Hugh Dancy

Hugh Dancy

Dancy in 2013, photo via PR Photos

Birth Name: Hugh Michael Horace Dancy

Place of Birth: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 19 June, 1975

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/16th Welsh, 1/16th Scottish, 1/16th Cornish

Hugh Dancy is an English actor and model. His roles include the films Ella Enchanted, The Jane Austen Book Club, and Adam, and the shows Hannibal and The Path.

He is the son of Sarah Ann (Birley), who works in academic publishing, and Jonathan Dancy (Jonathan Peter Dancy), a philosophy professor. Hugh is married to American actress Claire Danes, with whom he has three children.

Hugh’s patrilineal line can be traced to Roger Dancy, who was born, c. 1517, in Wivelsfield, Sussex, England.

Hugh’s paternal grandfather is John H. C. Dancy (the son of Horace John Dancy and Naomi Tribe). Hugh’s grandfather John was born in Hammersmith, London. Hugh’s great-grandfather Horace was the son of Horace Michael Dancy and Ada/Agnes Jane Binney. Naomi was the daughter of Odell Newton Tribe and Annie Newton Beane.

Hugh’s paternal grandmother was Florence Angela Dawn Bryant (the daughter of Charles Leslie Bryant and Florence Olive Boot). Hugh’s grandmother Florence was born in Hendon, Middlesex. Charles was the son of Charles Bryant and Maria Eleanora Matthews, who was born in Canada, to English parents. Hugh’s great-grandmother Florence was the daughter of Charles Webster Boot and Florence Jane Rabling, who was born in Mexico, to Cornish English parents.

Hugh’s maternal grandfather was Michael Pellew Birley (the son of Norman Pellew Birley and Eileen Alice Morgan). Michael was born in Gower, Glamorganshire, Wales. Norman was the son of The Rev. Hugh Hornby Birley, a Christian minister, and of Florence Lydia Anderson, whose father was also a minister. Eileen was born in Wales, the daughter of William Laugharne Morgan, who was Welsh, and of Alice Emily Dods, who was born in Hong Kong, of Scottish descent.

Hugh’s maternal grandmother was Ann Grover Street (the daughter of James Martineau Street and Katharine Haydon). Ann was born in Atcham, Shropshire. James was the son of James Christopher Street and Maud Grover. Katharine was the daughter of Walter Dodsworth Haydon and Alice Maud Trevor Briscoe.

Source: Family history of Hugh’s mother –

4 Responses

  1. Friedrik533 says:

    He looks welsh.

  2. HamarFFox says:

    He’s actually 1/16 Welsh and 1/16 Scottish. His Welsh great grandmother was born to a Welsh father and a mother born in Hong Kong, Alice Emily Dods born 1871. Alice was born to a Scottish father and a mother (Margaret Crabbie whose birthplace and birthdate are unknown to me. However, Margaret Crabbie’s parents were both Scottish born and judging by the names ethnically Scottish. (Note: there is a transcription error on the census for Margaret’s mother’s (Margaret Smith) place of birth stating that she was born in Madagascar. The census actually says that she was born in Prestonkirk, Scotland.)

    • Nelson says:

      I’m afraid you’re wrong with the proportions of ethnicity which will be impossible for you to work out. Our family tree is very complicating and much more interesting than is written here.

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