Gary Oldman

Oldman in 2018, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Gary Leonard Oldman

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

Date of Birth: 21 March, 1958

Ethnicity: English, some Irish

Gary Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, musician, and author. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Darkest Hour (2017).

Gary is the son of Kathleen M. J. (Cheriton) and Leonard Bertram Oldman. His sister is actress Laila Morse.

Gary is married to writer and art curator Gisele Schmidt. He has a son with his former wife, actress Lesley Manville; and two children with his former wife, model and photographer Donya Fiorentino. Donya also has a daughter with her former husband, American writer and director David Fincher, who directed Gary in Mank.

Gary’s paternal grandfather was Alfred Ernest Oldman (the son of Arthur Inkerman Oldman and Annie Maria Cooper). Alfred was born in Greenwich, London, England. Arthur was the son of John Oldman and Ann Chapman. Annie was the daughter of William Cooper and Elizabeth Norton.

Gary’s paternal grandmother was named Mona Ethel Howe (the daughter of Charles Newton Howe).

Gary’s maternal grandfather was William Henry Cheriton (the son of Thomas William Cheriton and Alice May, possibly Murray). Gary’s grandfather William was born in St. George Hanover Square, London, England. Thomas was born in Westminster St. Margaret, London, England, the son of Edwin/Edward Cheriton and Jane Chamberlain. Alice was born in Dublin, Ireland.

Gary’s maternal grandmother was Victoria Grace Abell (the daughter of Walter Abell and Martha Mary Fitzgerald). Victoria was born in Camberwell, London, England. Walter was the son of Richard Abell and Lydia Rebecca Richardson. Martha was the daughter of John Fitzgerald and Martha Fenton. Most of Victoria’s ancestry was English, but it is likely that she had at least some Irish ancestry through her Fitzgerald line.

Sources: Genealogies of Gary Oldman –

Gary’s paternal grandfather, Alfred Ernest Oldman, on the 1911 England and Wales Census –

Marriage record of Gary’s paternal great-grandparents, Arthur Inkerman Oldman and Annie Maria Cooper –


Oldman in 2009, photo credit: jasminhunter_photography


Curious about ethnicity

5 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    His Irish great-grandmother’s full name was Alice May Murray (1879). Not a criticism but curious how being over 1/8th Irish is “some Irish?”

  2. andrew says:

    Interestingly he was casted at least 3 times in his career to play a Russian (or Soviet Union) role.

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