Lily James

by follers on December 1, 2014

2013 Laurence Olivier Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson

Place of Birth: Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 5 April, 1989

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, French, small amount of German

Lily James is an English actress. She is the daughter of Ninette V. A. (Mantle) and James “Jamie” S. Thomson, an actor and musician.

Lily’s paternal grandfather is named James Hamish Stewart Thomson (the son of James Thomson). Lily’s grandfather James was from a family from Glasgow, Scotland.

Lily’s paternal grandmother was Helen Horton, an actress (born Helen Virginia Horton, the daughter of Walter Clark Horton and Frances Katherine Stewart). Helen was American, born in Chicago, Illinois, of English, Scottish, and German descent. Helen had deep colonial American roots, going back to the 1600s. Walter was the son of Walter Shurts Horton and Alice Cary Jones. Frances was the daughter of William Stewart and Mary Ellen McArthur, who was born in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.

Lily’s maternal grandfather was William Eric Mantle (the son of William James Mantle and Laura Edith Carter). Lily’s grandfather William was a Christian minister. Laura was the daughter of John Carder and Eva Nott.

Lily’s maternal grandmother was Marinette R. Touzet. Marinette was likely French.

Lily is a sixth cousin of President George H. W. Bush, a sixth cousin, once removed, of the first President Bush’s children, President George W. Bush and Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, and a sixth cousin, twice removed, of the second President Bush’s daughter, journalist Jenna Bush Hager, and Jeb’s son, politician George P. Bush. Lily’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Stephen Horton, was a brother of the first President Bush’s great-great-great-great-grandmother, Sarah Horton. Their parents were Comfort Horton and Joanna Wood.

Sources: Genealogy of Lily’s paternal grandmother, Helen Virginia Horton (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Lily’s paternal grandmother, Helen Virginia Horton, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Lily’s paternal great-grandfather, Walter Clark Horton, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lily’s maternal grandfather, William Eric Mantle –

with some credit to genealogists George Larson and Michael J. Wood

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Holly12 April 16, 2015 at 5:55 am

Ethni/Follers is it possible you could do more research on Lily’s ancestry, it would be interesting to know. Especially with her grandmother being American born. Thank-you. :)

follers April 16, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Well, she’s a sixth cousin of the Bushes. That’s something. Not sure how closely Emilia Clarke is related to them.

Holly12 April 20, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Brilliant Follers thank-you. Any chance you’d be able to research her mother’s side a little bit more? Thanks :)

follers April 20, 2015 at 6:52 pm

I can’t find anything else.

follers April 23, 2015 at 12:03 am

Updated, with thanks to George Larson and Michael J. Wood for some of the new info.

ashash April 10, 2015 at 10:28 pm


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