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Atkyns [née Walpole], Charlotte (c. 1758–1836), actress and political activist  

Adrienne Scullion

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 (bap. 1752, d. 1831), actor and civil servant  

Joseph Knight

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Bonnor, Charles (bap. 1752, d. 1831), actor and civil servant, was baptized at St Thomas’s, Bristol, on 12 March 1752, the son of Charles Bonnor (or Bonner), a distiller in Bristol, and his wife, Mary, née Goodin. After commencing his working life as apprentice to a coachmaker, he was recorded as a coachmaker in ...

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Coppin, George Selth (1819–1906)  

Maker: Falk Studios

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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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Coppin, George Selth (1819–1906), actor and politician  

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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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Holme, Vera Louise (1881–1969)  

Maker: Dorothy Johnstone

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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  

Elizabeth Crawford

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  

Barbara Taylor

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  

Oonagh Walsh

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  

Maroula Joannou

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; other married name Rhodes], Mabel (1886–1951), actress and politician  

Duncan Sutherland

Philipson [née Russell; other married name Rhodes], Mabel (1886–1951), 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 ...

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Porter, Nyree Dawn (1936–2001)  

Maker: Vivienne

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

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Porter, Nyree Dawn (1936–2001), actress  

Verena Wright

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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Redgrave, Corin William (1939–2010), actor and political activist  

Neil Sinyard

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  

Hakim Adi

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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Robeson, Paul Leroy (1898–1976)  

Maker: Madame Yevonde

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