Skandar Keynes

by follers on October 22, 2012

National Movie Awards 2008 in London, England

Birth Name: Alexander Amin Caspar Keynes

Place of Birth: Camden, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 5 September, 1991

Ethnicity:
*English, as well as distant Scottish, remote French Huguenot (father)
*Lebanese, Persian, Turkish (mother)

Skandar Keynes is a British actor. He is the son of Randal Keynes (Randal Hume Keynes), a conservationist and author, and Zelfa Hourani. His father is of English, as well as distant Scottish, and remote French Huguenot, descent. His maternal grandfather was of Lebanese descent, and his maternal grandmother’s ancestry is Persian and Turkish.

Skandar is a great-great-great-grandson of naturalist Charles Darwin (Charles Robert Darwin), a great-great-nephew of economist John Maynard Keynes, and a great-great-great-grandson of Baha’u’llah, founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

Skandar’s paternal grandfather was Richard Darwin Keynes (the son of Geoffrey Langdon Keynes and Margaret Elizabeth Darwin). Richard was a physiologist, and editor of the works of Charles Darwin. Sir Geoffrey Keynes was a surgeon and author; he was the son of John Neville Keynes, an economist, and of Florence Ada Keynes (née Brown), an author, historian and politician, who was Mayor of Cambridge, among other duties. Skandar’s great-grandfather Sir Geoffrey was the younger brother of prominent economist John Maynard Keynes, whose ideas are the basis for Keynesian economics. Skandar’s great-grandmother Margaret Darwin was the daughter of Sir George Howard Darwin, a barrister and astronomer, and of Lady Maud Darwin (born Maud Haskins Du Puy), an American socialite, whose surname has a French Huguenot origin. George Darwin’s father was Charles Darwin (Charles Robert Darwin).

Skandar’s paternal grandmother was Anne Pinsent Adrian (the daughter of Edgar Douglas Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian, and of Hester Agnes Pinsent, Baroness Adrian). Anne was the sister of Richard Adrian, 2nd Baron Adrian, a physiologist and Academic officer. Skandar’s great-grandfather Edgar Adrian, The Lord Adrian, was an electrophysiologist and President of the Royal Society, between 1950 and 1955. He won the Nobel Prize for Physiology in 1932. The Lord Adrian was the son of Alfred Douglas Adrian, who was a legal adviser to the Local Government Board, and of Flora Lavinia Barton. Skandar’s great-grandmother Baroness Adrian was a mental health worker, and was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contributions. Baroness Adrian was the daughter of Hume Chancellor Pinsent and Dame Ellen Frances (Parker) Pinsent, who herself was a mental health worker and politician. Baroness Adrian was a descendant of prominent Scottish philosopher David Hume. Her brother, Skandar’s great-great-uncle David Pinsent, was a test pilot for RAE (Royal Aircraft Establishment), and was known as companion of Austrian-born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Skandar’s maternal grandfather is Cecil Fadlo Hourani (the son of Fadlo Issa Hourani and Soumaya Rassi). Cecil’s parents were from Marjeyoun, Lebanon, and had converted from Eastern Orthodoxy to Scottish Presbyterianism. Cecil was an economic adviser to President of Tunisia Habib Bourguiba. Cecil was the brother of Albert Hourani, a historian, and George Hourani, a philosopher, historian, and classicist. Skandar’s great-grandfather Fadlo was the son of Issa Horany. Soumaya was the daughter of Youakim/Wakim Raci/Racy and Khazma George Haddad.

Skandar’s maternal grandmother is Furugh Afnan. Furugh was the great-granddaughter of Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

Sources: Interview with Skandar Keynes – http://www.skandar-keynes.com

Genealogy of Skandar’s father – http://thepeerage.com

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andrew July 20, 2017 at 5:34 am

who’s who/Part 2:

* Edgar Adrian (The Lord Adrian) was was an electrophysiologist and President of the Royal Society between 1950 and 1955. He won the Nobel Prize for Physiology in 1932.
* Hester Adrian (Baroness Adrian) was a mental health worker. She was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contributions. Hester’s brother, David Pinsent, was a test pilot for RAE (Royal Aircraft Establishment), and known as companion of Austrian-born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
* Skandar’s great-uncle, Richard Adrian, 2nd Baron Adrian, was a physiologist and Academic officer
* Alfred Douglas Adrian was a legal adviser to the Local Government Board
* Hume Chancellor Pinsent was a descendant of the prominent Scottish philosopher David Hume
* Dame Ellen Pinsent (the daughter of the Rev. Richard Parker) was a mental health worker and politician

andrew July 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm

Who’s who:

*Richard Keynes was a physiologist and editor of the works of Charles Darwin
* Sir Geoffrey Keynes was a surgeon and author. He was the younger brother of the prominent economist John Maynard Keynes, whose ideas are the basis for the school of thought known as Keynesian economics.
* John Neville Kaynes was an economist
* Florence Ada Keynes was an author, historian and politician. Mayor or Cambridge, among other duties.
* Sir George Howard Darwin was a barrister and astronomer
* Lady Maud Darwin was an American socialite. Her father wrote “A Genealogical History of the DuPuy Family”, which has French Huguenot origin

*Cecil Hourani was the economic adviser to President of Tunisia Habib Bourguiba
* Cecil’s brother, George Hourani, was a philosopher, historian, and classicist
* Soumaya Rassi and Fadlo Hourani were immigrants from Marjeyoun, Lebanon.
* Hourani family had converted from Eastern Orthodoxy to Scottish Presbyterianism
* Furugh Afnan was the great-granddaughter of Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Bahá’í Faith, making Skandar a great great great grandson of Baha’u’llah

lelo4 November 29, 2016 at 6:22 pm

Looks fully Turkish. Could easily be Ashkenazi too.

andrew December 4, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Turkish? not at all.

Hill April 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm

it’s a troll comment.

neiltennant July 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm

I TOTALLY agree with lelo4

im from germany and we have a lot of turkish immigrants and believe me most of them are more pale than he

athelya December 12, 2015 at 11:54 am

he’s cute.. i had a crush on him in narnia when i was younger

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 4:35 am

Looks full Slavic to me.

neiltennant July 18, 2015 at 11:37 am

he should have played HARRY POTTER

neiltennant June 28, 2015 at 1:41 pm

i know a lot of guys from east-germany and from the areas saxony who look like him

and now i found out, that those germans are mixed with bulgarians

neiltennant July 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm

and Bulgariens indeed have a lot of turkish immigrants

Freerk May 20, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Obviously the DNA of his father was stronger. :D

follers May 20, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Really? His parents look like they could be the same ethnicity.
His mother (far left) and father (second from right) – https://40.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzny6dUwJd1rpepjao1_500.jpg

Freerk May 20, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Have you eaten your humour?

follers March 24, 2015 at 11:53 am
alexandra95 March 24, 2015 at 8:18 am

he actually looks 100% white . he could pass for italian. interesting mix :)

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