Christian Bale

by ethnic on July 23, 2009

Birth Name: Christian Charles Philip Bale

Place of Birth: Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Date of Birth: 30 January, 1974

Ethnicity: English, as well as distant Channel Islander [Guernsey] and German

Christian Bale is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the films Empire of the Sun, American Psycho, the 2005-2012 Batman series, American Hustle, and The Big Short, among many others. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter (2010).

Christian was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and was raised in England, among other places.

His father, David Charles Howard Bale, an entrepreneur, was born in South Africa, and had English, and distant Channel Islander (Guernsey) and German, ancestry. His mother, Jennifer “Jenny” (James), is English. Christian is married to actress, model, and make-up artist Sibi Blazic, with whom he has two children. David’s father was married to American activist Gloria Steinem until his death.

Christian’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his great-great-grandfather, John Bale, who was born, c. 1811, in Stoke, Devonshire, England.

Christian’s paternal grandfather was Phillip/Philip W. Bale (the son of Alfred Bale and Florence Elizabeth Williams). Phillip was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. Alfred was the son of William Henry Bale and Emily Sarah Bunce.

Christian’s paternal grandmother was Doreen Beswick Fuzzey (the daughter of Leonard Charles Fuzzey and Louie Beswick). Leonard was the son of Frederick George Fuzzey and Emily Rosa Higgins. Louie was the daughter of Thomas Beswick and Eliza Murgatroyd.

Christian’s maternal grandmother’s name is Edna.

Sources: Christian says that he is English rather than Welsh –

Genealogies of Christian Bale –

Genealogies of Christian Bale (focusing on his father’s side) –

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cdonorab September 7, 2017 at 10:26 am

Correction: Found info on his mother. She was born to John I James and Betty Dimmick. The first one is Christian’s parents mariage record the second is Jennifers birth record and the third is her parents marriage record

follers September 7, 2017 at 10:55 am

According to this and a few other articles, Bale’s maternal grandmother’s name is Edna (rather than Betty L. Dimmick). Edna was born in 1923 or 1924.

How do you know that’s his mother in the birth record?

cdonorab September 7, 2017 at 12:45 pm

It seemed to fit, but after looking at the interview it isnt her. She said she was 66 and if the woman in the record was her she would have been closer to 70 at the time.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 12:58 am

I could’ve sworn that he was Welsh.

Fatmonkey December 31, 2014 at 5:29 am

If the link I copied is correct, Christian Bale is of distant German and French ancestry, too. Below is the family tree of Bale’s great-great-grandfather, Frederick George Fuzzey (father of Leonard C. Fuzzey). Among Frederick’s ancestors are John Zimmer (German) and Margaret Quertier (French).

follers December 31, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I added the German, but Margaret Quertier was from Guernsey, which I record as a separate ethnicity.

Fatmonkey August 17, 2015 at 2:54 pm

It doesn’t actually add anything to Bale’s genealogy story (in terms of recent period, anyway), but I was wondering how correct it would be to state that the French-speaking population of Channel Islands are of distant Danish descent (Normans being related much more to Danes than the French)?

andrew August 17, 2015 at 5:56 pm

did Normans came from Denmark? not Norway/Sweden? why not

Alice August 18, 2015 at 5:42 am

Normans were generally Norse although some could have come from Sweden and Denmark.

Alice August 17, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Normans actually have more French than Danish. Any male population like the Vikings married the local women and after a few generations they have more local ancestry and the Viking era was a long time ago. Even the Normans that came to the UK spoke Norman French. Ever seen any dna from a person from Normandy?

guyinsf December 25, 2015 at 7:11 pm

But French doesn’t mean just one thing. French people are made of Germanic, Celtic and Roman blood. The Germanic part comes from the germanic tribes like the Franks that the word “France” came from and the Normans who settled in Normandy. The Norman population of northern France became part of the french culture through language and assimilation over the centuries so they are completely French.

The.geneal.guy December 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm

English haters again! He is English and so is the surname Bale! Secondly most Welsh have English blood although they choose not to admit it! When the Romans invaded England, most celtic native English escaped to the west i.e. Wales!, hence English blood

gel August 18, 2015 at 1:44 am

The English came AFTER the Romans – though they make up only 20% of the population of England!

andrew September 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm

he claims to be English, but how curious is that a Welshman named Gareth Bale has just became the most paid footballer of all-time

Labtec September 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm
andrew September 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm
Fatmonkey September 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

There is no such thing as “pure ethnic heritage”, England being no exception. Modern “native” population of England are descendent from the English, as well as from the Irish, Welsh, Germans, French, Scandinavians. It suffices to mention that Edward III of England, who is considered an ancestor of at least 70% of population in England, was of mixed English, French, Danish, Dutch, German, Polish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Czech, and a lot more ancestries. I even managed to calculate the British actress, Alice St Claire, is a descendant of Lazar, Prince of Serbia (who fought in the Battle of Kosovo), through her paternal ancestry line.

The information about CB’s ancestry being much harder to find than that about St Claire’s, we are confined to agree that his ancestry is English, which still doesn’t (have to) mean he’s only English.

Adam December 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Obsessed much?

levangelista36 August 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I thought he was Welsh, but it appears that he was just born there.

LiL V4CH4 May 29, 2010 at 11:43 am

No.. why would u think that.. I’m just recommending u to fix it so it can be accurate…

LiL V4CH4 May 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm

hey ETHNIC, christian bale is ONLY English! Can u please FIX it! Thanks!

ethnic May 29, 2010 at 2:08 am

Is that an order?

LiL V4CH4 May 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Christian Bale stated that he is just ONLY English.

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