Who is Skandar Keynes?
Alexander Amin Casper Keynes, better known as Skandar Keynes, is an English former actor. He is best known for playing Edmund Pevensie in the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ film series since 2005. The son of author Randal Keynes and the great-great-great grandson of the renowned biologist Charles Darwin, Keynes hails from a very reputed family with a distinguished history. He is also distantly related to King Edward I and Queen Elizabeth I. As an actor, he had completely mesmerized the audience with his acting skills. He had been nominated for the Young Artist Awards thrice in his career, one of which was for the Leading Young Actor. Currently, the graduate of the University of Cambridge is focusing on his career as a political advisor. Being associated with a number of companies, he is helping them in matters related to the law. Keynes is a multitalented guy; he is smart, intelligent, and ambitious. Having retired from acting now, he rarely makes appearances in front of the media. On a personal note, he is trained in Tae Kwon Do. He also loves to play the flute, guitar, cello, and cornet.
Skandar Keynes first appeared on TV in 2001 when he was cast in the role of Waif in the documentary ‘Queen Victoria Died in 1901 and is Still Alive Today’. He then appeared in the TV movie ‘Ferrari’. He next auditioned for the role of Edmund Pevensie in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. Although Keynes got the role, his voice changed during the filming of the movie so the director used his sister’s voice for some of his lines in the flick.
In 2008, the actor reprised his role as Edmund Pevensie in ‘Prince Caspian.’ Two years later, he again played the same role in the third installment of the movie series, ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’. He then contributed his voice to the audio drama ‘The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty: In Freedom's Cause‘. This role marked the end of Keynes’ acting career as he finally announced in 2016 that he is no longer pursuing a career in acting. After this, he began serving as the parliamentary adviser to Crispin Blunt, MP.
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Skandar Keynes was born as Alexander Amin Casper Keynes on 5 September 1991 in London Borough of Camden, London, England, the UK. His father is author Randal Keynes and his mother is Zelfa Hourani. Keynes has an elder sister whose name is Soumaya.
From 1996 to 2002, he studied at Thornhill Primary School. He attended the Anna Scher Theatre School from 2000 to 2005. Keynes then attended City of London School from 2005. Skandar Keynes used to write film reviews for the weekly school newspaper, ‘The Citizen.’ He then went on to study at Pembroke College, Cambridge, earning his degree in Middle Eastern Studies in 2014.
Skandar Keynes is half-British, one-quarter-Lebanese, one-eighth-Turkish and one-eighth-Persian. On his father's side, he is the grandson of the famous physiologist Richard Keynes, the cousin of writer apologist Laura Keynes, nephew of two Cambridge professors, the neuroscientist Roger Keynes and the historian Simon Keynes, and the great-great-nephew of the renowned economist John Maynard Keynes. Keynes’ great-great-great-grandfather was the biologist Charles Darwin who descended from Thomas Howard (uncle to both Queen Catherine Howard and Queen Anne Boleyn), thus making him distantly related to King Edward I and Queen Elizabeth I.
On his mother's side, he is the grandson of Cecil Fadlo Hourani and Furugh Afnan. Cecil Fadlo Hourani was an advisor to the then-Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba. Furugh Afnan was the great-granddaughter of the founder of the Bahá'í Faith, Bahá'u'lláh, thus making Keynes the great-great-great grandson of Baha'u'llah.