Nell Gwynn, Popular Star of Restoration Theatre

on June 7, 2013
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Nell Gwynn, the subject of my novel The Darling Strumpet, was one of the first English actresses. She was a gifted comedienne and had a very likeable sex appeal, and she shot to stardom. Her theatrical career, though relatively brief, took place during one of the most interesting periods in theatre in England, when in… Read More

Gillian Bagwell

Gillian Bagwell

Gillian Bagwell has had a life-long love of books, British history, and theatre, and united these passions in writing her first novel, The Darling Strumpet. She grew up in Berkeley, California, and began her professional life as an actress and moved from acting to directing and producing, founding The Pasadena Shakespeare Company in 1994, and producing thirty-seven productions over nine seasons.

Gillian began researching Nell Gwynn as the subject of one-woman show, but realized that such a brief format couldn’t do justice to the richness of Nell’s life, and started writing The Darling Strumpet while living in London in 2006. Her extensive background in theatre has enabled her to bring vividly to life the theatrical conditions and performances of Nell’s time. During the course of researching The Darling Strumpet, Gillian learned of the unbelievable true adventures of Jane Lane, the heroine of her second novel, The Royal Miracle.