"the new Shakespearian actor George Rignold"
George Rignold (1839-1912) was an English actor who also received acclaim in the USA and Australia. His parents had been actors too, which allowed him to begin his career at a very young age. His good looks earned him the nicknames 'Rignold Rex' and 'Handsome George'; female audience members reportedly fought to gain his attention. He played the role of Henry V on numerous occasions, and became so identified with the part that Staffordshire figures were made of him as the king on horseback. Rignold was married twice, had no children, and left his £11,000 estate to the Royal General Theatrical Fund.