British Celebrities Born In January

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Stephen Hawking
(Theoretical Physicist - First to Set Out a Theory of Cosmology)
Stephen Hawking
279
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, who despite being afflicted motor neurone disease that severely limited his physical abilities, was able to build a phenomenally successful career. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking was ranked 25 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, in 2002.

 2 
Rowan Atkinson
(Actor & Comedian Best Known for His Role in the Sitcom 'Mr Bean')
Rowan Atkinson
104
Birthdate: January 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: County Durham, England, United Kingdom

British comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson has entertained audience globally with his brilliant performance as the eponymous character in the Mr. Bean series and its film adaptations. Earlier, he established himself as a fine comedy actor with Blackadder and then went on to work in movies like Never Say Never Again, The Witches and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

 3 
Isaac Newton
(One of the Most Influential Scientists of All Time)
Isaac Newton
132
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 4, 1643
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: March 31, 1727

One of the most influential and popular scientists of all time, Sir Isaac Newton played a prominent role in our understanding of natural phenomena. He formulated the law of universal gravitation and laws of motion. He also developed the Newtonian telescope among other devices. Apart from science, Newton was also intrigued by religion, occult, and alchemy.

 4 
David Bowie
(Regarded as One of the Most Influential Musicians of the 20th Century)
David Bowie
174
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: January 10, 2016

English singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Dubbed "The Greatest Rock Star Ever" by Rolling Stone magazine, he rose to international prominence in the 1970s with his innovative style of music. Deeply dedicated to his profession, he remained musically active until his death in 2016.

 5 
Zayn Malik
(Singer)
Zayn Malik
142
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 12, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bradford, England
Popular singer Zayn Malik shot to fame with the television reality show The X Factor and later became a part of a hugely successful band One Direction. Afterwards, Zayn Malik set out to establish his solo career and released his debut album, Mind of Mine, which made him a star. The singer has also made an entry into fashion world.
 6 
Florence Pugh
(Actress)
Florence Pugh
109
Birthdate: January 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Academy Award- and BAFTA-nominated English actor Florence Pugh is best known for her roles in films such as Black Widow and Little Women. She has also appeared in series such as Marcella and Hawkeye. Her struggle with tracheomalacia as a child contributed to her raspy voice.

 7 
Lewis Hamilton
(British Formula One Driver and Winner of Seven World Drivers' Championship Titles)
Lewis Hamilton
120
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England

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.

 8 
Christian Bale
(British Actor Best Known for His Versatility and Recurring Physical Transformations for His Roles)
Christian Bale
78
Birthdate: January 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales

After bagging his first starring role when he was just 13, actor Christian Bale proceeded to become one of the finest actors of his generation in the ensuing years. Known for his commitment to his craft, he is considered one of the most versatile and talented actors today. He is also popularly regarded as a male sex symbol.

 9 
J. R. R. Tolkien
(Author of 'The Hobbit' & 'The Lord of the Rings')
J. R. R. Tolkien
73
Birthdate: January 3, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Died: September 2, 1973

Considered one of the greatest authors, JRR Tolkien is popularly called the father of the modern fantasy literature. He is best known for his high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which is set in a conceived world called the Middle-Earth. Many years after his death, Tolkien continues to be one of the best-selling writers.

 10 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
(The Duchess of Cambridge)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
91
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reading, England

Catherine “Kate” Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge after her marriage to Prince William in 2011. Associated with countless charities, Kate and William started a mental-health campaign named Heads Together. Kate also gave rise to the “Kate Middleton effect" in the fashion world and was named to Time 100.

 11 
Orlando Bloom
(English Actor Known for His Roles in Fantasy, Historical & Adventure Films)
Orlando Bloom
48
Birthdate: January 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Canterbury, England

British heartthrob Orlando Bloom shot to fame fir playing elf warrior Legolas in the fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings and later achieved success with more high profile films like The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Hobbit film trilogy, Troy and Elizabethtown. In between, he made his Broadway debut with Romeo Juliet and was also named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

 12 
Eddie Redmayne
(English Actor Who is Known for His Roles in Biopics)
Eddie Redmayne
40
Birthdate: January 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Eddie Redmayne is a British actor who has prestigious awards, such as the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Tony Award under his belt. Over the years, Redmayne has made important contributions to the field of entertainment for which he was appointed OBE in the 2015 Birthday Honours.

 13 
Cary Grant
(One of the Leading Men of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Cary Grant
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Birthdate: January 18, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Horfield, Bristol, England
Died: November 29, 1986

Considered one of the greatest actors ever, Cary Grant’s good looks, popular appeal and a knack for romantic comedy made him an enduring Hollywood star from the 1930s to the 1960s. Penny Serenade, An Affair to Remember, To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest and Charade are some of his classic films. He was bestowed an honorary Oscar in 1970.

 14 
Rosamund Pike
(Actress)
Rosamund Pike
67
Birthdate: January 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England

Popular English actress, Rosamund Pike, is best known for her performances in the movies Gone Girl, Hostiles, An Education and A Private War. A talented stage actress, she shot to international fame with her debut film Die Another Day. Since then, she has appeared in diverse roles and has achieved both critical and commercial success as well as prestigious award nominations.

 15 
Sade
(Frontwoman of the Soul Band Sade)
Sade
36
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Nigerian-British singer Helen Folasade Adu, or Sade Adu, often blends Afro-Cuban tunes with soul and smooth jazz in her music. The Grammy Award winner had initially studied fashion designing and been a model. The founder of the band Sade, she has released iconic tracks such as No Ordinary Love.

 16 
Phil Collins
(Drummer & Lead Singer of the Rock Band 'Genesis')
Phil Collins
64
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiswick, Middlesex, London, United Kingdom

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

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Rod Stewart
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists of All Time)
Rod Stewart
40
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Highgate

British rock and pop singer and songwriter, Rod Stewart has sold over 250 million records worldwide and is counted among the best-selling music artists of all time. During his extensive career that spans almost six decades, he has won numerous awards and accolades. He was mentioned on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists" list in 2008.

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Emma Mackey
(French-British Actress Best Known for Her Role as ‘Maeve Wiley’ in the TV Series ‘Sex Education’)
Emma Mackey
78
Birthdate: January 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Le Mans, France

French-British actor Emma Mackey is best known for her portrayal of Maeve Wiley in the Netflix series Sex Education. Some of her upcoming projects include Emily Brontë’s biopic and the thriller Death on the Nile. She has also appeared in the TV projects Badger Lane and Summit Fever.

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Jimmy Page
(Guitarist and Founder of the Rock Band 'Led Zeppelin')
Jimmy Page
21
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 9, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Heston, Middlesex, England

An English musician, songwriter, and record producer, Jimmy Page gained international recognition as the founder of the popular rock band Led Zeppelin. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and greatest guitarists of all time, Jimmy Page was ranked third in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Jimmy Page has influenced several popular guitarists.

 20 
Lauren Cohan
(American-British Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Maggie Greene’ in the TV Series ‘The Walking Dead’)
Lauren Cohan
30
Birthdate: January 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States

British-American actress Lauren Cohan is the quintessential action heroine of the present-day American television with leading roles in series like The Walking Dead, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Chuck, and Whiskey Cavalier. Characterized by her distinctive Mid-Atlantic accent, Cohan has also played important roles in popular films, such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

 21 
Henry VII of England
(Monarch of England (1485-1509))
Henry VII of England
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Birthdate: January 28, 1457
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Died: April 21, 1509

Henry VII of England played an important role in popularizing the House of Tudor by becoming the first monarch of the house; he ruled as the king of England from 1485 until his death in 1509. He is credited with several economic, diplomatic, and administrative initiatives.

 22 
Will Poulter
(British Actor Known for His Film ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’)
Will Poulter
94
Birthdate: January 28, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Will Poulter is an English actor known for playing important roles in popular films, such as We're the Millers, The Maze Runner, and The Revenant. Will Poulter is a major inspiration to those suffering from developmental coordination disorder and dyslexia as he himself suffered from these conditions at school, which in turn encouraged him to pursue a career in acting.

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Minnie Driver
(Actress and Singer)
Minnie Driver
34
Birthdate: January 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Minnie Driver is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Skylar in Good Will Hunting. She is also known for her supporting roles in the films Circle of Friends and Take and the series Speechless, About a Boy, and Will & Grace. She is a jazz musician, too. 
 24 
Virginia Woolf
(One of the Most Important Modernist 20th-Century Authors)
Virginia Woolf
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 25, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: March 28, 1941

Virginia Woolf was an English writer who pioneered a narrative mode called stream of consciousness to describe the thoughts and feelings of the narrator. Regarded as one of the most prominent modernist 20th-century writers, Woolf's works have gained much attention for inspiring feminism. Her life and work have inspired several films, novels, and plays.

 25 
Lewis Carroll
(English Author Best Known for His Works: ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’ & Its Sequel ‘Through the Looking-Glass’)
Lewis Carroll
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 27, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: January 14, 1898
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, is remembered for his iconic children’s fiction such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. He explored the genre of literary nonsense with his poems such as Jabberwocky. He was also a photographer, a mathematician, and an inventor.
 26 
Kate Moss
(British Supermodel)
Kate Moss
32
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Croydon, England

Kate Moss, one of the highest-paid supermodels of the 1990s, was one of the pioneers of the “heroin chic” trend. Featured on TIME 100, she was known for her collaboration with Calvin Klein and her size-zero figure. She owns a clothing range and is a fashion editor for British Vogue.

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Francis Bacon
(Philosopher, Statesman and Lord High Chancellor of England)
Francis Bacon
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Birthdate: January 22, 1561
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Strand, London, England
Died: April 9, 1626

Francis Bacon was a Renaissance philosopher and author who was known as the Father of Empiricism, because of his belief in the scientific method and theory that scientific knowledge can only be created through inductive reasoning and experience. He was later knighted and served as the first Queen's counsel.

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Alan Watts
(English Writer Who Interpreted and Popularised Japanese, Chinese and Hindu Philosophy for Western Audience)
Alan Watts
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Birthdate: January 6, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chislehurst, Kent, England
Died: November 16, 1973

Alan Watts was a British writer, philosopher, and speaker. He is credited with popularizing Hinduism, Taoism, and Buddhism in the Western world. A prolific writer, Alan Watts wrote one of Buddhism's first bestselling books, The Way of Zen. He also explored psychedelics and human consciousness in his works, such as The Joyous Cosmology and The New Alchemy.

 29 
Jamie Vardy
(English Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Jamie Vardy
52
Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Suki Waterhouse
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London

Suki Waterhouse is an English model and actress who was selected as the Mercier Muse for the popular French makeup brand Laura Mercier. Waterhouse used her popularity as a model to launch a direct-to-consumer accessories brand called Pop & Suki, which she co-founded with Poppy Jamie. Since its launch, the brand has been worn by celebrities like Lady Gaga.

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Syd Barrett
(Singer-songwriter)
Syd Barrett
21
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cambridge
Died: July 7, 2006
Pink Floyd co-founder and frontman Syd Barrett was known for his contribution to psychedelic rock and experiments with studio effects such as echo and distortion. He was removed from the band due to his drug addiction, following which he began a solo career. His final years were spent in privacy.
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John Hurt
(Actor)
John Hurt
20
Birthdate: January 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
Died: January 27, 2017
John Hurt is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated performances in Midnight Express and The Elephant Man. His death scene in Alien is considered one of the most memorable in history. He lent his voice to The Lord of The Rings and appeared in the Harry Potter and Hellboy films.
 33 
Robert Palmer
(Snger)
Robert Palmer
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Batley, England
Died: September 26, 2003
 34 
Rachel Riley
(TV Presenter)
Rachel Riley
24
Birthdate: January 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochford, Essex
Rachel Riley is best known as a co-host of the puzzle show Countdown and its spin-off, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. An avid mathematician, she also co-hosted The Gadget Show and It's Not Rocket Science. She also participated in the 11th season of Strictly Come Dancing.
 35 
Benny Hill
(Comedian, Actor, Singer and Writer who is Best Remembered for his Television Programme 'The Benny Hill Show')
Benny Hill
12
Birthdate: January 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Southampton, Hampshire, England
Died: April 20, 1992

Benny Hill was an English comedian, writer, singer, and actor. Best known for his TV program The Benny Hill Show, Hill remained an important figure in British culture for almost 40 years. The show is regarded as one of the greatest British comedy programs ever. In 2006, Hill was voted one of TV's 50 Greatest Stars in an ITV poll.

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Nigella Lawson
(English Food Writer, Television Cook, and Television Presenter)
Nigella Lawson
30
Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wandsworth, London, United Kingdom
Daughter of Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigella Lawson has written several bestselling cookbooks and hosted many culinary shows. Winner of the British Book Award and the Guild of Food Writers Award, Nigella has previously worked as an editor and freelance journalist and also owns a cookware range.
 37 
Ben Hardy
(Actor)
Ben Hardy
31
Birthdate: January 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bournemouth, Dorset, England,United Kingdom

English actor, Ben Hardy, is best known for his appearance in the superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse. Interested in acting from childhood, he received training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He began his professional career in the early 2010s, appearing in the play The Judas Kiss. He has since acted in many plays, TV shows, and films.

 38 
James May
(TV Presenter)
James May
13
Birthdate: January 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom

James May is an English journalist and television presenter. May is known for co-presenting the popular factual television show Top Gear alongside Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson. James May is credited with co-founding the independent TV production company W. Chump and Sons.

 39 
Declan Rice
(English Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defensive Midfielder)
Declan Rice
25
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 14, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, England
 40 
Gerald Durrell
(Founder of the 'Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust' and the 'Jersey Zoo')
Gerald Durrell
34
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 7, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jamshedpur, India
Died: January 30, 1995
Naturalist, author, TV presenter, and zookeeper Gerald Durrell, the youngest brother of author Lawrence Durrell, was the founder of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Jersey Zoo. His memoirs were made into the series My Family and Other Animals and The Durrells. He was also a skilled Illustrator.
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Dafne Keen
(Known for Her Performance as 'Mutant Laura' in the Film 'Logan')
Dafne Keen
60
Birthdate: January 4, 2005
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
 42 
Lord Byron
(One of the Greatest English Poets of the 19th Century and a Leading Figure of the Romantic Movement)
Lord Byron
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 22, 1788
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 19, 1824

Widely considered one of the greatest British poets of all time, Lord Byron remains influential as his works are widely read even today. He was also one of the most important personalities of the Romantic Movement. He is also known for his role in the Greek War of Independence, for which the Greeks consider him a national hero.

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A. A. Milne
(Best Known for His Books About the Teddy Bear ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ and Children's Poetry)
A. A. Milne
16
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 18, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 31, 1956

A. A. Milne was an English author best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh. He joined the British Army as a young man and served in both World War I and World War II. In his career as a writer, he wrote several novels, non-fiction pieces, articles, poems, screenplays, and children’s stories.

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Olivia Colman
(Known for Her Comedic, Dramatic Roles in Film and Television)
Olivia Colman
34
Birthdate: January 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK

Olivia Colman is a British actress best known for her dramatic and comedic roles in film and television. One of the most decorated actresses of her generation, Colman has received many prestigious awards such as an Academy Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Awards, and BAFTA TV Awards. Olivia Colman is also known for her philanthropic efforts.

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Mark Rylance
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ashford, United Kingdom

Mark Rylance is an English actor, playwright, and theatre director. He is one of the eight actors to have been honored twice with the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. He is also one of the eight people to have won the British Triple Crown of Acting, having received the BAFTA Television Award, BAFTA Film Award, and Laurence Olivier Award.

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Alex Turner
(English Musician, Singer and Record Producer Best known as the Frontman of the Rock Band ‘Arctic Monkeys’)
Alex Turner
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Singer and guitarist Alex Turner is part of the English rock band Arctic Monkeys, whose debut album was the fastest-selling debut in the U.K. He has been part of the supergroup The Last Shadow Puppets. The seven-time Brit Award-winning artist is known for his lyrics showcasing surrealism and kitchen-sink realism.
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Jean Simmons
(Actress and Singer)
Jean Simmons
3
Birthdate: January 31, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 22, 2010
Jean Simmons is best remembered as Ophelia from the 1948 movie Hamlet, a role that fetched her an Oscar nomination. She won an Emmy for The Thorn Birds and a Golden Globe for Guys and Dolls. She was also known for her association with the anti-drug charity Release.
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John Smith
(British Explorer)
John Smith
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 6, 1580
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: June 21, 1631

John Smith was an English explorer, soldier, colonial governor, author, and Admiral of New England. In the early-17th century, Smith played a major role in the establishment of the first indissoluble English settlement in America, which came to be known as the English colony at Jamestown. Apart from helping Jamestown survive various challenges, Smith's leadership also helped the colony flourish.

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Graham McTavish
(Scottish Actor and Writer)
Graham McTavish
13
Birthdate: January 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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Vanessa Redgrave
(Is an English Actress, Activist)
Vanessa Redgrave
21
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom