Laughton and Lanchester

Laughton and Lanchester

This is where actors Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester lived.

Location: 15 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1DR

Description: When both actors were up and coming Charles Laughton (1899-1962) shared this flat with his wife Elsa Lanchester for 3 years (1928-1931) immediately before they emigrated to the USA and Hollywood stardom.

In 1927, he was cast in a play Mr. Prohack with his future wife Elsa Lanchester, who he married in 1929 and with whom he lived and worked until his death; they had no children. The couple became American citizens in 1950.

Laughton became a major movie star with The Barretts of Wimpole Street, The Island Of Lost Souls, Ruggles of Red Gap, Mutiny On The Bounty, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The Private Life Of Henry VIII and The Big Clock just a few. He directed the acclaimed thriller 'The Night of the Hunter'.

Elsa made her name alongside Boris Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and starred later in life in Mary Poppins (1964), That Darn Cat! (1965), Blackbeard's Ghost (1968), Willard (1971) and Murder by Death (1976).

Elsa claimed later in life that Laughton was bisexual, and that she had once thrown Laughton out of the Percy Street flat when she caught him with one of the area's many rent boys.

English Heritage erected a blue plaque here in 1992.

Themes: CinemaCinema Theme  CelebrityCelebrity Theme  LGBTLGBT Theme
Laughton and Lanchester

This is where actors Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester lived.

Ranking This Month: 966/3032

Pages Hit This Month: 9

Your Comments:

Your email will ONLY be used once, to confirm the publication of your comments. We value your contribution and privacy.

Anti-spam Security: Please enter this code:

Other places nearby:

The Bend It Like Beckham Party!», 6.7km

Tony Curtis lived here», 1.6km

Ray Winstone's Waiter Kidnap», 2.2km

Harry Palmer's Ipcress File Flat», 4.1km

Dil's Hairdressing Salon», 2.3km

David Niven was born here», 1.5km

Birthplace of Alfred Hitchcock», 6.6km

Notting Hill's Wedding Scene», 2.1km

Clockwork Tunnel», 4.5km

Ingrid Bergman lived/died here», 2.7km

Location Pinpointed:

Open Street Maps», Google Maps»