Mary Elizabeth Winstead

LOS ANGELES - OCT 10:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead arriving at the P

Winstead in 2011, photo by kathclick/

Place of Birth: Rocky Mount, Nash, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 28, 1984

Ethnicity: English

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an American actress and singer. She is of English descent. Her family has lived in the United States, and in the American South in general, for many generations.

Mary Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was Ambler William “Jack” Winstead (the son of George William Alford Winstead and Rosa Berdie Wells). Ambler was born in North Carolina. George was the son of George Washington Winstead and Rilda Annie/Anna Olive Gardner. Rosa was the daughter of John Bernet Wells and Martha Williamanne Roberson.

Mary Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother was Oveda Rochelle Proctor (the daughter of Walter Young Proctor and Eva Gertrude Bowden). Oveda was born in North Carolina. Walter was the son of John F. Proctor and Lucy Jane Batchelor. Eva was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Bowden and Sarah Elizabeth Batten.

Mary Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. Johnnie/Johnny Wilbur/Wilber Knight (the son of Wilbur/Wilber Lee Knight and Nancy/Lucy Bell Tucker). The Rev. Johnnie was born in North Carolina, and was a Church of God minister. Wilbur was the son of John Robert Knight and Dorcus Elizabeth/M. Sparks.

Mary Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother was Virgie Kathleen Strickland (the daughter of James Purdie Strickland and Mittie Elizabeth Horne). Virgie was born in North Carolina. James was the son of Isaac Calvin Strickland and Idella Frances Warren. Mittie was the daughter of John Franklin/Frank Horne and Martha Elizabeth Jolly.

Mary Elizabeth is a second cousin, three times removed, of actress Ava Gardner. Mary Elizabeth’s paternal great-grandfather, George William Alford Winstead, was the son of George Washington Winstead and Rilda Annie/Anna Olive Gardner. Rilda was the daughter of William Spencer Gardner and Elizabeth Weaver Edwards. William was the son of William Gardner and Cynthia Eliza Batts. William and Cynthia, Mary Elizabeth’s great-great-great-great-grandparents, were also the paternal great-grandparents of Ava Gardner.

It is sometimes claimed on the internet that Mary Elizabeth has some degree of Native American ancestry. No Native American ancestry has been verified/documented in any publicly available family trees of Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Mary Elizabeth’s surname, Winstead, is shared by the paternal grandmother of actress Evan Rachel Wood, who is also from North Carolina. While Mary Elizabeth and Evan likely have a common Winstead ancestor, this shared connection is distant, in or before the mid 1700s.

Sources: Genealogy of Mary Elizabeth Winstead –

Genealogy of Mary Elizabeth Winstead (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogies of Mary Elizabeth’s maternal grandparents, The Rev. Johnnie/Johnny Wilbur/Wilber Knight and Virgie Kathleen Strickland –

2011 Eyegore Awards - Arrivals

Winstead in 2011, photo by


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39 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    genealogy of Mary Elizabeth’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, William Jordan Winstead –

  2. Greyface says:

    chinese queen!!! she can teach me kung fu! very squinty anime girl! kawaii

  3. sparkles180 says:

    She doesn’t look asian at all. The second pic is just distorted and thats not how she really looks. She actually looks very white and even prettier in other pics. She’s full english and looks like a full white girl. She’s gorgeous!

  4. neiltennant says:

    she looks definitely Asian
    its not nice to fool mother nature :-)))

    but on the other hand people you are not her and she knows why she hides her asian roots

    because she will not be labelled by people as asian
    we all know that asian actors and models etc are booked only for asian theme things

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