The story of Dido Belle, the daughter of an enslaved African woman brought up at Kenwood House, comes to life in Amma Asante’s new film Belle. She was born into slavery in the British West Indies, the daughter of an African slave and British military officer Sir … The mixed-race daughter, Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), of Royal Navy Captain Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) is raised by aristocratic Great-uncle Lord William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) in eighteenth century England. Dido Elizabeth Belle is best known for the 1779 painting of her alongside her cousin, Lady Elizabeth Murray, the great-niece of William Murray, The First Earl of Mansfield. The Earl, also known as Lord Mansfield, was at the time the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the highest ranking jurist in Great Britain. Dido Elizabeth Belle (c. 1761–July 1804) was a British aristocrat of mixed heritage. Dido Belle, the mixed-race daughter of an 18th-century British aristocrat, is the subject of a mysterious painting and a new film, Belle. Sam Kinchin-Smith picks up the story where the movie left off… Her name was Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mulatto daughter of a white Royal Navy officer and black slave mother. Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido Belle in Amma Asante's film, Belle Credit: David Appleby/AP/Fox Searchlight
But what happened after the cameras stopped rolling? Dido Elizabeth Belle was a girl born into slavery of mixed race, whose mother was a black African woman, Maria Belle and whose father was Rear Admiral Sir John Lindsay, nephew of the 1st Earl of Mansfield.