Benedict Cumberbatch


Cumberbatch in 2011, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch

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

Date of Birth: 19 July, 1976

Ethnicity: English (mostly), as well as 1/16th Welsh, some Scottish and Cornish, distant French, Swiss-French, Swedish or German, and Dutch

Benedict Cumberbatch is an English actor and producer. He plays Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is also known for the series Sherlock and the films The Imitation Game, The Current War, and Star Trek Into Darkness, among many other roles.

He is the son of actors Timothy Carlton (born Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch) and Wanda Ventham. He is married to avant-garde theatre and opera director, playwright, and performer Sophie Hunter, with whom he has three children. Benedict is of mostly English ancestry, with 1/16th Welsh, some Scottish and Cornish, as well as distant French, Swiss-French, Swedish or German, and Dutch, roots. He has ancestors born in Barbados and Antigua.

Benedict’s paternal grandfather was Henry Carlton Cumberbatch (the son of Henry Alfred Cumberbatch and Hélène/Helen Gertrude Rees). Benedict’s grandfather Henry was born in Smyrna, Anatolia, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey). He was an officer of the British Royal Navy, who served as a submarine commander before and at the start of WWII. Benedict’s great-grandfather Henry was born in Berdyans’k, Zaporiz’ka oblast, Ukraine, and was a diplomat, who was Queen Victoria’s consul general in Turkey and Lebanon. Their families were from England, and were working overseas at the time of their births. Benedict’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Robert William Cumberbatch, who was also a diplomat, a Consul in the Russian and Ottoman Empires; and of Louisa Grace Hanson, who was born in Beyoğlu, İstanbul Province, Turkey, to English parents.

Benedict’s great-grandmother Hélène Rees was the daughter of Thomas Bowen Rees, who was born in St. Clears, Carmarthenshire, Wales, and of Ida Josephine Langdon, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Benedict’s father also has more distant French ancestry, as well as Scottish and Cornish roots. His father is also a descendant of Esaie Fercken, who had Dutch ancestry, and was Chancellor of the Dutch Consulate of Smyrna, and of Esaie’s wife, Louisa Ulrica Justi, who likely had either Swedish or German ancestry. Another of Benedict’s father’s distant ancestors, Louisa Frances Pernet (1737-1811), was born in Paudex, Switzerland, to Pierre Francois Pernet and Marie-Judith du Veluz/Duveluz, and had Swiss-French ancestry.

Benedict’s paternal grandmother was Pauline Ellen Laing Congdon (the daughter of Thomas Edwin Congdon and Pauline Ellice Ferguson). Benedict’s grandmother Pauline was born in Dhoolie, Rangajan, Assam, India. Thomas was born in Bodmin, Cornwall, England, the son of Thomas Edwin Congdon and Mary Moon. Benedict’s great-grandmother Pauline was the daughter of John Paul Ferguson, who was from Moray, Scotland, and of Isobel Mary Esplin, from Canada.

Benedict’s maternal grandfather was Frederick Howard Ventham (the son of Frederick William Ventham and Mabel Waters). Benedict’s grandfather Frederick was born in Lewes, Sussex, England. Benedict’s great-grandfather Frederick was the son of William Ventham and Sarah Jane Hurst. Mabel was the daughter of Peter Waters and Rebecca Morgan.

Benedict’s maternal grandmother was Gladys Frances Holtham (the daughter of Francis Leonard Holtham and Selina Mary Warner). Gladys was born in Kensington, London, England. Benedict’s great-grandfather Francis was the son of Mark Holtham and Emily Battell. Selina was the daughter of William Warner and Emily Pells.

Sources: Genealogies of Benedict Cumberbatch –

35 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    I think it’s silly to put english and cornish in different categories, Cornewall is not a real country, it’s part of England, the vast majority of people their are genetically english, their surnames are pretty standard english surnames, you can’t tell apart people that live there from the english by looking at them or reading their names, because guess what : THEY ARE ENGLISH lol… It’s not like the irish, scots, and welshs, that have considerably more celtic blood than the english, people in Cornewall are pretty standard, anglo-saxon english people.

    • andrew says:

      You have said a lot of crap, sorry.

      • jonasbttencourt says:

        Nice, can you point where i was wrong please? Is Cornwall a real country? Are the people there any different from normal english people, genetically and cullturally? Are their names any different from the names of people anywhere else in England?

        • andrew says:

          I did not even want to start an argument with you, but you came here claiming the Cornish are “Anglo-Saxon English people”, that is frankly outrageous.

          • jonasbttencourt says:

            It looks like you want since you reply every single comment i make on this site, always very salty. Cornish people are english people, look at their names, their apperience, they are not any different form normal ass english people, “anglo-saxon” today is more of a nickname for culturally english people, since there’s pretty much no one fully anglo genetically these days. So today is basically : “Well, you live in England, your family has lived in england for many generations, pretty much all the surnames in your family are of english origin, so i guess you are anglo”, and cornish people fit this, i did not said “oh everyone in Cornewall is 100%, absolutely anglo-saxon culturally and genetically”, i just said their background is not anywhere as different from the english as the backgrounds of scots, irishs, and welshs, so much so they have their own(not so independent) independence, while Cornewall officially na english owned region in southern England.

      • jonasbttencourt says:

        by the way, you and that oaken guy seem to be in love with me hahaha you guys are the only ones who reply me in the site, go get a life you two, i already have boring people in my personal life to annoy me…

  2. americansrallmixed says:

    He has a strong distant asian roots look to his almond shaped eyes and high cheeckbones he looks an euroasian alien !

  3. Hill says:

    what? most Irish people have black hair. There are more English gingers.

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