JOHN CLARKE (c.1830 - 1879)
By
Jennifer Carnell

John Clarke, circa 1860, from a photograph by Clarkington of 246 Regent Street.

John Clarke began his acting career as an amateur actor, before becoming a professional actor specialising in character and comedic roles. He was a friend of William Sawyer and of Braddon towards the end of her acting career. Clarke was also a member of Miss Swanborough's company at the Strand Theatre in London at the time Braddon's play, The Loves of Arcadia was produced.

Teresa Furtado, the actress wife of John Clarke, and sister of Charles Knox Furtado.
Both Teresa and John died young, leaving a young daughter called Teresa Furtado Clarke. For a brief time in the 1890s Teresa Furtado Clarke was an actress, but left the stage to marry a financier, William McLean Borradaile, in 1898.

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