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Famous people from England

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Kings & Queens

  • Richard I Lionheart (1157-1199), inveterate crusader
  • Henry VIII (1491-1547), founder of the Anglican Church
  • Queen Mary "the Catholic" (1553-1558), best remembered as "Bloody Mary"
  • Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603), supervised England's first golden age.

  • George III (1738-1820), lost the 13 American colonies that became the USA and went mad after that and the French Revolution
  • Queen Victoria (1819-1901), reigned over the British Empire at its apogee and Britain's second golden age. Longest serving Britsih monarch.

  • Queen Elizabeth II (b 1926), present queen of England
  • Politicians

  • Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745), British prime minister
  • Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington ("The Iron Duke"), general & British prime minister. He defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.

  • Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British prime minister
  • William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), British prime minister
  • Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British prime minister and Nobel prizewinner for literature
  • Baroness Margaret Thatcher (b 1925), the "Iron Lady", British prime minister
  • Writers & Poets

  • Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400), poet, author of The Canterbury Tales
  • Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)
  • William Shakespeare (c. 1564-1616)
  • John Milton (1608-1674)
  • Daniel Defoe (1660?-1731)
  • Jane Austen (1775-1817)
  • Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
  • Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)
  • Emily Bronte (1818-1848)
  • Anne Bronte (1820-1849)
  • Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), author of the "Jungle Book", Nobel prize winner for literature
  • Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), author and illustrator of "Peter Rabbit"
  • William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
  • Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British prime minister and Nobel prize winner for literature
  • T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), poet, playwright and Nobel prize winner for literature
  • Dame Agatha Christie (1891-1976)
  • George Orwell (1903-1950, real name : Eric Blair), journalist and novelist
  • Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
  • Philosophers, Economists

  • Francis Bacon (1561-1626), philosopher and essayist
  • Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), philosopher
  • John Locke (1632-1704), philosopher
  • Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), philosopher
  • Thomas Malthus (1766-1834), demographer
  • John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), economist and philosopher
  • Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), philosopher and Nobel prize winner for literature
  • John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), economist
  • Inventors & Scientists

  • Isaac Newton (1642-1727), founder of modern physics, inventor of the reflector telescope
  • George Stephenson (1781-1848), father of British Steam Railways
  • Rowland Hill (1795-1879), inventor of the modern postal service
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel, (1806-1859), engineer of the Great Western Railway, transatlantic ships and bridges.

  • Charles Darwin, (1809-1882), founder of The Theory of Evolution
  • Howard Carter (1874-1939), archaeologist and egyptologist
  • Richard Dawkins (b. 1941), ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science author
  • Actors, Actresses & Filmmakers

  • Sir Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)
  • Alfred Hitchcock, (1899-1980)
  • Sir Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)
  • Roger Moore (b. 1927)
  • Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), Belgian-born of English father and Dutch mother.

  • Dame Elizabeth Taylor (b 1932)
  • John Clesse (b. 1939), one of the Monty Python
  • Graham Chapman (b. 1941), one of the Monty Python
  • Terry Jones (b. 1942), one of the Monty Python
  • Eric Idle (b. 1943), one of the Monty Python
  • Micheal Pallin (b. 1943), one of the Monty Python
  • Sir Ben Kingsley (b 1943)
  • Jeremy Irons (b. 1948)
  • Rowan Atkinson, aka "Mr Bean' (b 1955)
  • Hugh Grant (b 1960)
  • Colin Firth (b. 1960)
  • Orlando Bloom (b. 1977)
  • Keira Knightley (b. 1985)
  • Daniel Radcliffe (b. 1989)
  • Musicians & Singers

  • Edward Elgar, (1857-1934), composer (Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Land of Hope and Glory...)
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), composer
  • Cliff Richard (b. 1940)
  • David Bowie (b. 1947)
  • Sir Elton John (b. 1947)
  • Phil Collins (b. 1951)
  • Boy George (b. 1961)
  • George Michael (b. 1963)
  • Robbie Williams (b. 1974)
  • Bands

  • The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr)
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Pink Floyd
  • Black Sabbath
  • Led Zeppelin
  • The Sex Pistols
  • Queen
  • Other famous English people

  • Robin Hood, legendary 12th century hero and outlaw.

  • Sir Francis Drake, (1540-1596), privateer, navigator, naval hero, politician, and civil engineer.

  • Christopher Wren (1632-1723), architect who designed the city of London and many other buildings in Oxford, Cambridge, etc.

  • John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, (1650-1722), soldier and first owner of Blenheim Palace
  • Thomas Paine (1737-1809), intellectual, scholar, and idealist and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

  • Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson of the Nile, (1758-1805), sailor, Admiral. He defeated Napoleon's navy at Trafalgar.

  • Robert Baden-Powell, (1857-1941), soldier and founder of the world scouting movement.

  • Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein ("The Desert Rat"), (1887-1976), Field Marshal and hero of World War II
  • Richard Branson (b 1950), entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group.

  • Nigel Mansell (b 1953), racing driver, F1 and CART champion
  • Damon Hill (b 1960), F1 champion
  • David Beckham (b 1975), football player
  • Jenson Button (b. 1980), F1 driver
  • King Henry VIII

    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

    Sir Winston Churchill

    Christopher Marlowe

    Jeremy Bentham

    Isaac Newton

    Charles Darwin

    Sir Charlie Chaplin

    Edward Elgar

    Sir Francis Drake

    Thomas Paine

    Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson of the Nile

                   

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