Cary Elwes

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Birth Name: Ivan Simon Cary Elwes

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

Date of Birth: 26 October, 1962

*Ashkenazi Jewish (great-grandfather)
*Serbian (great-grandmother)

Cary Elwes is a British actor, screenwriter, producer, and author. He is the son of Dominick Elwes (Bede Evelyn Dominick Elwes), a portrait painter, and Tessa Kennedy (Tessa Georgina Kennedy), a socialite and interior designer. His brothers are producer Cassian Elwes and artist Damian Elwes. Cary is married to photographer Lisa Marie Kurbikoff, with whom he has a daughter.

Cary’s father was of English, with some Scottish, descent. Cary’s maternal grandfather had English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, while Cary’s maternal grandmother was of half Croatian Jewish and half Serbian descent. Some of Cary’s distant ancestors were American-born.

Cary’s paternal grandfather was Simon Elwes, a war artist (born Simon Edmund Vincent Paul Elwes, the son of Gervase Henry Cary-Elwes, a tenor, and of Winefride Mary Elizabeth Feilding). Gervase was the son of Valentine Dudley Henry Cary Elwes, Esq., of Great Billing, and of Alice Geraldine Ward. Winefride was the daughter of Rudolph William Basil Feilding, 8th Earl of Denbigh, and of Mary (Berkeley) Feilding, Countess of Denbigh.

Cary’s paternal grandmother was Gloria Ellinor Rodd (the daughter of James Rennell Rodd, 1st Baron Rennell, a diplomat, and of Lilias Georgina Guthrie). James was the son of James Rennell Rodd and Elizabeth Anne Thomson. Lilias was the daughter of James Alexander Guthrie, 4th of Craigie, who was born in Dundee, Scotland, and of Ellinor Stirling.

Cary’s maternal grandfather was Geoffrey Alexander Farrer Kennedy (the son of John Macfarlane Kennedy and Dorothy Farrer). John was the son of Sir Alexander Blackie William Kennedy, a prominent civil and electrical engineer and academic, and of Elizabeth Verralls Smith. Dorothy was the daughter of Thomas Charles Farrer and Ann Richards McLane, who was American, from New York.

Cary’s maternal grandmother was Daška/Dashka Dafina Marija Ivanović-Banac (the daughter of Ivan Rikard Mendel Kraus, later Ivan Rikard Ivanović, and of Milica Popović). Daška was born in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, to parents born in Osijek, Croatia. Daška’s brother, Cary’s great-uncle, was Yugoslavian hurdler Vane Ivanović. Cary’s great-grandfather Ivan, a Croatian industrialist and politician, was the son of Ivan Mendel Kraus/Ivanović and Bettina. Cary’s great-grandfather Ivan was born to a Jewish family, that had converted to Catholicism and changed their surname from “Kraus”. Cary’s great-grandmother Milica was of Serbian descent, and was the daughter of Stevan Popović and Milica Bela/Bella Nikolajević. Cary’s great-grandmother Milica’s brother, Cary’s great-great-uncle, was politician Dušan A. Popović.

Sources: Genealogies of Cary Elwes –

Genealogy of Cary Elwes (focusing on his father’s side) –

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4 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Bablah, are Elwes’ non-British Isles ethnicities correct?

  2. andrew says:

    Probably Austrian jewish living in Dubrovnik

  3. andrew says:

    Croatian what??

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