Famous British Journalists

When asked to define journalism, the prompt reply by mostly all is that it acts as the watchdog of the society. Having said that, the responsibility of the journalists doubles by itself for they are not only supposed to be skilled and proficient in their reporting but righteous and ethical as well. Since times immemorial, the culture and trends in journalism has sharply been changing from being slaves of dictators to fiercely independent, sensational journalism to citizen journalism and much more. In the English world, there have been numerous journalists who have created a niche for themselves due to their prompt and ethical reporting, daring attitude and never-say-die spirit. Amongst them, some that deserve a mention include Robert Fisk, a fearless reporter who covered the Persian Gulf War, Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan, Kate Adie who is still best known for her stint with BBC News as Chief News Correspondent, Louis Sebastian Theroux, an explorer of cultural subjects who gained the top spot with the flagship shows ‘Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends’ and ‘When Louis Met…’. Check out this section to get detailed information regarding the life and works of famous British journalists.

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 1 
Louis Theroux
(Journalist)

Louis Theroux
5
Birthdate: May 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore

Renowned British-American documentary filmmaker, Louis Theroux began his career as a journalist with Metro Silicon Valley, Spy magazine and TV Nation series. He gained recognition with his documentary series When Louis Met..., and Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends. The two time BAFTA Award winner has also received appreciation for his documentaries The Most Hated Family in America and My Scientology Movie.

 2 
George Orwell
(Known for His Novels “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four”)

George Orwell
5
Birthdate: June 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Motihari, Bihar, India
Died: January 21, 1950

The king of dystopia and satire, George Orwell, the pen name adopted by Eric Arthur Blair, was a well-known novelist and critic of the 20th century. A man with a strong mind of his own, Orwell never backed down from stating his views on the socio-political climate he lived in, which he expressed profusely through his influential essays and novels.

 3 
Rudyard Kipling
(Journalist, Poet & Novelist)

Rudyard Kipling
4
Birthdate: December 30, 1865
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: January 18, 1936

English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist Rudyard Kipling is best remembered for his fiction work The Jungle Book. He was born in India and many of his works are inspired by his life in the country. He was one of the most popular English writers in the late 19th and early 20th century.

 4 
Jeremy Clarkson
(Broadcaster)

Jeremy Clarkson
5
Birthdate: April 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire

Jeremy Clarkson has come a long way from being a local journalist to becoming a recognized public personality, thanks to his appearance as a presenter in the popular TV show Top Gear. He is credited with making Top Gear one of the most successful shows in the UK. His tongue-in-cheek presenting style and writing often provoke a public reaction.

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 5 
Nigella Lawson
(Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer)

Nigella Lawson
6
Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: 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.

 6 
Christopher Hitchens
(British-American Author Who is Known for Excoriating Criticisms of Public Contemporary Figures)

Christopher Hitchens
5
Birthdate: April 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Died: December 15, 2011

Christopher Hitchens was an advocate for New Atheism and a harsh critic of religion and of famous personalities such as Bill Clinton and Mother Teresa. He authored and edited many books on socio-political issues. As a journalist, he wrote for well-known publications such as New Statesman and The Weekly Standard.

 7 
Christiane Amanpour
(Journalist, Television Host and Chief International Anchor for CNN)

Christiane Amanpour
9
Birthdate: January 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
British-Iranian journalist Christiane Amanpour is best known as the anchor of the CNN interview show Amanpour. She has also hosted PBS’s Amanpour & Company. She was criticized for her biased and pro-Muslim coverage of the Bosnian War. She has also been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression.
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 8 
Lucy Hawking
(Journalist, Novelist, Writer)

Lucy Hawking
5
Birthdate: November 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: England
Lucy Hawking, daughter of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking, has been a journalist with New York Magazine, The Times, and The Telegraph. She has also authored several children's books, such as George's Secret Key to the Universe. She is the VP of National Star College and also works for autism research.

 9 
Anna Wintour
(Journalist)

Anna Wintour
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Birthdate: November 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England

Anna Wintour is a British-American journalist. She has been working as Vogue's Editor-in-Chief since 1988. Known for having an eye for emerging fashion trends, Wintour is credited with reviving Vogue as it was viewed as a stagnating publication when she assumed control in 1988. Nicknamed Nuclear Wintour due to her demanding personality, Wintour inspired the story The Devil Wears Prada.

 10 
Richard Hammond
(Television presenter best known for co-hosting the BBC Two motoring programme Top Gear from 2002 until 2015)

Richard Hammond
4
Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solihull, England

 11 
James May
(TV Presenter)

James May
4
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.

 12 
Michael Portillo
(Journalist, Political Leader)

Michael Portillo
4
Birthdate: May 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hertfordshire
Former Conservative MP from Enfield Southgate, and Kensington and Chelsea, Michael Portillo, later hosted the BBC documentaries Great British Railway Journeys and Great Continental Railway Journeys. A Thatcherite and an EU-sceptic, he gave rise to the term "Portillo moment" when he lost the Conservative Enfield Southgate seat in 1997.

 13 
Stacey Dooley
(Television presenter)

Stacey Dooley
4
Birthdate: March 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Investigative journalist Stacey Dooley is best known for presenting socially relevant BBC documentaries with themes such as child labor and gender equality. Some of her notable works are Blood, Sweat and T-shirts and the series Stacey Dooley Investigates. The MBE recipient has also won the reality contest Strictly Come Dancing

 14 
Fiona Bruce
(Journalist)

Fiona Bruce
6
Birthdate: April 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore

 15 
Anna Richardson
(Television Presenter)

Anna Richardson
4
Birthdate: September 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellington, Telford, United Kingdom
Anna Richardson is best known as a presenter for various Channel 4 shows such as The Sex Education Show and its four subsequent series. She has also appeared on shows such as Secret Eaters, Naked Attraction, and Love Bites. She is openly bisexual and is currently dating comedian Sue Perkins.

 16 
Naga Munchetty
(Television Presenter)

Naga Munchetty
4
Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Streatham
Journalist Naga Munchetty is known for hosting shows such as BBC Breakfast, Victoria Derbyshire, and Newsnight. She previously hosted BBC World News and Working Lunch and also won Celebrity Mastermind. She is also a skilled golfer and plays jazz trumpet and the piano. She publicly criticized Trump for his racism.

 17 
Chris Harris
(Journalist, Television Presenter)

Chris Harris
4
Birthdate: January 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United Kingdom

TV host and automotive journalist Chris Harris is best known as a primary presenter of Top Gear. He had a successful YouTube series, Chris Harris on Cars, which was later moved to the Top Gear website. Chris is also a major contributor to auto magazines such as Evo and Autocar.

 18 
Jill Wendy Dando
(Journalist)

Jill Wendy Dando
4
Birthdate: November 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, England
Died: April 26, 1999

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Henry Graham Greene
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Birthdate: October 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berkhamsted, England
Died: April 3, 1991

English author Henry Graham Greene, better known as Graham Greene, is remembered for his pathbreaking Catholic novels and thrillers. He was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in Literature. His works include The Third Man and The Human Factor, and his Academy Award-nominated script of the film The Fallen Idol.

 20 
Randolph Churchill
(Journalist, Member of Parliament for Preston (1940-45))

Randolph Churchill
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Birthdate: May 28, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 6, 1968

Randolph Churchill was a British journalist and writer. The only son of Sir Winston Churchill, Randolph Churchill followed in the footsteps of his father and became a prominent politician, serving as a member of parliament for Preston. Randolph Churchill was portrayed by famous actors in several TV series and films like Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years and Darkest Hour.

 21 
David Frost
(Television Host Best Remembered for the show 'Through the Keyhole' and 'That Was the Week That Was')

David Frost
4
Birthdate: April 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tenterden, Kent, England
Died: August 31, 2013

David Frost was an English media personality, journalist, television host, comedian, and writer. One of the most popular television interviewers of all time, Frost interviewed eight British prime ministers and seven American presidents in office. His interview with Richard Nixon was adapted into a play and film. He also played a key role in the establishment of TV-am in 1983.

 22 
Richard Coles
(Journalist, Radio personality)

Richard Coles
5
Birthdate: March 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Northampton

 23 
Carol Thatcher
(Journalist)

Carol Thatcher
4
Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London

 24 
Fearne Cotton
(Television presenter, Voice actor, Journalist, Disc jockey)

Fearne Cotton
4
Birthdate: September 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northwood

 25 
Rachel Johnson
(Editor, Journalist)

Rachel Johnson
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Birthdate: September 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Rachel Johnson is a British television presenter, journalist, and author. She is known for appearing in panel discussion programs and debate programs, such as The Pledge and Question Time. A well-known novelist, Johnson served as a judge of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the UK.

 26 
Kate Garraway
(Journalist)

Kate Garraway
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Birthdate: May 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, UK

 27 
Susanna Reid
(Television Presenter)

Susanna Reid
4
Birthdate: December 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Croydon, London, England

Journalist and anchor Susanna Reid is best known for co-presenting BBC Breakfast. She also ended up as the runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013. She has appeared as the main host of shows such as Sunday Morning Live and Good Morning Britain, and is associated with Media Trust.

 28 
Eamonn Holmes
(Journalists)

Eamonn Holmes
4
Birthdate: December 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Best known for his long stints as a presenter of shows such as GMTV, This Morning, and Sky News Sunrise, Irish journalist Eamonn Holmes has also campaigned for animal welfare and Alzheimer’s awareness. He has also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and hosted game shows such as The Rich List.

 29 
Zac Goldsmith
(Member of House of Lords of the United Kingdom)

Zac Goldsmith
4
Birthdate: January 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Westminster Hospital, London, United Kingdom

 30 
Sara Cox
(Presenter, Disc jockey, Journalist)

Sara Cox
4
Birthdate: December 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bolton

 31 
Peter Hitchens
(Journalist, Writer)

Peter Hitchens
4
Birthdate: October 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sliema

 32 
Michael Aspel
(Television Presenter)

Michael Aspel
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Birthdate: January 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

 33 

Lady Gabriella Windsor
4
Birthdate: April 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Mary's Hospital

Lady Gabriella Windsor is an English writer and one of the members of the British royal family. A freelance journalist, Lady Gabriella contributes immensely to several publications, including The London Magazine. A humanist, she also works closely with the nonprofit organization Playing for Change Foundation where she is a board director.

 34 
Douglas Murray
(writer, journalist)

Douglas Murray
4
Birthdate: July 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Scotland

 35 
Clare Balding
(Television presenter, Journalist, Autobiographer)

Clare Balding
4
Birthdate: January 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingsclere

 36 
Kate Silverton
(Journalist)

Kate Silverton
4
Birthdate: August 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waltham Abbey, Essex, England

 37 
Sophie Raworth
(Journalist)

Sophie Raworth
4
Birthdate: May 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Redhill

 38 
Neil Tennant
(Musician)

Neil Tennant
4
Birthdate: July 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: North Shields, Tyne-and-Wear, England, UK

 39 
Emily Maitlis
(Journalist)

Emily Maitlis
6
Birthdate: September 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canada

British journalist, documentary filmmaker, and newsreader Emily Maitlis is currently the lead anchor of BBC Two's news and current affairs program Newsnight. An alumnus of the Queens' College, Cambridge, she began her career as a documentary filmmaker before moving to broadcast journalism. She built a successful career, becoming one of the highest-paid BBC news and current affairs staff.

 40 
Ian Hislop
(Screenwriter, Journalist, Editor, Writer)

Ian Hislop
4
Birthdate: July 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Swansea

Ian Hislop is a satirist, journalist, broadcaster, writer, and editor of a magazine called Private Eye. A popular figure, Hislop has appeared in many television and radio shows over the years. Hislop is renowned for his work in the TV show Have I Got News for You where he has been a team captain since the show's inception in 1990.

 41 
Anna Soubry
(British Barrister, Journalist and Member of Parliament for Broxtowe (2010 - 2019))

Anna Soubry
4
Birthdate: December 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Anna Soubry is a British journalist, barrister, and former politician. A vocal critic of Brexit, Soubry left the Conservative Party in February 2019 in order to join the Independent Group for Change (Change UK). Subsequently, Anna Soubry was appointed as the party's leader before the disbandment of Change UK following the party's failure at the December 2019 general election.

 42 
Kirsty Gallacher
(TV Presenter who has co-presented The Great British Breakfast on GB News since June 2021)

Kirsty Gallacher
4
Birthdate: January 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

 43 
Trinny Woodall
(TV Presenter)

Trinny Woodall
4
Birthdate: February 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Fashion and makeover expert Trinny Woodall, founder of the makeup brand Trinny London, began her career as a marketing expert and then wrote fashion columns for The Daily Telegraph. She has co-hosted What Not to Wear with Susannah Constantine, has co-written several bestselling fashion books, and launched a sleepwear line.

 44 
Melanie Sykes
(TV Presenter)

Melanie Sykes
4
Birthdate: August 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England

 45 
Adrian Chiles
(Television presenter)

Adrian Chiles
5
Birthdate: March 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hagley, Worcestershire, England, UK

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Graham Hancock
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Birthdate: August 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish author Graham Hancock spent his initial years in India, where his father was a surgeon. He later moved back to the UK and worked as a journalist for publications such as The Guardian and The Times. He is known to propagate pseudo-scientific theories through his books such as Underworld and Supernatural.

 47 
Jeremy Vine
(Journalist)

Jeremy Vine
4
Birthdate: May 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Epsom

Jeremy Vine is an English journalist, broadcaster, and presenter. Since 2003, he has been hosting and contributing to the success of BBC Radio 2's lunchtime program. In 2005 and 2011, he was adjudged Speech Broadcaster of the Year at the Sony Awards.

 48 
Jon Ronson
(Journalist, Writer, Screenwriter, Documentary filmmaker, Radio personality)

Jon Ronson
4
Birthdate: May 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cardiff

 49 
A. A. Gill
(Journalist)

A. A. Gill
4
Birthdate: June 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: December 10, 2016

 50 
Jon Snow
(journalist, television presenter)

Jon Snow
4
Birthdate: September 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ardingly