Sometimes, the world seems like a very small place. According to Dr. Nick Barratt, who is involved in the television series called “Who Do You Think You Are?”, two of the stars of the Harry Potter series of movies had ancestors who lived in neighboring villages. Now, around 200 years later, their descendants are movie stars. News about the ancestors and family of celebrities is always interesting to hear!
Emma Watson, who plays the part of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, had a great great great grandparent who lived in the town of South Kilworth, in the UK. Her ancestor's surname was Bonsor. It turns out that the Bonsors were considered to be one of the big families in the town. In the 1800's, the Bonsors established a very successful brick making business. At least some of the brickyard can still be seen in the town today.
Rupert Grint, who plays the part of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, had a great great great grandparent who lived in the town of North Kilworth. Research of Mr. Grint's paternal line revealed that he had a distant relative named William Berridge, who was born in 1792. The Berridges, it turns out, were considered to be a big family in North Kilworth. William Berridge owned 500 acres of land. He also had four staff in his household: a groom, a cart driver, a dairy maid, and a general servant. This was considered to be a luxury at the time, which means that William Berridge was doing well financially.
I would like to point out that this genealogy research does not mean that Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are related to each other. There is no indication that either of their ancestors were related to the other one at all, or that they even happened to know each other. North Kilworth, and South Kilworth are located very nearby each other, and are neighboring villages. They are not too far away from Lutterworth.