George Grossmith was an English writer, composer, actor, singer and comedian of the Victorian era. As a performer, he was most famous for creating several memorable characters in Gilbert and Sullivan’s original plays and musicals. He acted in the first productions of H.M.S. Pinafore (1878), The Pirates of Penzance (1880) and The Mikado (1885–87). His writing consisted mainly of comic sketches, with the best-known being The Diary of a Nobody (1892), written with his brother, Weedon. Grossmith died in 1912.