They have penned some of the most classic tales of romance that have kindled a feeling of love in the most brazen of hearts, created characters whose fame extends beyond the novel and tides, conceived plots that have captivated the minds and sense of many for decades, and written lines that have been the most quoted and the most recognized ones – British literary connoisseurs are not holding it back and giving British literature a new avenue with every passing decade and century. Though 19th century literature undoubtedly belonged to the British (with the greatest minds at pen, a counted few including Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde), they continued their dominance well into the 20th century as well. If you don’t believe us, here’s a sneak peek. JRR Tolkien, one of the greatest 20th century writers was a British. He was the man behind epic works of fantasy including ‘The Hobbit’, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and so on. Tolkien did not just create characters and plots but an entire mythology to go with them. Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie is a British who is credited for creating two of the most well-known literary sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. If you love the James Bond series of spy novels, you have a British to thank – Ian Fleming. Other famous British writers include William Golding, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh and so on. Take a look at some of the famous British writers of the 20th century.
Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971
Actor
Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916
Novelist

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson
06 January 1960
Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer

Gavin McInnesGavin McInnes
17 July 1970
Writer

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews
01 October 1935
Actress

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965
Author
J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892
Writer

Sarah FergusonSarah Ferguson
15 October 1959
Writer

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie
15 September 1890
Writer
Russell WatsonRussell Watson
24 November 1966
Tenor Singer

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Actor
Peter MorganPeter Morgan
10 April 1963
Screenwriter

George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903
Novelist

Mary BerryMary Berry
24 March 1935
Food Writer, TV Presenter

Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916
Former British Prime Minister

John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian
Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957
Actor

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley
12 October 1875
Occultist

David ThewlisDavid Thewlis
20 March 1963
Actor

Tom Parker BowlesTom Parker Bowles
18 December 1974
Food Writer
Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882
Novelist

David IckeDavid Icke
29 April 1952
Writer
Ian FlemingIan Fleming
28 May 1908
Author of James Bond Series

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960
Author

Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960
Actor
Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell
06 August 1972
Singer

Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933
Actress
Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
19 June 1947
British-Indian novelist

Daphne du MaurierDaphne du Maurier
13 May 1907
 
Sue PerkinsSue Perkins
22 September 1969
Comedian

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Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker
Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866
Writer

James HerriotJames Herriot
03 October 1916
Writer

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking
02 November 1970
Journalist, Novelist, Writer
Jill IrelandJill Ireland
24 April 1936
Actress
Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987
Actress

Randolph ChurchillRandolph Churchill
28 May 1911
Journalist, Politician

Alan MooreAlan Moore
18 November 1953
 

Phillip SchofieldPhillip Schofield
01 April 1962
Television Presenter
Sir Arthur Charles ClarkeSir Arthur Charles Clarke
16 December 1917
Writer

Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

Simon SinekSimon Sinek
09 October 1973
Author

P. L. TraversP. L. Travers
09 August 1899
Writer

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden
21 February 1907
Poet
Nassim Nicholas TalebNassim Nicholas Taleb
1960 AD
Essayist

Tim MinchinTim Minchin
07 October 1975
Comedian
Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Cilla BlackCilla Black
27 May 1943
Singer

Janet McTeerJanet McTeer
05 August 1961
Actress
Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams
11 March 1952
Writer

Henry Graham GreeneHenry Graham Greene
02 October 1904
Novelist
Ted HughesTed Hughes
17 August 1930
Poet and Children's Writer

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro
08 November 1954
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Ricky TomlinsonRicky Tomlinson
26 September 1939
Actor

Princess Michael of KentPrincess Michael of Kent
15 January 1945
Author

Christopher TolkienChristopher Tolkien
21 November 1924
English editor
Sir James Matthew BarrieSir James Matthew Barrie
09 May 1860
Writer

Jill GascoineJill Gascoine
11 April 1937
Actress

Liza TarbuckLiza Tarbuck
21 November 1964
Actress

Mary SoamesMary Soames
15 September 1922
Youngest Child of Winston Churchill
Karl PilkingtonKarl Pilkington
23 September 1972
Television Presenter, Radio Producer

Richard BriersRichard Briers
14 January 1934
Actor
Gemma CollinsGemma Collins
31 January 1981
Businesswoman

Edd ChinaEdd China
09 May 1971
Television Presenter

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
16 April 1918
Comedian
Tom StoppardTom Stoppard
03 July 1937
Playwright

Robert GreeneRobert Greene
14 May 1959
Writer, Playwright
Karren BradyKarren Brady
04 April 1969
Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell
23 February 1944
Author of Historical Novels

Peter Edward CookPeter Edward Cook
17 November 1937
Actor, Comedian, Satirist, Writer
Alfred DouglasAlfred Douglas
22 October 1870
Poet

Lawrence DurrellLawrence Durrell
27 February 1912
Novelist
David IrvingDavid Irving
24 March 1938
Writer

Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh
28 October 1903
Writer

Monty DonMonty Don
08 July 1955
TV Presenter

Carlton LeachCarlton Leach
12 March 1959
Author, Former Doorman, Former Football Hooligan &
Roger ScrutonRoger Scruton
27 February 1944
Philosopher
Harold PinterHarold Pinter
10 October 1930
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess
25 February 1917
 

Alan CorenAlan Coren
27 June 1938
Writer
Darcey BussellDarcey Bussell
27 April 1969
Ballerina

Rory StewartRory Stewart
03 January 1973
Political Leader

William GoldingWilliam Golding
19 September 1911
Novelist

Gary RhodesGary Rhodes
22 April 1960
Restaurateur

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell
14 July 1868
Writer, Diplomat
Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer

Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor
Alain de BottonAlain de Botton
20 December 1969
Author

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849
Novelist
Tim VineTim Vine
04 March 1967
Comedian, Actor, Writer
V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
17 August 1932
Writer