Paul Bettany

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Bettany in 2009, photo by PrPhotos

Place of Birth: Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 27 May, 1971

Ethnicity: English

Paul Bettany is an English actor.

He is the son of actors Thane Bettany, who was born on Miri Sarawak, in Borneo, and Anne G. G. Kettle. Paul is married to American actress Jennifer Connelly, with whom he has two children.

Paul plays Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Paul’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced to his eight times great-grandfather, Roger Bettany, who was born c. 1651.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was Howard John Bettany (the son of John Thomas Bettany and Edith Augusta Hardcastle). Howard was born in Solihull, Warwickshire. Paul’s great-grandfather John was the son of John Bettany and Mary. Edith was the daughter of Henry Hardcastle and Eliza Warner.

Paul’s paternal grandmother was Irene Edith Bryan (the daughter of William Bryan and Edith Mary Husbands/Husband). William was the son of Francis William Bryan and Maria Catherine. Paul’s great-grandmother Edith was the daughter of Charles Thomas Husbands and Mary Lainson.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Leslie/Lesley Harry Kettle, a music promoter (the son of Harry Raymond Kettle and Annie Sidebotham). Leslie was born in Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, to English parents. Harry was an actor, and was the son of Robert Syer Kettle and Elizabeth Sherman.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Olga M. Gwynne, an actress. Olga was evidently born under the name Olga Mary Charlton in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England.

Sources: Genealogy of Paul Bettany (focusing on his father’s side) –

Birth record of Paul’s maternal grandfather, Leslie/Lesley Harry Kettle –

Paul’s maternal grandfather, Leslie/Lesley Harry Kettle, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

28 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    is there any evidence of his Welsh ancestry? His maternal grandma is registered with her mother’s maiden name on her birth record:

  2. chris91 says:

    He has one of the purest, undiluted Anglo-Saxon looks I‘ve seen. True englishman

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