Neilson, Julia

BORN 12 Jun 1868, London - DIED 27 May 1957, London
GRAVE LOCATION London: Hampstead Cemetery, Fortune Green Road, Camden

Daughter of a jeweller. Soon after she was born her parents were divorced and she lived with her mother. After some financial struggles her mother was able to send her to school in Wiesbaden, where she learned German and French.

When she was fifteen she entered the Royal Academy of Music and with her sporano voice she soon won several prices. Although she was a talented singer she decided to be an actress and in 1887 she made her professional debut. For five years she worked for the company of Herbert Beerbohm Tree.

In 1890 she married the actor Fred Terry. They had a daughter, Phyllis (1892-1977), and a son, Dennis, who also became actors. From 1900 until 1930 they worked together both on the stage and in theatre management.

In 1932 her son died in Rhodesia and in 1933 her husband passed away. In 1935 she left the stage, but she briefly returned in 1944, next to her daughter Phyllis.

• Husband: Terry, Fred (1891-)


The grave of Fred Terry and Julia Neilson at Hampstead Cemetery, Fortune Green Road, London.
Picture by Androom (17 Mar 2006)


• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Londoners, Robson Books, London, 1991

Neipperg, Adam Albert, Count von

Published: 23 Apr 2006
Last update: 19 Jan 2022