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Nell Gwyn
Eleanor Gwyn
BirthplaceSt Martin in the Fields, London, England
Actress, prostitute

Gwyn or Gwynn, Nell

(Eleanor Gwyn), 1650–87, English actress. Once an orange-seller at the Theatre Royal, she became a member of Killigrew's company, making her debut there in 1665. Her charm and vivacity in comic roles endeared her to the public, as did her witty renditions of prologues and epilogues. She became the mistress of Charles II (1669) and bore him two sons, one of whom was created the duke of St. Albans. Her portrait was painted by Sir John Lely; she is the subject of several plays including Sweet Nell of Old Drury, by Paul Kester.
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Second in the Nell Gwynn was Mick Channon's filly Seazun, who was giving the winner a couple of pounds and lost her place at a crucial stage.
In this three-part series, Lucy aims to find out, beginning by taking a look at the mistresses of Charles II - who included actress Nell Gwynn, royalist Barbara Villiers and French spy Louise de Keroualle - and asking whether they really were in control of their own lives.
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1650: Nell Gwynn, orange seller who became a comedy actress and then a favourite mistress of Charles II, was born in London.
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