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, in Surrey and Dorset, and Portugal, among other places. He is now also a U.S. citizen.
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. While Christian is often described as a “Welsh actor,” it is not clear if he has any Welsh ancestry.
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 born on St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, the son of Frederick George Fuzzey and Emily Rosa/N. Higgins. Louie was the daughter of Thomas Beswick and Eliza Murgatroyd.
Christian’s maternal grandmother is named Edna.
Sources: Christian says that he is English rather than Welsh – http://www.youtube.com
Christian’s paternal great-grandfather, Leonard Charles Fuzzey, on the 1901 England and Wales Census – https://www.familysearch.org
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