A native of Bath, where his mother kept a tavern, Charles Taylor performed in provincial theatres until he made his first appearance in London as William in "Guilty or Not Guilty?" at the Haymarket in 1804. Later that year he was engaged at Covent Garden, first appearing as Lubin in "The Quaker "(G0789). He became a noted mimic and imitator of country performers. Other favourite roles included Canton in "The Clandestine Marriage" and Major Galbraith in "Rob Roy Macgregor". Taylor became a member of the Garrick Club in December 1831, the year the Club was formed. He resigned in 1845.