Dame Ellen Terry


Ellen Terry with her Jack Russells Fussie and Drummie
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Name:Dame Ellen Terry

Dates:1847 - 1928

Profession:Performing Arts

Address: 22 Barkston Gardens , SW5

Dates at address:1889 - 1902


Born into an acting family, Ellen Terry’s parents, Benjamin Terry and Sarah Ballard, and most of her siblings were actors. Married four times, her private life was reminiscent of a modern star. She married painter George Watts (1864-1865), interior designer Edwin Godwin (1864-1877), actor Charles Kelly (1877-1881) and actor James Carew (1907 until her death) and had two children with Edwin Godwin, both of who went in to the theatre.

A tremendous actress, her career began at eight with her appearance as Mammilus in A Winter’s Tale. She performed in many comic roles before retiring twice between 1864-1867 and 1868-1874 after tiring of acting. After her return she had several roles before linking up with Henry Irving and his company at the Lyceum in 1878. Here she became the finest Shakespearean actress of her generation, playing all the principal parts to great critical acclaim. She then had an unsuccessful season as manager of the Imperial Theatre in 1903, before returning to acting.

Terry had a long relationship with the borough, living at Little Holland House with Watts from 1864-1865, 33 Longridge Road with Kelly in 1874, 22 Barkston Gardens from 1889-1902 and, finally, 215 Kings Road from 1902 until 1921.

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