Edward Alleyn
Historical Figure
Nationality: England
Date of Birth: 1566
Date of Death: 1626
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Anglican Church
Occupation: Actor, business man, brothel owner
Spouse: Joan Woodward (d. 1623), Constance Donne
Children: None
Professional Affiliations: Admiral's Men
Fictional Appearances:
Ruled Britannia
POD: July-August, 1588
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Edward "Ned" Alleyn (1 September 1566 – 25 November 1626) was an English actor. He was a major figure of the Elizabethan theatre, and founder of Dulwich College and Alleyn's School. He was rated by common consent as the foremost actor of his time; his only close rival was Richard Burbage. Alleyn played the title roles of three plays by Christopher Marlowe, and acted in plays by William Shakespeare as well. He retired from the stage in 1598, but returned to it in 1604.

Edward Alleyn in Ruled Britannia[]

Edward Alleyn was active on the London stage in the 1590s. Lope de Vega had seen him perform, and admitted (to his own mind, at any rate) that he (Vega) was not as great an actor as Alleyn.[1]