Born on October 26, 1962, Cary Elwes is an English actor who comes from a devoutly Roman Catholic recusant family, which includes several prominent British monks and bishops. Although he was an alter boy at the Brompton Oratory, he diverged from his family’s typical religious career path and eventually branched out to the world of entertainment.
Cary Elwes attended West Acre House at Harrow School in England, and Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, where he studied German Expressionist Film, among other acting-related subjects. He made his acting debut in Mariek Kanievska's famous film Another Country, where he played a young and sentimental gay boy named James Harcourt. Then, he was cast in he highly acclaimed British epic Lady Jane after being personally chosen by distinguished Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Trevor Nunn, to portray Guilford Dudley, which was his first notable role. After his groundbreaking performance in this film, he was offered to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, although he turned it down in order to continue working in movies.
A year after working on Lady Jane, Cary Elwes was cast in yet another leading role. This time, he portrayed the stable boy turned hero Westley in the American comedy The Princess Bride, which required him to do all of his own swordfighting and acrobatic stunts. Although this was his first major attempt at comedy and despite not having prior comedy experience, Elwes instantly gained international acclaim for his performance.
Elwes continued working steadily, starring as the famous Robin Hood in Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights and landing roles in Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Crush, The Jungle Book, Twister, Liar Liar, Cradle Will Rock, The Cat's Meow and Kiss the Girls. Elwes did not appear in another blockbuster film until the 2004 horror thriller Saw, which was followed by his villain role in Ella Enchanted.