Christina Erika Lee, 59 made a screen debut in 1974 in This is Your Life and in Christopher Lee – Gentlemen de Grauens (2010). Regardless, her fame is tied to her being the only daughter of British actor, Christopher Lee from his marriage with Birgit Krøncke which lasted until his death in 2015 at 93.
Her father Christopher was most famous for portraying the roles of a villain in films such as The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Lord of the Rings (2001-2003), and Dracula.
Fascinating Facts About Christina Erika Lee Everyone Should Know
1. Her Early Life and How She is a Descendant of Charlemagne
The 59-year-old daughter of Christopher Lee was born Christina Erika Lee on November 23, 1963, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Her paternal great-grandmother traces her descent to Charlemagne, an Emperor of the Romans, also known as Charles the Great. He was King of the Franks, King of the Lombards, and the first Holy Roman Emperor.
Also, her father’s great-grandfather was an Italian political refugee while his great-grandmother was opera singer Marie Carandini.
In addition, Christina’s family members grew to become famous in different aspects. Here’s her lineage Breakdown:
- Marie Carandini: Her great-great-grandmother (singer)
- Thomas Medwin: Her great-great–great-granduncle (English writer, poet, and translator)
- Jerome Carandini: Christina Erika Lee’s great-great-grandfather (a nobleman and Marquis of Sarzano)
- Countess Estelle Marie: Lee’s grandmother (an Edwardian beauty painted by Sir John Lavery and Oswald Birley; and sculpted by Clare Sheridan)
- 5 of her great-grandaunts were musicals including Rosina Palmer (an Australian opera singer)
- Harriet Walter: Grandaunt (British actress)
- Hermoine Hannen: Grandaunt (actress and wife of British administrator Henry Morland)
- Ian Fleming: Step-Uncle
2. Her Grandfather and Father Fought in WWI and WWII
Lee’s grandfather was Geoffrey Trollope Lee (born in 1879 and died in 1941). He was a lieutenant colonel who served with the 60th King’s Royal Rifle Corps – an infantry rifle regiment of the British Army.
In his career in the army, Geoffrey fought in the Second Boer War which lasted from 1899 to 1902.
Also from 1914 to 1918 World War I, the eldest Lee served in the army.
Christina Erika’s actor father first started in WWII as a volunteer to fight after he joined the military academy. After the death of his father, Erika’s grandfather, he headed to volunteer for the Royal Air Force.
When his eyes failed, he became an intelligent officer in the war as well as a Nazi hunter.
In the war also, Lee fought in the following:
- Winter War
- North African Campaign
- Allied Invasion of Italy
- Battle of Monte Cassino.
Away from this, Lee was said to have the ability to speak about 6 languages; English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Swedish.
3. Is She Married?
Christina Erika Lee was on July 28, 2001, married to Juan Francisco Aneiros Rodriguez.
Although there is barely any information about the husband of the 59-year-old Lee’s husband, could be a Hispanic.
4. Does Christina Erika Lee Have Any Children?
The Count Dracula character’s daughter has kept her private life under wraps, therefore it is not known if she is a mother or that her father ever became a grandfather.
5. Her Father Almost Married Henriette Von Rosen
Before Lee became married to the younger Lee’s mother, he had met Henriette Von Rosen, daughter of Count Fritz Von Roset.
They were engaged but ended the relationship shortly before their marriage after a year of waiting.
The father of Roset had the Lord of Rings actor investigated by private detectives as well as interviewers. He was further asked for references from actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Boulting, and British barrister Joe Jackson.
He would later settle to be married to Birgit Krøncke Lee who birthed Christiane Lee.
6. Her Parents Were Listed as Best-Dressed Over 50s
The Anglo-Catholic Christian father of Christiane and her mother Brigit won the attention of the media with their fashion sense.
With respect to that, they were listed in “Guardian” among the 50 best-dressed over the 50s.
Christopher’s dress sense was not the only thing that drew his attention in terms of style but his movie roles also became inspired the fashion industry.
At present, there are t-shirts on the site Redbubble that is designated to his name. Some of the t-shirts include “The Curse of Frankenstein”, “Summerisle ’73”, and “Dracula”.
7. How Her Father Died
It was on a Sunday morning on June 7 2015 due to respiratory problems and heart failure. He died at the age of 93 in Chelsea, London.
The announcement of the death was done on June 11.
Before his death, Some of Christopher Lee’s last words were “When I die, I want to die with my boot on” as said in his final interview.
Following the death of Christiane Lee’s father, there was a posthumous release of The Hunting of the Stark (2016) and he was also honored with an Academy Award.
8. Her Father Was a Spy and Inspired The James Bond 007 Series
Christopher played the villain Scaramanga in The Man With the Golden Gun for James Bond. In a deeper look, the spy series was created based on Christopher Lee as an intelligent officer in WWII.
The 007 series was created by Bond’s step-cousin, Ian Fleming.
9. Christina Erika Lee Featured in Documentaries About Her Father
Christina is featured in Christopher Lee – Gentlemen de Grauens (2010), a documentary about the life of Christopher Lee as written and directed by Oliver Schwehm.
The Daughter of the Lord of the Rings actor also appeared in a 1974 documentary titled This is Your Life.
More son, in a 2011 album of Rhapsody of Fire titled From Chaos to Eternity, the younger Lee alongside her father provided spoken vocals.
While she may have built a career as an actress, her father was a well-established actor famed for films and series including:
- Deus Ex Machina (2015)
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
- Alice in Wonderland (2010)
- The Lord of the Rings
- Star Wars
- Pope John Paul II (2005)
- GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004)
- In the Beginning (2000)
- Jinnah (1998)
- Soul Music (1997)
- The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
- Dracula (1958)
10. The Net Worth of Christiane Erika Lee
The actor’s only child is probably worth above $100,000. How she may have made her wealth remains unknown since there is no public record of her career.
Regardless, her father led a life as one of the finest and most respected villains on-screen and while he packed as many awards as he could and made a name for himself, he equally made a wealth that landed him an estimated net worth of $25 million.
He was one of the few actors of his generation that lasted more than 4 decades with a said aggregate of about $6.8 billion, per numbers.com. In addition, Lee’s father has a number of blockbusters that added to his wealth.
Apart from acting in films such as Dracula, The Lord of the Rings, and The Man with the Golden Gun among others, her father that died at the age of 93 also had a musical career with albums and singles to his name.
Also, the older Lee gained from his career in the military as a flight lieutenant and an intelligent officer.
Despite the wealth that he may have gathered, the actor after his death, it was recorded that he did not leave anything in terms of finances in his will covering his UK assets.
It would be added that he had a gross estate of £48,221 in the UK which was later reduced to a net figure of Nil but had assets in the United States.
11. Her Height and Body Measurement
The height of Christiane Erika Lee is above 5 feet. Her father on the other hand is famed for his built-up body. He was reportedly 6 foot 5 inches tall but at a time, the actor claimed to be 6 foot 4 inches.
There are other actors who stand at the same height of 6’5 and 6’4. They include Brad Armie Hammer, Joe Manganiello, Captain Spaulding, and Jason Voorhees.
12. Where is Christiane Erika Lee Now?
The last that has been heard of Lee’s daughter in terms of screen career was in 2010 in a documentary that also featured her father.
While it has not been established, she may be living a life of career and as a wife.
On the other hand, her father’s widowed wife, Birgit Krøncke Lee also led a life away from the public scene since his demise of Chris.