19 Sep 2021

10 members of the Peerage you might just recognise

Containing almost 3,000 families and 150,000 names, the new Debrett's database features some fascinating individuals. From actors to hip hop artists via 'pub landlords', here are ten members of the peerage and baronetcy that might be familiar:

1.) Kit Harington, actor and star of Game of Thrones, is the son of Sir David Harington, 15th baronet Harington. His full name is Christopher Catesby Harington, and he had a son with his wife, Scottish actress Rose Leslie, this year.

2.) Helena Bonham-Carter, actor, is the great-granddaughter on her father's side of Herbert Asquith, First Earl of Oxford and Asquith, who was prime minister from 1908–1916. She can be found under the entry for her grandmother, Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury, daughter of the 1st Earl, who was created a life peer in her own right.

3.) Cara Delevingne, supermodel, is part of a branch of the Sheffield baronetcy, created in 1755, whose motto comiter sed fortiter means 'Courteously but bravely'.

4.) Rosie Huntington Whiteley, supermodel, is the great-great-granddaughter of the 1st Huntington-Whiteley baronet, Sir Herbert James Huntington-Whiteley.

5.) Al Murray, the comedian famous for his 'pub landlord' character, is related to the Duke of Atholl.

6.) James Nesbitt, actor, was married to the daughter of Sir Stephen Forbes Adam, fourth baronet.

7.) Michael McIntyre, comedian, is married to Kitty née Ward, who is a great-granddaughter of the 9th baronet Malcolm, sister of Sophie Ward and daughter of Simon Ward.

8.) Stacy Ann Duhamel, née Ferguson (Fergie), singer and songwriter formerly of the Black-Eyed Peas, is a descendant of the 2nd Earl of Arran.

9.) Jamie Lee Curtis, actor, is married to Christopher Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, himself a well-known screenwriter and director.

10.) Claudia Schiffer, supermodel, is married to film producer Matthew Vaughn, who is related to the Earl of Perth.

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