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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 George Orwell

George Orwell
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
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.

 2 Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson
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Famous As: Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer
Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
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.

 3 Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson
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Famous As: Writer, Economic historian, Historian, University teacher, Journalist, Economist
Birthdate: April 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 4 Anthea Turner

Anthea Turner
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
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 5 Jeremy Vine

Jeremy Vine
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 6 Andi Peters

Andi Peters
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: July 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 7 Lorraine Kelly

Lorraine Kelly
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: November 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British, Scottish
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 8 Maureen Lipman

Maureen Lipman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 9 Trevor McDonald

Trevor McDonald
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Trinidadian, British

 10 Vanessa Feltz

Vanessa Feltz
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: February 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 11 Zoë Ball

Zoë Ball
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 12 Esther Rantzen

Esther Rantzen
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 13 Bill Turnbull

Bill Turnbull
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Famous As: Journalist, Presenter
Birthdate: January 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 14 Charlotte Hawkins

Charlotte Hawkins
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: May 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 15 Paul Mason

Paul Mason
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Famous As: journalist, writer, trade unionist
Birthdate: January 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 16 Evan Davis

Evan Davis
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 17 Matt Haig

Matt Haig
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 18 Walter Bagehot

Walter Bagehot
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Famous As: Journalist, Economist, Political scientist, Writer, Sociologist
Birthdate: February 3, 1826
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: March 24, 1877

 19 Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 20 Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner

Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: March 23, 1854
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: May 13, 1925

 21 Nigel Dempster

Nigel Dempster
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian, British
Died: July 12, 2007

 22 Roger Fenton

Roger Fenton
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 28, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: August 8, 1869

 23 Hall Caine

Hall Caine
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 14, 1853
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: August 31, 1931

 24 Richard Jefferies

Richard Jefferies
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 6, 1848
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: August 14, 1887

 25 Alasdair Milne

Alasdair Milne
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Famous As: Television producer, Journalist
Birthdate: October 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: January 8, 2013

 26 William Hone

William Hone
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 3, 1780
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: November 8, 1842

 27 Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

English broadcaster, journalist, writer, and TV personality Piers Morgan is currently the co-presenter of the ITV show Good Morning Britain. He is both popular and notorious for his outspoken views and controversial comments on the show. A winner of the US celebrity version of The Apprentice, he has also appeared in many other reality TV shows and a few films.

 28 Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: October 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Greek, British

Milo Yiannopoulos is a British far-right public speaker, political commentator, writer, and polemicist. He often ridicules feminism, political correctness, social justice, and Islam through his writings and speeches. His comments have attracted criticisms, and he is permanently banned from Twitter and Facebook. Although he is openly gay, he advocates against homosexuality and takes part in straight pride parades.

 29 Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: April 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

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.

 30 Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British, American
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.

 31 Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

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.

 32 Lucy Hawking

Lucy Hawking
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Famous As: Journalist, Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: November 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
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.

 33 Katie Hopkins

Katie Hopkins
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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: February 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Reality star Katie Hopkins is known for her far-right and controversial opinions, which have led her into quite a few legal hassles. She soared to fame with her appearance on The Apprentice (UK). She later hosted Katie Hopkins Ruled the World and finished as the runner-up on Celebrity Big Brother.

 34 Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond
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Famous As: Television presenter, Writer, Journalist, Autobiographer, Children's writer
Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 35 James May

James May
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Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: January 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

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.

 36 Michael Portillo

Michael Portillo
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Famous As: Journalist, Political Leader
Birthdate: May 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
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.

 37 Michael Gove

Michael Gove
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Judge
Birthdate: August 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 38 Paula Yates

Paula Yates
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: April 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British, Welsh
Died: September 17, 2000

 39 Anna Richardson

Anna Richardson
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: September 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
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.

 40 Naga Munchetty

Naga Munchetty
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
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.

 41 Richard Coles

Richard Coles
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Famous As: Journalist, Radio personality
Birthdate: March 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 42 Joey Barton

Joey Barton
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Famous As: Association football player, Journalist
Birthdate: September 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 43 Chris Harris

Chris Harris
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Famous As: Journalist, Television Presenter
Birthdate: January 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

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.

 44 Fiona Bruce

Fiona Bruce
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Famous As: Television producer, Television presenter, Journalist, News presenter
Birthdate: April 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 45 Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson
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Famous As: Editor, Journalist
Birthdate: September 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

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.

 46 Carol Thatcher

Carol Thatcher
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 47 Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton
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Famous As: Television presenter, Voice actor, Journalist, Disc jockey
Birthdate: September 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 48 Susanna Reid

Susanna Reid
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: December 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

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.

 49 Zac Goldsmith

Zac Goldsmith
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Famous As: Member of House of Lords of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: January 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 50 Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: December 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Irish, British, Northern Irish