The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Portrait of the Day: Jean Simmons

22 February 2020, 12:30

Room 31


  • Talks and Lectures

Jean Simmons
by Sir Matthew Smith
circa 1948-1949
NPG L252

Simmons began her professional career as a dancer. After early notable acting performances in Britain for David Lean, and Lawrence Olivier she made the journey to Hollywood. Here she starred alongside many of Hollywoods leading men of the time, including Marlon Brando, Kirk Douglas, and Robert Mitchum. She became one of the most loved English actresses of her generation.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.