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Adeline Virginia Woolf née Stephen
Biographical information
Born January 25, 1882 22 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, London, England
Died March 28, 1941 River Ouse, near Lewes, East Sussex, England
Marital status Married 1912-1941
Residence London, England
Physical information
Gender Female
Hair colour Dark Brown
Family information
Immediate Leonard Woolf (husband)
Sir Leslie Stephen (father)
Julia Prinsep (mother)
Vanessa Bell née Stephen (sister)
Thoby Stephen (brother)
Adrian Stephen (brother)
Clive Bell (brother-in-law)
Quentin Bell (nephew)
Julian Bell (nephew)
Angelica Bell (niece)
Occupation Writer, Publisher, Critic
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Christina Carty[1]
Virginia Woolf is a writer whom Edith Crawley meets during a party in 1922 hosted by Michael Gregson at his apartment in London.


Virginia Woolf was born Adeline Virginia Stephen, the third of four siblings. Her father, Sir Leslie Stephen, had a daughter, Laura, by his first wife, Harriet Thackeray (the daughter of author William Thackeray), who was declared mentally disabled. Her mother, Julia, had two sons and a daughter from her previous marriage to Herbert Duckworth. Virginia and her sister suffered from sexual abuse at the hands of their half-brothers.

She was educated at home by her family in classics and literature, later managing to take some courses at the Ladies' Department of King's College in London, studying Greek, Latin, German, and history.

She began writing professionally in 1900, becoming a modernist and feminist as well. She was a founder and member of a group of writers, artists, and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group. Her works were published through Hogarth Press, a publishing firm she and her husband started in 1917.


By 1922Edit

  • The Voyage Out (novel, 1915)
  • Night and Day (novel, 1919)
  • Kew Gardens (short story collection, 1919)
  • Modern Fiction (nonfiction, 1919)
  • Monday and Tuesday (short story collection, 1921)

Noted WorksEdit

  • Mrs Dalloway (novel, 1925)
  • To the Lighthouse (novel, 1927)
  • Orlando (novel, 1928)


  • Though she is shown in pictures talking to both Edith and Michael, in the PBS broadcasting she only briefly appears without any dialogue.
  • Her husband, Leonard Woolf, was Jewish, just like Isidore Levinson and the Aldridge family.
  • Hogarth Press was named after Virginia Woolf's home in Richmond, where she and her husband began printing books.


  • Virginia Woolf with Michael and Edith.

Appearances Edit

Appearances and Mentions
Series 4 Episode 1
Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Christmas Special
Series 6 Episode 1
Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Christmas Special

References Edit

  1. Downton Abbey series 4: meet the new cast members, Ellie Walker-Arnott, Radio Times, 12th September, 2013.

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  • Bloomsbury Group

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    • wrote:I imagine he would dedicate the novel to either Edith or his daughter. Or both.
    • Violet could well give him a title through another one of her incredible lines.

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