Mary Elizabeth Winstead

by ethnic on February 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES - OCT 10:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead arriving at the P

Place of Birth: Rocky Mount, Nash, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 28, 1984

Ethnicity: English

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an American actress and singer. She is of English descent. Her family has lived in the United States, and in the American South in general, for many generations.

Mary Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was Ambler William “Jack” Winstead (the son of George William Alford Winstead and Rosa Berdie Wells). Ambler was born in North Carolina. George was the son of George Washington Winstead and Rilda Annie/Anna Olive Gardner. Rosa was the daughter of John Bernet Wells and Martha Williamanne Roberson.

Mary Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother was Oveda Rochelle Proctor (the daughter of Walter Young Proctor and Eva Gertrude Bowden). Oveda was born in North Carolina. Walter was the son of John F. Proctor and Lucy Jane Batchelor. Eva was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Bowden and Sarah Elizabeth Batten.

Mary Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. Johnnie/Johnny Wilbur/Wilber Knight (the son of Wilbur/Wilber Lee Knight and Nancy/Lucy Bell Tucker). The Rev. Johnnie was born in North Carolina, and was a Church of God minister. Wilbur was the son of John Robert Knight and Dorcus Elizabeth/M. Sparks.

Mary Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother was Virgie Kathleen Strickland (the daughter of James Purdie Strickland and Mittie Elizabeth Horne). Virgie was born in North Carolina. James was the son of Isaac Calvin Strickland and Idella Frances Warren. Mittie was the daughter of John Franklin/Frank Horne and Martha Elizabeth Jolly.

Mary Elizabeth is a second cousin, three times removed, of actress Ava Gardner. Mary Elizabeth’s paternal great-grandfather, George William Alford Winstead, was the son of George Washington Winstead and Rilda Annie/Anna Olive Gardner. Rilda was the daughter of William Spencer Gardner and Elizabeth Weaver Edwards. William was the son of William Gardner and Cynthia Eliza Batts. William and Cynthia, Mary Elizabeth’s great-great-great-great-grandparents, were also the paternal great-grandparents of Ava Gardner.

It is sometimes claimed on the internet that Mary Elizabeth has some degree of Native American ancestry. No Native American ancestry has been verified/documented in any publicly available family trees of Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Mary Elizabeth’s surname, Winstead, is shared by the paternal grandmother of actress Evan Rachel Wood, who is also from North Carolina. While Mary Elizabeth and Evan likely have a common Winstead ancestor, this shared connection is distant, in or before the mid 1700s.

Sources: Genealogy of Mary Elizabeth Winstead –

Genealogy of Mary Elizabeth Winstead (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogies of Mary Elizabeth’s maternal grandparents, The Rev. Johnnie/Johnny Wilbur/Wilber Knight and Virgie Kathleen Strickland –

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andrew December 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm

genealogy of Mary Elizabeth’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, William Jordan Winstead –

Greyface March 20, 2016 at 4:34 pm

chinese queen!!! she can teach me kung fu! very squinty anime girl! kawaii

Hill July 12, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Nice iq.

ashash March 12, 2016 at 3:44 pm
sparkles180 August 20, 2015 at 1:26 am

She doesn’t look asian at all. The second pic is just distorted and thats not how she really looks. She actually looks very white and even prettier in other pics. She’s full english and looks like a full white girl. She’s gorgeous!

neiltennant August 13, 2015 at 5:26 am

she looks definitely Asian
its not nice to fool mother nature :-)))

but on the other hand people you are not her and she knows why she hides her asian roots

because she will not be labelled by people as asian
we all know that asian actors and models etc are booked only for asian theme things

xoxo October 29, 2015 at 6:12 am

I agree with you. Anyone who disagrees is delusional and needs glasses. She is not 100% white.

ashash March 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm

She looks like a very plain white girl to me. Her cousin, Ava Gardner, does as well and they are of the same ethnicity (English).

Mary Elizabeth:

Her cousin Ava:–wnrtugmhNU/VBoXDbr0N4I/AAAAAAAAHu4/dxB-uvGEnUQ/s1600/tumblr_m9ebyiPrUt1qd48zdo1_r1_500.png

Look at them compared to the truly exotic and gorgeous Eurasians Devon Aoki and Kristin Kreuk:

ashash March 12, 2016 at 8:35 pm
California July 24, 2015 at 8:42 pm

She reminds me of those Korean actresses and singers that get a shit-ton of plastic surgery. She is pretty though and exotic.

M July 23, 2015 at 8:14 pm

She looks half Asian.

Princess June 12, 2015 at 6:28 am

I don’t understand why she’s lying about her ethnicity, most these comments say she looks Asian and she does. Jennifer Tilly hid the fact that she was half Chinese when she first started acting. Some people are ashamed of their nonwhite heritage and want to be seen as white. Carol Channing was another who lied about being part black (her dad was mulatto), she came out as “black” when she was in her 80s.

follers June 12, 2015 at 9:49 am

How can she be lying about her ethnicity? Did you once again not read anything the page says? It names all of her grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. Are you saying they’re not her grandparents?

shobohunter April 3, 2015 at 5:26 am

and your obsession with asian and eye shAPES……

Capricious April 3, 2015 at 5:18 am

Looks like she has Asian in her, or maybe it’s her makeup.

Hazeleyes March 26, 2015 at 6:48 am

I think I read on Wikipedia a while ago that she has some Swedish ancestry as well.

ashash March 26, 2015 at 2:32 pm
roman2886 March 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm

I thought she has Asian blood in her like Chinese she could be 1/4 Chinese.

roman2886 March 25, 2015 at 2:41 pm

How many people in America have 100% English ancestry i heard of people in America who have 100% Irish ancestry

Holly12 October 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Wow an actual American who can claim complete English ancestry. This is definitely a rarity for somebody from America & who’s family has resided in the USA for many, many generations. It wouldn’t surprise me if somewhere in her heritage she had some other nationality or something, but obviously it’s been proven she is of mostly if not all Anglo descent. There are a lot of people in the UK who share her features, ie, dark hair, dark eyes. She is very beautiful & I can definitely see the resemblance to her second cousin Ava Garnder. Beautiful girl!

stonelord October 18, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Goodness knows what you guys must think when you travel to the U.K. It must be a real shocker when you see that the country is not full of blond haired blue eyed Germanic looking people.

DK1x September 29, 2014 at 8:29 pm

The only reason why she seems to be Asian to some people is because she has one eye bigger than the other which is quite common. My eyes are like that also and I’m Italian. If you saw some recent pics of Eminem you would know his eyes are like that too.

me August 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm

she looks part asian

Rob2000 August 9, 2014 at 9:12 am

Winstead, Strickland, Wells, Proctor, Knight, Bowden, Horne – this entry reads like a roll call of classic English surnames and it is a pleasure to read.

Englishness is so often the forgotten ethnicity in the USA – people enthusiastically claim Irish or Scottish identity based on vanishingly remote ancestors from those countries, while ignoring much larger and significant elements of English ancestry. So it’s nice to see English-Americans acknowledged.

And she doesn’t look even slightly east Asian.

follers August 9, 2014 at 9:26 am

As someone who researches genealogy, I can say this is definitely accurate:
“Englishness is so often the forgotten ethnicity in the USA – people enthusiastically claim Irish or Scottish identity based on vanishingly remote ancestors from those countries, while ignoring much larger and significant elements of English ancestry.”

scott August 19, 2014 at 2:06 am

No one claims theyre Scottish most say they are Irish instead

someone from the internet August 20, 2014 at 10:59 pm

I have to disagree with you. I see Asian features.

WTF June 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm

she looks half korean. i know a girl who’s korean and white and looks similar to this chick

JasonBaker January 19, 2014 at 1:32 am

I thought she was partially East Asian. She can definitely pass for that.

ashash April 1, 2014 at 11:11 pm

She is related to Ava Gardner through Ava’s mother who also had the name Mary Elizabeth.

follers May 29, 2014 at 11:54 am

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has more English ancestry than Keira Knightley and Queen Elizabeth II (possibly put together, as well).

WTF June 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm

yes i agree with you, jason. she looks half asian

Athena45 December 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Gorgeous, she should play Janet Van Dyne/Wasp on THE AVENGERS

Bobatu March 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

She is from Guinea-Bissau

BAN VIKING! March 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm

She is going to be Abraham Lincoln: The Vampire Hunter. :D

eMI February 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm


alan February 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

she is fine the way she is but i expect this page to be filled with racist comments in no time. you know because she’s white, pretty, and isn’t blonde

ashash June 3, 2014 at 2:27 am

She looks fine with her natural dark hair. She doesn’t need to dye it blonde.

storm February 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm

so you guys give high ratings to people on Angelina’s page for denying that she’s white because she has big lips but give me low ratings on mary’s page for denying that she’s white and saying she’s got a flat face like the Asians?

lame ass racist site. Used to be great but now there’s too many unintelligent nut jobs on it like that braindead lopac

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