John Cleese children: Meet Cynthia and Camilla Cleese

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John Cleese is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer.

John Cleese biography

Cleese was born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England. Although his father had taken the name Cleese when he entered the Army during World War I because he found the surname humiliating, his family’s surname was formally altered by deed poll in 1923.

Cleese cheered on Somerset County Cricket Club and Bristol City as a young fan. Cleese attended St. Peter’s Preparatory School, where he excelled in cricket and boxing and won an English prize. The school was funded by money his mother acquired.

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At the age of 13, he won an exhibition at Bristol’s Clifton College, an English public school. By that time, he was already taller than 6 feet (1.83 meters).

As a practical joke, Cleese is accused of painting tracks on the school grounds to make it look like Field Marshal Earl Haig’s statue had descended from his pedestal and entered the bathroom. Cleese excelled academically, passing eight O-Levels and three A-Levels in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. He also played cricket for the First XI.

In his autobiography Thus, Anyway, he claims that when he was 17, learning that his housemaster had not appointed him as a house prefect had a negative impact on his outlook: “It was unfair, so it wasn’t deserving of my respect. I think this experience altered the way I saw the world.”

Who are John Cleese children?

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Cleese has two children; Cynthia and Camila Cleese. Cynthia’s mother is Connie Booth who her father met in the US and married in 1968.

Cynthia went on to appear with her father in his films A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures. Camilla Cleese’s mother is Barbara Trentham, the late American model and actress.


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