friend of her daughters Aimee and Kelly after Robert’s mother died of cancer. Robert was adopted when he was 18.

Steven Spielberg

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw adopted two African-Americans children (Theo and Mikaela) through the public Child Welfare System. They have been actively involved in a campaign to find permanent homes for adoptable children in foster care.

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

Tom and Nicole have two adopted children, Isabella Jane and Connor Anthony.

Lorraine Pascale

Former super-model, classically trained chef, Patissier and celebrity chef. Born to West Indian parents, but adopted by a white family when she was 18 months old. Her adoptive parents divorced when she was 3, she remained with her mother until aged 7 when her mother became ill. Fostered by more than one family, but eventually returned to her mother. Aware of birth parents' identity (they have four other children) but has not established contact.

John Nettles

John Vivian Drummond Nettles OBE. Character actor John Nettles was born in St.Austell in Cornwall. Adopted at birth by carpenter Eric Nettles and wife Elsie. His birth mother was a Roman Catholic Irish nurse working in England during World War II. She was placed in a mental institution after illegitimately giving birth and died of tuberculosis aged only 28. He never discovered his father's identity, but has a brother and two sisters.

Calista Flockhart

Calista became a single mother in 1988 when she adopted a ten day old baby called Liam.

Diane Keaton

Diane became a single mother at 50 when she adopted a baby girl (Dexter Dean) in 1996 and a baby boy (Duke) in 2001.

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor and his wife Eve adopted a four year old girl from Mongolia in 2006. Ewan is very protective of his family’s privacy so no other details are known.

James Caviezel

James and his wife adopted a three year old Chinese boy named Bo shortly after he and his wife were married in 1997.

John Denver

John adopted two children with his wife Annie. Anna Kate (who is Japanese-American) and Zachary John (who is one quarter cherokee).

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie and her then husband the actor Parker Stevenson adopted two children (William True born in 1992) and Lillie Price (born in 1994).

Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle adopted Claudia Rose just months before marrying David E. Kelley (creator of the show Ally McBeal).

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar has an adopted son Moises whom he adopted as an infant from an orphanage in the Dominican Republic in 1984 a year after his first wife died.

Sharon Stone

Sharon adopted her son Roan Joseph with her the husband newspaper executive Phil Bronstein. Sharon the adopted two further children as a single mother, Laird Vonne in 2005 and Quinn Kelly in 2006.

Ted Danson

Ted and his first wife Casey Coates adopted daughter Alexis in 1987.

Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper and her husband Tony adopted a three year old girl called Christina in 1986.

Steve Jobs

Co-founder of Apple. Adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. They later adopted a daughter Patti. Steve Jobs' biological parents are Syrian-born Abdulfattah Jandali, a political science professor and Joanne Simpson, a speech language pathologist. They later married and had a daughter Mona Simpson, the novelist, Steve Jobs' biological sister.

Debbie Harry

Singer-songwriter, actress and lead singer of Blondie, the hugely influential punk and new-wave band. Debbie Harry was born in Miami, Florida. She was adopted by Catherine Harry and Richard Smith of Hawthorne, New Jersey.

Kate Adie

Kate Adie OBE. Award winning British journalist, best known as a war correspondent. Adopted as a baby by a couple from Sunderland, North-East England. Her birth mother Dean Dunnet, became pregnant during World War II, while her husband was serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps in India. To avoid scandal she was given up for adoption.

Connie Chung

Connie and her talk show husband Maury Povich adopted a son Mathew Jay in 1995.

Edie Falco

Edie and her husband adopted a baby boy called Anderson in 2004.

George Lucas

George adopted a daughter (Amanda) with his then wife in 1981 He then adopted two further children as a single father (Katie born in 1988 and Jett born in 1993).

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie and her actor husband Christopher Guest adopted two children Annie (who was adopted three years after their marriage) and Tom.

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews and her husband Blake Edwards adopted two Vietnamese girls called Amy and Joanna in 1974.


Madonna adopted a one-year-old boy called David Banda in 2007 and three-year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James in 2009, both from Malawi. These adoptions have caused controversy as each child has a living parent. There was also speculation as to whether Madonna had received preferential treatment to speed up the adoptions due to her celebrity status.

Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow has adopted eleven children from around the world five of whom she adopted as a single mother (1) Soon-Yi, (2) Lark Song (3)Summer Song (known as Diasy), (4) Moses Amadeus (known as Misha), (5) Dylan O’Sullivan (known as Eliza or Malone), (6) Isaiah Justus, (7) Tam (who died in 2000) (8) Ki (9) Quincy (10) Thaddeus Gabriel (11) Franki-Minh.

Rosie O’Donnell

Rosie and her partner have three children adopted from various States in the US, Parker, Chelsea and Blake. She is also a foster mother to Maria. Rosie and her partner also have a daughter Vivienne Rose via a sperm donor.

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow adopted a two week old baby boy named Wyatt Steven in May 2007 and five week old Levi James in June 2010.

Teri Garr

Teri and her then husband John O’Neill adopted a daughter in 1993.

Woody Allen

Woody Allen adopted a number of children together with his former partner Mia Farrow but has also adopted recently with his new wife Soon-Yi Previn. Together they adopted Bechet Dumaine in 1998 and Manzie Tio in 2000.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock adopted Louis Bardo Bullock in 2010. She begain the adoption process 4 years before, with her then husband Jesse James.

Lynda Bellingham

English actress, broadcaster and author. Born to a single mother in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and adopted by a British couple at the age of four months who brought her up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK.