Ben Barnes

by ethnic on March 27, 2012

Birth Name: Benjamin Thomas Barnes

Place of Birth: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 20 August, 1981

*English (father)
*Dutch-German Jewish (mother)

Ben Barnes is a British actor and musician. He is known for his role as Prince Caspian in the films The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and for starring in the films The Words, The Big Wedding, and The Seventh Son.

Ben’s father is English, and from a Christian background. Ben’s mother, who is from South Africa, was raised Jewish (her parents were from Germany and the Netherlands).

Ben’s paternal grandparents were Richard Thomas Barnes and Patience Elaine Harrington (the daughter of Edward Harrington and Daisy Florence Humphrys). Richard and Patience were English. Edward was the son of Alfred Harrington and Ellen Johnson.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was Emil Peter Becker (the son of David Becker and Anna Tuteur). Emil was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Anna was the daughter of Benjamin Tuteur, from Winnweiler, Rhineland-Palatinate, and of Ernestine Kissinger, from Bad Kissingen, Lower Franconia, Bavaria.

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Cornelia “Corrie” Havelaar. Cornelia was born in The Netherlands.

Through Ben’s maternal grandfather, Ben is a third half-cousin, twice removed, of political figure and writer Henry Kissinger. Ben’s maternal grandfather, Emil Becker, and Henry Kissinger, were third half-cousins. Ben’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, Meyer Löb/Loeb Kissinger, was also Henry Kissinger’s great-great-grandfather. Meyer was married twice, to a pair of sisters. Meyer’s first wife, Marianne David-Stahl, was Ben Barnes’s great-great-great-great-grandmother. Meyer’s second wife, Schönlein/Schoenlein David-Stahl, was Henry Kissinger’s great-great-grandmother.

Sources: Genealogy of Ben Barnes (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of Ben Barnes (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Interview where Ben mentions his religious background –

image by Joe Seer/bigstock

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Adamina September 14, 2016 at 12:02 am

Boy is he handsome!

Princess June 12, 2015 at 7:28 am

He looks a little Native American.

ashash April 1, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Very exotic. Looks 100% Jewish.

stonelord June 11, 2015 at 9:21 am

so you really don’t believe there are British people with this phenotype? Hmmmm….

Check7t November 18, 2014 at 5:42 am

He reminds me of Keanu Reeves.

levangelista36 August 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I think Andrew Garfield is cuter than Ben. Ben is kind of plain, to be honest.

M May 31, 2015 at 8:38 am

Andrew Garfield looks like a nerdy ostrich. Ben Barnes is attractive.

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