Boris Karloff

by ethnic on August 3, 2010

Birth Name: William Henry Pratt

Date of Birth: 23 November, 1887

Place of Birth: Honor Oak, London, England, United Kingdom

Date of Death: 2 February, 1969

Place of Death: Midhurst, Sussex, England

Ethnicity: English, possibly some Indian

Boris Karloff was a British actor. He was the son of Eliza Sarah (Millard) and Edward John Pratt. Edward was born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. Eliza was born in Poona, Bombay, India.

Boris was said to have some Indian ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Boris’s maternal grandfather was James Millard (the son of David Millard and Sarah Gray). James was born in Buckinghamshire, England. David was the son of James Millard and Winifred Harman. Sarah was the daughter of Charles Gray and Elizabeth Thornbeth.

Boris’s maternal grandmother was Eliza Julia Edwards (the daughter of Thomas Edwards and Mary Anne Glascott). Eliza was born in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India, and was the sister of Anna Leonowens (born Anna Harriette Emma Edwards), a travel writer, educator, and social activist, who inspired the musical The King and I (1951). Thomas was born in St. George Parish. Middlesex, England. Boris’s great-grandmother Mary Anne was the daughter of William Vaudrey Glascott, who was born in Hatherleigh, Devon, England, and of an unnamed woman who may have been of Indian and/or Eurasian descent.

Source: Genealogy of Boris Karloff (focusing on his mother’s side) –

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

follers February 12, 2017 at 3:14 am

Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

ethnic February 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm

no sorry

ames February 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm

I think it’s a very good chance he had some Indian ancestry.

neiltennant February 11, 2017 at 7:50 am

why he had a ruskin surname ?

yes he indeed looked a little bit indian

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