Cary Elwes

  • Birth Name: Ivan Simon Cary Elwes
  • Birth Place: Westminster, London, England
  • Profession: Actor, Producer

Fast Facts

  • Comes from an artistic family: his father was a portrait artist, his mother was an interior designer, his grandfather was a painter and his great-grandfather was a singer. One of his two brothers is a producer; the other is an artist.
  • Made his first stage appearance at age 6 in a production of Robin Hood; starred in the Mel Brooks spoof Robin Hood: Men in Tights 25 years later.
  • Split his time between living with his father in Spain and his mother in London after his parents divorced.
  • Dropped out of Sarah Lawrence College after two years to pursue acting work.
  • Breakout role was the dashing Westley in Rob Reiner's fractured fairy tale The Princess Bride (1987).
  • Has appeared in several films produced by older brother Cassian Elwes, including Oxford Blues (1984), Never on Tuesday (1988), Leather Jackets (1992) and The Chase (1994).
  • Is an avid history buff and enjoys performing in period films.


  • 2019, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Elliott Kastner — Stepfather
  • Cosima — Niece
  • Dominique Elwes — Daughter
  • Dillon Kastner — Half Brother
  • Amanda Elwes — Cousin
  • Damian Elwes — Brother
  • Marina — Aunt
  • Simon Elwes — Grandfather
  • Dominic Elwes — Father
  • Cassian Elwes — Brother
  • Lisa Marie Kurbikoff — Wife
  • Lydia Elwes — Cousin
  • Milica Kastner — Half Sister
  • Tessa Georgina Kennedy — Mother


  • Attended Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, United States