Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 in London, United Kingdom, in the family of Williamand Emma Jane (Whelan) Hitchcock. His parents were both Roman Catholics, with partial roots in Ireland. There was a large extended family, including Uncle John Hitchcock with his five-bedroom Victorian house on Campion Road, Putney, complete with maid, cook, chauffeur and gardener. When he was six, the family moved to Limehouse and leased two stores at 130 and 175 Salmon Lane, which they ran as a fish-and-chips shop and fishmongers' respectively; they lived above the former. The family moved again when he was 11, this time to Stepney.
In 1939 he came to the United States, and he became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1955.