Ivan Simon Cary Elwes (pronounced El-wez) (born 26 October 1962 in Westminster, London, England) is a British actor, known for his performances in The Princess Bride; Robin Hood: Men in Tights; Hot Shots!; Glory; Liar, Liar; Saw; and Twister.
Elwes is the third and youngest son of English portrait-painter Dominick Elwes and interior designer Tessa Georgina Kennedy, who is of Croatian and Anglo-Irish descent. The two eloped to great scandal in 1958. He has two brothers, film producer Cassian Elwes, and artist Damian Elwes. His grandfather, Simon Elwes, was also a very well-known British portrait painter.
He attended Harrow School in London and Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where he studied, among other acting-related subjects, German Expressionist Film.
Elwes made his acting debut in Mariek Kanievska's famous film Another Country (where he played James Harcourt, a young and sentimental homosexual student from an Eton-esque traditional English boarding school), with Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. The film, adapted from a play, was loosely based on the formative years of British spies Guy Burgess, Kim Philby and Donald Maclean. His first notable role was Guilford