George Grossmith was born in London, to a theatrical family. They were friendly with the Terrys and Sir Henry Irving and, after receiving some recognition for his amateur ‘penny readings’, Grossmith became a professional actor. Through his association with Arthur Sullivan and the theatre manger Richard D’Oyly Carte, he went on to create some of the greatest roles in the repertoire of Gilbert and Sullivan, including Sir Joseph Porter in H.M.S. Pinafore, Major General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance, the Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe and Ko-Ko in The Mikado.
His performing career spanned four decades and as a writer he created 18 comic operas and in collaboration with his brother wrot the comic novel Diary Of A Nobody which is available as an audiobook download from Silksoundbooks.