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Atkyns [née Walpole], Charlotte (c. 1758–1836), actress and political activist, was probably born in co. Westmeath, Ireland about 1758, according to her later biographers Frédéric Barbey and E. E. P. Tisdall. She was the youngest of three daughters of Robert Walpole (...

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Bonnor, Charles (d. 1829?), actor and civil servant, was the son of a distiller in Bristol. After commencing his working life as apprentice to a coachmaker, he appeared on the Bath stage on 4 October 1777 as Belcour, in Richard Cumberland's comedy The West Indian...

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Coppin, George Selth (1819–1906), actor and politician, born at Steyning, Sussex, on 8 April 1819, was the only child of George Selth Coppin (1794–1854) and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Jackson (1789–1869). His father, of a Norwich family, gave up medical practice for the stage and became a theatrical manager....

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George Selth Coppin (1819–1906) by Falk Studios, c. 1905 La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria

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Vera Louise Holme (1881–1969) by Dorothy Johnstone, 1919 © Estate of the Artist; private collection; photograph courtesy The Fine Art Society, London

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Holme, Vera Louise (1881–1969), actress and suffragette, was born on 29 August 1881 at 6 Lulworth Road, Birkdale, Lancashire, the daughter of Richard Holme, a timber merchant, and his wife, Mary Louisa (née Crowe). Nothing is known for certain of her education; she may have spent some of her youth in a convent school in ...

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Macauley, Elizabeth Wright (1785?–1837), actress and socialist, was born in York, probably in 1785. Her father, a poor man, died when she was only two, leaving his family destitute. According to her sketchy autobiographical memoirs, Macauley's first career was as an actress. She began by performing in barns in ...

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Molony, Helena Mary (1883–1967), actress and Irish nationalist, was born at 8 Coles Lane, Dublin, on 15 January 1883, the daughter of Michael Molony, a grocer, and his wife, Catherine McGrath. The family were Catholic, and Helena was educated locally. She first became involved in the Irish nationalist movement at the age of nineteen. After attending a public meeting at the ...

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Moore, Eva [married name Eva Moore Esmond Jack] (1868–1955), actress and suffragist, was born on 9 February 1868 at 67 Preston Street, Brighton, the eighth of ten children of Edward Henry Moore, a chemist, and his wife, Emily Strachan. She was educated in ...

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Philipson [née Russell], Mabel (1887–1951), actress and politician, was born at 1 Copeland Avenue, Peckham, Surrey, on 2 January 1886, the daughter of Albert Russell, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Alice Shaw. Her mother died when Mabel was eleven, requiring her to help raise two younger siblings. She left school to work at a theatre box office in ...

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Porter, Nyree Dawn (1936–2001), actress, was born on 22 January 1936 in Napier, New Zealand, the first daughter and first child of Kenneth Norman Porter, master butcher and property developer, originating from Scotland, and his wife, Edna May Porter. Her forename Ngaire, later phoneticized to ...

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Nyree Dawn Porter (1936–2001) by Vivienne, 1960s © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Redgrave, Corin William (1939–2010), actor and political activist, was born at 102 Clifton Hill, St John's Wood, London, on 16 July 1939, the only son of Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave (1908–1985), actor, and his wife, Rachel Kempson (1910–2003), actress. He was the brother of the actresses ...

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Robeson, Paul Leroy (1898–1976), actor, singer, and political activist, was born on 9 April 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. He was the youngest of five children and fourth son of William Drew Robeson (1845–1918), a former runaway slave and Presbyterian minister, and his wife, ...

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Paul Leroy Robeson (1898–1976) by Madame Yevonde, 1930s © Yevonde Portrait Archive; collection National Portrait Gallery, London