The most successful celebrity siblings outside of Hollywood

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Jennifer (left) and Lynda Lopez. Rob Kim/Getty
  • Jennifer Lopez's sister Lynda is an Emmy award-winning journalist.

  • Sienna Miller's sister Savannah is a fashion designer known for her bridal collection.

  • Rachel McAdams' sister, Kayleen, is a makeup artist for celebrities and on movie sets.

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Jennifer Michalski contributed to an earlier version of this story.

Nicole Kidman's younger sister, Antonia, is a journalist and TV producer in Melbourne, Australia.

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Antonia (left) and Nicole Kidman. Vince Bucci/Getty

Antonia is best known for her documentary series "The Little Things," which is about raising kids, and "The Bigger Things," about challenges adults face in day-to-day life.

She hosted "From Here to Maternity," which won her a favorite female personality award at the ASTRAs in 2008.

Brad Pitt's brother, Doug, is a philanthropist and Goodwill ambassador.

Doug Pitt

Brad Pitt and his brother, Doug Pitt, share more than good looks — they're both heavily involved in humanitarian efforts.

Doug, who co-owns an IT services company, Pitt Technology Group, was named the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Republic of Tanzania in 2010, and he is a trustee for WorldServe International, which works to bring clean water to people in East Africa.

He founded the child health organization Care To Learn, has been honored by Bill Clinton and the Starkey Hearing Foundation with a Humanitarian Leadership Award, and works on local committees in Springfield, Missouri.

In 2011, Doug became the first American to descend Mount Kilimanjaro on a mountain bike.

Jennifer Lopez's sister Lynda is an Emmy award-winning journalist.

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Jennifer (left) and Lynda Lopez. Rob Kim/Getty

Lynda has reported for Style Network, E! News Live, VH1, and WCBS-TV, where she eventually became a weekend morning anchor.

She has anchored for a number of local affiliates including Fox 5 Live, WNYW, and WWOR. Lynda won the 2001 Emmy Award for outstanding morning news program.

She also edited the book "AOC: The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," which was released in 2020.

Simon Cowell's brother, Nicholas, is the founder of a leading property consultants company.

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Nicholas Cowell. Neil Mockford/Getty

Simon Cowell isn't the only successful (and extremely wealthy) businessman in his family.

Younger brother Nicholas Cowell co-founded The Estate Office, a London property investment company, and The Cowell Group, focused on trading, developing and investing in property in London.

Salma Hayek's brother, Sami, runs a successful design firm in Hollywood.

Sami Hayek

Sami creates custom furniture ranging from chairs to luxury entertainment systems.

He has also designed two parks in Honduras.

Sandra Bullock's sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, is a renowned pastry chef and published writer.

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Gesine Bullock-Prado (left) and Sandra Bullock. Mark Mainz/Getty

Sandra Bullock's younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, is a pastry chef and cooking show host. She has written several cookbooks, a memoir, and runs a baking school called Sugar Glider Kitchen.

Gesine's sweets have been featured on the "Today" show, Food Network, and in People magazine.

Steve Jobs' sister, Mona, is an award-winning author and English professor.

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Mona Simpson. Tom Keller/AP

Mona Simpson is an English professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and a languages and literature professor at Bard College. She has written six novels and has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Prize for her book "Anywhere but Here."

Though Mona's the younger sister of the late Jobs, the two didn't meet until later on in life as Steve was given up for adoption at birth.

Colin Farrell's brother, Eamon, heads the National Performing Arts School (NPAS) in Ireland.

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Eamon Farrell (center). Getty Images/Stringer

Farrell's older brother, Eamon, is a dancer and the founder of Ireland's top dance, drama, and singing institution.

If it weren't for Eamon and NPAS, where Colin took dance and drama classes, the younger Farrell might not have gotten his big break in Hollywood.

Rachel McAdams' sister, Kayleen, is a celebrity makeup artist.

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Kayleen McAdams (left) and Rachel McAdams. Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Vanity Fair

Kayleen McAdams had been studying psychology when she went to visit her sister on the set of "The Notebook" and realized that her passion was makeup artistry.

She has worked with celebrities including Sofia Vergara, Lily Collins, and Zooey Deschanel. She also worked as a makeup artist on movies such as "Venom," "The Lucky Ones," and "Love, Gilda," and she hosted a beauty video series for Vogue in which she recreated celebrity looks.

Sienna Miller's sister, Savannah, is a wedding dress designer.

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Savannah (left) and Sienna Miller. Gareth Cattermole/Getty

The sisters created label Twenty8Twelve in 2007, and Savannah launched her bridal collection in 2016.

Jude Law's sister, Natasha, is an English painter and graphic designer.

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Jude Law and Natasha Law (right). Nick Harvey/WireImage/Getty Images

Andrea "Natasha" Law, Jude's older sister, is renowned for her use of household paints to create erotic images.

Her work has been shown in high-end brand MaxMara's boutique in Beverly Hills and at New York's Bortolami Gallery, and her client list includes Vogue, Harrods, Samsung, and Tiffany & Co.

Actress and comedian Amy Sedaris' brother, David, is a best-selling author.

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David (left) and Amy Sedaris. Scott Gries/Getty Images

Funny runs in the Sedaris family.

"Strangers with Candy" actress Amy Sedaris' brother David has authored a dozen essay collections, and his stories have appeared in The New Yorker. His most recent collection, "The Best of Me," features his favorite pieces from his 25-year career.

The siblings have previously teamed up to write several plays under the name, "The Talent Family."

One of Robert Pattinson's sisters, Lizzy Pattinson, is an English singer.

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Victoria and Lizzy (right) Pattinson. Jason Kempin/Getty

Robert Pattinson's older sister Lizzy has performed with UK dance group Aurora and German duo Milk & Sugar.

In 2008, she recorded background vocals for "Twilight," the movie franchise that helped launch her brother's career. She also appeared on "X Factor UK" in 2014.

Chace Crawford's sister, Candice, is a former Miss USA contestant.

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Candice (left) and Chase Crawford. Michael Loccisano/Getty

Actor Chace Crawford's sister, Candice, represented Missouri in the 2008 Miss USA competition, where she placed in the top 10. Before that, she worked as a reporter and sports anchor.

Candice married Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo in 2011. The couple has three children: Hawkins, Rivers, and Jones. Candice now runs a company called Hawk and Sloane selling fragrant sprays for babies and kids.

James Cameron's brother Mike is a pioneer in aerospace engineering.

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James Cameron. Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

Mike was the owner and a chief engineer at engineering firm Dark Matter when it created the advanced underwater robot used to shoot high-quality video in the Titanic wreck 12,600 feet below the ocean's surface.

His brother James recruited him to film for the movie "Titanic" after discovering the original crew's small underwater vehicle couldn't withstand the ocean's pressure and take clear video.

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