By Tim Lambert

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Joss Ackland 1928- Actor

Peter Ackroyd 1949- Actor

Anna Airy 1882-1964 Artist

Margery Allingham 1904-1966 Writer

Eric Ambler 1909-1998 Writer

Kingsley Amis 1922-1995 Writer

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson 1836-1917 The first woman to qualify as a doctor in England

Anthony Andrews 1948- Actor

Agnes Arber 1879-1960 Botanist

George Arliss 1868-1946 Actor

Leslie Ash 1960- Actor

Jane Asher 1946- Actor

Eric Ashby 1904-1992 Botanist

Daisy Ashford 1881-1972 Writer

Anthony Asquith 1902-1968 Film Director

Clement Attlee 1883-1967 Politician

Gladys Aylward 1902-1970 Missionary


Charles Babbage 1791-1871 Pioneer of the computer

Francis Bacon 1562-1626 Philosopher

Robert Baden-Powell 1857-1941 Founder of boy scouts

David Bailey 1938- Photographer

Sir Joseph Banks 1743-1820 Botanist

Granville Bantock 1868-1946 Composer

Charles Barry 1795-1860 Architect

Lionel Bart 1930-1999 Composer

Sir Cecil Beaton 1904-1980 Photographer

Thomas Becket 1118-70 Archbishop of Canterbury

Tony Benn 1925-2014 Politician

Jill Bennett 1931-1990 Actor

Jeremy Bentham 1748-1832 Philosopher

Steven Berkoff 1937- Actor

Honor Blackman 1927- Actress

William Blake 1757-1827 Poet

Arthur Bliss 1908-1989 Composer

Enid Blyton 1897-1968 Children's writer

James Booth 1933-2005 Actor

David Bowie 1947-2016 Singer

John Bratby 1928-1992 Artist

Robert Browning 1812-1889 Poet


Michael Caine 1933- Actor

Simon Callow 1949- Actor

Charles Chaplin 1889-1977 Comedian

Geoffrey Chaucer c 1340-1400 Writer

Mary Clare 1894-1970 Actor

Martin Clunes 1961- Actor

Joan Collins 1933- Actress

Jasper Conran 1959- Fashion designer

Fay Compton 1894-1978 Actor

Henry Cooper 1934-2011 Boxer

Sir William Crookes 1832-1919 Scientist

Peter Cushing 1913-1994 Actor


Siobhan Davies 1950- Choreographer

Jack Dee 1964- Comedian

Daniel Defoe 1661-1731 Writer

John Donne 1572-1631 Poet

Anthony Dowell 1943- Dancer

Benjamin Disraeli 1804-1881 Prime minister

Daphne du Maurier 1907-1989 Writer


Samantha Eggar 1939- Actress

Denholm Elliott 1922-1994 Actor

Dick Emery 1919-1983 Comedian

Tracey Emin 1963- Artist

David Essex 1947- Singer


Marianne Faithfull 1946- Singer

Michael Faraday 1791-1867 Scientist

Tom Felton 1987- Actor

Ian Fleming 1908-1964 Creator of James Bond

E M Forster 1879-1970 Writer


Elizabeth Gaskell 1810-1865 Novelist

Edward Gibbon 1737-1794 Historian

Stella Gibbons 1902-1989 Writer

Sir John Gielgud 1904-2000 Actor

Sir William Gilbert 1836-1911 Writer of comic operas

Carl Giles 1916-1995 Cartoonist who drew the 'Giles' family in the Daily Express


The Tower of London

Penelope Gilliatt 1932-1993 Writer

Thomas Girtin 1775-1802 Painter

Charles Gordon 1835-1885 General

Noele Gordon 1922-1985 Actor

Sir Edmund Gosse 1849-1928 Poet

Hugh Grant 1960- Actor

Lucinda Green 1953- Equestrian

Joseph Grimaldi 1779-1837 Clown

Alec Guinness 1914-2000 Actor


Edmund Halley 1656-1742 Astronomer

Stanley Hayter 1901-1988 Artist

John Hegley 1953- Poet

Alfred Hitchcock 1899-1980 Film Director

William Hogarth 1697-1767 Artist

Luke Howard 1772-1864 Meteorologist


Sir David Jacobi 1938- Actor

David Jason 1940- Comedian/actor

Pamela Johnson 1912-1981 Writer

Inigo Jones 1573-1652 Architect

John Junkin 1930-2006 Comedian


Boris Karloff 1887-1969 Actor

John Keats 1795-1821 Poet


Edward Lear 1812-1888 Poet

Christopher Lee 1922-2015 Actor

John Leech 1817-1864 Artist

Daniel Day Lewis 1957- Actor

Augusta Ada King, Countess Lovelace 1815-1852 Mathematician


Irene Manton 1904-1988 Botanist

Roddy McDowall 1928-1998 Actor

Alan Alexander Milne 1882-1956 Writer

John Milton 1608-1674 Writer

Bernard Montgomery 1887-1975 General

Thomas More 1478-1535 Writer and Statesman

Dudley Moore 1935-2002 Comedian

Roger Moore 1927-2017 Actor

William Morris 1834-96 Artist and wallpaper designer


Anna Neagle 1904-1986 Actress

Edith Nesbit 1858-1924 Writer

David Niven 1910-1983 Actor


Bruce Oldfield 1950- Fashion designer

John Osborne 1929-1994 Playwright

Bill Owen 1914-1999 Actor


William Penn 1644-1718 Founded Pennsylvania

Samuel Pepys 1663-1703 Diarist

Katherine Philips 1631-1664 Poet

Brian (Alfred) Pippard 1920-2008 Scientist

Beatrix Potter 1866-1943 Writer

Henry Purcell 1659-1695 Composer

Eric Porter 1928-1995 Actor


Mary Quant 1934- Fashion designer

Pauline Quirke 1959- Actress


Kylie Ravis 1970- Actress

Vanessa Redgrave 1937- Actor

Oliver Reed 1938-1999 Actor

Natasha Richardson 1963- Actress

William Heath Robinson 1872-1944 Cartoonist

Christina Rossetti 1830-1894 Poet

Thomas Rowlandson 1756-1827 Artist

Dame Margaret Rutherford 1892-1972 Actress


Gerald Scarfe 1936- Cartoonist

Mary Shelley 1797-1851 Writer

Nevil Shute 1899-1960 Writer

Stephen Spender 1909-1995 Poet

Jerry Springer 1944- T.V. Host

Janet Street-Porter 1946- Journalist

Kiefer Sutherland 1966- Actor

Lorna Swain 1891-1936 Mathematician


Jessica Tandy 1907-1994 Actor

Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011 Actress

Emma Tennant 1957- Writer

Emma Thompson 1959- Actor

Pete Townshend 1945- Musician

Rose Tremain 1943- Writer

Alan Turing 1912-54 Mathematician

Joseph Turner 1775-1851 Artist


London Eye


Evelyn Waugh 1903-1966 Writer

Kenneth Williams 1926-1988 Actor

Barbara Windsor 1937- Actress

Mary Wollstonecraft 1759-1797 Writer

Henry Wood 1895-1944 Actress


Susannah York 1939-2011 Actor

A history of London

A history of Bermondsey

A history of Chelsea

A history of Clapham

A history of Greenwich

A history of Hampstead

A history of Southwark

A history of Westminster

A Timeline of London

London place names

Famous people from Southeast England

Famous people from the Midlands

Famous people from Yorkshire

Famous people from Northeast England