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Famous people from East Anglia

East Anglia is a region comprising the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

This is a list of the most notable or well-known East Anglians in chronolical order.

  • Boudica (d. 60 or 61), queen of the Iceni tribe, who famously led an uprising against the Roman Empire
  • St Edmund (841-869), king of East Anglia, martyr and first patron saint of England (until the 13rd century)
  • Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (1471-1530), influential statesman under Henry VIII
  • Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), military and political leader, Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland
  • Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), naval administrator and politician
  • Sir Robert Walpole (1676 -1745), regarded as the first British prime minister
  • Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), portrait and landscape painter
  • Thomas Paine (1737-1809), pamphleteer, revolutionary, radical, inventor, and intellectual
  • Lord Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), Admiral and British hero, victor of the Battle of Trafalgar
  • Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846), abolitionist and leading campaigner against the slave trade in the British Empire
  • John Constable (1776-1837), Romantic painter
  • Robert FitzRoy (1805-1865), pioneering meteorologist and captain of HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin's famous voyage
  • Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917), Britain's first female physician and mayor
  • Octavia Hill (1838-1912), social reformer
  • John Strutt, Lord Rayleigh (1842-1919), physicist and Nobel Prize winner
  • Dame Millicent Fawcett (1847-1929), suffragist and early feminist
  • Sir Henry Royce (1863-1933), co-founder of the Rolls-Royce company
  • Edith Cavell (1865-1915), WWI nurse and humanitarian
  • Howard Carter (1874-1939), archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun
  • John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), one the most influential economists of the 20th century
  • Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), composer, conductor, violist and pianist
  • Richard Attenborough (b. 1923), actor, director, producer, and entrepreneur
  • John Fowles (1926-2005), novelist and essayist
  • Bernie Ecclestone (b. 1930), president and CEO of Formula One Management & Administration
  • Sir Harold Kroto (b. 1939), chemist and Nobel Prize winner
  • Jeffrey Archer (b. 1940), author and politician
  • Stephen Hawking (b. 1942), theoretical physicist
  • John Major (b. 1943-), former Prime Minister
  • Jack Straw (b. 1946), Labour politician (served as Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Lord Privy Seal, Secretary of State for Justice, etc.)
  • Sir James Dyson (b. 1947), industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company (vacuum cleaners)
  • Douglas Adams (1952-2001), author, comic radio dramatist, and musician
  • Stephen Fry (b. 1957), actor, comedian, author and television presenter
  • Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)
  • Ralph Fiennes (b. 1962), Hollywood actor
  • Jamie Oliver (b. 1975), celebrity chef
  • Oliver Cromwell

    Sir Robert Walpole

    Thomas Gainsborough

    Thomas Paine

    Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson of the Nile

    Sir Henry Royce

    Howard Carter

    John Maynard Keynes


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