G.P. Huntley (1866-1927), also known as George Patrick Huntley, was the son of English actor parents, and was born in Cork, Ireland in 1866 (he later knocked two years off his age to appear younger and claimed to have been born in 1868) when his mother and father were touring with their theatre company.
Huntley was a stage name, as was Patrick, and Patrick was chosen in honour of the country of his birth. The family moved back to London when G.P. was a child in the early 1870s. His father was my great-great-great-great uncle and from this side of the family he was descended from a well-known legal family. From his father's side he was the second cousin once removed of stage and film actress Kathleen Harrison. From his mother's side he was descended from actors and his mother's brother was an artist.
His first experiences were occasional ones with his parents as a child and as a teenager he was chaperone to his actress sisters and began to act with them. As a young man his father had acted with the future novelist Mary Elizabeth Braddon and I=on 1891 G.P. Huntley played the role of the lawyer Mr. Sampson in a stage adaptation of the Mary Elizabeth Braddon novel The Cloven Foot with Janette Steer in the lead role.
The Huntleys feature in a new Theatre History book to be published by The Sensation Press.
Note: This used to be part of my
Victorian and Edwardian Theatre pages about Victorian actors; the Victorian
theatre pages have now been removed from the website for print publication
Mary Elizabeth Braddon and the Victorian Theatre. In this book and another Sensation Press publication can be found a full biography of G.P. Huntley and his career.
G.P. Huntley with Isabel Jay in the musical Miss Hook of Holland.
Eva Kelly, G.P. Huntley's wife, with their son Timothy Huntley in about
The little boy later became an actor as G. P. Huntley Jr. and Tim Huntley.
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