Joseph Fiennes

by andrew on November 13, 2013

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Birth Name: Joseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes

Place of Birth: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 27 May, 1970

Ethnicity: English, Northern Irish, Irish, Scottish

Joseph Fiennes is an English actor. He is known for his portrayal of William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love.

Joseph is the son of Mark Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, a farmer and photographer, from Dalton, Northumberland, and Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a writer, from Chichester, Sussex. The Fiennes are a prominent family. His brother is famous actor Ralph Fiennes, who stated during his interview on Inside the Actors Studio (2006) that the surname “Fiennes” is of Norman origin.

Joseph’s recent (as well as relatively recent) ancestry consists of English, Northern Irish, Irish, and Scottish. Many of his ancestors had been born in India, during the time of British colonialism there.

Joseph’s paternal grandfather was Maurice Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (the son of Alberic Arthur Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes and Gertrude Theodosia Colley). Maurice was a prominent industrialist. Alberic was the son of Wingfield Stratford Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes and Alice Susan Yorke. Gertrude was the daughter of Henry FitzGeorge/Fitzroy Pomeroy Colley and Elizabeth Isabella Wingfield.

Joseph’s paternal grandmother was Sylvia Joan Finlay (the daughter of David Finlay).

Joseph’s maternal grandfather was Henry Alleyne Lash (the son of Nicholas Alleyne Lash and Violet Maud Keely). Henry, a British colonial officer, was born in Calcutta, India. Nicholas was born in India, the son of Augustus Henry Lash and Alicia Elizabeth De Clare Quinlan, who were both born in Ireland. Violet was born in England, to English parents George Philipps Keely and Angela Fisher.

Joseph’s maternal grandmother was Joan Mary Moore (the daughter of Pierce Langrishe Moore and Muriel Strange). Joan was born in Bangalore, India. Pierce was born in India, to John Lewis Moore and Edith Katherine Johnston, who had English ancestry. Muriel was born in London, England, to Lumisden Strange, who was born in India, and had English, Scottish, and Northern Irish ancestry, and to Alice Sybil Rideout, who was also born in India, to John Wood Rideout and Amy Ledwell Taylor, and who was also of English descent.

Sources: Genealogies of Joseph Fiennes –

Genealogy of the Fiennes family –

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Morrigan Ni Boii April 16, 2017 at 1:48 am

He’s typically Germanic Celt :-D ;-)

andrew June 16, 2016 at 2:54 pm
cwm85 December 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm

He looks a lot like errol flynn…

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 7:22 am

He’s cute. Definitely has Spanish ancestry.

athelya November 17, 2015 at 2:41 pm

his brothe ris blonde with blue eyes.. i know shocking right -.-

phaedra April 16, 2016 at 9:34 pm


J.J. November 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm

correction; his eyes are amber and his hair is light brown (brunet)

andrew November 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

and a lot of French-Norman ancestors from about 1000

andrew November 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I knew his ancestry was interesting. Through Dowling family he has Scandinavian ancestry from Gautrek Gutsson born in 618 in Sweden and his descendants (born in Norway or Denmark too). Outstanding family tree

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