List of English people


List of English people

This is a partial list of English people of note and of some notable individuals born in England, alphabetically within categories.

Actors and actresses

*Dame Julie Andrews (born 1935)
*Naveen Andrews (born 1969)
*Gabrielle Anwar (born 1970)
*Rowan Atkinson (born 1955)
*Christian Bale (born 1974)
*Mischa Barton (born 1986)
*Tom Baker (born 1934)
*Sean Bean (born 1959)
*Kate Beckinsale (born 1973)
*Richard Beckinsale (1947–1979)
*Steven Berkoff (born 1937)
*Brian Blessed (born 1937)
*Orlando Bloom (born 1977)
*Richard Briers (born 1934)
*Kathy Burke (born 1964)
*Sebastian Cabot (born 1918-1977)
*Sir Michael Caine (born 1933)
*Kim Cattrall (born 1956)
*Sacha Baron Cohen (born 1971)
*Daniel Craig (born 1968)
*Michael Crawford (born 1942)
*Tim Curry (born 1946)
*Daniel Day-Lewis (born 1957)
*Roger Delgado (1918–1973)
*Dame Judi Dench (born 1934)
*Sarah Douglas (born 1952)
*Rupert Everett (born 1959)
*Craig Fairbrass (born 1964)
*Tom Felton (born 1987)
*Ralph Fiennes (born 1962)
*Colin Firth (born 1960)
*Dexter Fletcher (born 1966)
*Jamie Foreman (born 1958)
*George Formby (1904–1961)
*Anna Friel (born 1976)
*Stephen Fry (born 1958)
*Sir Michael Gambon (born 1940)
*Sir John Gielgud (1904–2000)
*Stephen Graham (born 1973)
*Cary Grant (1904–1986)
*Hugh Grant (born 1960)
*Leslie Grantham (born 1947)
*John Gregson (1919–1975)
*Rupert Grint (born 1988)
*Sir Alec Guinness (1914–2000)
*Brian Hall (1937–1997)
*Frank Harper (born 1962)
*Jack Hawkins (1910–1973)
*Will Hay (1888–1949)
*Dame Wendy Hiller (1912–2003)
*Stanley Holloway (1890–1982)
*Bob Hoskins (born 1942)
*Nicholas Hoult (born 1989)
*Leslie Howard (actor)
*John Hurt (born 1940)
*Jeremy Irons (born 1948)
*Sir David Jason (born 1940)
*Ben Kingsley (born 1943)
*Keira Knightley (born 1985)
*Charles Laughton (1899–1962)
*Stan Laurel (1890–1965)
*Hugh Laurie (born 1959)
*Jude Law (born 1972)
*Vivien Leigh (1913–1967)
*Joanna Lumley (born 1946)
*Margaret Lockwood (1916–1990)
*Roy Marsden (born 1941)
*Sir Ian McKellen (born 1939)
*Wentworth Miller (born 1972)
*Sienna Miller (born 1981)
*Hayley Mills (born 1946)
*Sir John Mills (1908–2005)
*Dame Helen Mirren (born 1945)
*Dominic Monaghan (born 1976)
*Sir Roger Moore (born 1927)
*Nick Moran (born 1969)
*Kenneth More (1914–1982)
* Billy Murray (born 1941)
*Parminder Nagra (born 1975)
*Anthony Newley (1931–1999)
*David Niven (1910-1983)
*Sophie Okonedo (born 1969)
*Gary Oldman (born 1958)
*Sir Laurence Olivier (1907–1989)
*Clive Owen (born 1964)
*Cecil Parker (1897–1971)
*Simon Pegg (born 1970)
*Dominic Purcell (born 1970)
*Daniel Radcliffe (born 1989)
*Oliver Reed (1938–1999)
*Joely Richardson (born 1965)
*Miranda Richardson (born 1958)
*Sir Ralph Richardson (1902–1983)
*Alan Rickman (born 1946)
*Tim Roth (born 1958)
*Dame Margaret Rutherford (1892–1972)
*George Sanders (born 1906-1972)
*Peter Sellers (1925–1980)
*Robert Shaw (born 1927-1978)
*Dame Maggie Smith (born 1934)
*Terence Stamp (born 1939)
*Patrick Stewart (born 1940)
*Dame Elizabeth Taylor (born 1932)
*Emma Thompson (born 1959)
*Sir Peter Ustinov (1921–2004)
*Julie Walters (born 1950)
*Jack Warner (1896–1981)
*Emily Watson (born 1967)
*Emma Watson (born 1990)
*Rachel Weisz (born 1971)
*Michael Wilding (1912–1979)
*Tom Wilkinson (born 1948)
*Kate Winslet (born 1975)
*Ray Winstone (born 1957)

Archaeologists and anthropologists

*Mick Aston (born 1946)
*Richard Atkinson (1920–1994)
*Churchill Babington (1821–1889)
*Howard Carter (1874–1939)
*Grahame Clark (1907–1995)
*David Clarke (1937–1976)
*Barry Cunliffe (born 1939)
*Glyn Daniel (1914–1986)
*John Disney (1779–1857), barrister and archaeologist
*E. E. Evans-Pritchard (1902–1973), social anthropologist
*Cyril Fox (1882–1967)
*Dorothy Garrod (1892–1968)
*William Greenwell (1820–1918)
*Kathleen Kenyon (1906–1978)
*John Leland (1502–1552), antiquary
*John Lubbock (1834–1913), banker, politician, naturalist and archaeologist
*John Robert Mortimer (1825–1911)
*Colin Renfrew (born 1937), archaeologist
*E.B. Tylor (1832–1917), anthropologist
*Mortimer Wheeler (1890–1976)

Architects

*Hubert Austin (1845–1915)
*Charles Barry (1795–1860), (Houses of Parliament)
*George Basevi (1794–1845)
*William Burges (1827–1881), architect and interior designer
*William Butterfield (1814–1900), leader in Gothic revival movement
*William Chambers (1723–1796), (Kew Gardens Pagoda and Somerset House)
*John Douglas (1830–1911)
*Sir Norman Foster (born 1935)
*James Harrison (1814–66)
*Thomas Harrison (1744–1829)
*Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661–1736)
*Inigo Jones (1573–1652)
*Edmund Kirby (1838–1920)
*Denys Lasdun (1914–2001)
*Thomas Lockwood (1830–1900)
*Edwin Lutyens (1869–1944)
*William Morris (1834–1896), architect and author
*John Nash (1752–1835), (Regent's Park, St. James's Park, Trafalgar Square)
*Henry Paley (1859–1946)
*Joseph Paxton (1801–1865), (The Crystal Palace for The Great Exhibition, London)
*Thomas Mainwaring Penson (1818–64)
*August Pugin (1812–1852), (Houses of Parliament)
*Richard Rogers (born 1933), (Pompidou Centre)
*Anthony Salvin (1799–1881)
*Gilbert Scott (1880–1960), (Waterloo Bridge, also supervised rebuilding of House of Commons, London)
*Edmund Sharpe (1809–77)
*John William Simpson (1858–1933)
*John Vanbrugh (1664–1726), Baroque architect (Blenheim Palace)
*Derek Walker (born 1929)
*Alfred Waterhouse (1830–1905), (Natural History Museum, London)
*William Wilkins (1778–1839), (National Gallery, London)
*Christopher Wren (1632–1723)

Artists

*Sophie Gengembre Anderson (1823–1903), painter
*Banksy (born c. 1974), graffiti artist
*William Blake (1757–1827), painter, poet
*John Constable (1776–1837), landscape painter
*Tracey Emin (born 1963), conceptual artist
*Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788), painter
*Andy Goldsworthy (born 1956), sculptor (Land Art)
*James Henry Govier (1910-1974), painter, etcher and engraver
*Thomas Hazlehurst (c.1740–c.1821), miniature painter
*Jamie Hewlett (born 1968), comic book artist and designer
*Damien Hirst (born 1965), sculptor/ conceptual artist
*David Hockney (born 1937), painter
*Sir Edwin Landseer (1802–1873), animal painter
*Henry Moore (1898–1986), sculptor
*George Passmore (born 1942), artist (Gilbert & George)
* Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792), portrait painter
*Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), landscape and marine artist
*Flora Twort (1893–1985), painter
*Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), Enlightenment Painter

Businessmen

*Sir Richard Branson (born 1950)
*Sir John Brunner (1842–1919), chemicals
*Joseph Crosfield (1792–1844), soap and chemicals
*Abraham Darby (c. 1678 – 1717), ironmaster
*William Gossage (1799–1877), soap
*Philip Green (born 1952), retail
*James Hanson, Baron Hanson (1922–2004), industrialist
*Thomas Hazlehurst (1779–1842), soap and alkali
*Robert Spear Hudson (1812–1884), soap powder
*John Hutchinson (1825–65), alkali
*Peter Jones (born 1966)
*Sir Freddie Laker (1922–2006), pioneer of cheap air travel
*William Losh (1770–1861), alkali
*Alfred Mond (1868–1930), chemicals
*Henry Mond (1898–1949), chemicals
*Julian Mond (1925–73), industrialist
*Stephan Morais (born 1973)
*William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield (1877–1963)
*Edmund Knowles Muspratt (1833–1923), industrialist
*Richard Muspratt (1822–85), industrialist
*Charles Roe (1715–81), silk
*Titus Salt (1803–1876), industrialist
* Sir Ivan Stedeford (1897–1975), industrialist
* Sir Alan Sugar (born 1947), electronics
*Richard Tompkins (1918–1992), Green Shield trading stamps
*Josiah Wedgwood (1730–1795), industrialist

Clergy

*Pope Adrian IV (c. 1100 – 1159), only English Pope
*Richard Bancroft (1544–1610), Archbishop of Canterbury
*Richard Barnes (1532–1587), bishop
*William Charles Cotton (1813–79), missionary and beekeeper
*Gildas (c. 510 – c. 570), monk
*Trevor Huddleston (1913–1998), anti-Apartheid activist
*Roland Meyrick aka Rowland Merrick (born c. 1500), first Protestant Bishop of Bangor
*John Henry Newman (1801–1890), Catholic cardinal
*William Noyes (born 1568, date of death unknown), Reverend Rector, church at Cholderton, Wiltshire, England
*Plegmund (died 923), Archbishop of Canterbury
*William Smyth (c. 1460 – 1514), bishop
*Joshua Toulmin (1740–1815), radical Dissenting minister

Economists

*William Beveridge (1879–1963), economist and social reformer
*John Maynard Keynes (1883–1946), economist
*Thomas Malthus (1766–1834), demographer
*Alfred Marshall (1842–1924), economist
*John Stuart Mill (1806–1873), economist, philosopher

Engineers

*Sir Benjamin Baker (1840–1907), civil engineer
*William Baker (1817–1878), railway engineer
*James Beatty (1820–1856) railway engineer
*Sir Henry Bessemer (1813–1898), metallurgy engineer
*James Brindley (1716–1772), canal engineer
*Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–1859), transport engineer
*Sir Sydney Camm (1894–1966), aeronautical engineer
*Donald Campbell, railway engineer
*William Tierney Clark (1783–1852), civil engineer
*Sir Geoffrey de Havilland (1882–1965), aeronautical engineer
*Sir John Ambrose Fleming (1848–1945), electrical engineer
*Tommy Flowers (1908–1998), engineer
*Eric Laithwaite (1908–1998), engineer
*William Mackenzie (1794–1851), civil engineer and contractor
*R.J. Mitchell (1895–1937), aeronautical engineer
*Sir Henry Royce (1863–1933), engineer
*George Stephenson (1781–1848), railway engineer
*Nevil Shute (1899–1960), aeronautical engineer and author
*Thomas Telford (1757–1834), engineer
*Sir Barnes Wallis (1887–1978), engineer
*John Webster (1845–1914), engineer
*Sir Joseph Whitworth (1803–1887), engineer
*Daniel Brooks, computer engineer

Explorers

*Gertrude Bell (1868–1926), traveller in Iraq
*Capt. James Cook (1728–1779), sailor explorer
*Charles Montagu Doughty (1843–1926), explorer in the Middle East
*Sir Francis Drake (c. 1540 – 1596)
*Sir Ranulph Fiennes (born 1944), listed as the "greatest explorer ever" by the Guinness Book of Records
*Michael Palin (born 1943)
*Sir Walter Raleigh (c. 1552 – 1618)
*Robert Falcon Scott (1868–1912) Antarctic explorer
*Freya Stark (1893–1993), Middle East explorer
*Wilfred Thesiger (1910–2003), explorer in East Africa and the Middle East

Filmmakers

*Lindsay Anderson (1923–1994)
*Richard Attenborough (born 1923)
*John Boorman (born 1933)
*John and Roy Boulting (1913–1985 and 1913–2001)
*Charlie Chaplin (1889–1977)
*Alan Clarke (1935–1990)
*Mike Figgis (born 1948)
*Lewis Gilbert (born 1920)
*David Hare (born 1947)
*Alfred Hitchcock (1899–1980)
*Peter Howitt (born 1957)
*Humphrey Jennings (1907–1950)
*Stan Laurel (1890–1965)
*David Lean (1908–1991)
*Mike Leigh (born 1943)
*Ken Loach (born 1936)
*Nick Love (born 1969)
*Anthony Minghella (1954-2008)
*Mike Newell (born 1942)
*Nick Park (born 1958)
*Michael Powell (1905–1990)
*Guy Ritchie (born 1968)
*Ken Russell (born 1927)
*Ridley Scott (born 1942)
*Tony Scott (born 1948)

Humourists

*Chesney Allen (1893-1982)
*Rowan Atkinson (born 1955)
*Ronnie Barker (1929–2005)
*Sacha Baron Cohen (born 1971)
*Roy 'Chubby' Brown (born 1945)
*Alan Carr (born 1976)
*Jimmy Carr (born 1972)
*Jasper Carrott (born 1945)
*Graham Chapman (1941–1989)
*John Cleese (born 1939)
*Steve Coogan (born 1965)
*Peter Cook (1937–1995)
*Tommy Cooper (1921–1984)
*Ronnie Corbett (born 1930)
*Barry Cryer (born 1935)
*Jim Davidson (born 1953)
*Les Dawson (1931–1993)
*Angus Deayton (born 1956)
*Ken Dodd (born 1929)
*Adrian Edmondson (born 1957)
*Lee Evans (born 1964)
*Bud Flanagan (1896-1968)
*Dawn French (born 1957)
*Stephen Fry (born 1958)
*Ricky Gervais (born 1961)
*Tony Hancock (1924–1968)
*Lee Hurst (born 1963)
*Eric Idle (born 1943)
*Eddie Izzard (born 1962)
*Jethro (born 1948)
*Peter Kay (born 1973)
*Hugh Laurie (born 1959)
*Matt Lucas (born 1974)
*Bernard Manning (1930–2007)
*Rik Mayall (born 1958)
*Rory McGrath (born 1956)
*Patrick McGuinness (born 1973)
*Paul Merton (born 1957)
*Eric Morecambe (1926–1984)
*Bob Mortimer (born 1959)
*Frank Muir (1920–1998)
*Denis Norden (born 1922)
*Michael Palin (born 1943)
*Vic Reeves (born 1959)
*Mike Reid (1940–2007)
*Jennifer Saunders (born 1958)
*Peter Sellers (1925–1980)
*Frank Skinner (born 1957)
*Arthur Smith (born 1954)
*Freddie Starr (born 1944)
*David Walliams (born 1971)
*Norman Wisdom (born 1915)
*Ernie Wise (1925–1999)

Inventors

*Sir Timothy Berners-Lee (1955-present), inventor of the World Wide Web
*Hubert Cecil Booth (1871-1955), inventor of the vacuum cleaner
*Christopher Cockerell (1910–1999), inventor of the hovercraft
*William Congreve (1772–1828), rocketry pioneer
*Abraham Darby (c. 1678 – 1717), ironmaster
*James Dyson (born 1947), inventor
*James Hargreaves (1720–1778), weaver and inventor
*Sir John Harington (1561–1612), poet and inventor of the first water closet
*John Harrison (1693–1776), clockmaker
*Rowland Hill (1795–1879), inventor of the modern postal service
*Archibald Low (1888–1956), radio guidance
*Thomas Newcomen (1664–1729), inventor
*Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727), founder of modern physics, inventor of the reflector telescope
*James Starley (1831–1881), bicycle pioneer
*George Stephenson (1781–1848), engineer
*Joseph Wilson Swan (1823–1914), inventor of the light bulb
*Charles Wheatstone (1802–1875), inventor
*Sir Frank Whittle (1907–1996), inventor of the jet engine

Military: Soldiers/Sailors/Airmen

*Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis (1891–1969), Field Marshal, World War II hero
*Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst of Montreal (1717–1797), General
*Sir Claude Auchinleck (1884–1981), World War II commander
*Sir Douglas Bader (1910–1982), fighter pilot
*Robert Baden-Powell (1857–1941), soldier
*Sir Alexander John Ball (1759–1809), Admiral, governor of Malta
*George Charles Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan (1800–1888), Commander of cavalry at the Battle of Balaclava
*William Riddell Birdwood, 1st Baron Birdwood (1865–1951), General, World War I
*Robert Blake (1599–1657), reforming Royal Navy Admiral
*Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke (1883–1963), Field Marshal, Chief of the Imperial General Staff during World War II
*James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan (1797–1888), Commander of the Light Brigade
*John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650–1722), soldier
*Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965), British Prime Minister
*Henry Seymour Conway (1721–1795), General
*Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738–1805), General
*Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658), Lord Protector of England
*Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester (c. 1208 – 1265), English statesman and soldier.
*Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding (1882–1970), RAF Commander in World War II
*Sir Francis Drake (1540–1596), sailor
*Prince Frederick, Duke of York (1763–1827), son of King George III, Commander-in-Chief of the Forces during French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
*John French, 1st Earl of Ypres (1852–1925), General, World War I and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
*Prince George, Duke of Cambridge (1819–1904), Commander-in-Chief of the Forces
*Charles George Gordon ("Chinese Gordon") (1833–1885), killed at Khartoum
*Sir Arthur Travers Harris (1892–1984), Marshal of the Royal Air Force, airman
*Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe (1726–1799), Admiral
*William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe (1729–1814), General in American Revolutionary War
*John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe (1859–1935), Admiral, World War I
*Horatio Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum (1850–1916), Field Marshal
*John Ligonier, 1st Earl Ligonier (1680–1770), General
*John Manners, Marquess of Granby (1721–1770), General
*William McMurdo (1819–1894), General
*Andy McNab (born 1959), former Special Air Service soldier and commander of the infamous Bravo Two Zero mission during the first Iraq Gulf War
*George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle (1608–1670), Civil War era General in Chief Command
*Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900–1979), statesman, sailor
*Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein ("The Desert Rat") (1887–1976), Field Marshal and hero of World War II
*Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson of the Nile (1758–1805), sailor, Admiral
*Henry William Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey (1768–1854), General, hero of the Napoleonic Wars
*Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts of Kandahar (1832–1914), Field Marshal, last Commander-in-Chief of the Forces
*Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich (1782–1859)
*Chris Ryan (born 1961), Former Special Air Service soldier and member of the infamous Bravo Two Zero mission during the first Iraq Gulf War
*Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967), war poet
*William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim (1897–1970), Commander in Burma during World War II, Governor-General of Australia.
*Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien (1858–1930), General, World War I
*Fitzroy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan (1788–1855), British commander in the Crimean War
*Hugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard (1873–1956), "Father of the RAF" and first Chief of the Air Staff
*Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell (1883–1950), World War II general, second to last Viceroy of India
*Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Field Marshal, victor of Waterloo, politician
*Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721–1765), Captain-General, victor of Culloden
*James Wolfe (1727–1759), General, hero of Quebec during the Seven Years' War

Monarchs

*Alfred the Great (c. 849 – 899), King of the Anglo-Saxons.
*Queen Anne (1665–1714), also Queen of Scotland, then Queen of Great Britain after 1707
*Charles II (1660–1685), also King of Scotland
*Edward I (1272–1307), English monarch
*Edward II (1307–1327), English monarch
*Edward III (1327–1377), English monarch
*Edward IV (1461–1470 and 1471–1483), English monarch
*Edward V (1470 – c. 1483), English monarch
*Edward VI (1547–1553), first English Protestant monarch.
*Elizabeth I (1558–1603), Protestant queen and first "Supreme Governor of the Church of England"
*Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (1926), English-born British monarch
*Henry III (1207–1272), English monarch
*Henry IV (1367–1413), English monarch
*Henry VI (1421–1471), English monarch
*Henry VIII (1491–1547), separated English Catholicism from link with the Roman Catholic Church
*Mary I (1553–1558), Roman Catholic queen
*Mary II (1662–1694)
*Richard III (1483–1485), last Plantagenet King, and last British monarch to die in Battle
*William the Conqueror (1066–1087)
*William IV (1765–1837)

Murderers

*Myra Hindley (1942–2002) and Ian Brady (born 1938), Moors murderers
*Ian Huntley (born 1974), Soham murderer
*Jack the Ripper
*The Kray twins (Ronald 1933–1995, Reginald 1933–2000), East London gangsters
*Harold Shipman (1946–2004), possibly the most prolific serial killer worldwide - convicted of 15 - probably killed over 250 [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/manchester/4210581.stm]
*Peter Sutcliffe (born 1946), Yorkshire Ripper
*Fred West (1941–1995) and Rosemary West (1953-), serial killers
*Graham Young (1947–1990), The Teacup Poisoner

Musicians

*Damon Albarn (born 1968), singer-songwriter
*John Alldis (born 1929), chorus master and conductor
*Lily Allen (born 1985)
*David Arnold (born 1962), composer, musician and film scorer (notably four James Bond films)
*Leona Lewis (born 1985), singer and songwriter
*Malcolm Arnold (1921–2006), composer
*Rick Astley (born 1966), singer-songwriter
*Bryan Balkwill (1922–2007), conductor
*John Barbirolli (1899–1970), conductor
*David Bedford (born 1937), composer and musician
*Thomas Beecham (1879–1961), conductor
*Lisa Beznosiuk (1956), flautist
*Roger Birnstingl, bassoonist
*Harrison Birtwistle (born 1934), composer
*James Blunt (born 1977)
*Tim Booth (1960) Singer-Songwriter and actor *Adrian Boult (1889–1983), conductor
*James Bourne, member of the former rock group Busted, ainger and song-writer
*David Bowie (born 1947)
*William Boyce (1711-1779), a British composer
*Havergal Brian (1876–1972), composer
*Sarah Brightman (born 1960), singer, actress, songwriter and dancer
*Benjamin Britten (1913–1976), composer and pianist
*Kate Bush (born 1958), singer, songwriter, musician and record producer
*William Byrd (1543–1623), composer
*Justin Chancellor (born 1971), bassist, member of Tool
*Eric Clapton (born 1945)
*Adam Clayton born 1960, bassist, member of U2
*Imogen Cooper (born 1949), pianist
*Peter Maxwell Davies (born 1934), composer
*Andrew Davis (born 1944), conductor
*Colin Davis (born 1927), conductor
*Norman Del Mar (1919-1994), conductor
*Frederick Delius (1862–1934), composer
*Dido (Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong) (born 1971), singer and songwriter
*Peter Donohoe (born 1953), pianist
*John Dowland (c. 1563 – c. 1626), composer of songs
*Julius Drake (born 1959), pianist
*John Dunstaple (c. 1383 – 1453), composer
*Edward Elgar (1857–1934), composer
*Noel Gallagher (born 1967), singer-songwriter
*Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625), composer
*Ron Goodwin (1925–2003) composer and conductor
*George Harrison (1943–2001), composer, member of The Beatles
*Anthony Hewitt (born 1971), pianist
*Gustav Holst (1874–1934), composer
*Saul Hudson aka 'Slash', (born 1965), guitarist, member of Guns N' Roses, Slash's Snakepit and Velvet Revolver
*John Ireland (1879–1962), composer
*Robert Irving (1913-1991), conductor
*Sir Elton John (born 1947), pop star and composer
*Davy Jones (born 1945), singer/percussionist, member of The Monkees
*Nigel Kennedy (born 1956), violinist
*Thea King (1925–2007), clarinetist
*Adrian Lambert (born 1976), bassist
*Albert Lee (born 1945), guitarist
*John Lennon (1940–1980), pop star, co-founder of The Beatles
*Andrew Lloyd Webber (born 1948), composer of musicals
*Steve Marsden (born 1965), bassoonist
*Sir Paul McCartney (born 1942), pop star, co-founder of The Beatles
*Thomas Morley (c. 1557 – 1602), consort composer
*Gareth Morris (1920–2007), flautist
*Morrissey (born 1959), composer, member of The Smiths
*Olivia Newton-John (born 1948), pop star
*John Ogdon (1937-1989), pianist
*Mike Oldfield (born 1953), composer and instrumentalist
*Ozzy Osbourne (born 1948)
*Jimmy Page (born 1944), guitarist
*Peter Pears (1910–1986), tenor
*Gervase de Peyer (born 1926), clarinetist and conductor
*Robert Plant (born 1948), singer, member of Led Zeppelin
*Anthony Pleeth (born 1948), cellist
*Jacqueline du Pré (1945–1987), cellist
*Stephen Preston, flautist
*Henry Purcell (1659–1695), composer
*Simon Rattle (born 1955), conductor
*Martin Roscoe (born 1952), pianist
*Malcolm Sargent (1895–1967), conductor
*Ringo Starr (born 1940), composer, member of The Beatles
*Crispin Steele-Perkins (born 1944), trumpeter
*Rod Stewart (born 1945)
*Joss Stone (born 1987)
*Joe Strummer (1952-2002), singer, member of The Clash
*Connie Talbot (born 2000), child singer and reality star
*Thomas Tallis (c. 1505 – 1585), composer
*Lionel Tertis (1876–1975), violist
*Frederick Thurston (1901–53), clarinetist
*Michael Tippett (1905–1998), composer
*Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958), composer
*Ricky Walters (born 1965), aka rapper Slick Rick
*William Walton (1902–1983), composer
*Tamsin Warley, singer-composer
*Roger Waters (born 1943), founder of Pink Floyd
*Thomas Weelkes (c. 1575 – 1623), composer
*John Wilbye (1574–1638), composer
*Robbie Williams (born 1974)
*Amy Winehouse (born 1983)
*Henry Wood (1869–1944), conductor
*Marvin Young (born 1967), aka rapper Young MC
*Thom Yorke (born 1968), singer-songwriter, musician, member of Radiohead

Philosophers

*G.E.M. Anscombe (1919–2001), philosopher
*A.J. Ayer (1910–1989), philosopher
*Francis Bacon (1561–1626), philosopher and essayist
*Roger Bacon (1214–1294), medieval philosopher, alchemist, and theologian
*Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), philosopher
*R.M. Hare (1907–2002), philosopher
*H.L.A. Hart (1907–1992), legal philosopher
*Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679), philosopher
*William Godwin (1756–1836), political philosopher
*John Locke (1632–1704), philosopher
*John Stuart Mill (1806–1873), economist, philosopher
*Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903]
*William of Ockham (c. 1285 – 1349), philosopher
*Thomas Paine (1737–1809), theorist
*Derek Parfit (born 1942), philosopher
*Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), philosopher
*Henry Sidgwick (1838–1900), philosopher
*Peter Strawson (1919–2006), philosopher
*William Whewell (1794–1866), philosopher
*Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947), mathematician
*Bernard Williams (1929–2003), philosopher

Politicians

*H. H. Asquith (1852–1928), British prime minister
*Clement Attlee (1883–1967), British prime minister
*Stanley Baldwin (1867–1947), British prime minister
*Ernest Bevin (1881–1951), Labour politician
*Tony Benn (born 1925), Labour politician
*Margaret Bondfield (1873–1953), Labour politician & first female Cabinet Minister
*John Bright (1811–1889), liberal politician
*Rab Butler (1902–1982), Conservative politician
*George Canning (1770–1827), politician
*Barbara Castle (1910–2002), politician
*Sir Austen Chamberlain (1863–1937)
*Joseph Chamberlain (1836–1914)
*Neville Chamberlain (1869–1940), British prime minister
*Lord Randolph Churchill (1849–1895)
*Winston Churchill (1874–1965), British prime minister
*Kenneth Clarke (born 1940), Conservative politician
*Sir Stafford Cripps (1889–1952), Labour politician
*George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859–1925), Viceroy of India
*Archibald Dalzel (1740–1811), Governor of the Gold Coast
*William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire (c. 1720 – 1764)
*Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire (1833–1908)
*Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (1799–1869)
*Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby (1826–1893)
*Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881), British prime minister
*Alec Douglas-Home (1903–1995), British prime minister
*Anthony Eden (1897–1977), British prime minister
*Hugh Gaitskell (1906–1963), Labour politician
*William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898), British prime minister
*Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton (1735–1811)
*Michael Foot (born 1913), Labour leader
*Hugh Gaitskell (1906–1963), Labour leader
*Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville (1815–1891)
*George Grenville (1712–1770), British prime minister
*William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Lord Grenville (1759–1834)
*Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764–1845)
*William Hague, (1961-)Conservative politician
*Denis Healey (born 1917), Labour politician
*Edward Heath (1916–2005), British prime minister
*Boris Johnson(1964-), Conservative politician
*John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley (1826–1902)
*George Lansbury (1859–1940)
*Nigel Lawson (born 1932), Conservative politician
*Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (1770–1828)
*John Lubbock (1834–1913), banker, politician, naturalist and archaeologist
*Harold Macmillan (1894–1986), British prime minister
*John Major (born 1943), British prime minister
*Reginald Maudling (1917–1979), Conservative politician
*Herbert Morrison (1888–1965), Labour politician
*William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (1779–1848)
*Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle (1693–1768)
*Frederick North, Lord North (1732–1792)
* Sir Robert Peel (1788–1850), British prime minister
*Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784–1865), British prime minister
*Henry Pelham (1694–1754)
*Spencer Perceval (1762–1812), British Prime Minister
*William Pitt (the Elder), 1st Earl of Chatham (1708–1778)
*William Pitt the Younger (1759–1806), British prime minister
*William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland (1738–1809)
*Enoch Powell (1912–1998)
*Cecil Rhodes (1853–1902), imperialist
*Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon (1782–1859), politician
*Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (1730–1782)
*John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792–1878)
*Michael Hicks-Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn (1837–1916)
*Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830–1903), British Prime Minister
*Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth (1757–1844)
*John Simon, 1st Viscount Simon (1873–1954)
*Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden of Ickornshaw (1864–1937)
*Margaret Thatcher (born 1925), British prime minister
*Sir Robert Walpole (1676–1745), British prime minister
*William Wilberforce (1759–1833), abolitionist
*Shirley Williams (born 1930), SDP founder
*Henry Willink (1894–1973), politician
*Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington (c. 1674 – 1743)
*Harold Wilson (1916–1995), British prime minister

cientists

*Arthur Aikin (1773–1854), chemist and mineralogist
*Nathan Alcock (1707–1779), doctor
*Charles Babbage (1791–1871), mathematician
*Joseph Banks (1743–1820), naturalist
*Isaac Barrow (1630–1677), mathematician
*Thomas Bayes (c. 1702 – 1761), mathematician
*Tim Berners-Lee (born 1955), computer scientist - inventor of the WorldWideWeb
*Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett (1897–1974), physicist
*George Boole (1815–1864), mathematician
*Richard Bright (1630–1677), doctor, founder of Bright's Disease (form of kidney disease)
*Henry Brunner (1838–1916), chemist
*Henry Cavendish (1731–1810), scientist
*Sir George Cayley (1773–1857), polymath and aviator
*Francis Crick (1916–2004), molecular biologist
*John Dalton (1766–1844), chemist and physicist
*Charles Darwin (1809–1882), Founder of The Theory of Evolution
*Richard Dawkins (born 1941), evolutionary theorist
*Henry Deacon (1822–76), chemist
*Paul Dirac (1902–1984), physicist
*Horace Donisthorpe (1870–1951), entomologist, myrmecologist and coleopterist
*Arthur Eddington (1882–1944), physicist
*Michael Faraday (1791–1867), scientist
*Ronald Fisher (1890–1962), geneticist and statistician
*Rosalind Franklin (1920–1958), chemist and x-ray crystalographer
*J. B. S. Haldane (1892–1964), geneticist
*James Hargreaves (1834–1915), chemist
*Stephen Hawking (born 1942), cosmologist
*Oliver Heaviside (1850–1925), physicist
*John Herschel (1792–1871), mathematician and astronomer
*C. A. R. Hoare (born 1934), computer scientist
*Robert Hooke (1635–1703), scientist
*Edward Jenner (1749–1823), doctor
*R. V. Jones (1911–1997), physicist
*James Prescott Joule (1818–1889), physicist
*Joseph Lister (1827–1912), surgeon
*Bernard Lovell (born 1913), astronomer
*James Lovelock (born 1919), scientist
*Martin Lowry (1874–1936), chemist
*John William Lubbock (1803–1865), banker, mathematician and astronomer
*Sir Charles Lyell (1797–1875), geologist
*John Maynard Smith (1920–2004), geneticist
*John McClellan (1810–81), chemist
*Robert Mond (1867–1938), chemist
*James Moriarty (1844–1891), mathematician and criminal mastermind.
*Desmond Morris (born 1928), zoologist
*Roger Needham (1935–2003), computer scientist
*Isaac Newton (1642–1727), founder of modern physics, last of the alchemists
*Roger Penrose (born 1931), cosmologist
*Joseph Prestwich (1812–1896), geologist
*Joseph Priestley (1733–1804), chemist
*Adam Sedgwick (1785–1873), geologist
*John Snow (1813–1858), epidemiologist
*Joseph Wilson Swan (1828–1914), physicist and chemist
*J. J. Thomson (1856–1940), physicist
*Henry Tizard (1885–1959), chemist and inventor
*Alan Turing (1912–1954), mathematician
*Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913), naturalist
*Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947), mathematician
*Maurice Vincent Wilkes (born 1913), computer scientist
*James H. Wilkinson (1919–1986), mathematician
*William Hyde Wollaston (1766–1828), chemist
*Thomas Young (1773–1829), scientist

portsmen and sportswomen

*Harold Abrahams (1899–1978), athlete, one of the two subjects of "Chariots of Fire"
*Chris Adams (1955–2001), pro wrestler and judoka
*Neil Adams (born 1958), judoka and two-time silver medalist in Judo (1980 and 1984), younger brother of Chris Adams
*Tony Adams (born 1966), football player
*Alan Ball (1945–2007), member of the 1966 World Cup winning team
*Gordon Banks (born 1937), goalkeeper of 1966 World Cup winning team
*Sir Roger Bannister (born 1929), first sub-four-minute miler
*Lord Frederick Beauclerk (1773–1850), cricket player and administrator
*David Beckham (born 1975), football player
*Sir Ian Botham (born 1955), cricketer
*Geoffrey Boycott (born 1940), cricketer
*Eric Bristow (born 1957), world champion darts player
*Jenson Button (born 1980), F1 Driver
*Sir Bobby Charlton (born 1937), member of the 1966 World Cup winning team
*Jack Charlton (born 1935), member of the 1966 World Cup winning team
* Avril Chew (born 1955), Energetic Rider
*Sir Francis Chichester (1901–1972), yachtsman
*Don Cockell (1928–1983), heavyweight boxer
*Paul Collingwood (born 1976), cricketer
*Sir Henry Cooper (born 1934), heavyweight boxer
*Lawrence Dallaglio (born 1972), World Cup winning rugby footballer
*Laura Davies (born 1963), golfer
*Steve Davis (born 1957), six times World Snooker Champion
*Matt Dawson (born 1972), World Cup winning rugby footballer
*John Deacon (1962–2001), motorcycle endurance racer
*Christopher Dean (born 1958), figure skater
*Percy Down (1883-?), rugby union player, represented England and Great Britain.
*Jonathan Edwards (born 1966), triple jump
*Godfrey Evans (1920–1999), cricketer (wicket-keeper)
*James Figg (1695–1734), first English bare-knuckle boxing champion
*Bob Fitzsimmons (1863–1917), boxing's first World Champion in three divisions
*Andrew Flintoff (born 1977), cricketer
*C B Fry (1872–1956), cricketer and all-round athlete
*Paul Gascoigne (born 1967), football player
*Steven Gerrard (born 1980), football player
*Graham Gooch (born 1953), cricketer
*Pete Goss (born 1961), around-the-world yacthsman
*W G Grace (1848–1915), cricketer
*Will Greenwood (born 1972), rugby footballer
*Naseem Hamed (born 1974), featherweight boxer
*Lewis Hamilton (born 1985), F1 driver
*Ricky Hatton (born 1978), world champion boxer
*David Haye (born 1980), world champion boxer
*Damon Hill (born 1960), F1 World Champion
*Graham Hill (1929–1975), two times F1 World Champion
*Jack Hobbs (1882–1963), cricketer
*Glenn Hoddle (born 1957), footballer
*Sir Geoff Hurst (born 1941), member of the 1966 World Cup winning team
*Nasser Hussain (born 1968), cricketer
*Len Hutton (1916–1990), cricketer
**E.J. 'John' Jackett, rugby union player, represented England and Great Britain.
*Martin Johnson (born 1970), World Cup winning rugby union footballer
*Trish Johnson (born 1966), golfer
*Amir Khan (born 1986), lightweight boxer
*Dougie Lampkin (born 1976), Motorcycle Trials World Champion
*Lennox Lewis (born 1965), world champion heavyweight boxer
*Josh Lewsey (born 1976), rugby footballer
*Gary Lineker (born 1960), footballer
*Dame Ellen MacArthur (born 1976), sailor who holds the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe
*George Mallory (1886–1924), mountaineer
*Nigel Mansell (born 1953), racing driver, F1 and CART champion
*Terry Marsh (born 1958), world champion boxer
*Alan Minter (born 1951), world champion boxer
*Bobby Moore (1941–1993), captain of the 1966 World Cup winning team
*Alfred Mynn (1807–1861), cricketer
*Alison Nicholas (born 1962), golfer
*Ronnie O'Sullivan (born 1975), three times World Snooker Champion
*Michael Owen (born 1979), football player
*Rachel Parish (born 1981), markswoman and fencer
*John Parrott (born 1964), World Snooker Champion
*Fred Perry (1909–1995), Wimbledon champion tennis player
*Martin Peters (born 1943), member of the 1966 World Cup winning team
*Kevin Pietersen (born 1980), cricketer
*Paula Radcliffe (born 1973), distance runner
*Sir Steve Redgrave (born 1962), rower, winner of gold medal in five consecutive Olympics
*Sir Gordon Richards (1904–1988), jockey, holder of several records
*Wayne Rooney (born 1985), footballer
*Alan Shearer (born 1970), footballer
*Teddy Sheringham (born 1966), football player
*Nobby Stiles (born 1942), football World Cup winner
*Andrew Stoddart (1863–1915), rugby and cricket player
*Karen Stupples (born 1973), golfer
*Phil Taylor (born 1960), multi world champion darts player
*Jayne Torvill (born 1957), figure skater
*Marcus Trescothick (born 1975), cricketer
*Phil Tufnell (born 1966), cricketer
*Randolph Turpin (1928–1966), middleweight boxer
*Michael Vaughan (born 1974), cricketer
*Virginia Wade (born 1945), tennis player
*Frank Warren (born 1952), boxing promoter
*Dan Wheldon (born 1978), racing driver
*Jimmy White (born 1962), snooker player
*Sir William Wavell Wakefield (1898–1983), rugby footballer and politician
*Jonny Wilkinson (born 1979), world cup winning rugby footballer
*Justin Wilson (born 1978), Champ Car race

Writers

See List of English writers

Other notables

*Douglas Adams (1952–2001), author, comic and radio dramatist
*David Attenborough (born 1926), naturalist and broadcaster
*Edward Betts (1815–1872), civil engineering contractor
*Thomas Brassey (1805–1870), civil engineering contractor
*Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974), mathematician
*Capability Brown (1715–1783), landscape gardener
*William Camden (1551–1623), historian
*William Caxton (c. 1422 – c. 1491), printer
*Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885–1949), automobile and speedboat racer.
*Sir John Chesshyre (1662–1738), lawyer
*Jeremy Clarkson (born 1960), T.V. Presenter, broadcaster and writer.
*James Cook (1728–1779), British explorer
*Simon Cowell (born 1959), T.V. personality, record producer
*Grace Darling (1815–1842), heroine
*William Emes (c. 1729 – 1803), landscape gardener
*Elizabeth Fry (1780–1845), prison reformer
*Edward Gibbon (1737–1794), historian
*Peter Molyneux (1959), Video game designer
*Thomas Grissell (1801–1874), public works contractor
*Hilda Hewlett (1864–1943), pioneer aviator and aviation entrepreneur
*Ebenezer Howard (1850–1928), urban planner
*Edward Kemp (1817–91), garden designer
*Gideon Lester (b. 1972), dramaturg, adaptator, theatre artistic director
*Sir Peter Leycester (1614–78), historian and antiquarian
*Ray Mears (born 1964), Author, T.V. presenter and survival expert
*Sir Patrick Moore (born 1923), Writer, TV Presenter, Astronomer.
*Florence Nightingale (1820–1910), nursing reformist
*Joshua A. Norton (1811–1880), Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico
*George Ormerod (1785–1873), historian and antiquary
*Michael Parkinson (born 1935), Presenter of British television chat show "Parkinson"
*Sir Samuel Morton Peto (1809–1889), civil engineering contractor
*John Reith (1889–1971), broadcaster
*John Speed (1542–1629), historian and cartographer
*Wat Tyler (died 1381), leader of the Peasants' Revolt (1381)
*William Wakefield (1801–1848), founder of Wellington, New Zealand
*Harriet Shaw Weaver (1876–1961), political activist and suffragist
*Joseph Williamson (1769–1840), philanthropist, merchant and tunneler
*Samuel Baker, (born 1991), actor, mathematician, comic sketch-writer, composer and student
*Joshua Badger, (born 1988), dosser

English expatriots

The following were born English, but changed nationality later in their life.

*John Alden (c. 1599 – 1687), one of the leaders of the Pilgrims to North America cite book |title=Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896 |publisher=Marquis Who's Who |location=Chicago |date= 1963]
*John F. Allen (1829–1900), inventor of Porter-Allen engine and 2 pneumatic riveting systems
*George Alsop, noted author
*James Anderson, noted 19th century, especially remembered for his performance as Othello
*Anthony Aston (died 1731), noted actor and dramatist
*Joe Calzaghe (born 1972), world champion boxer
*Charlie Chaplin (1889–1977)
*Cary Grant (1904–1986), film actor.
*Alistair Cooke (1908–2004)
*Bob Hope (1903–2003)
*Stephen Hough (born 1961), concert pianist, became Australian citizen
*Thomas Paine (1737–1809)

References

ee also

* List of people by nationality
* List of English people
* List of Cornish people
* List of Northern Irish people
* List of Scots
* List of Welsh people

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