William Villiers, 10th Earl of Jersey

George Francis William Child Villiers, 10th Earl of Jersey (born 5 February 1976), known professionally as William Villiers, is a British peer from the Villiers family. He is a former producer, actor and writer.[1] He is currently Director of Intellectual Property for Handmade Films.

Education and career

Jersey is the eldest son of guitarist George, Viscount Villiers and his second wife, Sacha (née Valpy), and was educated at St. Michael's School, Jersey, until the age of 8, then Mount House School, Tavistock, Devon; Canford School, Wimborne, Dorset; Nene College (now Northampton University); and Birmingham School of Speech and Drama.[1] On the death of his father on 19 March 1998, he was briefly styled 'Viscount Grandison' (in accordance with the family's tradition whereby each heir is alternately styled Viscount Villiers and then Viscount Grandison).[1] He succeeded his grandfather as 10th Earl of Jersey in August of that year and took his seat in the House of Lords in 1999, shortly before the reformation of the House.[1][2]

Family seat

In 2007, the Earl of Jersey put up for sale the family home, Radier Manor, along with several properties and around 70 acres (280,000 m2) of land on Jersey with an asking price of £12.5 million.[3] However, the property was later withdrawn from the agents' listings.

Marriage and issue

On 16 August 2003, the Earl wed Marianne Simonne De Guelle, daughter of Peter and Jeannette De Guelle, in St Martin de Grouville, Jersey.[4] They have four children:

  1. Lady Mia Adriana Marie Rose Child-Villiers (b. 28 December 2006)[5]
  2. Lady Amelie Natasha Sophia Child-Villiers (b. 14 April 2008)[6]
  3. Lady Evangeline Antonia Adela Child-Villiers (b. 9 February 2011)
  4. George Henry William Child-Villiers, Viscount Villiers (b. 1 September 2015)

He is a second cousin of actor Bart Ruspoli.


Notes and references

  1. 1 2 3 4 Mosley, Charles; editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, vol.2, p.2097
  2. Hansard of the House of Lords, 24 March 1999
  3. Times Online - The cream of Jersey, July 20, 2007
  4. Marriage The 10th Earl of Jersey and Miss M.S. De Guelle The Times, 18 September 2003. Accessed 05 September 2009
  5. Lundy, Darryl. "p. 34166 § 341653". The Peerage.
  6. Lundy, Darryl. "p. 34166 § 341655". The Peerage.

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Peerage of England
Preceded by
George Child Villiers
Earl of Jersey
1998 – present
Heir apparent:
George Child-Villiers, Viscount Villiers
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
George Child Villiers
Viscount Grandison
1998 – present
Heir apparent:
George Child-Villiers, Viscount Villiers
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Rt Hon The Earl of Coventry
The Rt Hon The Earl of Jersey
Succeeded by
The Rt Hon The Earl of Crawford & Balcarres
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