Jennifer Ehle

10th Annual Library Lions Beneifit at the New York Public Library

Ehle in 2007, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Jennifer Anne Ehle

Place of Birth: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 29, 1969

Ethnicity: English, German, some Scottish and Welsh

Jennifer Ehle is an English and American actress.

She is the daughter of American author John Ehle (John Marsden Ehle, Jr.) and English actress Rosemary Harris (Rosemary Ann Harris). Jennifer is married to writer Michael Ryan, with whom she has two children.

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was John Marsden Ehle (the son of John Francis Ehle and Nancy Marsden). Jennifer’s grandfather John was born in West Virginia, to a German father and an English mother, from Wigan. Nancy was the daughter of John Marsden and Nancy Bolton.

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was Mary Gladys Starnes (the daughter of John Pinkney Starnes and Lillie/Lillian Elizabeth Smith). Gladys was born in North Carolina. John was the son of John Russell Starnes and Mary Ann Rich. Elizabeth was the daughter of Ransom Straud/Strayder Smith and Susan Aveline Starnes.

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather was Stafford Berkely/Berkeley Harris (the son of George Henry Harris and Bertha Josephine Berkeley). Stafford was born in Fulham, London, England. George was the son of William Stanley Long Harris and Mary Jefferson, whose father was born on Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda. Bertha was born in Mediaș, Sibiu County, Transylvania, Romania, the daughter of Miles Berkeley, who was English, from Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire; and Bertha Hermine Frederike Schnell, who was likely of Transylvanian Saxon (German) descent. Miles was the son of Miles Joseph Berkeley, a cryptogamist and clergyman, one of the founders of the science of plant pathology, and the source for the standard author abbreviation Berk., used to cite him as an author of a botanical name.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother was named Enid Maude Frances Campion (the daughter of William Henry Campion).

Sources: Genealogy of Jennifer Ehle –

Genealogy of Jennifer Ehle (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Jennifer’s paternal great-grandfather, John Pinkney Starnes –


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  1. Erik1714 says:

    >Romania, to Miles Berkeley, who was English, from Northamptonshire, and Bertha Hermine Frederike Schnell, who was most likely of Transylvanian Saxon (German) descent.

    Jennifer’s maternal grandmother was Enid
    >(the daughter of William Henry Campion.

    Jennifer’s ethnicity: English, German, some Scottish, distant Welsh

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