Tom Sturridge

Sturridge in 2011, image via kathclick/

Birth Name: Thomas Sidney Jerome Sturridge

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

Date of Birth: 5 December, 1985

Ethnicity: English, and some Scottish, Northern Irish, and Irish

Tom Sturridge is an English actor. His roles include the films Being Julia, Like Minds, The Boat That Rocked, Waiting for Forever, On the Road, Effie Gray, Far from the Madding Crowd, Mary Shelley (2017), Journey’s End, and Velvet Buzzsaw; television’s Sweetbitter, Irma Vep, and The Sandman; and acclaimed performances on stage.

He is the son of director Charles Sturridge (Charles B. G. Sturridge) and actress Phoebe Nicholls (Sarah Phoebe Nicholls). He has a daughter with his former fiancée, actress Sienna Miller.

Tom’s Sturridge line traces to Benjamin Sturridge, who was born in Lyncombe, Somerset, England, in 1806, and died in Jamaica. Tom has English, as well as Scottish, Northern Irish, and Irish, ancestry. Many of Tom’s paternal grandfather’s ancestors lived in Jamaica, and some were born there.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Jerome Francis Sturridge (the son of Francis Alexander Leslie Sturridge and Helen Marie Tucker). Jerome was born in Willesden, Middlesex, England. Francis was the son of Ernest Sturridge and Margaret D. Laidlaw. Helen was born in Philadelphia, U.S., and had English, Northern Irish, and Irish ancestry; she was the daughter of Peter Joseph Tucker and Agnes Gertrude Kelly.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Alyson/Alison Patricia Burke (the daughter of Albert Patrick Burke and Dorothy Whitehead). Alyson was born in Wharfedale, Yorkshire, England. Albert was the son of William Christopher Burke. Dorothy was the daughter of Henry Whitehead and Alice Mawson.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was actor Sydney/Sidney Horace Nicholls (the son of Horace Walter Nicholls and Florence Holderness). Sydney was born in Windsor, Berkshire. Horace was a photojournalist, and the son of Arthur N. Nicholls and Charlotte Maria Johnson. Florence was the daughter of George Holderness and Jane Hurrell.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was actress Faith Heaslip, known publicly as Faith Kent (who possibly was the daughter of Charles Thomas Heaslip). Faith was evidently born in New York.

Source: Genealogy of Tom Sturridge –

10 Responses

  1. transemacabre says:

    He has a strong resemblance to his grandmother Faith in the jaw/lip area of the face.

    One would think Faith’s mother was Clarabel Karcher, who married Charles T. Heaslip in 1906, but I found them on the 1925 NY state census with no child in their household. In fact, Clarabel never appears with any children, not in 1920, 1930, or 1940 in the censuses.

    Charles Heaslip’s obituary only mentions one child, Betty, by second wife Bettina.

    The Brooklyn Daily Eagle; Publication Date: 16 Oct 1941; Publication Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA; URL:,0.045919538,0.27090964,0.22722228&xid=3355

    Is Faith actually Charles’ daughter? Was she born out of wedlock, or has she been assigned to the wrong family?

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