- 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.
- Milica Kastner — Half Sister
- Dominic Elwes — Father
- Cassian Elwes — Brother
- Lisa Marie Kurbikoff — Wife
- Lydia Elwes — Cousin
- Dominique Elwes — Daughter
- Dillon Kastner — Half Brother
- Amanda Elwes — Cousin
- Damian Elwes — Brother
- Marina — Aunt
- Simon Elwes — Grandfather
- Tessa Georgina Kennedy — Mother
- Elliott Kastner — Stepfather
- Cosima — Niece
- Attended Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, United States
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