William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "the Bard").

His extant works, including collaborations, consist of some 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. They also continue to be studied and reinterpreted.

Bear in mind that very little in the way of hard facts is actually known about Shakespeare’s life.

Shakespeare Has No Surviving Descendants

Given that Shakespeare had several children, you may want to know if there are any living decedents of Shakespeare living in England today. They might be great poets, writers, or actors. If there were any to speak of. Unfortunately, the dream of discovering a long-lost descendant of the great man himself is nothing more than a pipe dream. Shakespeare and his wife had three children, Susanna, Judith, and Hamlet. Hamlet died when he was 11 years old, obviously leaving behind no descendants. Susanna married and had a daughter, named Elizabeth. Unfortunately, Elizabeth married twice, but never had any children of her own.

Artist's Depiction of Shakespeare's Family Life

Shakespeare’s youngest surviving child, married and had three children. All three of these children died before Judith did, and none of them had any children of their own, marking the end of Shakespeare’s direct bloodline. However, there is a possibility that as a popular actor and writer living far from his home in London, Shakespeare may well have sired a few illegitimate children. However, this is mentioned in no texts or correspondence from the time, and is merely an extrapolation by some scholars based on portions of Shakespearean sonnets.