Biography of Charles Macklin
Charles Macklin (26 September 1699 – 11 July 1797), originally Cathal MacLochlainn (in Irish, or Charles McLaughlin in English), was an Irish actor and dramatist who performed extensively at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Macklin revolutionized theatre in the 18th century by introducing a “natural- style” of acting. He is also famous for killing a man in a fight over a wig at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Born in County Donegal in Ulster in the north of Ireland, Macklin became known for his many performances in the tragedy and comedy genre of plays. He gained his greatest fame in the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Macklin enjoyed a long career which was often steeped in controversy before dying aged 98.