Charles Courtenay, 19th Earl of Devon

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The Earl of Devon
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Arms of Courtenay, Earls of Devon: Quarterly 1st & 4th, Or, three torteaux gules (Courtenay); 2nd & 3rd: Or, a lion rampant azure (Redvers)
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
4 July 2018
Preceded byEdward Baldwin, 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley
Personal details
Charles Peregrine Courtenay

(1975-08-14) 14 August 1975 (age 44)
Exeter, Devon, England
ParentsHugh Courtenay, 18th Earl of Devon
Diana Courtenay (née Watherston), Countess of Devon
ResidencePowderham Castle

Charles Peregrine Courtenay, 19th Earl of Devon[1] (born 14 August 1975), styled as Lord Courtenay from 1998 until 2015, is an English barrister and hereditary peer who is a crossbench member of the House of Lords, having been elected at a by-election in 2018.[2]

Education and career[edit]

The 19th Earl of Devon was educated at Eton College.[1] After obtaining an MA degree from St John's College, Cambridge, in 1997, he followed his legal studies at the Inns of Court School of Law.[1] Courtenay was admitted to the bar at Inner Temple in 1999.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He married American actress A. J. Langer in a civil ceremony in 2004.[4] A formal wedding later took place on 30 April 2005, in Los Angeles. With his father's death, the former Lord Courtenay succeeded to his father's peerage and estate.[5]

The Earl and Countess of Devon have two children, both born in Los Angeles:

  • Lady Joscelyn Skye Courtenay (born 31 January 2007)[6]
  • Jack Haydon Langer Courtenay, Lord Courtenay (born 16 August 2009)[4]

Courtenay has practised law with the firm of Latham & Watkins since 2005,starting at their Los Angeles, California office. In January 2014, he permanently relocated his family to London and transferred to his firm's London office,[3] he and his family now reside at the family's ancestral home of Powderham Castle in Devon, England.



  1. ^ a b c Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th Edition, edited by Charles Mosley, Wilmington, Delaware, 2003, vol I, pp. 1121–6; ISBN 0-9711966-2-1
  2. ^ "Crossbench Hereditary Peers' By-Election, July 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Latham & Watkins: Charles Courtenay profile". Archived from the original on 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  4. ^ a b "AJ Langer's Son Becomes Heir to Royal Title". People Magazine. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  5. ^ Ivie, Devon (November 21, 2017). "This My So-Called Life Star Is Now a Real-Life Countess". New York Magazine. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Passages". People. 67 (9). 5 March 2007.

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Hugh Courtenay
Earl of Devon