Famous British Socialites

Find out more about the greatest British Socialites, including Joseph Merrick, Millvina Dean, Elizabeth Jagger, Lady Randolph Churchill and Pamela Harriman.

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 1 Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton
Famous As: Socialite, Author
Birthdate: September 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire
Philippa Charlotte Matthews, better known as Pippa Middleton, is the younger sister of Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She soared to fame after appearing as the maid of honor at Kate’s wedding to Prince William. She is a columnist and editor and has also authored a book.

 2 Lady Colin Campbell

Lady Colin Campbell
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica

Jamaican-born British writer, socialite, and TV personality, Lady Colin Campbell, is known for publishing four books about the British royal family, including a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. While her books about the royal family made her popular, she also faced criticism for some of her claims. She once kindled controversy for supporting sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, on TV.

 3 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, UK
Died: February 8, 2017

 4 Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Maisons-Laffitte, France

Daughter of publishing tycoon, late Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell is a socialite infamous for her involvement with the convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Charged with sex trafficking of minor girls, she is under investigation by the US Virgin Islands Department of Justice.

 5 Lady Randolph Churchill

Lady Randolph Churchill
Famous As: Socialite, Mother of Winston Churchill
Birthdate: January 9, 1854
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cobble Hill, New York, United States
Died: June 29, 1921

 6 Jack Brooksbank

Jack Brooksbank
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
British bar manager and wine merchant Jack Brooksbank is better known as the husband of Princess Eugenie, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II of the U.K. He had met Eugenie on a Swiss ski trip. He is the brand ambassador of Casamigos Tequila, co-founded by George Clooney.

 7 Tamara Ecclestone

Tamara Ecclestone
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
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 8 Diana Mitford

Diana Mitford
Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: June 17, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belgravia, Westminster, London, England
Died: August 11, 2003

 9 Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer

Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newbury, London, England
Died: October 21, 2016

 10 Dorothy Macmillan

Dorothy Macmillan
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: July 28, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lancashire, United Kingdom
Died: May 21, 1966

 11 Pamela Harriman

Pamela Harriman
Famous As: Political activist
Birthdate: March 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Farnborough, England
Died: February 5, 1997

 12 Lola Montez

Lola Montez
Famous As: Stage dancer
Birthdate: February 17, 1821
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grange, Ireland
Died: January 17, 1861

 13 Unity Mitford

Unity Mitford
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: August 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 28, 1948

 14 Prince Aly Khan

Prince Aly Khan
Famous As: Father of Aga Khan IV
Birthdate: June 13, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: May 12, 1960

Son of All-India Muslim League president Aga Khan III, Aly Khan was known for his numerous affairs and his marriage to Hollywood star Rita Hayworth. The socialite and race-horse owner was stripped of his inheritance, as Aga Khan’s will mentioned Aly’s son Karim as his successor.

 15 Deborah Cavendish, dowager duchess of Devonshire

Deborah Cavendish, dowager duchess of Devonshire
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 31, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Asthall Manor, England
Died: September 24, 2014

Deborah Cavendish, the duchess of Devonshire, was the youngest of the popular Mitford sisters. An aristocrat and a socialite, she was one of the rare people who had met both Adolf Hitler and John Kennedy. She played a key role in commercializing Chatsworth Estate and also wrote books on it.

 16 Beau Brummell

Beau Brummell
Famous As: Society figure
Birthdate: June 7, 1778
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 30, 1840

 17 Sheherazade Goldsmith

Sheherazade Goldsmith
Famous As: Environmentalist, Socialite
Birthdate: March 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Denmark Hill, London

 18 E. P. Thompson

E. P. Thompson
Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: February 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: August 28, 1993

British historian E. P. Thompson is best remembered for his iconic works such as The Making of the English Working Class. He was also a poet, a novelist, and a biographer. An anti-nuclear activist, too, he played a significant role in the formation of the New Left.  

 19 Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll

Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: July 25, 1993

 20 Cosima von Bülow Pavoncelli

Cosima von Bülow Pavoncelli
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: April 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, United States

 21 Lady Ottoline Morrell

Lady Ottoline Morrell
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 16, 1873
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Died: April 21, 1938

 22 Alice Perrers

Alice Perrers
Famous As: Mistress
Birthdate: 1348 AD
Birthplace: Hertfordshire, England
Died: 1400 AD

 23 Debonnaire von Bismarck

Debonnaire von Bismarck
Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United Kingdom

 24 Hazel Crane

Hazel Crane
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: November 10, 2003

A well-known South African socialite and businesswoman, Hazel Crane once smuggled diamonds and worked at a strip club. She had also been a nurse. She was gunned down while traveling in her car to testify against Israeli mafia boss Lior Saat. Her interesting life later became public through her post-humous memoir.

 25 Donald Soper

Donald Soper
Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: January 31, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wandsworth,London, England
Died: December 22, 1998

Donald O. Soper, Baron Soper of Kingsley, was not an ordinary Peer. He was also a Methodist Minister, a member of the Labor Party, a socialist, pacifist, fine orator and an established author. Along with doing mission work in London, he took up many radical causes and became known for his fight against poverty, arms trade, gambling and blood sport.

 26 Mary Boyle, Countess of Cork and Orrery

Mary Boyle, Countess of Cork and Orrery
Famous As: Countess of Orrery
Birthdate: May 21, 1746
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 30, 1840

 27 Andrea Hissom

Andrea Hissom
Famous As: Socialite, Wife of billionaire Steve Wynn
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: United Kingdom

 28 Charlie Brake

Charlie Brake
Famous As: Reality Star, Socialite
Birthdate: January 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: England

 29 Daisy, Princess of Pless

Daisy, Princess of Pless
Famous As: Was a noted society beauty in the Edwardian period
Birthdate: June 28, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Denbighshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Died: June 29, 1943