Birth Name: Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie
Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand
Date of Birth: June 29, 1976
Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Cornish
Bret McKenzie is a New Zealand comedian, actor, singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. He is one half of the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, alongside Jemaine Clement. Bret is the son of Deirdre Tarrant and Peter McKenzie. He is married to publicist Hannah Clarke, with whom he has three children.
Bret’s maternal grandfather was Alfred Edward Tarrant (the son of Leonard Saywell Tarrant and Acacia Barley). Leonard was the son of English parents, William Tarrant, from Beechingstoke, Wiltshire, and Maria Saywell, from Bredgar, Kent. Acacia was the daughter of Charles Edward Barley, who was from Gorleston, Suffolk, England, and of Mary Ann King.
Bret’s maternal grandmother was Brigitte Esme “Betty” Rendle (the daughter of Charles Arthur Rendle and Maud Annie Morris). Charles was the son of Edwin Thomas Rendle, who was born in Plymouth, England, and of Rosina Kinsman, a suffragette, who was born in Cornwall, England. Maud was the daughter of Charles Morris and Annie Hansen.
Source: Genealogy of Bret McKenzie (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Bret’s maternal grandmother, Brigitte Esme “Betty” Rendle – https://www.geni.com
Information about Bret’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Rosina Kinsman, a suffragette – https://nzhistory.govt.nz
Bret’s maternal grandmother Brigitte “Betty” Esme Rendle was the daughter of Charles Arthur Rendle and Maud Annie Morris.
Charles Arthur was the son of Edwin Thomas Rendle (1851-1936), born in Plymouth, England and Rosina Kinsman (1954-1926). Rosina was a suffragette, she was born in Cornwall, England. Edwin’s parents were Henry Mudge Luscombe and Elizabeth Fanny Rendle from Devon, England. (Edwin inherited his mother’s surname instead of his fathers for some reason.)
Maud Annie Morris’ parents were Charles Morris and Annie Hansen.
Rosina, a suffragette: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/suffragist/rosina-randle
Geneology of Bret’s maternal grandmother: https://www.geni.com/people/Brigitte-Betty-Esme/6000000048387430857
Great work! So maybe there’s some Danish ancestry on his grandmother’s side? I know Hansen can be English too sometimes, but New Zealand seems to have quite a few people with Danish ancestry.
If you have time, there’s some other New Zealand celebrity profiles that could need some working, like these:
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I’ll have a look. :)