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.
Weedon Grossmith was an English writer, painter, actor and playwright of the Victorian era. Although he trained as a painter, he was more successful on stage. He collaborated with his brother George, one of the most successful light comedy actors of the time, in writing The Diary of a Nobody and contributed all the pen-and-ink illustrations for it. He died in 1919 at the age of 65.