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Browse this section to read all about the most famous and influential people from Britain

“Be British.” Captain Smith’s last words, as the great Titanic went down into the icy ocean are the perfect epitome of what it means to be a Britisher. As the imperial rulers of the world who had enslaved and taken control over several other countries across continents in the quest of establishing trade ties, Britishers are also the ones who gave the world the democratic form of government, a concept that evolved from the constitutional monarchy form of government in the Great Britain. Britain is the country where some of the legends of literature and poetry took birth. Imagine what the literary world would have been like had it not been for the “Bard of Avon”, William Shakespeare, or for that matter Charles Dickens and Milton?

A. A. MilneA. A. Milne
(Novelist, Playwright, Poet)

18 January 1882

31 January 1956

Kilburn, London

Capricorn

A. C. BensonA. C. Benson

24 April 1862

17 June 1925

Taurus

A. E. HousmanA. E. Housman

26 March 1859

30 April 1936

Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Aries

A. N. WilsonA. N. Wilson
(Writer & Columnist)

27 October 1950

Scorpio

A.P. HerbertA.P. Herbert
(Humorist, Novelist, Playwright & Law Reform Activist)

24 September 1890

11 November 1971

Ashtead, Surrey

Libra

Aaron KlugAaron Klug
(Chemist & Biophysicist)

11 August 1926

Lithuania

Leo

Abraham CowleyAbraham Cowley
(Poet)

1618 AD

28 July 1667

London

Ada LovelaceAda Lovelace
(Countess of Lovelace)

10 December 1815

27 November 1852

London

Sagittarius

Adam BrodyAdam Brody
(Actor)

15 December 1979

Carlsbad

Sagittarius

Adam ClaytonAdam Clayton
(Bassist of the rock band U2)

13 March 1960

Chinnor

Pisces

Adam RickittAdam Rickitt
(Actor)

29 May 1978

Crewe

Gemini

AdeleAdele
(Singer-songwriter)

05 May 1988

Tottenham

Taurus

Adrian MitchellAdrian Mitchell
(Poet)

24 October 1932

20 December 2008

Hampstead Heath

Scorpio

Adrian SmithAdrian Smith
(Guitarist)

27 February 1957

Hackney, east London, England

Pisces

Aga Khan IVAga Khan IV
(Imam of Nizari Ismailism)

13 December 1936

Geneva

Sagittarius

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie

15 September 1890

12 January 1976

Torquay, Devon, England

Virgo

Agnes ArberAgnes Arber
(Botanist)

23 February 1879

22 March 1960

London

Pisces

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton

20 December 1969

Zürich, Switzerland

Sagittarius

Alan BatesAlan Bates
(Actor)

17 February 1934

27 December 2003

Allestree

Aquarius

Alan CorenAlan Coren

27 June 1938

18 October 2007

Paddington

Cancer

Alan DaviesAlan Davies
(Comedian)

06 March 1966

Loughton

Pisces

Alan John Percival TaylorAlan John Percival Taylor

25 March 1906

07 September 1990

Birkdale

Aries

Alan Lloyd HodgkinAlan Lloyd Hodgkin
(Biophysicist & Physiologist)

05 February 1914

20 December 1998

Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Aquarius

Alan MinterAlan Minter
(Professional Boxer)

17 August 1951

Crawley

Leo

Alan MooreAlan Moore

18 November 1953

Northampton

Scorpio

Alan RickmanAlan Rickman

21 February 1946

14 January 2016

Hammersmith

Pisces

Alan ShearerAlan Shearer
(Football Player)

13 August 1970

Gosforth, England

Leo

Alan SillitoeAlan Sillitoe
(Writer)

04 March 1928

25 April 2010

Nottingham, England

Pisces

Alan SmithAlan Smith
(English Footballer)

28 October 1980

Leeds

Scorpio

Alan SugarAlan Sugar

24 March 1947

London Borough of Hackney

Aries

Alan TuringAlan Turing
(Computer Scientist)

23 June 1912

07 June 1954

Maida Vale

Cancer

Alan WattsAlan Watts
(Philosopher, Writer & Speaker)

06 January 1915

16 November 1973

Chislehurst, Kent, England

Capricorn

Alan YoungAlan Young
(Actor)

North Shields, England

Albert FinneyAlbert Finney
(Film & Stage Actor)

09 May 1936

Charlestown, Pendleton, England

Taurus

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
(Writer)

26 July 1894

22 November 1963

Godalming

Leo

Alec GuinnessAlec Guinness
(Actor)

02 April 1914

05 August 2000

Maida Vale

Aries

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley

12 October 1875

01 December 1947

Leamington Spa

Libra

Alex FergusonAlex Ferguson
(Former Manager of Manchester United)

31 December 1941

Glasgow, Scotland

Capricorn

Alexander FlemingAlexander Fleming
(Biologist, Pharmacologist, Discovered Penicillin)

06 August 1881

11 March 1955

Lochfield, Ayrshire, Scotland

Leo

Alexander Graham BellAlexander Graham Bell
(Inventor of Telephone)

03 March 1847

02 August 1922

Edinburgh

Pisces

Alexander McQueenAlexander McQueen
(Fashion designer)

17 March 1969

11 February 2010

Lewisham

Pisces

Alexander PopeAlexander Pope

21 May 1688

30 May 1744

London

Taurus

Alfie DeyesAlfie Deyes
(YouTuber)

17 September 1993

London, England

Virgo

Alfred HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock
(Film Director and Producer)

13 August 1899

29 April 1980

Leytonstone, England

Leo

Alfred Lord TennysonAlfred Lord Tennyson
(Poet Laureate)

05 August 1809

06 October 1892

Somersby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom

Leo

Alfred Marshall Alfred Marshall
(Economist)

26 July 1842

13 July 1924

Bermondsey

Leo

Alfred North WhiteheadAlfred North Whitehead
(Mathematician, Philosopher)

15 February 1861

30 December 1947

Ramsgate, Kent, England

Aquarius

Alfred NoyesAlfred Noyes
(Poet)

16 September 1880

28 June 1958

Wolverhampton

Virgo

Alfred Russel WallaceAlfred Russel Wallace
(Naturalist, Explorer, Geographer, Anthropologist and Biologist)

08 January 1823

07 November 1913

Llanbadoc

Capricorn

Alfred SisleyAlfred Sisley
(Impressionist Landscape Painter)

30 October 1839

29 January 1899

Paris

Scorpio

Alfred the GreatAlfred the Great
(King of Wessex)

0849 AD

26 October 0899

Wantage

Allan WellsAllan Wells
(Sprinter)

03 May 1952

Edinburgh, Scotland

Taurus

Amal AlamuddinAmal Alamuddin
(Lawyer, Activist)

03 February 1978

Beirut, Lebanon

Aquarius

Amy Jade WinehouseAmy Jade Winehouse

14 September 1983

23 July 2011

Southgate, London,, England, UK

Virgo

Amy LevyAmy Levy
(Poet, Novelist, Essayist)

10 November 1861

10 September 1889

London, Clapham

Scorpio

Andrew Bonar LawAndrew Bonar Law
(Unknown Prime Minister)

16 September 1858

30 October 1923

Rexton

Virgo

Andrew Fielding HuxleyAndrew Huxley
(Physiologist & Biophysicist)

22 November 1917

30 May 2012

Hampstead, London, England

Scorpio

Andrew MarvellAndrew Marvell
(Poet)

31 March 1621

16 August 1678

Winestead, England

Aries

Andrew SullivanAndrew Sullivan
(Author)

10 August 1963

Godstone

Leo

Andy GoldsworthyAndy Goldsworthy
(Sculptor & Photographer)

26 July 1956

Cheshire, England

Leo

Angela CarterAngela Carter

07 May 1940

16 February 1992

Eastbourne, England

Taurus

Anita RoddickAnita Roddick

23 October 1942

10 September 2007

Littlehampton

Libra

Anna JamesonAnna Jameson
(Writer, Women Rights Activist)

19 May 1794

17 March 1860

Dublin

Taurus

Anna WintourAnna Wintour
(Magazine Editor, Fashion Journalist)

03 November 1949

London

Scorpio

Anne BoleynAnne Boleyn

1501 AD

19 May 1536

Hever

Anne BradstreetAnne Bradstreet
(Poet)

20 March 1612

16 September 1672

Northampton

Pisces

Anne BrontëAnne Brontë
(Writer)

17 January 1820

28 May 1849

Thornton, West Yorkshire

Capricorn

Annie BesantAnnie Besant
(Member of the London School Board)

01 October 1847

20 September 1933

Clapham

Libra

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess

25 February 1917

22 November 1993

Harpurhey, Manchester, England

Pisces

Anthony EdenAnthony Eden
(Prime Minister of UK)

12 June 1897

14 January 1977

Windlestone Hall

Gemini

Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins

31 December 1937

Port Talbot, Glamorgan, Wales

Capricorn

Antony HewishAntony Hewish
(Radio Astronomer)

11 May 1924

Fowey, Cornwall, England

Taurus

Aphra BehnAphra Behn
(Playwright)

10 July 1640

16 April 1689

Canterbury

Cancer

Archer John Porter MartinArcher Martin
(Chemist)

01 March 1910

28 July 2002

London, England

Pisces

Archibald HillArchibald Hill
(Physiologist)

26 September 1886

03 June 1977

Bristol

Libra

Arthur BalfourArthur Balfour
(Former Prime Minister of Britain)

25 July 1848

19 March 1930

Whittingehame

Leo

Arthur CayleyArthur Cayley
(Mathematician)

16 August 1821

26 January 1895

Richmond, Surrey, UK

Leo

Arthur EddingtonArthur Eddington
(Astronomer)

28 December 1882

22 November 1944

Kendal

Capricorn

Arthur Harden Arthur Harden
(Biochemist)

12 October 1865

17 June 1940

Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

Libra

Arthur HendersonArthur Henderson
(Politician)

13 September 1863

20 October 1935

Glasgow

Virgo

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler

05 September 1905

01 March 1983

Budapest, Austria-Hungary

Virgo

Arthur SullivanArthur Sullivan
(Composer)

13 May 1842

22 November 1900

Lambeth, London

Taurus

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of WellingtonArthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

01 May 1769

14 September 1852

Dublin

Taurus

Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn
(Film actress)

04 May 1929

20 January 1993

Ixelles

Taurus

Augustus Pitt RiversAugustus Pitt Rivers
(Father of British Archaeology)

14 April 1827

04 May 1900

Bramham cum Oglethorpe

Aries

Austen ChamberlainAusten Chamberlain
(Politician)

16 October 1863

17 March 1937

Birmingham

Libra

BanksyBanksy
(Graffiti Artist)

Bristol

Barbara CartlandBarbara Cartland

09 July 1901

21 May 2000

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Cancer

Barbara HepworthBarbara Hepworth
(Artist)

10 January 1903

20 May 1975

Wakefield

Capricorn

Barnes WallisBarnes Wallis
(Inventor of Bouncing Bomb)

26 September 1887

30 October 1979

Ripley

Libra

Barry VenisonBarry Venison
(Footballer)

16 August 1964

Consett

Leo

Bear GryllsBear Grylls
(Adventurer)

07 June 1974

Donaghadee, Northern Ireland

Gemini

Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter
(Author)

28 July 1866

22 December 1943

Kensington

Leo

BedeBede
(Saint)

0672 AD

26 May 0735

Jarrow

Ben BradshawBen Bradshaw
(Politician)

30 August 1960

City of Westminster

Virgo

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
(Dramatist, Poet & Actor)

11 June 1572

06 August 1637

Westminster, London, England

Gemini

Benedict ArnoldBenedict Arnold
(American Revolutionary War General)

14 January 1741

14 June 1801

Norwich

Capricorn

Benjamin BrittenBenjamin Britten
(Composer, conductor and pianist)

22 November 1913

04 December 1976

Lowestoft

Scorpio

Benjamin DisraeliBenjamin Disraeli
(British Prime Minister)

21 December 1804

19 April 1881

Bloomsbury, London

Sagittarius

Modern day Britain also boasts of some highly talented writers and poets. Who can forget Britishers’ contributions to science? It was after all a British man Charles Darwin who propounded the theory of evolution. And what a whole lot the world owes to Sir Isaac Newton, the physicist and his contributions to the scientific revolution? Coming to the contemporary times, isn’t the UK music scenario responsible for the pop revolution that took the world by storm? Browse this section to read all about the famous Britishers who helped shape the world.

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