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BLUE PLAQUES - ACTORS WHO'VE LIVED IN CAMDEN

CamdenThe first blue plaque was erected in London in 1867, and since then, many, many more have been placed throughout the UK in order to commemorate a link between said location and a famous person, event, or building that existed within the vicinity. Today, we've come to Camden, situated in Inner London, where we can discover a blue plaque for each of the following celebrities.


English Heritage


Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(Actor)

Born: November 10, 1925, in Pontrhydyfen, Wales
Died: August 5, 1984, in Céligny, Switzerland (aged 58)
Some of their notable films: Cleopatra (1963), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), and Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Address: 6 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 5NJ, London Borough of Camden
Lived here from 1949 to 1956
Trivia: Richard Burton rose to fame as a Shakespearean actor while living on Lyndhurst Road with his first wife, Sybil Williams. This led to his first Hollywood film role, playing Philip in the 1952 drama, 'My Cousin Rachel', which also gave him his first Academy Award nomination.




Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
(Actor / Director / Producer / Screenwriter)

Born: July 1, 1899, in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: December 15, 1962, in Hollywood, California, USA (aged 63)
Some of their notable films: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), and Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Address: 15 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1DS, London Borough of Camden
Lived here from 1928 to 1931
Trivia: In the three years he was living in Fitzrovia, Charles Laughton married his lifelong companion, Elsa Lanchester, and performed a number of notable plays on stage. This includes playing the lead role of Harry Hegan in the 1928 Seán O'Casey play, 'The Silver Tassie', as well as Samuel Pickwick in a 1928 theatrical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, 'The Pickwick Papers'.




Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson
(Singer / Actor / Social Activist / Lawyer / Athlete)

Born: April 9, 1898, in Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Died: January 23, 1976, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (aged 77)
Some of their notable films: Body and Soul (1925), The Emperor Jones (1933), and Show Boat (1936)
Address: The Chestnuts, Branch Hill, Hampstead, London, NW3 7NA, London Borough of Camden
Lived here from 1929 to 1930
Trivia: During his time in London, Paul Robeson bought a home in Hampstead and received some critical acclaim by performing in 'Othello' at the Savoy Theatre, which in turn, made him the first black actor to play the title role on the West End stage since 1860.




Alastair Sim
Alastair Sim
(Actor)

Born: October 9, 1900, in Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: August 19, 1976, in London, England (aged 75)
Some of their notable films: Scrooge (1951), The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954), and School for Scoundrels (1960)
Address: 8 Frognal Gardens, Hampstead, London, NW3 6UX, London Borough of Camden
Lived here from 1953 to 1975
Trivia: Alastair Sim had a fairly guarded home life while living with his family in Hampstead. In fact, he guarded his privacy so much, that he rarely gave press interviews and refused to sign autographs. According to Alastair, the public's interest in him should be solely confined to his stage or screen performances and nothing else.



For further information, please feel free to visit the official English Heritage Website, Instagram, and Twitter pages. Or if you prefer, click here to see some of the other celebrities who've been commemorated with a blue plaque.

BLUE PLAQUES - ACTORS WHO'VE LIVED IN CAMDEN BLUE PLAQUES - ACTORS WHO'VE LIVED IN CAMDEN Reviewed by David Andrews on August 15, 2022 Rating: 5

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