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. phaedra says:

    Is he albino?

  2. Sezbet says:

    CORRECTIONS: Thane Bettany was born in Miri Sarawak – which is a town in Borneo, not an island. While there may be a Welsh connection, the name Gwynne was made up by Olga Gwynne’s mother – it was not a family name before that. Bettany is actually an Italian name, the Bettani’s were Italian merchants who came to Britain a few centuries ago.

    I’m a family member.

  3. strawberry20 says:

    to me he looks fully Scandinavian with maybe remote british not even

  4. A user says:

    Hes going to be in the new avengers

  5. andrew says:

    I think to that stupid who said “Rowan Atkinson doesnt look like Paul Bettany so he’s not English but Jewish-Gypsy ‘n other bullshit..omg that such an idiot!!!

    • roman2886 says:

      Rowan Atkinson looks like he could have Middle Eastern blood how he is full English he doesn’t look English English people have different looks they all mixed down the line somewhere Paul Bettany looks very Anglo Saxon as English as you can get he is 100% Anglo Saxon English he has no Irish Scottish and Welsh blood.

    • roman2886 says:

      He is 100% English through and through or should i say 100% Anglo Saxon English through and through he has no Irish Scottish and Welsh in him not every English people is a mongrel of English Irish Scottish and Welsh he may have Welsh ancestry but i don’t buy some English people are Mongrels but not all most English actors are Mongrels but Paul Bettany is a not mongrel he looks English he doesn’t look Irish Scottish or Welsh he can’t pass for anything other than English he looks English Ryan Reynolds looks Irish more Irish than English Keira Knightley looks Scottish more Scottish than English Catherine Zeta Jones looks Welsh English people Irish people Scottish people and Welsh people have their own looks when they are not mixed together but the majority of English people don’t look much different too Irish people Scottish people and Welsh people English people have been intermixing with Irish people Scottish people and Welsh people for years.

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