Famous people from England
See also Famous people from East Anglia
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
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)
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)
The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr)
The Rolling Stones
The Sex Pistols
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