Friends’ Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are related as family tree is uncovered

Friends stars Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are distant relatives, a new ancestry report has claimed.

The actors are in fact 11th cousins, researchers at genealogy website MyHeritage discovered.

CNN say that the pair – who portrayed married Chandler Bing and Monica Geller – didn't know until recently.

The on-screen lovers first got together in London and went on to have children before moving to Westchester in the final episode.

The stars are both said to be related to William Osbern Haskell III and Ellen Haskell, a married English couple who lived in the 17th century.

The woman and her two sons then immigrated to America in 1635.

Matthew, 51, it was said, can trace his lineage to her son William – whose brother Roger is a direct ancestor of the stunning actress, 56.

Roi Mandel, the head of research at MyHeritage, told CNN it's actually not as much of a shock as it actually appears to sitcom fans.

He said: “We went into this line very deeply, we checked every name. We found a lot of records that support it, and we have confidence that they are related.

“This is not such a surprise. It makes sense that when you go so many generations back, the chances of people being connected are higher.”

The pair have of course been starring in the big Friends reunion.

Matthew shocked the cast and said he felt like he 'wanted to die' and 'had convulsions' when he didn't get the audience reaction he wanted on set.

He was so concerned about how he was coming across that he would sweat and sweat.

He told the others: "At least to me, I felt like I was going to die if they didn’t laugh.

"It’s not healthy for sure but I would sometimes say a line and they wouldn’t laugh and I would sweat and just go into convulsions if I didn’t get the laugh I was supposed to get.

"I would just freak out," he explained.

Lisa, Phoebe Buffay on the smash hit show, told him: "You didn’t tell us that, I don’t remember you ever saying that."

Matt replied: "Oh yeah, I felt like that every single night."

Watch Friends: The Reunion on Sky One and streaming service NOW from Thursday 27 May

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