Henry comes from a huge male family. He has four brothers, three of whom are much older than he is.
His mother, Marianne, was a house mum for years taking care of five boys, and now works as a secretary in a bank. “My mother is such an incredibly strong woman,” Henry says. “She raised a family of five boys extremely well. She made us all strong, loving, caring people. We all support each other. I’m really thankful to her.” His father, Colin Cavill, served in the Navy, then was a stockbroker, but keeps shifting jobs. Oh, and his parents are together.
As for Henry’s brothers, Piers, the eldest, is a former army officer, Nick is a major in the Royal Marines, Simon has just started working in financial services, and Charlie, the youngest, is in marketing.
As you can see, the family has a vast military background. Henry was going to join Army himself, but acting proved a stronger appeal. His brothers mock him for it, of course, “saying that I’m a soft actor who’s never worked a day in his life. That kind of thing. Then they come to the set and see the kind of work I do and change their mind...”
His daily life
Nowadays Henry lives in South Kensington, London, wherever he’s working, but his “home base is always the Isle of Jersey,” he says.
“I’m certainly very used to being away from home. That’s not a problem for me anymore, although it was a big problem when I was away at boarding school. I was terribly homesick. But I still stand by what my parents did. Sometimes it gets a little tiring, and I want to have a family in the future, so it'll be nice to have something steadier.”
However he doesn’t fear being in a strange place. He tries to immerse himself in the culture wherever he is, learn the language and enjoy the newness of it.
Henry likes to go out to clubs and bars. His favorite spot is the Wellington Club in London. It’s a restaurant and a nightclub which he visits regularly. Henry tries to suggest places not involving alcohol, which is hard in a city like London where the pleasure of drinking is cultural. “Hyde Park is the place that you cannot miss. There’s a fantastic pub in Kensington called the Builders’ Arms and The Prince Regent is a nice place for a drink.”
Henry is a huge fan of rugby. He even played growing up, but no longer plays due to some nagging injurie.
He enjoys watching the History Channel and National Geographic and shows like Dexter and Battlestar Galactica. Henry loves to play the online multi-player game of World of Warcraft and Eve Online, thanks to which Henry stays in contact with his father and his brothers when they are in the four corners of the world. “That’s something I’ve gotten quite sucked into.”
But his other passion, more adult perhaps, is his superb silver Aston Martin DBS like the one used in the James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. “It was one of those things that just ended up happening, like, ‘Right, okay, just treat yourself.’” Also a few times in 2012, Henry took part in Speed Festivals in England as a passenger or even a driver of the new McLaren 12C.
Henry is a very private person. Even on the set of Immortals, where everyone is caught up in the intense tribal life that is required for a cast making a battle-heavy action film, Henry was a bit elusive.
“I have to say I still don’t know the guy too well, and it’s kind of strange. I usually know more about people after I work with them. He’s very quiet and to himself. He’s very nice, but I got to know everyone else, but not him,” Stephen Dorff said.
“I'm very keen on my private life remaining private. I don't want to be too open and give everything away to reporters,” Henry explains.
With the itinerant lifestyle of an actor, Henry has had trouble holding down a relationship. “It takes a strong woman to be with me because I’m always hopping around, and not always there. It’s really tough.”
Henry Cavill is not married at the moment, but in May 2011, he was engaged to English equestrian Ellen Whitaker. Their relationship didn't last long, and the engagement was called off. Since August 2012 Henry has been dating actress Gina Carano.
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Once Henry let us into his cherished three wishes: “For my family to be fully content and happy with life, to have a wonderful marriage and to be happy and successful myself.”
As for where he sees himself in five years, “In an ideal world, I’d find the woman of my dreams and be married. But isn’t that everyone’s perfect plan?”