Jeremy Irons

2011 National Board of Review Awards Gala - Arrivals

Irons in 2012, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Jeremy John Irons

Place of Birth: Cowes, Isle Of Wight, Hampshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: September 19, 1948

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Irish and Scottish

Jeremy Irons is an English actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Reversal of Fortune (1990). He is also known for his leading roles in the films The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Moonlighting, Dead Ringers, The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Lolita, among many others.

Jeremy is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons. He is married to Irish actress Sinéad Cusack (Sinéad Moira Cusack). Among their two children is actor Max Irons. Aside from his English ancestry, he uncovered that he had an Irish ancestor while on the U.K. genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? (2006).

Jeremy’s patrilineal ancestor, Thomas Irons, was evidently born c. 1815, in Dundee, Scotland.

Jeremy’s paternal grandfather was named Charles David Irons (the son of George William Irons and Minnie A.). Charles was born in Chelsea, London, England. George was the son of Thomas Irons and Catherine Anne Brown.

Jeremy’s paternal grandmother was Ada Beatrice Dugan (the daughter of Edward Thomas Dugan and Eliza Martha Richardson). Ada was born in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England. Edward was the son of James John Dugan. Eliza was the daughter of George Richardson.

Jeremy’s maternal grandfather was Henry Curtis Sharpe (the son of William Durrant/Durand Atkinson Sharpe and Catherine/Katherine Loftie Rutton). Henry was born in Dublin, Ireland, to a mostly English family. William was the son of The Rev. Samuel Curtis Sharpe and Maria Palmer. Katherine was the daughter of Henry Loftie Rutton and Catherine Franklin/Franklyne McCreight, who was born in Gilford, Banbridge, Northern Ireland.

Jeremy’s maternal grandmother was Lilian Kate Wilton (the daughter of Leonard Wilton and Elizabeth Kate Cozens Edwards). Lilian was born in West Ham, Essex, England. Leonard was the son of John Wilton and Emma Keen. Elizabeth was the daughter of George William Edwards and Frances Louisa Cozens.

Jeremy’s matrilineal line can be traced to Rose Nunn, who was born, c. 1743, in Essex, England.

Sources: Genealogy of Jeremy Irons –

Jeremy’s paternal grandmother, Ada Beatrice Dugan, on the 1911 England and Wales Census –

Genealogy of Jeremy Irons (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Jeremy’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?, 2006 –


Curious about ethnicity

10 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Thomas Irons, Jeremy’s great-great-grandfather, was born in Dundee, Scotland.

  2. roman2886 says:

    People have more ethnicities they think johnny depp has ethnicites then he thinks I have 13 ethnicities not 11 ethnicities my dad had 7 ethnicites not 3 ethnicites British people are mongrels Britain has been conquered and invaded so many so many times English people have English Irish Scottish and Welsh ancestry long before the Romans Angles Saxons Jutes Vikings and Normans conquered Britain British people have German ancestry and Scandinavian ancestry from the Germanic tribes who conquered Britain British people have Italian ancestry from the Romans the Romans were in Britain for nearly 400 years they intermarried with the Britons.

    • stonelord says:

      um, actually dna tests have shown most British people have ancestry back to the stone/bronze age. About 30% of the English have Anglo Saxon ancestry, a smaller amount still have Norse.The Germanic tribes didn’t conquer Britain, just England. There has been little evidence found of Roman ancestry, as they were not settlers but administrators; for 100 years they could not marry locals…the Romans werre also NOT all Italians! Most just came from somewhere in the Roman Empire which covered huge areas

    • ses101 says:

      Mongrels is an insulting term but, yeah, most “ethnic” Brits are basically European (mostly Northern) hybrids, often some variation of Germanic, Celt, Viking and Norman.

  3. roman2886 says:

    My dad was mostly English and Irish with smaller amounts of Scottish and Welsh my mum thinks he’s mostly Irish but he was not I think he was mostly English I’m not lying I know my ethnic background my grandmother was Austrian German Italian my other ethnic backgrounds are Filipino Chinese Japanese Malaysian and Indonesian.

    • JackB says:

      There are many who chose an ancestral line that they most identify with. In the USA, Irish, and in more recent times Native American, seems to be one people gravitate to. Jeremy Irons longed to find Irish ancestry due to his wanting to understand his pull towards West Cork in Ireland. When they amazingly found the ancestor to the area he was drawn to he was overjoyed. Well worth checking out his episode of” Who Do You Think You Are?”

    • jonassjr says:

      Dude, the way you write your comments is so funny IMAO

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