Famous 21st Century British Sportspersons

Find out more about the greatest 21st Century British Sportspersons, including Jamie Vardy, Charles Salvador, David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton and Wayne Rooney

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 1 David Beckham

David Beckham.
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Famous As: Former English Footballer
Birthdate: May 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, England
David Beckham is a former English footballer who was football superstar on-field and a heartthrob off-field. A former player for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Milan, among others, Beckham was a free-kick specialist, a brilliant crosser of the ball and the first English player to win league titles in four countries. His passion for football, charisma and fashion style have made him an international sensation.  

 2 Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton.
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Famous As: Formula One Driver
Birthdate: January 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stevenage, United Kingdom

The name Lewis Hamilton has become synonymous with Formula One, and such is the greatness of Hamilton. Honoured with MBE by the Queen, Lewis Hamilton is one of the most successful Formula One Grand Prix Racing Driver. Hamilton was the first Black driver to win the Championship and has 6 World Championship titles and 90 race victories to his name.

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 3 Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

The charismatic Welsh footballer player, Gareth Frank Bale played for Southampton football club and Tottenham Hotspur extensively before joining Real Madrid in 2013 for a fees that exceeded Christiano Ronaldo’s earlier record fee. Known for his speed and accuracy, Gareth Bales is also the captain of Wales national team and plays for Tottenham Hotspur, on loan from Real Madrid.

 4 Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Croxteth, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Regarded as one of the best football players of the current era, Wayne Rooney is the record goal-scorer for the Manchester United FC and England national team. Originally a boxer, Wayne continues to pursue boxing as a recreational activity. Wayne has been controversy's favorite child for many years now; from allegations of infidelity to legal issues, he has faced them all!

 5 Andy Murray

Andy Murray.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: May 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow

One of the best British professional tennis players of all time, Andy Murray is popularly known as the Great Scot since he was born in Scotland. He is the only tennis player to have won two Olympic gold medals in singles competition. Also known for his charitable work, Andy Murray has played key roles in raising money for many charity organizations.

 6 Mo Farah

Mo Farah.
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: March 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mogadishu
Long-distance runner Mo Farah shot to fame with his 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter wins at the 2012 London Olympics. The first athlete to score a quadruple double, Farah has won 10 major international titles. He became the European Athlete of the Year thrice and has also received the CBE.

 7 Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer.
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: August 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gosforth, England
Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has also worked as a BBC football pundit and a football manager. The Euro 1996 Golden Boot-winner has also represented Southampton and Blackburn Rovers, winning the 1994-1995 Premier League with the latter. With 260 goals, he became the Premier League’s leading goal-scorer.
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 8 Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leicester

Gary Lineker is a British former football player who currently works as a sports broadcaster. Considered one of the greatest British strikers of all time, Gary Lineker is the third-highest goal-scorer for England. During his 16-year playing career, Lineker never received a red or yellow card, due to which he was honored with the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1990.

 9 Scott Adkins

Scott Adkins
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Famous As: Actor, Martial artist, Film actor, Taekwondo athlete
Birthdate: June 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sutton Coldfield

Scott Adkins is an English actor, producer, and screenwriter. He is a trained gymnast and martial artist and is best known for his action films. He played Casey Bowman in the film Ninja and its sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear. He considers Jean-Claude Van Damme to be his idol and has appeared in four films with him.  

 10 Lennox Lewis

Lennox Lewis.
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Famous As: Professional boxer
Birthdate: September 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Ham, London, England
Three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis also won the super heavyweight gold for Canada at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He has won numerous accolades, including the CBE and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He has been named as the sixth-best heavyweight boxer of all time by BoxRec.

 11 Bobby Charlton

Bobby Charlton.
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: October 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ashington, Northumberland, Englan

Widely considered one of the greatest players ever, Bobby Charlton was an important member of the England national football team that emerged victorious at the 1966 FIFA World Cup. The recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Ballon d'Or, Charlton received a knighthood in 1994. He is the second-highest goalscorer for England.

 12 Jenson Button

Jenson Button
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frome, England

 13 Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wythenshawe, Manchester, England

 14 Joe Calzaghe

Joe Calzaghe
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: March 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hammersmith

 15 Chris Froome

Chris Froome.
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Famous As: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
Birthdate: May 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nairobi

 16 James Anderson

James Anderson
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Burnley, Lancashire, England

 17 Paige

Paige.
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Retired wrestler Saraya-Jade Bevis, better known as Paige, has won the Divas Championship twice and was also its the youngest winner. She was also the first NXT Women's Champion. Paige later appeared on shows such as Total Divas and Tough Enough, and films such as Santa's Little Helper

 18 Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: May 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hounslow, England

 19 Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Considered a late bloomer in the world of soccer, Jamie Vardy became the oldest player to win the Premier League Golden Boot award when he scored the maximum number of goals during the 2019–20 Premier League season. Apart from his goal-scoring abilities, Jamie is also known for his direct approach and relentless running.

 20 Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camberwell, England

Jadon Sancho is an English professional footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team. He is known for his technical skills as a winger and formidable pace. He started playing as a young boy and was part of the England youth team that won the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. 

 21 Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill.
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Famous As: Track & Field Athlete
Birthdate: January 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Jessica Ennis-Hill is a British retired track and field athlete. She specialized in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 meters hurdles. In 2012, she won an Olympic gold in the heptathlon. She was introduced to sports as a young girl and immediately took an interest in athletics. She has won several other titles as well in addition to her Olympic gold. 

 22 Nigel Mansell

Nigel Mansell
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: August 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Upton-upon-Severn, England

 23 David Coulthard

David Coulthard.
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Famous As: Racecar Driver
Birthdate: March 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Twynholm
Former race-car driver David Coulthard, also known as DC, gained fame for his 15-season stint with Formula One. He has 13 Grand Prix wins and 62 podium finishes to his credit. Following his retirement from F1, he worked a BBC commentator and later joined the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series.

 24 Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard.
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: May 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Whiston
Steven Gerrard spent most of his career as a Liverpool midfielder and also captained Liverpool and the English national team. His phenomenal performance in the 2006 FA Cup Final led it to be called The Gerrard Final. The Order of the British Empire member now manages the Scottish club Rangers.

 25 Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Professional footballer Raheem Sterling currently plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City. He also plays for the England national team. Born in Jamaica, he moved to England as a child and started playing professional football when he was a teenager. He was named the FWA Footballer of the Year in the 2018-19 season.

 26 Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warrington
Manchester United winger and attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard has won several championships with his team, such as the UEFA Europa League, the FA Community Shield, the FA Cup, and the EFL Cup. He was also part of the English national team which finished fourth at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 27 Adam Peaty

Adam Peaty
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uttoxeter Uttoxeter, England

 28 Stirling Moss

Stirling Moss.
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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: September 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Kensington, London, England
Died: April 12, 2020

British Formula One race-car driver Stirling Moss won several contests such as the British Grand Prix and the New Zealand Grand Prix. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, too. He later had a broadcasting career with Wide World of Sports and narrated Roary the Racing Car.

 29 Amir Khan

Amir Khan.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bolton, United Kingdom
British boxer Amir Khan is best known for his WBA, WBA (Super) and IBF Light Welterweight wins. His silver at the 2004 Olympics made him the youngest British Olympic medalist. An avid philanthropist, he owns a non-profit. He also co-owns the Super Fight League (MMA) and Super Boxing League.

 30 Jayne Torvill

Jayne Torvill.
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Famous As: Ice Dancer
Birthdate: October 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clifton, England
Jayne Torvill is a celebrated professional English ice dancer whose gold medal-winning performance with Christopher Dean at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics became a talking point worldwide. With Dean, she won the World Professional Championship five times and the Challenge of Champions title thrice. The top-scoring figure skating pair also starred in the television series Dancing on Ice.

 31 Damon Hill

Damon Hill
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Famous As: Formula One driver, Businessperson
Birthdate: September 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

 32 Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge.
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham

Daniel Sturridge is an English football player. During the 2007–08 season, Sturridge made his first-team debut and became the first player in the history to score goals in the Premier League, FA Cup, and FA Youth Cup in the same season. Apart from playing for popular clubs like Chelsea, Sturridge has also represented his national team in prominent tournaments.

 33 Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England

Jack Grealish is an English professional footballer. At present, he is affiliated with Premier League club Manchester City and the England national team. He plays as a  winger or attacking midfielder. He joined the Highgate United Youth Club as a boy and started playing professionally as a teenager. He is known for his ability to run and dribble past defenders. 

 34 Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist, Kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: February 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nicosia, Cyprus

 35 Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate
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Famous As: Football manager
Birthdate: September 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Gareth Southgate is an English football manager. A former player, he used to play as a defender and midfielder for Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, and Crystal Palace. He retired in 2006, after more than 500 league appearances and began his stint as a football manager. He has been managing the England national team since 2016. 

 36 Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Macclesfield

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch is best known for his signature “robot” celebration after scoring goals. He also played with Aston Villa and Liverpool, helping the latter win the the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield. He also helped Tottenham gain a place in the UEFA Champions League.

 37 Charles Salvador

Charles Salvador
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Famous As: Poet, Autobiographer, Boxer
Birthdate: December 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luton

 38 Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sheffield, England

 39 Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stepney

 40 James Milner

James Milner
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wortley, Leeds, England

 41 John Terry

John Terry
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barking

 42 Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones.
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Famous As: Actor, Former Pro Footballer
Birthdate: January 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Before being an actor, Vinnie Jones had a brilliant career as a footballer and had even led the Welsh national football team and excelled as a midfielder. He was later mostly seen playing criminals on screen. Fans adore him for his roles in X-Men: The Last Stand, Elementary, and Arrow.

 43 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portsmouth

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is an English football player. He is an important member of the England national team and the Premier League club Liverpool. In 2012, he became the second-youngest player to play for England at the UEFA European Football Championship, only behind the legendary player Wayne Rooney. He also represented his national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

 44 Ian Botham

Ian Botham
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Heswall, Cheshire, England

 45 Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

 46 Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: December 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
Died: February 12, 2019

 47 Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Paul Scholes, former Manchester United midfielder, had a 20-year stint with the team, winning major titles, including 11 Premier Leagues, 3 FA Cups, and 2 UEFA Champions Leagues. Over the course of his 718 appearances for the team, he has won 25 trophies. He now coaches Salford City.

 48 Dele Alli

Dele Alli.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milton Keynes
Midfielder Dele Alli began training as part of the Milton Keynes Dons youth system at age 11. He became a professional with the Dons and then played for the Tottenham Hotspur. The two-time PFA Young Player of the Year awardee led England to the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.

 49 Billy Joe Saunders

Billy Joe Saunders
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hertfordshire

 50 Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Caerphilly, Gwent, Wales