Famous British Newspaper Columnists

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Peaches Geldof
(British Model, Television Personality and Writer for the UK Edition of ‘Elle Girl’ Magazine)
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Birthdate: March 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: April 7, 2014
Peaches Geldof, daughter of singer Bob Geldof and TV presenter Paula Yates, wrote for publications such as Elle Girl and The Guardian. She later presented her own TV shows, such as Peaches Geldof: Teen America, and modeled. Geldof was a Scientologist. She died of a heroin overdose at age 25.
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Peter Ustinov
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Birthdate: April 16, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Swiss Cottage, London, England
Died: March 28, 2004

Peter Ustinov was a British actor, writer, and filmmaker. An intellectual, Ustinov held several academic posts and served as the president of the World Federalist Movement. Over the course of his illustrious career, Peter Ustinov won many prestigious awards, such as the Golden Globes, Emmy Awards, Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and BAFTA Awards.

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Christopher Hitchens
(British-American Author Who is Known for Excoriating Criticisms of Public Contemporary Figures)
Christopher Hitchens
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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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Karren Brady
(Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom)
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Birthdate: April 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edmonton, London, England

One of the UK’s best-known businesswomen, Baroness Karren Brady had begun her career in advertising sales. She has been a judge on BBC1’s The Apprentice and an MD at Birmingham City FC. She is a Barclays LifeSkills ambassador, too, and has been part of the House of Lords.

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Giles Coren
(Food Writer)
Giles Coren
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Birthdate: July 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paddington, London, Eng;and

Chiefly known as a food writer, Giles Coren has been serving as a columnist for London based daily newspaper, The Times, since the age of 24. Named Food and Drink Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards, he has also authored several books and appeared on several popular television productions. Currently, he also hosts a weekly radio program.

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Malcolm Muggeridge
(Journalist and Author)
Malcolm Muggeridge
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Birthdate: March 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sanderstead, South Croydon, Surrey, England, UK
Died: November 14, 1990

British journalist, social critic, and satirist Malcolm Muggeridge was Labour Party MP, apart from being a British spy during World War II. Prior to being part of the British intelligence, he had been a lecturer in Cairo. He had also been an editor for Punch and had penned several books.

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Julia Hartley-Brewer
(Radio presenter, journalist, columnist)
Julia Hartley-Brewer
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Birthdate: May 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
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Patrick Robinson
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Birthdate: December 15, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Canterbury, England

Patrick Robinson is a British writer and novelist. He also works as a newspaper columnist and has contributed to several popular publications. His non-fiction book True Blue: The Oxford Boat Race Mutiny, which he co-wrote with Dan Topolski, was named William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 1989.

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A. N. Wilson
(Writer & Columnist)
A. N. Wilson
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Birthdate: October 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stone, England

A. N. Wilson is an English newspaper columnist and writer who has contributed to publications like the Daily Mail, London Evening Standard, The Times Literary Supplement, The Observer, and New Statesman. Although he is famous for writing non-fiction, he has also written several works of fiction, winning the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Somerset Maugham Prize for his effort.

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
(Ugandan-born British journalist and author)
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
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Birthdate: December 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kampala, Uganda
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Zoe Williams
(Journalist, columnist, author)
Zoe Williams
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Birthdate: August 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hounslow, West London, England, United Kingdom

Zoe Williams is a Welsh journalist, columnist, and author. She is best known for her association with the popular newspaper The Guardian, where she contributes as a political, lifestyle, and wellness journalist. Zoe Williams has also contributed to publications like the Evening Standard and NOW Magazine. At the 2010 WorkWorld Media Awards, Zoe Williams was adjudged Columnist of the Year.

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Dominic Sandbrook
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Birthdate: October 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bridgnorth, England

Dominic Sandbrook is a British author, columnist, historian, and television presenter. Before establishing himself as a writer, Sandbrook worked at the University of Sheffield where he taught history. His writing career received a boost when he was included in Waterstones' 25 Authors for the Future list in 2007. Since then, Dominic Sandbrook has contributed to publications like the Daily Mail.

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Nigel Dempster
(British Journalist Best Known for His Celebrity Gossip Columns in Newspapers)
Nigel Dempster
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Birthdate: November 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Died: July 12, 2007

Nigel Dempster was a British author, journalist, diarist, and broadcaster. Dempster is best remembered for his columns in popular publications like the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, and Private Eye magazine. Dempster was renowned for his celebrity gossip columns that contributed immensely to the success of many publications. At the end of his career, Dempster suffered from progressive supranuclear palsy.

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Olly Smith
(Television presenter and Columnist)
Olly Smith
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Birthdate: September 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Darlington, County Durham, England
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Keith Waterhouse
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Birthdate: February 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hunslet, Leeds,, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 4, 2009

English novelist and playwright, Keith Spencer Waterhouse is noted for his ability to create comedies even out of unpleasant situations. Leaving school at fifteen, he eventually became a columnist in established London papers like Punch and Daily Mirror. He earned international fame with his second novel, Billy Liar. He is also known for his campaigning against color bar and  against decline in the standards of modern English.

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Steve Bunce
(Sportscaster, Newspaper columnist)
Steve Bunce
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Birthdate: December 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Camden Town, London, United Kingdom
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John Morley
(Statesman)
John Morley
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Birthdate: December 24, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blackburn, England
Died: September 23, 1923

John Morley was a British writer, newspaper editor, and politician. Morley served as the Chief Secretary for Ireland from February to July 1886. Between 1905 and 1910, he was the Secretary of State for India. John Morley is best remembered for his writings, many of which have been published. Morley is credited with inspiring influential figures like Mahomed Ali Jinnah.

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John Wain
(Poet)
John Wain
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Birthdate: March 14, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, England
Died: May 24, 1994

John Wain was an English poet, critic, and novelist. He was closely associated with an influential literary group called The Movement. Throughout his life, Wain worked towards the betterment of major publications. He has also worked as a freelance journalist, contributing to newspapers and the radio. Wain has also contributed to the literary world by writing novels, plays, and poems.

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Philip Toynbee
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Birthdate: June 25, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: June 15, 1981

Philip Toynbee was a British communist and writer who wrote experimental novels. He also wrote distinctive verse novels, including his epic piece Pantaloon. He also contributed immensely to the success of The Observer, where he worked for many days. Despite suffering from depression and a personal crisis, Philip Toynbee continued writing until his death on 15 June 1981. 

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Steve Matchett
(Sports commentator)
Steve Matchett
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Birthdate: December 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: England

Steve Matchett is a British sports commentator who works for popular television networks like Fox Sports. He is best known for his expertise in racing events, such as Formula One. From 1996 to 2008, Steve Matchett was a columnist and regular contributor to F1 Racing magazine. From 1998 to 2008, he served as the magazine's Technical Editor.

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Marjorie Proops
(Journalist)
Marjorie Proops
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Birthdate: August 10, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United kingdom
Died: November 10, 1996

Marjorie Proops was a British journalist and advice columnist best remembered for her Dear Marje column for the Daily Mirror. Apart from being an adviser, Marjorie Proops also used her campaign to popularize numerous causes. She also appeared on the popular radio show Just a Minute. In 1984, she was named Woman of the Year for her contributions and efforts.

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Arthur Bryant
(Historian)
Arthur Bryant
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Birthdate: February 18, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dersingham, England
Died: January 22, 1985

Arthur Bryant was a British historian and writer. Bryant's works were influential among high government circles as he was the favorite historian of many prominent personalities like Harold Wilson, Clement Attlee, and Winston Churchill. He also contributed as a columnist to popular publications like The Illustrated London News.  Over the course of his career, Bryant wrote more than 40 books.

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Hugo Young
(British Journalist, Columnist and Senior Political Commentator at 'The Guardian')
Hugo Young
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Birthdate: October 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
Died: September 22, 2003

Hugo Young was a British columnist and journalist. He contributed immensely to the success of The Guardian, where he worked as a senior political commentator. He also played a major role in the development of The Sunday Times, where he was the chief writer from 1967 to 1977. He also served as the publication's political editor from 1973 to 1984.           

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Alan Watkins
(Columnist)
Alan Watkins
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Birthdate: April 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tycroes, Wales
Died: May 8, 2010

Alan Watkins was a British political columnist who worked for several London-based newspapers and magazines for more than five decades. He is best remembered for his association with The Observer, where he worked from 1976 to 1993. Alan Watkins is credited with coining and popularizing several phrases, such as chattering classes. 

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Lynda Lee-Potter
(Journalist)
Lynda Lee-Potter
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Birthdate: May 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leigh, England
Died: October 20, 2004

Lynda Lee-Potter was a British journalist best remembered for her role as a columnist for the popular newspaper Daily Mail. A popular writer, Lee-Potter was adjudged Columnist of the Year in 1984 and 2001. In 1987 and 1993, she was named Feature Writer of the Year. Lee-Potter's most cherished Woman Writer of the Year was presented to her in 1989.     

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Kathleen Tynan
(Journalist)
Kathleen Tynan
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Birthdate: January 25, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Canada
Died: January 10, 1995

Kathleen Tynan was a Canadian-British journalist and screenwriter. The daughter of prominent Canadian war correspondent Matthew Halton, she followed in her father’s footsteps and pursued a journalistic career. She started writing novels and screenplays following her marriage to theater critic Kenneth Tynan. She also published theater and literary criticism. She died from cancer in 1995. 

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Gwyn Thomas
(Author)
Gwyn Thomas
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Birthdate: July 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cymmer, Wales, England
Died: April 13, 1981

Gwyn Thomas was a Welsh writer, journalist, and radio broadcaster. He lost his mother when he was a child and suffered from ill-health. Despite these difficulties, he won a scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. After graduation, he embarked on a teaching and writing career. He published several novels and also wrote for radio shows.  

Charles Frederic Moberly Bell
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Birthdate: April 2, 1847
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: April 5, 1911

Charles Frederic Moberly Bell was a British journalist and newspaper editor. His early life was tough, and he lost both his parents as a child. As a young man, he found freelance work as a journalist with The Times. Impressed with his work, the owner of the newspaper asked him to help run it. Bell also published three books. 

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Mollie Patricia Panter-Downes
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Birthdate: August 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: January 22, 1997

Mollie Patricia Panter-Downes was a British novelist and journalist. Interested in writing from a young age, she wrote her first novel, The Shoreless Sea, when she was just 16. It became a bestseller and was serialized in The Daily Mirror. She later began writing a column for The New Yorker. Her columns were later collected and published as books.