Benedict Cumberbatch

by follers on September 6, 2013


Birth Name: Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch

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

Date of Birth: 19 July, 1976

Ethnicity: English (mostly), as well as 1/16th Welsh, some Scottish and Cornish, distant French, Swiss-French, Swedish or German, and Dutch

Benedict Cumberbatch is an English actor and producer. He plays Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

He is the son of actors Timothy Carlton (born Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch) and Wanda Ventham. He is married to avant-garde theatre and opera director, playwright, and performer Sophie Hunter, with whom he has two children. Benedict is of mostly English ancestry, with 1/16th Welsh, some Scottish and Cornish, as well as distant French, Swiss-French, Swedish or German, and Dutch, roots.

Benedict’s paternal grandfather was Henry Carlton Cumberbatch (the son of Henry Arnold/Alfred Cumberbatch and Helene/Helen Gertrude Rees). Benedict’s grandfather Henry was born in Smyrna, Anatolia, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey). He was an officer of the British Royal Navy, who served as a submarine commander before and at the start of WWII. Benedict’s great-grandfather Henry was born in Berdyans’k, Zaporiz’ka oblast, Ukraine, and was a diplomat, who was Queen Victoria’s consul general in Turkey and Lebanon. Their families were from England, and were working overseas at the time of their births. Benedict’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Robert William Cumberbatch, who was also a diplomat, a Consul in the Russian and Ottoman Empires; and of Louisa Grace Hanson.

Benedict’s great-grandmother Helene Rees was the daughter of Thomas Bowen Rees, who was Welsh, and of Ida Josephine Langdon. Benedict’s father also has more distant French ancestry, as well as Scottish and Cornish roots. His father is also a descendant of Esaie Fercken, who had Dutch ancestry, and was Chancellor of the Dutch Consulate of Smyrna, and of Esaie’s wife, Louisa Ulrica Justi, who likely had either Swedish or German ancestry. Another of Benedict’s father’s distant ancestors, Louisa Pernet (1737-1811), was born in Paudex, Switzerland, to Pierre Pernet and Marie-Judith du Veluz, and had Swiss-French ancestry.

Benedict’s paternal grandmother was Pauline Ellen Laing Congdon (the daughter of Thomas Edwin Congdon and Pauline Ellice Ferguson). Benedict’s grandmother Pauline was born in Dhoolie, Rangajan, Assam, India, of British heritage. Thomas was the son of Thomas Edwin Congdon and Mary Moon. Benedict’s great-grandmother Pauline was the daughter of John Paul Ferguson, who was from Moray, Scotland, and of Isobel Mary Esplin, from Canada.

Benedict’s maternal grandfather was Frederick Howard Ventham (the son of Frederick William Ventham and Mabel Elizabeth Waters). Benedict’s grandfather Frederick was born in Lewes, Sussex. Benedict’s great-grandfather Frederick was the son of William Ventham and Sarah Jane Hurst. Mabel was the daughter of Peter Waters and Rebecca Morgan.

Benedict’s maternal grandmother was Gladys Frances Holtham (the daughter of Francis Leonard Holtham and Selina Mary Warner). Gladys was born in Kensington, London. Benedict’s great-grandfather Francis was the son of Mark Holtham and Emily Battell. Selina was the daughter of William Warner and Emily Pells.

Sources: Genealogies of Benedict Cumberbatch –

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew August 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm
Kenny Molz May 22, 2018 at 6:38 am

he is scary looking

andrew June 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm
visokozen September 29, 2015 at 3:34 am

I thought the same thing when i saw him. He is delusional about his looks as well.

tttyyy August 19, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Do any ethnicelebs website contributors live in or around Strasbourg France in Alsace. If so please comment back on Benedict cumberbatch plz.

andrew May 20, 2017 at 5:06 am

Nope, this is basically a Scandinavian-based community, with a little following in the Balkans, California and Guyana. And New South Wales too.

follers May 20, 2017 at 6:13 am

Little Oslo, Stockholm-on-the-net, Web Helsinki, are just some of our nicknames.

madman May 20, 2017 at 6:32 am

I don’t think we have any Scandinavians living in the region. Andrew lives in Italy, Bearboy is American, and I have been living in Ireland for three months now.

follers May 20, 2017 at 6:40 am

I’m still not sure if bearboy is serious or just playing along with my joke.

As for Andrew…

neiltennant August 19, 2015 at 3:05 am

ok here we have another stereotype comments

only because he has reddish hair he is seen as irish

Hill May 19, 2017 at 5:52 pm

what? most Irish people have black hair. There are more English gingers.

M July 23, 2015 at 8:22 pm

I kind of feel bad for him, so many people talk shit about his looks. Do you think he chose to be born that way?

theropod April 1, 2015 at 6:53 am

Is there an ethnicity called “Venusian”? He looks like an alien.

WTF January 29, 2015 at 4:53 am

Lawd he’s ugly af, poor guy…………….

misscheergirly June 13, 2014 at 6:43 pm

He looks irish

Alice September 4, 2014 at 1:46 am

You’re just saying that because his hair looks reddish. Aren’t you?

gel January 18, 2015 at 7:52 am

All those ethnicities – and he comes out looking Irish!

Princess June 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Ugly is his ethnicity. He creeps me out.

scott December 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

hes a weird lookin guy but his mum was actually pretty hot (shes an actress too)

William Vincent November 27, 2013 at 8:48 am

My pleasure. I’ll prepare a blog post with his full ancestry on soon. He also has Scottish and Cornish ancestors on his father’s side.

I also have a new information regarding Justi. It is possible that this particular family are of Swedish origin. One letter by Frederik Hasselquist to Carl Linnaeus in 1749 mentions a “Commission Secretary Justi” whom was a part of the Swedish Consulate in Smyrna at the time. The letter is here:

William Vincent November 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

Also, “Louisa Ulrika” was the name of the Queen Consort of Sweden during the early to mid 18th century. It is likely that “Louisa Ulrica Justi” was named after her, given the time period, and might suggest Swedish ancestry.

follers November 27, 2013 at 9:21 am

Added! Once you prepare your blog post, I can link to it from here.

William Vincent November 27, 2013 at 3:29 am

I believe he has more distant German, Swiss and Dutch on his father’s side. His ancestor Ida Josephine Langdon’s mother, Louisa Gout, is the daughter of James Louis Gout (1777-1825) and Christina Fercken (1788-1856). Christina is the daughter of Esaie Fercken, Chancellor of the Dutch Consulate of Smyrna, and Louisa Ulrica Justi. I believe Justi is a German name.

James Louis Gout’s parents are James Gout and Louisa Pernet (1737-1811). Louisa was born in Paudex, Switzerland; she is the daughter of Pierre Pernet and Marie-Judith du Veluz (

He also has Irish ancestry on his mother’s side, but I’ll have to retrieve that information again.

follers November 27, 2013 at 3:42 am

Added! Thank you.

Yes, if you can find the exact Irish ancestor, please let me know. Cheers.

gel August 19, 2015 at 2:41 am

Congdon – Condon is I think Irish.

follers August 19, 2015 at 4:48 pm
gel January 18, 2015 at 8:03 am

Yes, his mother, Wanda Ventham, had Irish blue eyes.

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