Henry Cavill

"Man of Steel" UK Premiere - Arrivals

Cavill in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill

Place of Birth: St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands

Date of Birth: 5 May, 1983

Ethnicity: English, Irish, some Scottish

Henry Cavill is a British actor. He is known for starring as the cinematic Clark Kent / Superman, from Man of Steel in 2013 to the 2020s. His roles also include the films The Count of Monte Cristo, I Capture the Castle, Hellraiser: Hellworld, Tristan & Isolde, Red Riding Hood (2006), Stardust, Whatever Works, Blood Creek, Immortals, The Cold Light of Day, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sand Castle, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Night Hunter, and Enola Holmes, and its sequel; and the shows The Tudors and The Witcher.

His father, Colin Cavill, a stockbroker, is English-born, with English ancestry. His mother, Marianne (Dalgliesh), a bank secretary, is from Jersey, in the Channel Islands, where Henry was born and raised. Henry’s maternal grandfather had English and Scottish ancestry, while Henry’s maternal grandmother was Irish. Henry partly attended school in Stowe, Buckinghamshire.

Henry’s paternal grandfather was Richard Cavill (the son of John William Cavill and Ellen Agnes Saunders). Richard was born in Bridlington, Yorkshire, England. John was born in Yorkshire, the son of William Cavill and Margaret Lydia Crampton; Margaret was born in Malta, to English parents, George Crampton and Ann Cronk. Henry’s great-grandmother Ellen was the daughter of Richard Saunders and Mary Ann Minards.

Henry’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Jesse May Smith (the daughter of Henry Smith and Julia Simmonds/Western). Gladys was born in Hampstead, London, England. Henry’s great-grandfather Henry Smith was the son of William Smith and Sarah.

Henry’s maternal grandfather was Alan Gardner Dalgliesh (the son of Percy Dalgliesh and Marianne Pringle Gardner). Henry’s grandfather Alan was born in Guatemala, to an English-born father and a Scottish-born mother (both of Alan’s parents were of mixed Scottish and English ancestry). Percy was the son of James Dalgliesh and Lucy Booth Hadfield. Marianne was the daughter of John Neilson Gardner and Marianne Pringle.

Henry’s maternal grandmother was Mary Kathleen O’Donnell (the daughter of John O’Donnell and Elizabeth “Lizzie” McPhillips). Henry’s grandmother Mary Kathleen was Irish, born in County Monaghan. John was the son of James O’Donnell and Mary Cullen. Elizabeth was the daughter of Patrick McPhillips and Anne Coyle.

Sources: Genealogy of Henry Cavill – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Henry’s maternal grandfather, Alan Gardner Dalgliesh (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://www.dalgleishstudy.info


Curious about ethnicity

29 Responses

  1. Dar says:

    Tag Guatemalan, Scottish-Guatemalan, English-Guatemalan

  2. michaelthompson says:

    His ethnicity is Jersey which isn’t exactly the same as English.

  3. Oaken05 says:

    Shouldn’t this read “English, 1/4 Irish & Scottish”? or:

    Father: English
    Mother: 50% Irish, some English & Scottish

    It appears his father is entirely of recent English ancestry and and his mother has some, so he’s more English than anything else.

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