Alec Guinness

Birth Name: Alec Guinness De Cuffe

Date of Birth: 2 April, 1914

Place of Birth: Paddington, London, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 5 August, 2000

Place of Death: Midhurst, West Sussex, England

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish

Sir Alec Guinness was an English actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).

The identity of Sir Alec’s biological father is not publicly known. A Scottish banker named Andrew Geddes may have been Sir Alec’s biological father. Sir Alec’s mother was Agnes Cuff. Agnes Cuff was of mostly English descent, with some distant Scottish roots.

Sir Alec’s maternal grandfather was Edward Charles Cuff (the son of Edward Cuff and Mary Woods). Edward was the son of Richard Cuff and Mary Elizabeth Walby. Mary was the daughter of Thomas Woods.

Sir Alec’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ann Benfield (the daughter of William Benfield and Mary Ann Spring). William was the son of Thomas Benfield and Sarah Fookes. Mary Ann was the daughter of John Spring and Elizabeth Bishop. Elizabeth was born, c. 1802, in Devon, England.

Sources: Genealogy of Alec Guinness (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Sir Alec’s mother –

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