Mathews, Charles

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Mathews, Charles Gender: M
born on 28 June 1776 at 02:45 (= 02:45 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone LMT m0w10 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 06°50' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 22°33 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 21°21'

Charles Mathews


English theatre manager and comic actor, well known during his time for his gift of impersonation and skill at table entertainment. His play, At Home, in which he played every character, was the first monopolylogue and the defining work in the genre.

In 1797, Mathews married Eliza Kirkham Strong (1772–1802) of Exeter, the author of a volume of poems and some novels, and an actress. In 1803, Mathews married Anne Jackson (died 1869), an actress and half sister to the actress Frances Maria Kelly. Anne Jackson Mathews wrote a biography of Mathews. His only child by his second wife was Charles James Mathews, who became a successful actor in turn.

Mathews died poor in Plymouth on 28 June 1835, without appearing again on a British stage.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes the family bible as transcribed in Edmund Yates's "The Life and Correspondence of Charles Mathews, the Elder, Comedian" (Routledge, Warne, 1860), p. 3: "Charles Mathews, the seventh son of James and Elizabeth Mathews, was born on June the 28th, 1776, at a quarter before three in the morning."


  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Manager/ Agent