Gabrielle Ray

'Gabrielle Ray said, 'I am always dancing; I love it! When I don't dance, I sing. What else is there to do?'

Remembering Miss Gabrielle Ray

Gabrielle Ray, born in Cheadle, Stockport, was a stage actress, dancer and singer, best known for her roles in Edwardian musical comedies. She became one of the most photographed women in the world and her photograph was much sought after by popular publications and leading photographers of the day. Gaiety Girl Gabrielle Ray was considered one of the most beautiful actresses on the London stage and her career flourished throughout the early 1900s. Unfortunately, she struggled with depression and her health declined through alcohol abuse. In 1936, she suffered a breakdown and spent almost 40 years in institutions.

Despite Ray’s story ending in such grave sadness, she was a wonderful woman and an inspiration. To learn more about her life, her career and the wonderful costumes she would wear visit Stockport Central Library and the bright lights of Edwardian theatre shows in ‘Remembering Miss Gabrielle Ray’!

Stockport Central Library

24th October 2013

September 17, 2015 Posted by | Actress, Biography, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stockport’s Heritage

Thank you to Stockport’s Heritage for adding a short piece about the future restoration of Miss Ray’s grave.

Miss Ray's grave.

August 14, 2014 Posted by | Actress, Biography, Gabrielle Ray, Grave, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gabrielle Ray Appreciation Society Stockport

Stockport’s Heritage

Monday, April 28, 2008

Gabrielle Ray


Today was the unveiling of another of the town’s blue plaques. This time put up by the Gabrielle Ray Appreciation Society.

She was the most photographed lady in Edwardian Britain, and a favourite of the troops in WW I
She was born at Bamford Grange in Adswood, now re-built as a nursing home.
Gabrielle’s two great nieces were there to see the unveiling carried out by number one fan, Robert Waters.
Stockport Heritage Trust was proud to be able to assist Robert in getting his plaque to Gabrielle up.
Well done Gabby, you are the only woman in Stockport to have a blue plaque.

August 29, 2010 Posted by | Actress, Biography, Blue Plaque, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Gabrielle Ray Appreciation Society Stockport

I recently found this picture of a blue plaque dedeciated to Gabrielle Ray, the photographer kindly agreed that I could post it here.

Stockport Tourist Information advised me that the blue plaque dedicated to Gabrielle Ray can be found at Bamford Grange, 239 Adswood Road, Stockport SK3 8PA.  The site of her family home is now occupied by a residential nursing home for people with dementia, mental health conditions and old age  Gabrielle Ray is the only woman to have a commemorative blue plaque in Stockport. However I note on Stockport’s tourist information page of “famous stopfordian’s” she is not mentioned.

Gabrielle Ray Appreciation Society Stockport

July 19, 2010 Posted by | Actress, Biography, Blue Plaque, Gabrielle Ray, Social History | , , , , , , | 4 Comments