Famous British Activists

Historically speaking, every country has its own long list of activists who have brought forth the required political or social change in the society thus altering the panorama of country completely. Our society may seem to be running quite satisfactorily today but had it not been for the protests of the activists, things would have been quite different. Like every other country, Britain too suffered from political and social loopholes that created much unrest and turbulence in the country. But British activists took it upon themselves not just to exterminate the society from the political and social evils but to uplift mankind as a whole. Right from abolitionists who worked against slave trade to human rights activists who served for the humanitarian causes, feminists who uplifted the status of women in society to environmentalists who educated the society as to how to protect the environment, reformers who were instrumental in the establishment of social reforms to health activists who educated the people about healthy living, British activists fought against the social and political order of things to make the country a better place to live in. Browse through this section to get details about the life and works of British activists.

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 1 Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

Jameela Jamil, who works as an actress, model, writer, and radio presenter, is a fighter in every sense of the word; she fought conditions like hearing loss, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, coeliac disease, and anorexia nervosa before establishing herself as an entertainer. Not to mention a car accident that damaged her spine when she was 17 years old!

 2 Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall
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Famous As: Primatologist
Birthdate: April 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

Jane Goodall is an English anthropologist and primatologist. Goodall's research proved that chimpanzees could use tools like stalks of grass to fish out termites from termite holes; this also challenged the long-held belief that chimpanzees were vegetarians. Goodall also discovered that chimpanzees are capable of emotions like sorrow and joy. Goodall is also credited with founding the Jane Goodall Institute.

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 3 Jodie Whittaker

Jodie Whittaker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 4 Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst
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Famous As: Leader of the British Suffragette Movement
Birthdate: July 4, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: June 14, 1928
Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist best remembered for helping women earn the right to vote in elections by organizing the UK suffragette movement. For playing a major role in achieving women's suffrage in the UK, Pankhurst was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century list in 1999.

 5 Bianca Jagger

Bianca Jagger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nicaraguan, British

Bianca Jagger is a Nicaraguan social rights advocate. She is credited with founding the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, where she is currently serving as the chairperson. For her work as a humanitarian, Jagger has received several awards, including the Champion of Justice Award. A former actress, Jagger appeared in many movies and TV shows throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

 6 Emily Davison

Emily Davison
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 11, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: June 8, 1913

 7 Roy Jenkins

Roy Jenkins
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British, Welsh
Died: January 5, 2003
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 8 George Monbiot

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Famous As: Journalist, University teacher, Activist, Writer
Birthdate: January 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 9 Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst
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Famous As: Militant
Birthdate: September 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: February 13, 1958

 10 Carrie Symonds

Carrie Symonds
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Famous As: Boris Johnson'Partner
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Nationality: British
Carrie Symonds, the fiancée of British prime minister Boris Johnson, is the first unmarried partner of a prime minister to stay at 10 Downing Street. A former Conservative Party press officer, she now works with Oceana. She was the youngest victim to testify against serial sexual offender John Worboys. 

 11 Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Joanna Lumley is a British actress and prolific activist. In recognition of her work as part of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, Joanna is fondly called as the daughter of Nepal in Nepal. Also known for supporting various other charity organizations and animal welfare groups, Joanna Lumley was appointed an OBE in the 1995 New Year Honours by the queen.

 12 Amal Clooney

Amal Alamuddin
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Famous As: Lawyer, Activist
Birthdate: February 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Lebanese, British

Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister, specializing in human rights and international law. Her clients include popular and influential personalities like Yulia Tymoshenko, Nadia Murad, and Julian Assange. Her work and philanthropic activities gained media coverage after her wedding to actor George Clooney. The Clooneys are well-known philanthropists and are founders of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

 13 Riz Ahmed

Riz Ahmed
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 14 Nazanin Boniadi

Nazanin Boniadi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Iranian, British, American

 15 Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 16 Anna Friel

Anna Friel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

Anna Friel is a British actress who gained international recognition after portraying Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on the popular American fantasy mystery TV series Pushing Daisies. After starting her professional acting career at the age of 13, Friel went on to establish herself as a successful adult actress. Friel also serves as an ambassador for The World Wide Fund for Nature.

 17 Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
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Famous As: Founding Father of the United States
Birthdate: January 29, 1737
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British, American
Died: June 8, 1809

English-born American political activist, philosopher, and revolutionary, Thomas Paine, is credited to have penned some of the most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution. His works inspired the common people of America and motivated them to fight for independence from British rule. He was ostracized for criticizing Christianity and died a lonely man.

 18 Julie Christie

Julie Christie
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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: April 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 19 Princess Diana

Princess Diana
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Famous As: Member of the British Royal Family
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: August 31, 1997

The first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family. As a princess, she became known for her unconventional approach to charity work. She was celebrated as a style icon and fashionista as well. She divorced Charles in 1996 and died in a tragic car accident the following year.

 20 Heather Mills

Heather Mills
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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: January 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Model Heather Mills lost her left leg in an accident but continued to model using a prosthetic leg. She was previously married to singer Paul McCartney. An avid animal rights activist, she is associated with organizations such as Viva! She has appeared on reality shows like Dancing with The Stars.

 21 Emma Watson

Emma Watson
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Famous As: British actress
Birthdate: April 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

English actress, model, and activist, Emma Watson first gained prominence as a child artiste in the Harry Potter film series. The daughter of lawyers, she was determined to go to college despite her busy acting career and graduated from Brown University. A staunch feminist, she is actively involved with organizations that work for the betterment of women.

 22 Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

At fourteen, singer Dua Lipa began her career by posting covers of famous songs on YouTube. She soon signed a contract with Warner Music Group and shot into fame with the release of her eponymous chart topping debut album. Since then, she has released her critically acclaimed second album, bagged two Grammys and created history at 2018 BRIT Awards.

 23 Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 27, 1759
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: September 10, 1797

Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer, advocate of women's rights, and philosopher. Wollstonecraft, who attracted a lot of attention for her unconventional personal relationships, is widely considered a founding feminist philosopher. Although her unorthodoxy initially attracted criticisms, her advocacy of women's equality became increasingly important during the 20th century. Modern-day feminists cite her works and her life as important influences.

 24 Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 25 Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French, British, American

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.

 26 Maajid Nawaz

Maajid Nawaz
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 27 Kate Nash

Kate Nash
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 28 Sean Pertwee

Sean Pertwee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Sean Pertwee is an English actor and narrator. The son of actor, Jon Pertwee, Sean followed in the footsteps of his father to establish himself in the entertainment industry. Apart from playing important roles in films like Dog Soldiers, he is also known for his work as a narrator in TV shows, such as Zero Hour and MasterChef: The Professionals.

 29 Annie Besant

Annie Besant
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Famous As: Member of the London School Board
Birthdate: October 1, 1847
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: September 20, 1933

Annie Besant was a British theosophist, socialist, writer, orator, educationist, women's rights activist, and philanthropist. Despite being British, Besant supported India's freedom movement and even joined the Indian National Congress. She is also credited with co-founding Banaras Hindu University. Besant also helped launch the Indian Home Rule movement to campaign for democracy in the country.

 30 Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 31 Lola Kirke

Lola Kirke
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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British, American

 32 Robin Cavendish

Robin Cavendish
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: March 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: August 8, 1994

 33 David Bale

David Bale
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, South African
Died: December 30, 2003

David Bale was an English entrepreneur and animal rights activist. He worked closely with The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, which aims at protecting endangered mountain gorillas, and served as one of its board members. Apart from his work as an activist for animal rights and environmental causes, David Bale is also known as the father of actor Christian Bale.

 34 Sophie Thompson

Sophie Thompson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

Sophie Thompson is a British actress known for her portrayal of the Baker's Wife in the London revival of Into the Woods, for which she received the Olivier Award under the Best Actress in a Musical category. She has received six other nominations at the Olivier Awards. Also a writer, Thompson has authored a recipe book and a children's book.

 35 Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 36 Emily Thornberry

Emily Thornberry
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 37 Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 38 Anjem Choudary

Anjem Choudary
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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: January 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 39 Pixie Geldof

Pixie Geldof
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 40 Liam Fox

Liam Fox
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, Scottish

 41 Ricky Tomlinson

Ricky Tomlinson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Actor and political activist Ricky Tomlinson is best known as Bobby from Brookside and as Charlie from Cracker. He also played the titular role in the mockumentary Mike Bassett: England Manager and has appeared in The Royle Family. He has also written a bestselling autobiography and donates generously to charities.

 42 Sarah Solemani

Sarah Solemani
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 43 Piers Corbyn

Piers Corbyn
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 44 David Lammy

David Lammy
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 45 Pamela Harriman

Pamela Harriman
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Famous As: Political activist
Birthdate: March 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British, American
Died: February 5, 1997

 46 Sally Bercow

Sally Bercow
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Famous As: John Bercow's Wife
Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 47 David Oakes

David Oakes
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 48 David Mayer de Rothschild

David Mayer de Rothschild
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Birthdate: August 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 49 Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: September 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 50 Ben Goldsmith

Ben Goldsmith
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Famous As: Environmentalist
Birthdate: October 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British