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.
J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892
Writer
Phillip SchofieldPhillip Schofield
01 April 1962
Television Presenter

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews
01 October 1935
Actress

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971
Actor

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965
Author

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host
Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916
Former British Prime Minister

Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916
Novelist, Short Story Writer

George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903
Writer
John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Actor
Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882
Novelist

Mary BerryMary Berry
24 March 1935
Food Writer, TV Presenter

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

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960
Author

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell
14 July 1868
Writer, Diplomat
Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
19 June 1947
 

Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker

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

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker
Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell
06 August 1972
Singer
Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987
Actress

Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933
Actress & Author

Cilla BlackCilla Black
27 May 1943
Singer
Ian FlemingIan Fleming
28 May 1908
Author of James Bond Series

P. L. TraversP. L. Travers
09 August 1899
Writer
Lawrence DurrellLawrence Durrell
27 February 1912
Novelist

Alan MooreAlan Moore
18 November 1953
 

David ThewlisDavid Thewlis
20 March 1963
Actor
Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

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Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960
Actor
David IckeDavid Icke
29 April 1952
Writer

Karl PilkingtonKarl Pilkington
23 September 1972
Television Presenter, Radio Producer

Tom Parker BowlesTom Parker Bowles
18 December 1974
Food Writer

Jill IrelandJill Ireland
24 April 1936
Actress
Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking
02 November 1970
Journalist, Novelist, Writer
Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams
11 March 1952
Writer

Randolph ChurchillRandolph Churchill
28 May 1911
Journalist, Politician

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden
21 February 1907
Poet

Princess Michael of KentPrincess Michael of Kent
15 January 1945
Author
Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro
08 November 1954
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Ted HughesTed Hughes
17 August 1930
Poet and Children's Writer

Edd ChinaEdd China
09 May 1971
Television Presenter

Daphne du MaurierDaphne du Maurier
13 May 1907
 

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

Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh
28 October 1903
Writer
Alain de BottonAlain de Botton
20 December 1969
Author

Richard BriersRichard Briers
14 January 1934
Actor

Gemma CollinsGemma Collins
31 January 1981
Businesswoman
Harold PinterHarold Pinter
10 October 1930
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Russell WatsonRussell Watson
24 November 1966
Tenor Singer
William GoldingWilliam Golding
19 September 1911
Novelist

V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
17 August 1932
Writer

Mary SoamesMary Soames
15 September 1922
Youngest Child of Winston Churchill

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell
23 February 1944
Author of Historical Novels

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer
Janet McTeerJanet McTeer
05 August 1961
Actress

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess
25 February 1917
 

Liza TarbuckLiza Tarbuck
21 November 1964
Actress

Tim VineTim Vine
04 March 1967
Comedian, Actor, Writer
James HerriotJames Herriot
03 October 1916
Writer

Ricky TomlinsonRicky Tomlinson
26 September 1939
Actor
Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor

Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo
05 October 1943
Author

Philip LarkinPhilip Larkin
09 August 1922
Poet
Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy
23 December 1955
 

Alan CorenAlan Coren
27 June 1938
Writer
Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919
Novelist, Short Story Writer

China MiévilleChina Miéville
06 September 1972
Author

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893
Writer
Barbara CartlandBarbara Cartland
09 July 1901
Author

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler
05 September 1905
 
Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849
Novelist

Darcey BussellDarcey Bussell
27 April 1969
Ballerina

Quentin CrispQuentin Crisp
25 December 1908
English Writer & Gay Icon

Jill GascoineJill Gascoine
11 April 1937
Actress
Malcolm MuggeridgeMalcolm Muggeridge
24 March 1903
Journalist and Author
Alastair ReynoldsAlastair Reynolds
13 March 1966
Author

Carlton LeachCarlton Leach
12 March 1959
Author, Former Doorman, Former Football Hooligan &

Vera BrittainVera Brittain
29 December 1893
Writer

Kingsley AmisKingsley Amis
16 April 1922
Poet, novelist and lecturer
Angela CarterAngela Carter
07 May 1940
 

John BergerJohn Berger
05 November 1926
Novelist

Donald SindenDonald Sinden
09 October 1923
Actor

Carol McGiffinCarol McGiffin
18 February 1960
Radio Broadcaster

Jerome K. JeromeJerome K. Jerome
02 May 1859
Writer
John FowlesJohn Fowles
31 March 1926
Writer & Teacher

Caryl ChurchillCaryl Churchill
03 September 1938
Dramatist, Women's Rights Activist
Andrea LevyAndrea Levy
07 March 1956
Author

Edward de BonoEdward de Bono
19 May 1933
Author, Consultant
C. L. R. JamesC. L. R. James
04 January 1901
Journalist, Writer, Historian, Theorist, Socialist
Cass PennantCass Pennant
03 March 1958
Writer