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Cary Elwes Biography

Birth Name:
Ivan Simon Cary Elwes
Birth Place:
Westminster, London, England
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


  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated