Faucit, Helena Saville

BORN 11 Oct 1814, London - DIED 31 Oct 1898, Llangollen, Wales: Bryntysilio Hall
BIRTH NAME Saville, Helena
GRAVE LOCATION London: Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton (1W)

Helena Faucit was the daughter of the actors John Saville Faucit and Harriet Saville-Diddear. Her parents separated when she was one year old and from 1825 onwards her mother lived with the actor William Farren. She received acting lessons from his brother Percival Farren and first appeared at Covent Garden in 1836. She played several Shakespeare parts next to William Charles MacReady and William Kemble. In 1840 she followed Kemble to the Haymarket Theatre, but in the same year she suffered from lung problems.

After she had regained her health there was a rumour that she was pregnant from MacReady, but her physicians denied this in public statements. In 1842 she was engaged at Drury Lane, that was managed by MacReady at the time. When she performed with MacReady in Paris in 1845 she was applauded so loudly that he became jealous. After that they appeared together no more.

She toured in Ireland and Scotland in the mid-1840s. Since 1843 Theodore Martin, the official biographer of Prince Albert, wanted to marry her. They finally married in 1851 and after that she only appeared on the stage for charities.

• Husband: Martin, Theodore (1851-1898, Brighton: St. Nicholas' Church)

Related persons
• cooperated with Sullivan, Barry


The grave of Helena Faucit at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (19 Aug 2017)


Helena Faucit - Wikipedia

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Published: 10 Sep 2017
Last update: 22 Dec 2019