Mary Nighy

Birth Name: Mary Bing Jamie Alfreda Kit Nighy

Place of Birth: Camden, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 17 July, 1984

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, as well as 1/32 Bengali Indian

Mary Nighy is an English actress and filmmaker. She directed the film Alice, Darling. She is the daughter of actors Diana Quick (Diana Marilyn Quick) and Bill Nighy.

Mary’s father is of English and Irish descent. Her mother is of English, Scottish, and least one sixteenth Bengali Indian, ancestry.

Mary’s paternal grandfather was Alfred Martin Nighy (the son of Joshua Nighy and Mary Ellen Duff). Alfred was born in Croydon, Surrey, England. Joshua was the son of William Nighy and Sarah Rowland. Mary’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of George Duff and Elizabeth Janes.

Mary’s paternal grandmother was Catherine Josephine Whittaker (the daughter of William Whittaker and Anna Mary Storey). Catherine was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Irish parents. William was born in Enneskillen. Anna was born in County Clare.

Mary’s maternal grandfather was Leonard Albert Groves Quick (the son of Albert Norman “Bertie” Quick and Mildred Elizabeth Rumbold). Leonard was born in India. Mary’s great-grandfather Albert was also born in India, the son of Christopher George Quick, who was English, and of Margaret Johnstone/Kerr. Mary’s great-great-grandmother Margaret was the daughter of Jacob Johnstone, who was Scottish, and of Lakshmi, who was Indian.

Mary’s maternal grandmother was Joan Gwendoline Brise (the daughter of William John Brise and Annie Maud Bailey). Joan was born in Woolwich, London, England. William was the son of John W. Brise and Ann/Annie. There is speculation within Mary’s mother’s family about William’s background; in Mary’s mother’s book, A Tug On The Thread: From the British Raj to the British Stage: A Family Memoir, 2009, she describes the man as “olive-skinned and black-eyed with thick black hair.” One article describes him, from a photograph, as “very dark-skinned with an enormous nose.”

Sources: Genealogy of Mary Nighy –

Family history of Mary’s father (focusing on his father’s side) –

Family histories of Mary’s mother –

Mary talks about her mother’s ancestry –

Mary’s maternal great-grandfather, William John Brise, on the 1901 England and Wales Census –
William John Brise on the 1911 England and Wales Census –

2 Responses

  1. suburbanwinemom2020 says:

    Change “Indian” to “Bengali.” Lakshmi/Isabella was from Bengal.

  2. madman says:

    Made some mistakes:
    in her book —> in her mother’s book
    Mary describes him as —> she describes him as
    Bertie’s great-great-grandmother —> Mary’s great-great-grandmother

    Could someone find Mary’s maternal grandmother’s parents?

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