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

Louis Theroux
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Famous As: Journalist
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

George Orwell
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Famous As: Novelist
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

Rudyard Kipling
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Famous As: Journalist, Poet & Novelist
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.

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 4 Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson
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Famous As: Broadcaster
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

Nigella Lawson
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Famous As: Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer
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 Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 7 Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens
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Famous As: Author
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.

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 8 Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 9 Lucy Hawking

Lucy Hawking
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Famous As: Journalist, Novelist, Writer
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.

 10 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
Birthplace: Solihull

 11 James May

James May
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Famous As: TV Presenter
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

Michael Portillo
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Famous As: Journalist, Political Leader
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 Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer
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Famous As: Broadcaster, Television presenter, 56th Mayor of Cincinnati
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Highgate, London, England

English-born American television presenter, actor, politician, and musician Jerry Springer is a multifaceted man. A qualified lawyer, he shifted to politics from law as a young man. After a few years, he moved to journalism and found considerable success. As a TV presenter, he is best known for the tabloid talk show, The Jerry Springer Show. 

 14 Fiona Bruce

Fiona Bruce
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore

 15 Anna Richardson

Anna Richardson
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Famous As: Television Presenter
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

Naga Munchetty
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Famous As: Television Presenter
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

Chris Harris
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Famous As: Journalist, Television Presenter
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

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

 19 Henry Graham Greene

Henry Graham Greene
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Famous As: Novelist
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 Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe
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Famous As: Novelist, Journalist & Merchant
Birthdate: September 13, 1660
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 24, 1731
Daniel Defoe was an English trader, pamphleteer, and spy, who is best remembered for his 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe. He also helped in popularizing the novel format of writing in Britain. He was a forerunner of business journalism, too, and also traded in hosiery, woollen goods, and wine.

 21 Richard Coles

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

 22 Carol Thatcher

Carol Thatcher
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London

 23 Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson
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Famous As: Editor, Journalist
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.

 24 Fearne Cotton

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

 25 Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: West Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Died: April 10, 1966

Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh was an English author, known for his novels, biographies, and travelogues. Hailed as the most brilliant satirical novelist of his day, he wrote mostly satires before WWII. But during the war, his writings took a serious turn; he published Brideshead Revisited in 1945, a book that continues to appear on the best books list till now.

 26 Kate Garraway

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

 27 Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: December 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland

 28 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: Aquarius
Birthplace: Westminster Hospital, London, United Kingdom

 29 Sara Cox

Sara Cox
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Famous As: Presenter, Disc jockey, Journalist
Birthdate: December 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bolton

 30 Michael Aspel

Michael Aspel
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: January 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

 31 Peter Hitchens

Peter Hitchens
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sliema

 32 Ted Koppel

Ted Koppel
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: February 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lancashire, England, UK

Ted Koppel is an American broadcast journalist who contributed immensely to the success of the popular late-night television news program Nightline, working as its anchor from 1980 to 2005. Considered one of the most remarkable among the serious-minded interviewers on TV, Ted Koppel has won several prestigious awards, including 42 Emmy Awards and nine Overseas Press Club awards.

 33 Kate Silverton

Kate Silverton
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Famous As: Journalist, Television presenter
Birthdate: August 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waltham Abbey

 34 Adrian Chiles

Adrian Chiles
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: March 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hagley, Worcestershire, England, UK

 35 Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Screenwriter, Documentary filmmaker, Radio personality
Birthdate: May 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cardiff

 36 Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray
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Famous As: writer, journalist
Birthdate: July 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Scotland

 37 Lady Gabriella Windsor

Lady Gabriella Windsor
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 38 Neil Tennant

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

 39 Sophie Raworth

Sophie Raworth
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Redhill

 40 Henry Morton Stanley

Henry Morton Stanley
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: January 28, 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denbigh
Died: May 10, 1904

Henry Morton Stanley was a Welsh-American explorer, journalist, colonial administrator, soldier, politician, and author. He is remembered for his exploration of central Africa and his search for the source of the River Nile. Stanley received an honorary title of knighthood in 1899. His life and career inspired the 1939 movie Stanley and Livingstone, where Stanley was played by Spencer Tracy.

 41 Esther McVey

Esther McVey
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

 42 Frankie Boyle

Frankie Boyle
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Famous As: Comedian, Autobiographer, Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: August 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pollokshaws

 43 Kirsty Gallacher

Kirsty Gallacher
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Famous As: Presenter, Journalist
Birthdate: January 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh

 44 Ian Hislop

Ian Hislop
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Journalist, Editor, Writer
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.

 45 Anna Soubry

Anna Soubry
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: December 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lincoln, England, United Kingdom

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.

 46 Melanie Sykes

Melanie Sykes
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Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: August 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England

 47 Jeremy Vine

Jeremy Vine
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Famous As: Journalist
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 Lorraine Kelly

Lorraine Kelly
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: November 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Lorraine Kelly is a Scottish journalist and TV presenter. She is also known for her charity work and has been a long-time supporter of the LGBT community. In the 2012 New Year Honours, Lorraine Kelly was appointed OBE for services to charity. In the 2020 Birthday Honours, she was promoted to CBE for services to journalism, broadcasting, and charity.

 49 Clare Balding

Clare Balding
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Famous As: Television presenter, Journalist, Autobiographer
Birthdate: January 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingsclere

 50 Graham Hancock

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