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Abington, Frances (1737–1815)  

Maker: Sir Joshua Reynolds

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Frances Abington (1737–1815) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1771 [as Miss Prue in Love for Love by William Congreve] Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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Abington [née Barton], Frances [Fanny] (1737–1815), actress  

Alison Oddey

Abington [née Barton], Frances [Fanny] (1737–1815), actress, was born in lowly circumstances and grew up in the slums around Drury Lane. Her mother died when she was fourteen; her father, who according to some accounts was the son of Christopher Barton of ...

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Achurch, Janet (1863–1916)  

Maker: Barraud

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Janet Achurch (1863–1916) by Barraud, 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Achurch, Janet [real name Janet Sharp] (1863–1916), actress  

Eric Salmon

Achurch, Janet [real name Janet Sharp] (1863–1916), actress, was born at 47 Richmond Grove, Chorlton upon Medlock, Manchester, Lancashire, on 17 January 1863, the third and youngest daughter (there were also three sons) of William Prior Sharp (1824–1897), insurance agent, and his wife, ...

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Adams [née Campin], Mary Grace Agnes (1898–1984), television producer and programme director  

Sally Adams

Adams [née Campin], Mary Grace Agnes (1898–1984), television producer and programme director, was born on 10 March 1898 at Well House Farm, Hermitage, Berkshire, the elder of two daughters (her sister died aged three) and second of four children of Edward Bloxham Campin...

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Addison [née Wilmshurst], Laura (1822–1852), actress  

E. D. Cook

revised by J. Gilliland

Addison [née Wilmshurst], Laura (1822–1852), actress, the daughter of Thomas Wilmshurst, a grocer, was born at Colchester, Essex, on 15 November 1822. Despite family opposition, her lack of training, and the absence of any patronage, she made her stage début in Norwich...

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Addison, Laura (1822–1852)  

Maker: W.? Hollis

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Laura Addison (1822–1852) by W.? Hollis, pubd 1851 (after Paine) [as Imogen in Cymbeline] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aguzzi, Elizabeth Clarice [Lizzie] (1856–1938), equestrian performer  

John M. Turner

Aguzzi, Elizabeth Clarice [Lizzie] (1856–1938), equestrian performer, was born at 3 Felix Street, Lambeth, London, on 4 February 1856, the daughter of Antoni Aguzzi (1809/10-1880), an equestrian performer, and his wife Helen, née Schmidt (1824-1903). Her circus performances, as a bareback and trick act rider, were first noted in the 1870s. Playbills for her performances at ...

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Aherne, Caroline Mary (1963–2016)  

Maker: Trevor Leighton

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Caroline Aherne (1963–2016), by Trevor Leighton, 1999

© Trevor Leighton/National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aherne, Caroline Mary (1963–2016), comedian, actress, and writer  

Jeff Evans

Aherne, Caroline Mary (1963–2016), comedian, actress, and writer, was born on 24 December 1963 at Perivale maternity hospital, London, the second child of Bartholomew Edmond (Bert) Aherne (1933–1994), a railwayman with London Transport, and his wife Mary Frances (Maureen), née Regan...

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Albanesi, Margherita Cecilia Brigida Lucia Maria [Meggie] (1899–1923), actress  

Kate Dorney

Albanesi, Margherita Cecilia Brigida Lucia Maria [Meggie] (1899–1923), actress, was born at 4 Mandeville Place, Marylebone, London, on 8 October 1899, the second daughter of Carlo Albanesi (1858–1926), pianist, composer, and teacher of music at the Royal Academy of Music...

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Alexander, Jean [real name Jean Margaret Hodgkinson] (1926–2016), actress  

Jeff Evans

Alexander, Jean [real name Jean Margaret Hodgkinson] (1926–2016), actress, was born on 11 October 1926 at 18 Rhiwlas Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, the second child of Archibald Alexander (Archie) Hodgkinson (1895–1969), electrician, and his wife Ellen Frances (Nell), née Hill...

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Allan, Maud [real name Ulla Maude Durrant] (1873–1956), dancer  

Jane Pritchard

Allan, Maud [real name Ulla Maude Durrant] (1873–1956), dancer, was born in Toronto, Canada, on 27 August 1873. Her name was registered as Ulla Maude Durrant, the daughter of William Allan Durrant (1851–1917), a shoemaker, and his wife, Isa...

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Allgood, Sara (1883–1950), actress  

Susan C. Triesman

Allgood, Sara (1883–1950), actress, was born in Dublin on 31 October 1883, the second daughter of George Allgood (d. in or before 1911), a printing compositor, and his wife, Margaret Harold, a second-hand furniture seller.

Sara was educated at Marlborough Street Training College, Dublin...

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Allgood, Sara (1883–1950)  

Maker: Robert Gregory

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Sara Allgood (1883–1950) attrib. Robert Gregory National Gallery of Ireland

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Anderson [married name Sykes], Marjorie Enid (1913–1999), radio broadcaster  

Sally Thompson

Anderson [married name Sykes], Marjorie Enid (1913–1999), radio broadcaster, was born on 7 November 1913 at 35 Barton Street, London, the only child of Harold Harry Anderson (d. 1918/19), private secretary, of independent means, and his wife, Charlotte Augusta, née Boyle (...

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Anderson, Mary (1859–1940), actress  

Donald Roy

Anderson, Mary (1859–1940), actress, was born in Sacramento, California, USA, on 28 July 1859, the daughter of Charles Henry Anderson (d. 1863) and his wife, Antonia Leugers, and named Mary Antoinette. Her mother, a Philadelphian of German, staunchly Catholic descent, had been disowned by her family after eloping to ...

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Anderson, Mary (1859–1940)  

Maker: W. & D. Downey

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Mary Anderson (1859–1940) by W. & D. Downey, 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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See Jackson, Gordon Cameron

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See Anderson, Gerald Alexander [Gerry]