Roald Dahl parents: Meet Harald and Sofie

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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter ace of Norwegian descent.

Roald Dahl biography

Norwegian parents Harald Dahl (1863-1920) and Sofie Magdalene Dahl gave birth to Roald Dahl in 1916 at Villa Marie, Fairwater Road, in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales (1885–1967).

With his first wife, Frenchwoman Marie Beaurin-Gresser, Dahl’s father, a prosperous shipbroker and self-made man had immigrated to the UK from Sarpsborg in Norway and settled in Cardiff in the 1880s. Before her passing away in 1907, they had two children together: Ellen Marguerite and Louis.

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When Roald Dahl’s mother wed his father in 1911, she immigrated to the UK from Norway, where she came from a prominent family of lawyers, state church priests, wealthy merchants, and land owners. Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian polar explorer, inspired Dahl’s naming.

Due to the frequent ferry service over the Bristol Channel, the English public school his parents had requested for him to attend turned out to be the closest one.

Dahl had a bad time at St. Peter’s; he missed home a lot and wrote to his mother every week but never told her how he felt. He discovered that she had saved all of his letters after she passed away in 1967; they were read aloud as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in 2016 to commemorate his birth’s centennial. Dahl recounted in his autobiography Boy: Stories of Childhood about his time at St Peter’s.

Roald Dahl age

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He was 74 years old. He was born on 13 September 1916 and died on 23 November 1990.

Roald Dahl cause of death

Roald Dahl died on 23 November 1990, at the age of 74 of a rare cancer of the blood, myelodysplastic syndrome, in Oxford.

Roald Dahl parents

His parents are Harald Dahl (1863–1920) and Sofie Magdalene Dahl (1885–1967). Dahl’s father was a wealthy shipbroker and self-made man who emigrated to the UK from Sarpsborg in Norway and settled in Cardiff.


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