Skandar Keynes

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Skandar Keynes
Born Alexander Amin Caspar Keynes[1][2]
5 September 1991 (1991-09-05) (age 23)
Camden, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–Present
Website
http://www.skandar-keynes.com/

Skandar Keynes, or ‘”Alexander Amin Caspar Keynes” is a British actor, born 5 September 1991. He starred Edmund Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia. He appeared in all three movies, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which was released on December 10, 2010.

Personal Life[change | change source]

Keynes was born in London. He was the son of Zelfa Hourani and author Randal Keynes. He has an older sister, Soumaya Keynes (born 1989), who also starred in many productions of the BBC Radio 4. His grandparents by his mother’s side were Furugh Afnan and Cecil Fadlo Hourani. Cecil Fadlo Hourani used to be an author and also advisor to Habib Bourguiba, the late Tunisian president. Cecil Hourani was also the brother of Albert Hourani, a historian who studied about the Middle East. The Hourani family were immigrants to England. On his father’s side, Keynes is the grandson of Richard Keynes, the nephew of the Cambridge professor Simon Keynes, and the great-great-nephew of John Maynard Keynes, an economist.[3][4] His great-great-great-grandfather was the famous naturalist Charles Darwin, who invented the theory of evolution. Keynes' great-grandparents were Edgar Adroam. 1st Barpm Adoroam and Hester Adrian, Baroness Adrian, both receivers of the Nobel Prize.[5] Keynes had stated that he is an atheist.[6][7] Keynes attended the Anna Scher Theatre School from 2000 to 2005. He went to the all-boys City of London School, and took his GCSEs in May and June 2008. He studied biology, chemistry, maths, and history at A-level.[8] In October 2010 he began his degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern History at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is currently a movie critic, writing for The Citizen, the City of London School weekly school newspaper. He is also a fan of English football club Arsenal.

Keynes lives presently in Highbury, London.

Career[change | change source]

He auditioned for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the same time as he asked for the role of Simon Brown in Nanny McPhee, but lost the role to Thomas Sangster. His voice got deeper when he was filming The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, so his sister Soumaya had to voice some of his lines.[9]

Recently, he starred in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia movie series. The filming began in July 2009, and finished in December of the same year. The movie was released on 10 December 2010 in Britain and the US.

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Victoria Died in 1901 and Is Still Alive Today Waif TV documentary
2003 Ferrari Enzo Ferrari at 8 years old TV movie
2005 Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, TheThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Edmund Pevensie
2008 Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, TheThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Edmund Pevensie
2010 Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, TheThe Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader Edmund Pevensie

Wins[change | change source]

Year Award Award Ceremony
2006 Best Younger cast Camie

Nominations[change | change source]

Year Award Award Ceremony
2008 Best Performance in a Feature film - Leading Young Actor Young Artist Awards
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast

References[change | change source]

  1. http://www.findmypast.co.uk/post84BMDSearchStart.action?&submit=1&redef=X&searchType=B&fromYear=1984&toYear=2006&forename1=alexander&surname=keynes
  2. London, England, Births and Christening Notices from The Times, 1983-2003.; at ancestry.com
  3. Anderson, Jon Lee (2006-07-24). "Change of Plans". The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/talk/content/articles/060731ta_talk_anderson. Retrieved 2006-10-18.
  4. "Randal Hume Keynes1". The Peerage. 2010-11-01. http://www.thepeerage.com/p22697.htm#i226970. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  5. "Notes on the Rendall family". http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:9udZsivk8sQJ:www.manfamily.org/PDFs/NOTES%2520ON%2520THE%2520RENDALL%2520FAMILY.pdf+%22Hume+Chancellor+Pinsent%22+%22david+hume%22&hl=nl&ct=clnk&cd=3. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  6. Martin, Paul (2006-03-25). "Exclusive Interview with Skandar Keynes". Narnia Fans. http://www.narniafans.com/?id=813. Retrieved 2010-05-24. "I am an Atheist. I know the movies are really Christian and everything but it doesn’t really affect me. Oh, and you know I’m related to Charles Darwin."
  7. Savage, David (2006-06-19). "William Moseley and Skandar Keynes Interview!". Popcorn. http://www.popcorn.co.uk/page.asp?partid=786. Retrieved 2008-06-25. "So apparently I'm an atheist, I'm into Darwin..."
  8. Gadelrab, Roisin (2009-03-13). "Evolution of screen heartthrob Skandar". Islington Tribune. http://www.thecnj.com/islington/2009/031309/inews031309_09.html?headline=Evolution_of_screen_heartthrob_Skandar. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  9. Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, and Andrew Adamson. The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [Cast Commentary] [DVD].

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