Perhaps one of cinema’s most popular and famous actors of all time, a visit to Charlie Chaplin’s birthplace is not to be missed for any film fan. Born on 16 April 1889 in Walworth into abject poverty, Chaplin rose to become one of the most influential figures in the silent film era. His use of mime and slapstick still endures today, and his power to move audiences is undiminished.
The humble house on Methley Street was perhaps not a happy home for Chaplin, whose parents separated before he was 5 years old. With his mother struggling from mental health issues, and his father an alcoholic, the young Chaplin was shaped by the time he spent handing around outside public houses on the streets of Lambeth, where he closely observed the local characters, many of whom were poor, yet profoundly influenced by theatre, as Chaplin himself would become.
39 Methley Street