The entertainment scene is one of the toughest, most competitive industries to start a career in that those who make it to the top are well deserving of their status as Hollywood royalty, as well as the fame that goes with it. But there is actually a very select group of celebrities who are a cut above the common Hollywood star — those who can be considered crème a la crème.

And there is one reason for their lofty status — they have royal blood running through their veins, no matter how thin it may be. Here are some of the most famous celebrities today that who actually connected to British royalty.

Johnny Depp And Queen Elizabeth

Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile actors today. The breadth of the diversity of the roles he has portrayed is probably unmatched by any actor in his generation. For instance, he played as artificially created Edward Scissorhands in the movie of the same name, as Jack Sparrow in the “Pirate Of The Caribbean” films, as the mysterious Tonto in “The Long Ranger,” as the double-crossed CIA agent Sheldon Jeffrey Sands in “Once Upon A Time In Mexico” and many other diverse roles too many to mention. But what you probably don’t know is that he also has a special role in real life — as the distant relative of the current Queen of England.

Surprising as it may seem, Depp is actually 20th cousins with Queen Elizabeth II, according to E! Online. Tracing back their family tree, Depp and the Queen share the same great grandfather, but he lived 600 years ago.

Angelina Jolie And The Duchess Of Brabant, Marie

The name Marie, the Duchess of Brabant, might not ring a bell to most people today, which is understandable since she lived in the 13th century. During her time, however, she must have been quite popular, being the daughter of King Philip II, who ruled France between 1180 and 1223.

But the Duchess actually has a very distant relative who is very popular today and is, in fact, considered to be Hollywood royalty herself. Actress Angelina Jolie is actually her distant descendant through Jolie’s mother’s side.

But if that distant connection is not enough, Jolie has a royal title of her own as well. In 2014, Queen Elizabeth granted Jolie the title of Honorary Dame for her efforts to stop sexual violence in war-torn areas.

Beyoncé And Queen Elizabeth II

Loyal fans have always treated Beyoncé as a member of the entertainment industry’s royalty with her unmatched vocals and distinct presence on stage. In fact, people have been calling her as Queen Bey, probably not only due to her singing talent but also because respect for her influence goes beyond the music industry.

But people may be even more surprised to know that the singer actually has some royal connections in real life as well. According to Vogue, the singer is the 25th cousin, once removed, of Queen Elizabeth II.

Brad Pitt And King Henry II

With a face seemingly sculpted by the gods and an irresistible charm, Brad Pitt has been the dream Prince Charming for many fans. But just like his ex-wife Jolie, Pitt also has some connections with English royalty — King Henry II.

Again, King Henry II is no longer as popular today as his Hollywood royalty cousin. But back in his days, he must be quite well known. After all, he is the King of England and was the ruler from 1154 to 1189. Pitt is actually his 25th cousin.

Stately kings and queen may no longer rule the world with absolute power, but it appears that the masses have not totally weaned themselves from the royalty’s influence. Their clout lives on and is now wielded by their distant descendants who have managed to climb up the Hollywood hierarchy on their own merits.