Plantagenet actors….?

Dail Mail - Richard III

Yesterday there was a comment on a Facebook group by a lady named Elizabeth Borson, that Kit Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow in “Game of Thrones”, is a descendant of William Catesby, Richard III’s advisor. Kit is apparently also descended from Charles II, but it is Richard’s era that is of interest to us on Murrey & Blue, so with all due respect to Old Rowley, he is a mere sideshow here. ‘Kit’ was certainly a very popular diminutive in Stuart times, but it’s this Kit’s Catesby connection that interests Ricardians.

So imagine my surprise this morning, to receive (via Google Alert) a link to the Leicester Mercury in which it is stated that Benedict Cumberbatch, the Sherlock Holmes actor who is soon to appear on our screen in “The Hollow Crown” series, as Shakespeare’s Richard III, is a descendant of Edward III, and therefore has a blood connection with Richard. How very appropriate!

Now I have to wonder if there are other actors who can glance back over their shoulder to someone well-known in Richard’s time? Perhaps even Richard himself?

No matter how earnestly I stare over my shoulder, it’s very doubtful that I’ll spy any Plantagenets. It would be nice though . . .

Here is the link to the Leicester Mercury article:


  1. Yes and that article also shows LU blowing their own trumpet AGAIN by claiming to have discovered the link of Richard’s DNA to Joy Ibsen. We all know JAH did it a few years before Richard was discovered.

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  2. I was interested to read in the article that they estimate that there is a “probability greater than 99 per cent that a modern English person is descended from Edward III.”

    I remember when watching two separate episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? being at first surprised that both Alexander Armstrong and Matthew Pinsent were direct descendents of William the Conqueror, then after thinking about it I deduced that there must be millions of people who were.

    It does make you feel ‘included’ somehow though! 🙂

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  3. Descended from Edward III – who isn’t? He has so many descendants FH researchers jokingly refer to him as ‘the Clapham Junction of genealogy’! (And yes, he’s in my family tree as well, via the Beauforts!)

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