Paul Bettany

by follers on February 6, 2014

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Place of Birth: Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 27 May, 1971

Ethnicity: English, Welsh

Paul Bettany is an English actor. He is the son of actors Thane Bettany, who was born on Miri Sarawak, in Borneo, and Anne G. G. Kettle. Paul is married to American actress Jennifer Connelly, with whom he has two children.

Paul plays Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Paul’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his eight times great-grandfather, Roger Bettany, who was born c. 1651.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was Howard John Bettany (the son of John Thomas Bettany and Edith Augusta Hardcastle). Howard was born in Solihull, Warwickshire. Paul’s great-grandfather John was the son of John Bettany and Mary. Edith was the daughter of Henry Hardcastle and Eliza Warner.

Paul’s paternal grandmother was Irene Edith Bryan (the daughter of William Bryan and Edith Mary Husbands/Husband). William was the son of Francis William Bryan and Maria Catherine. Paul’s great-grandmother Edith was the daughter of Charles Thomas Husbands and Mary Lainson.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Leslie/Lesley H. Kettle, a music promoter (the son of Harry Kettle and Annie Sidebotham).

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Olga M. Gwynne, an actress.

Sources: Genealogy of Paul Bettany (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Paul’s paternal grandfather, Howard John Bettany (focusing on his own father’s side) –

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phaedra May 15, 2016 at 12:26 am

Is he albino?

Drea K May 16, 2016 at 12:41 am

Nope. Northern European.

Sezbet June 7, 2015 at 2:37 pm

CORRECTIONS: Thane Bettany was born in Miri Sarawak – which is a town in Borneo, not an island. While there may be a Welsh connection, the name Gwynne was made up by Olga Gwynne’s mother – it was not a family name before that. Bettany is actually an Italian name, the Bettani’s were Italian merchants who came to Britain a few centuries ago.

I’m a family member.

A user June 8, 2015 at 12:32 pm

There are sources that claim its an anglo norman surname which can be found as the names of barons of William of Normandy.

andrew June 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm
gel February 6, 2016 at 1:01 pm

And Bryan is usually an Irish name.

gel February 11, 2016 at 1:02 am
strawberry20 May 26, 2015 at 9:54 pm

to me he looks fully Scandinavian with maybe remote british not even

A user May 27, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Other than the fact that he’s blonde, nothing about him looks particularly scandinavian.

Kimmel February 10, 2016 at 9:09 pm

Was thinking the same thing: Icelandic, to be specific.

A user April 10, 2015 at 6:41 pm

Hes going to be in the new avengers

andrew February 19, 2014 at 6:50 am

I think to that stupid who said “Rowan Atkinson doesnt look like Paul Bettany so he’s not English but Jewish-Gypsy ‘n other bullshit..omg that such an idiot!!!

roman2886 January 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Rowan Atkinson looks like he could have Middle Eastern blood how he is full English he doesn’t look English English people have different looks they all mixed down the line somewhere Paul Bettany looks very Anglo Saxon as English as you can get he is 100% Anglo Saxon English he has no Irish Scottish and Welsh blood.

Jello February 2, 2015 at 10:12 pm

Paul looks albino

roman2886 March 31, 2015 at 4:14 pm

He is 100% English through and through or should i say 100% Anglo Saxon English through and through he has no Irish Scottish and Welsh in him not every English people is a mongrel of English Irish Scottish and Welsh he may have Welsh ancestry but i don’t buy some English people are Mongrels but not all most English actors are Mongrels but Paul Bettany is a not mongrel he looks English he doesn’t look Irish Scottish or Welsh he can’t pass for anything other than English he looks English Ryan Reynolds looks Irish more Irish than English Keira Knightley looks Scottish more Scottish than English Catherine Zeta Jones looks Welsh English people Irish people Scottish people and Welsh people have their own looks when they are not mixed together but the majority of English people don’t look much different too Irish people Scottish people and Welsh people English people have been intermixing with Irish people Scottish people and Welsh people for years.

Sezbet June 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Enough with the word ‘mongrel’ please. It’s insulting. There is no such thing as a ‘pure blood’ English person anyway, but certainly the Bettany family has Irish, Scottish, French and Italian blood – and that’s not including the maternal side of the family.

gel July 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm

40% of the English are of French descent!

gel July 30, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Or rather 40% are the same as French.

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