William Child 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 nobleman and peer of the Villiers family. He is a former film producer, actor and writer.[1] He was the Director of Intellectual Property for HandMade Films.[2]

The Earl of Jersey
Member of the House of Lords
Hereditary peerage
9 August 1998 – 11 November 1999
Preceded byThe 9th Earl of Jersey
Succeeded bySeat abolished[a]
Personal details
George Francis William Child Villiers

(1976-02-05) 5 February 1976 (age 47)
OccupationFilm producer, actor, writer

He is the heir-general of Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby, a great-grandson of Mary, Duchess of Suffolk. If Edward Seymour, Lord Beauchamp, son of Lady Katherine Grey, was illegitimate (as was questioned during his lifetime), Stanley would have been the senior qualified heir under the Will of Henry VIII of England, and thus he and his descendants, including Child Villiers, could be considered as claimants to the throne of England.

Education and careerEdit

Jersey is the eldest son of guitarist George Child Villiers, 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][3]

Family seatEdit

In 2007, the Earl of Jersey put up for sale the family home, Radier Manor, along with several properties and around 70 acres (28 ha) of land on Jersey with an asking price of £12.5 million.[4] However, the property was later withdrawn from the agents' listings.

Marriage and issueEdit

On 16 August 2003, the Earl of Jersey married Marianne Simonne de Guelle, daughter of Peter and Jeannette de Guelle, in St Martin de Grouville, Jersey.[5] They have four children:

  1. Lady Mia Adriana Marie Rose Child Villiers (b. 28 December 2006)[citation needed]
  2. Lady Amelie Natasha Sophia Child Villiers (b. 14 April 2008)[citation needed]
  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.[citation needed]



Coat of arms of William Child Villiers, 10th Earl of Jersey
A Coronet of an Earl
A lion rampant Argent, crowned Or
Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Argent on a cross Gules five escallops Or (for Villiers); 2nd and 3rd, Gules a chevron engrailed ermine between three eaglets Argent gorged Or (for Child)
For both dexter and sinister: A lion Argent, crowned Or, gorged with a collar Gules with three escallops Or.
Fidei Coticula Crux (Latin for 'The cross is the test of faith')




  1. ^ a b c d Mosley, Charles; editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, vol.2, p. 2097.
  2. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 2095. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  3. ^ Hansard of the House of Lords, 24 March 1999.
  4. ^ Times Online – The cream of Jersey, July 20, 2007
  5. ^ Marriage The 10th Earl of Jersey and Miss M.S. De Guelle The Times, 18 September 2003. Retrieved 5 September 2009.

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Peerage of England
Preceded by Earl of Jersey
Member of the House of Lords
Heir apparent:
George Child Villiers, Viscount Villiers
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
The Earl of Jersey
Succeeded by