ASHWELL, LENA (1872- ), English actress, was the
daughter of Commander Pocock, R.N. In 1896 she married
the actor Arthur Playfair, whom she divorced in 1908; later in
the latter year she married Dr Simson. In 1895 she played
Elaine in Sir Henry Irving’s production of King Arthur at
the Lyceum, and again acted with him in 1903 in Dante.
She made her first striking success, however, on the London
stage in Mrs Dane’s Defence with Sir Charles Wyndham in 1900,
and a few years later her acting in Leah Kleschna confirmed her
position as one of the leading actresses in London. In 1907 she
started under her own management at the Kingsway theatre.
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