Javier Bardem

2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Arrivals

Bardem in 2011, photo by Pr Photos

Birth Name: Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem

Place of Birth: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Date of Birth: March 1, 1969

Ethnicity: Spanish [Castilian and Leónese], Basque, Catalan, as well as 1/64th British Isles [Irish, English]

Javier Bardem is a Spanish actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for No Country for Old Men (2007). He has also starred in Jamón Jamón, Before Night Falls, The Dancer Upstairs, Biutiful, Skyfall, and Being the Ricardos, among many other acclaimed films.

Javier was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, the son of José Carlos Encinas Doussinague and actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz), who was known as “La Bardem.” Javier is married to actress Penélope Cruz, with whom he has two children. Javier is the brother of actors Carlos Cardem and Mónica Bardem. His uncle, Juan Antonio Bardem, was a film director and screenwriter.

One of his father’s surnames, Doussinague, is Basque. His mother’s surname, Bardem, is Catalan.

Javier’s paternal grandfather was named José Encinas. José was a farmer from Guijuelo, Salamanca, Castile and León, Spain.

Javier’s paternal grandmother was Flora Doussinague Brunet (the daughter of Juan Carlos Doussinague y Casares and Flora Waldesca Brunet y Goitia). Juan Carlos was the son of Pedro Doussinague y Adema and Francisca Casares Zabaleta. Javier’s great-grandmother Flora was the daughter of José María Brunet y Bermingham, who was of part Catalan, English, and Irish descent, and of María Magdalena Goitia Ostolaza.

Javier’s maternal grandfather was named Rafael Bardem Solé. Rafael was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, and was an actor.

Javier’s maternal grandmother was Matilde Muñoz Sampedro (the daughter of Miguel Muñoz Sanjuán and Catalina Sampedro Álvarez). Matilde was born in Madrid, and was an actress. Matilde’s sisters, Guadalupe Muñoz Sampedro and Mercedes Muñoz Sampedro, were also actresses, as was Mercedes’s daughter, Carmen Lozano. Javier’s great-grandfather Miguel was the son of José Muñoz and Joaquina San Juan. Javier’s great-grandmother Catalina was the daughter of Manuel San Pedro and Josefa Álvarez.

Sources: http://www.elmundo.es

Genealogy of Javier’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Javier’s paternal great-grandmother, Flora Waldesca Brunet y Goitia (focusing on her father’s side) – https://gw.geneanet.org

Genealogy of Javier Bardem (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com


Curious about ethnicity

50 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    Javier’s Spanish ancestries are Castilian and Leonese. His other ancestries are Basque and Catalan.

  2. andrew says:

    * Carlos paternal grandfather was a farmer from Guijuelo, Salamanca, Castile and León, Spain (http://www.elmundo.es/suplementos/cronica/2008/646/1204412412.html)
    * Rafael Bardem Solé was born in Barcelona
    * Matilde Muñoz Sampedro was born in Madrid

    Javier’s uncle, Juan Antonio Bardem, was a film director and screen writer. Javier’s brother Carlos Cardem is an actor, as his sister Mónica Bardem. Javier’s maternal grandmother’s sisters, Guadalupe Muñoz Sampedro and Mercedes Muñoz Sampedro, were also both actresses, as Mercedes’s daughter, Carmen Lozano.

  3. luckystar says:

    “Nacido en el barrio de San Nicolás en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, hijo de José Carlos Encinas Doussinague de origen español y Pilar Bardem, Bardem desciende de una saga de actores: sus abuelos Rafael Bardem y Matilde Muñoz Sampedro, su madre Pilar de origen cubano y su hermano mayor Carlos son un ejemplo” His mother has cuban origins https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javier_Bardem

  4. anen87 says:

    Shouldn’t it be noted that he is Catalan? Bardem surname mothers side is catalan origin. Father side unknow but I always assume was Canarian

  5. Racial Realist says:

    In No Country for Old Men he was very ethnically ambiguous, Spanish, Italian, and part Native American are all things that came to mind.

    100% Spanish seems legit.

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