Arthur Chesney

Arthur William Kellaway (21 November 1881 – 27 August 1949), known as Arthur Chesney, was an English character actor who worked on stage and screen.[1][2]

Arthur Chesney
Arthur William Kellaway

21 November 1881
Wandsworth, London, England
Died27 August 1949(1949-08-27) (aged 67)
Hampstead, London, England
Years active1920 1948
Spouse(s)Estelle Winwood
(m. 19??; div. 192?)
Kitty Ridge
(m. 19??; ? 19??)
ChildrenAnn Dummett
FamilyEdmund Gwenn (brother),
Cecil Kellaway (Cousin)


He was born 21 November 1881 in Hampstead, London, the son of John and Catherine Kellaway (née Oliver).[3][4][5] He was the brother of the actor Edmund Gwenn and the cousin of the actor Cecil Kellaway. He married actress Estelle Winwood, by no later than 1915,[6] but their marriage was dissolved and she remarried in 1928.[7] He later married Kitty Ridge, and they had daughter Ann Dummett in 1930. Ann went on to become a racial justice activist.

Chesney made his first stage appearance in 1903, in a play at County Theatre in Bedford. For many years he took part in many plays in London and New York. He died in a hospital on 27 August 1949 following a massive stroke in Hampstead, aged 66.[7]

Selected filmography


  1. "Arthur Chesney". British Film Institute. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  2. "Arthur Chesney". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 30 August 1949. p. 7.
  3. London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911
  4. 1891 England Census
  5. London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921
  6. England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915
  7. "Arthur Chesney, 67, Character Actor". The New York Times. 30 August 1949. Retrieved 14 August 2017.

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