|The actress Mary Robinson (1758-1800)
was born in Bristol and attended the school run by Hannah More's
sisters in Park Street. She made her first stage appearance
at Drury Lane, London as Shakespeare's Juliet.
Mary Robinson (detail from Some Who Have Made Bristol Famous).
at Bristol's Theatre Royal and was nicknamed Perdita after
playing that role to great acclaim in The
Winter's Tale. She
was known as a free-spirited woman, a single parent, separated
from her husband, who became mistress of the Prince Regent,
for whom she gave up her acting career. When the affair ended
badly in 1780 – she attempted to blackmail the Crown by threatening
to publish the Prince's private letters to her – she earned
money as an author, writing poems, plays, journalism, pamphlets
and novels, sometimes using the pen-name Tabitha Bramble.
associated with drama, and with Bristol include:
Jane Green (1720-91),
Elizabeth Inchbald (1753-1821), writer and actress who became
Britain's first female professional critic.
Sarah MacReady (c 1789-1853), actress-manager of the Theatre
Kate Terry (1844-1924), member of the Theatre Royal stock company.
Dame Ellen Terry (1848-1928), member of the Theatre Royal stock
Dame Sybil Thorndike (1882-1976), member of Old Vic company evacuated
to Bristol in World War Two.
Cary Grant (real name Archibald Leach) (1904-1986), Bristol-born
Hollywood actor who first went to America as an acrobat in Bob
Pender's Knockabout Comedians.
Cary Grant, photograph from The
Ultimate Cary Grant Pages.
Sir Michael Redgrave (1908-1985), Bristol-born
and educated actor.
Peggy Ann Wood (1912-98), actress and manager of Little Theatre
in Colston Street.
Sir Robert Stephens (1931-95), Bristol-born actor, son of a shipyard
labourer and chocolate factory worker.
||Norman Beaton (1934-1994), actor from Guiana who spent time in
Bristol during early years in Britain.
photograph from the BBC website.
Alfred Fagon (1937-1986), actor and playwright.
Cathy Barry, British porn actress.
John Cleese, actor and comedian educated at Clifton College.
Lee Evans, actor and comedian born at Avonmouth.
David Prowse, bodybuilder and Darth Vader.
Tony Robinson, actor and television presenter.
Pete Postlethwaite, actor who started his career in rep at Bristol
Old Vic Theatre School.
Tim Pigott-Smith, graduate of University of Bristol who
made his professional stage debut at Bristol Old Vic.
Peter Nichols, playwright, author of A
Day in the Death of Joe Egg.
Sir Tom Stoppard, playwright who worked on Bristol local papers
when he left school.