Max Minghella

Minghella in 2010, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: Max Giorgio Choa Minghella

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

Date of Birth: 16 September, 1985

*50% Italian
*28.125% Chinese
*6.25% Sephardi Jewish
*6.25% Parsi Indian
*3.125% English
*3.125% Irish
*3.125% Swedish

Max Minghella is a British actor and filmmaker. His roles include Bee Season, Art School Confidential, The Internship, and Spiral: From the Book of Saw. He is the son of choreographer and dancer Carolyn Jane (Choa) and film director, playwright and screenwriter Anthony Minghella.

Max’s father was born on Ryde, Isle of Wight, England, and was of entirely Italian descent; his family ran an ice cream business. Max’s mother is from Hong Kong. Max’s maternal grandfather was of three quarters Chinese, and one quarter Sephardi Jewish, descent, and Max’s maternal grandmother was of approximately one quarter Parsi Indian, three eighths Chinese, one eighth English, one eighth Irish, and one eighth Swedish, ancestry.

This makes Max Minghella of approximately 1/2th Italian, 9/32 Chinese (equivalent to 1.125/4 Chinese), 1/16 Indian Jewish, 1/16 Parsi Indian, 1/32 English, 1/32 Irish, and 1/32 Swedish, ancestry.

Max’s paternal grandfather was Edward Minghella/Minghello (the son of Antonio Minghella and Carolina Maria Gargano). Antonio was born in Foresta, near Cervaro, Frosinone, Latium, Italy. Carolina was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Italian parents, Angelo Antonia Gargano and Louisa.

Max’s paternal grandmother was Gloria Alberta Arcari (the daughter of Alberto/Albert Bernardo Arcari and Louisa Giaconelli/Jaconelli). Gloria was born in Leeds North, Yorkshire, England. Alberto was born in Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales, to Italian parents, Giuseppe Arcari and Domenica D’Ambrosio, who was born in Picinisco, Frosinone, Latium. Louisa was born in Glasgow, to Italian parents, Pietro Giaconelli and Esperanza Rossi.

Max’s maternal grandfather was George Wing Sien Choa (the son of Choa Po Sien and Maria Felicie/Felice Belilios/Bellilios). George was born in Hong Kong. Max’s great-grandfather Po was Chinese, and was the son of Choa Lap Chee and Chan Quay Neo. Max’s great-grandmother Maria’s father was Emanuel Raphael Belilios/Bellilios, a prominent banker, opium dealer, philanthropist, and businessperson. Emanuel was an Indian Jew who was born in Calcutta, India, the son of Raphael Emanuel Belilios and Salha Laniado, and had Italian Jewish roots. Max’s great-grandmother Maria’s mother, Lee Wai Yin, also known as Pearl, was Chinese. The relationship of Emanuel and Wai inspired the book The House of Wives (2016), by their great-grandson, Simon Choa-Johnston, who is Max’s first cousin, once removed.

Max’s maternal grandmother was Maisie Nora Kotewall (the daughter of Robert Hormus Kotewall and Edith Lowcock). Max’s great-grandfather Robert was born in China, and was a businessperson and legislator who was known in Hong Kong; he was the son of Hormusjee Rustomjee Kotwaj/Kotewall and Cheung A-Cheung. Robert’s ancestry was said to be Parsi Indian on his father’s side, and Chinese on his mother’s side. Max’s great-grandmother Edith Lowcock was born in Shanghai. Edith’s father, George Lowcock, was born in Shanghai, the son of Henry W. Lowcock, from Middlesex, England, and of Annie Loftus Russell, from Wicklow, Ireland. Edith Lowcock’s mother, Max’s great-great-grandmother, who was born with the surname Johnsford, was the daughter of Alfred Jönsson/Johnsford, who was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, and of Ah Tsaw Wong, who was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.

Sources: Genealogy of Max Mingehlla –

Genealogy of Max’s maternal great-grandmother, Maria Felicie/Felice Belilios/Bellilios (focusing on her father’s side) –

Information on Max’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Emanuel Raphael Belilios/Bellilios and Lee Wai Yin –

Genealogy of Max’s maternal grandmother, Maisie Nora Kotewall –

43 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    >Antonio was born in Foresta, near Cervaro, Frosinone, Latium, Italy.

    >who was born in Picinisco, Frosinone, Latium.

    Anthony Minghella’s parents ran an ice-cream business, as many other Italian immigrants to UK (the Capaldis and Francis Rossi of Status Quo’s family also came from Frosinone area, among other ones).

  2. Dar says:

    Emmanuel was an Italian Jew from Hong Kong so add the tags Italian Jewish And Hong Kong Jewish

  3. Connerfromvine says:

    those must be some strong Italian genes….

  4. madman says:

    Change Parsee to Parsi

  5. slowdive says:

    Looks Italian.

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