Famous British Media Personalities

The Media of the United Kingdom is vibrant and dynamic, consisting of different types of communication media like television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and Web sites. With its diverse range of providers, the most prominent being the state-owned public service broadcaster, the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), Britain is a fertile ground for flourishing media personalities. Francesca Unsworth, a British journalist and media executive who is currently the director of the BBC World Service Group is a significant media personality in the nation. Other prominent individuals associated with the BBC include Bruce Reynolds who became one of the youngest business reporters to be on National British Television at age 26. Broadcaster Kwame Kwei-Armah became the second black Briton to have a play staged in the West End, and is one of the important black media personalities in the U.K. June Sarpong a television presenter of Ghanaian descent, and Diane Johnson are among the successful women in the English media. Mike Neville—best known for his solid presentational style and witty banter—is also an important figure in the media of the U.K. This section provides you information about the life and works of British media personalities.

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 1 David Attenborough

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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: May 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Widely regarded as a national treasure in the United Kingdom, Sir David Attenborough is the only person to have received BAFTAs for TV shows meant for different television sets, such as black and white, color, 3D, HD, and 4K. In 2002, he was mentioned in BBC's 100 Greatest Britons list.

 2 Amanda Holden

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Amanda Holden is an English actress, TV personality, author, and musician. Her autobiography book No Holding Back was ranked first on the Sunday Times bestseller list. Apart from being a media personality, Amanda Holden is also known for her charity work; in 2018, she posed as a mermaid underwater as part of a PETA awareness campaign against the SeaWorld.

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 3 Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: March 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 4 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.

 5 Mary Berry

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Famous As: Food Writer, TV Presenter
Birthdate: March 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

Author of over 75 cookbooks, Mary Berry has also hosted several culinary shows, such as Mary Berry Cooks. The Guardian ranked her the second-best-dressed person over 50. A CBE and DBE recipient, she has also received the Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award and an honorary degree.

 6 Victoria Coren Mitchell

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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: August 18, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Victoria Coren Mitchell is the first woman to win a European Poker Tour contest. She has hosted the BBC game show Only Connect and written several books, including a poker-centered memoir. The Women in Poker Hall of Fame inductee has also written columns for The Guardian and The Observer

 7 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.

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 8 Danny Dyer

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 9 Rachel Riley

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Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: January 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Rachel Riley is best known as a co-host of the puzzle show Countdown and its spin-off, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. An avid mathematician, she also co-hosted The Gadget Show and It's Not Rocket Science. She also participated in the 11th season of Strictly Come Dancing.

 10 Stacey Dooley

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Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: March 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
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
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 11 Sharon Osbourne

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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon Osbourne is a music manager. She rejuvenated Ozzy’s career by organizing the Ozzfest tour. She was the star of the reality show The Osbournes, wrote several books, was a panelist on Loose Women, and judged America's Got Talent and The X Factor.

 12 Dick Strawbridge

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Famous As: Engineer, TV Presenter
Birthdate: September 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 13 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.

 14 John Barrowman

John Barrowman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British, American

 15 Karl Pilkington

Karl Pilkington
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Famous As: Television Presenter, Radio Producer
Birthdate: September 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

Karl Pilkington is an English comedian, television presenter, radio producer, and actor. He achieved popularity as the producer of Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais' radio program on Xfm. Pilkington is credited with co-founding a TV production company called RiSK Productions. Also known for his charity work, Pilkington designed and signed a card to benefit the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children.

 16 Bear Grylls

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Famous As: Adventurer
Birthdate: June 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

A former Special Air Service serviceman and honorary lieutenant-colonel, Bear Grylls is best known as an adventurer who does interesting things—from eating goat testicles to drinking elephant dung juice—in the TV series Man vs. Wild. Also known for his charity and humanitarian efforts, Bear was appointed OBE in 2019 for services to charity, young people, and the media.

 17 Paula Yates

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

 18 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.

 19 Caroline Flack

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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: February 15, 2020

A British television personality, Caroline Flack presented many shows ranging from I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW!  to The X Factor. Accused of assaulting her boyfriend, she was one of the four participants of the dating reality series Love Island who committed suicide. She stated in her autobiography that he had dated Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.  

 20 Sarah Ferguson

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Sarah Ferguson is one of the members of the British royal family. She started working with several charity organizations after marrying Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Even after her divorce, she has continued working with organizations like the American Cancer Society. In 2020, she set up her own foundation called Sarah's Trust.

 21 Richard C Armitage

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

Richard Crispin Armitage is an English actor whose portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit film series earned him international recognition and a Saturn Award. Well-known for his baritone voice, Richard Armitage has also recorded many audiobooks; in 2014, he won an Audiobook of the Year award for his work on Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel.

 22 Ant Middleton

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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: September 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 23 Jamie Oliver

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Famous As: Chef and Restaurateur
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Jamie Oliver is an English restaurateur and chef who gained international recognition after appearing on popular TV shows, such as Jamie's Kitchen and The Naked Chef. In 2005, his Feed Me Better campaign helped introduce several children to healthier foods. He also established a charity restaurant called Fifteen, which employs disadvantaged young people.

 24 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.

 25 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.

 26 Sally Hawkins

Sally Hawkins
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 27 Cat Deeley

Cat Deeley
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Model, Radio personality
Birthdate: October 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 28 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.

 29 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

 30 David Jason

David Jason
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 31 Stacey Solomon

Stacey Solomon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Stacey Solomon is an English television personality and singer. She won the 10th series of British survival reality television show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! and then released her debut single in 2011. Her debut album Shy, which released in 2015, peaked at number 45 on the UK Albums Chart.

 32 Lisa Faulkner

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 33 Ian Wright

Ian Wright
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

Ian Wright is an English former football player. Renowned for his speed, Wright played for popular clubs like Arsenal and helped his national team qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After retiring from the sport, Wright went on to become a TV and radio personality; he currently contributes as a commentator for ITV Sport and BBC Sport.

 34 Holly Willoughby

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Famous As: Television Presenter, Model
Birthdate: February 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
With approximately seven million followers on Instagram, Holly Willoughby made her place in the showbiz slowly but surely. She started her career as a model, appearing in posters and advertisements before hogging the limelight for her performance in Lemon La Vida Loca and Keith Lemon: The Film. She earned a BAFTA Children's Award as a children's television presenter. 

 35 Terry Wogan

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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: August 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Irish, British
Died: January 31, 2016

Irish radio and TV broadcaster, Terry Wogan, is remembered for his long career with BBC. For over 15 years, his weekday breakfast program, Wake Up to Wogan, drew in millions of listeners. At the peak of his career, he was probably the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.  He was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2009.

 36 Mark Labbett

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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: August 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Mark Labbett gained fame as the “chaser” on the game show The Chase and its subsequent versions. He is known by his nickname “The Beast” on these shows. He has also appeared on several other shows, such as Mastermind, Countdown, SUDO-Q, Celebrity Juice, and The Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

 37 Jerry Springer

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Famous As: Talk Show Host, Former Politician, Former News Anchor
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British, American

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. 

 38 Bruce Forsyth

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Famous As: Television presenter, Actor, Comedian, Singer
Birthdate: February 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: August 18, 2017
Bruce Forsyth soared to fame with the show Sunday Night at the London Palladium and later hosted shows such as The Price Is Right and The Generation Game. He also co-hosted Strictly Come Dancing. Forsyth holds a Guinness record for being the longest-tenured male entertainer on TV. 

 39 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

 40 Mel Giedroyc

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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: June 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Mel Giedroyc is an English TV presenter, actress, and comedian. She is known for co-hosting series like Light Lunch and Mel & Sue. Also known for her humanitarian efforts, Giedroyc contributed to Gareth Malone's All Star Choir, in 2014, in an attempt to raise funds for BBC's charity Children in Need. In 2017, she went on to co-present Children in Need.

 41 Claudia Winkleman

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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: January 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Claudia Winkleman is best known as the host of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two and has been nominated for two BAFTA awards for her work on the show. She has also hosted Eurovision: Your Decision and Three's a Crowd, and has written about travel and relationships for various magazines.

 42 Katie Piper

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Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: October 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Model Katie Piper made headlines after being attacked with acid by her former boyfriend. She underwent a face restoration surgery to rebuild her damaged face. She then became an activist, released an autobiography, and created a documentary. She also owns a foundation to help burn victims and has hosted Bodyshockers.

 43 Timothy Spall

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 44 Penelope Wilton

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Penelope Wilton is an English actress known for her work in theatre, film, and TV. The winner of several prestigious awards, such as the Olivier Award, Penelope Wilton was appointed an OBE for services to drama in the 2004 New Year Honours. In the 2016 Birthday Honours, she was elevated to become a DBE.

 45 Cilla Black

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: August 1, 2015
Priscilla Maria Veronica White, better known as Cilla Black, is best remembered for her chart-topping hits You're My World and Anyone Who Had a Heart. She had her own show, Cilia, and also acted as a comedy actor. She later presented shows such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.

 46 Robert Rinder

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Famous As: Barrister
Birthdate: May 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Criminal barrister Robert Rinder had a 12-year stint at the 2 Hare Court law firm before appearing as Judge Rinder on the reality courtroom show Judge Rinder. He has also written columns for the London Evening Standard and released a book. He has been part of The London Marathon, too.

 47 Lucy Worsley

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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 48 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.

 49 Michael Gove

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

 50 Natasia Demetriou

Natasia Demetriou
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Nationality: British