Christopher Nolan

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Birth Name: Christopher Edward Nolan

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

Date of Birth: 30 July, 1970

Ethnicity: Danish, Irish, Welsh, English, possibly other

Christopher Nolan is an English and American film director, screenwriter, and producer.

Christopher is the son of Christina Lynn (Jensen) and Brendan James Nolan. His father is British and his mother is American. His father likely has Irish and Welsh ancestry. His mother has Danish and English ancestry. Christopher grew up in London and Chicago, and has both British and American citizenship.

Christopher is married to producer Emma Thomas, with whom he has four children. His brother is screenwriter, producer, director, and author Jonathan “Jonah” Nolan. His uncle is actor John Nolan. Jonathan is married to screenwriter and producer Lisa Joy.

Christopher’s paternal grandfather was named Francis Thomas Nolan. Francis was shot down over France, in 1944, during World War II. He was part of the Avro Lancasters No 1 Group of RAF in Bomber Command.

Christopher’s paternal grandmother was named Catherine M. Rees.

Christopher’s maternal grandfather was Anton Oscar Jensen (the son of Anton Jensen and Mary H. Boyschou/Boyschon). Christopher’s grandfather Anton was born in Wisconsin. Christopher’s great-grandfather Anton was Danish, the son of Jens Andersen and Ane Marie Theil Pedersen. Christopher’s great-grandmother Mary was born in Iowa, to Danish parents, Christian Thompson Boyschou and Marie Lorentsen.

Christopher’s maternal grandmother was Emily Fisher Swan (the daughter of Edward Jess “Ted” Swan and Gertrude H./M. “Nellie” Fisher). Emily was born in Illinois. Edward’s father was English.

Sources: Information about Christopher’s father’s family history –

Marriage records of Christopher’s paternal grandparents, Francis Thomas Nolan and Catherine M. Rees –

Christopher’s maternal grandfather, Anton Oscar Jensen, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Christopher’s maternal grandmother, Emily Fisher Swan, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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