Esmond Ovey was born as the youngest son in a family of landed gentry and studied at Eton College. Ovey traveled to Moscow in 1900, in the Caucasus and the Crimea. In 1902, he joined the Foreign Service and was sent as attaché to Tangier, 1904, he was in Stockholm, in 1906 in Paris and 1908 in Washington, DC accredited as Secretary of second class. In Washington, he married Blanche Bliss Emery 1912 Ovey was accredited in Sofia. As Ovey was accredited in 1913 in Constantinople Opel, his wife fell ill and could not pull off at the entrance of the Ottoman Empire in the war with the British Legation. The couple got into the U.S. Embassy asylum, while the Ambassador of the German Reich Hans von Wangenheim protested. Ovey 1920 was accredited by Ahmad Shah Qajar in Tehran. From 1921 to 1923 Esmond Ovey First Secretary of the Embassy was in Christiania, beginning in 1925 in Rome and 1929 he was the first British ambassador to the Soviet Union.
Álvaro Obregón in 1920, the diplomatic relations of Mexico interrupted with the United Kingdom. At a banquet of Maxim Litvinov Maximowitsch he recognized the engraving Honi soit qui mal y pense the cutlery of the British Embassy to the Tsar. During his tenure in Brussels, he was also accredited with the Government Émile Reuter in Luxembourg. The Argentine Foreign Minister Enrique Ruiz Guiñazú Ovey characterized as a man with definitely pro- totaliären inclinations. Esmond Ovey 1941 was retired.