| 13°C Dublin

Muppets creator Jim Henson honoured with blue plaque at London home

He worked on The Muppet Show at London’s Elstree Studios.

Close

Jim Henson’s London home (English Heritage)

Jim Henson’s London home (English Heritage)

Jim Henson’s London home (English Heritage)

Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets, has been honoured with a blue plaque at his former London home.

The beloved US puppeteer, acclaimed for his work on Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock and director of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, lived at 50 Downshire Hill in Hampstead from 1979.

He bought his London house after The Muppet Show was commissioned for British television.

Close

Jim Henson in his Hampstead home (Jim Henson Company)

Jim Henson in his Hampstead home (Jim Henson Company)

Jim Henson in his Hampstead home (Jim Henson Company)

It was filmed at Elstree Studios and led to Henson, who died in 1990, making the UK a creative home for many of his subsequent projects, setting up a workshop and office space on the same street as his home.

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is where the creatures from Henson’s many fantasy classics – including The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller and Labyrinth – were created.

His son Brian, who is chairman of the board at The Jim Henson Company, said: “My father moved to London to make The Muppet Show, and then chose to stay because he was so impressed by the UK’s many gifted artists and performers.

Close

The Hampstead house (English Heritage)

The Hampstead house (English Heritage)

The Hampstead house (English Heritage)

“It was with this amazing creative community that he produced ambitious projects including The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and so many more.

“It’s an honour to have Jim Henson’s British home recognised with a blue plaque, knowing that he so admired and respected the talent in London, and that this is the place he called home when creating some of his most memorable productions.”

Dr Rebecca Preston, blue plaques historian at English Heritage, added: “Best remembered as the man behind beloved characters on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street, Henson produced and directed a wide range of television programmes and films, with many of his most successful filmed in the UK.

Close

(English Heritage)

(English Heritage)

(English Heritage)

“A talented puppeteer, he was also skilled in storytelling, and had an innate ability to spot and nurture talent.

“His creations continue to influence popular culture globally. The immense body of work that he created and awards that he won are even more impressive considering his untimely death.”

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

Henson died from septic shock in New York in May 1990. In July of that year, his life was celebrated with a colourful service at St Pauls’ Cathedral for Henson’s British friends and colleagues.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Privacy