Famous British Prime Ministers

Over the past few centuries, Great Britain has not just evolved as one of the most developed nations in the world, but is also known for its charismatic leaders. Although the royal family of Britain has a say in the political affairs of the nation, leaders belonging to political parties have also contributed greatly towards Great Britain’s development. The country’s tradition of appointing a Prime Minister has existed even in the 18th century, with Spencer Compton, Henry Pelham and Thomas Pelham Holles being some of the first few leaders of their kind. The legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill is recognized for being the leader who steered his nation to victory during the Second World War. British Prime Ministers of the modern era, such as Gordon Brown and Tony Blair have been praised for addressing global issues such as initiating the Climate Change. They also tried their best to maintain friendly relations with other countries. We present you a collection of biographies of famous Briton Prime Ministers. Read more to know details about their timelines, life stories, and interesting trivia & facts related to their lives.

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 1 Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: November 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: January 24, 1965

The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdoms, Winston Churchill, is known for successfully leading his country during the Second World War against the Nazi Germany. An officer in the British army, he also served as a war correspondent before venturing into politics. One of the most influential peoples in British history, Churchill was also an accomplished painter.

 2 Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: April 8, 2013

United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister and also the longest serving Prime Minister in the 20th century, Margaret Thatcher served three consecutive terms in the office from 1979 till 1990. Her political views and leadership approach, known as Thatcherism, got her the nickname of Iron Lady. Though controversial, she prominently ranks high in the list of the best British Prime Ministers.

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 3 Theresa May

Theresa May
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Famous As: Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: October 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Theresa May is a British politician who became the United Kingdom's second female prime minister. She served as prime minister from 2016 to 2019. During her prime ministership, May's involvement in the Brexit negotiations gave rise to the Brexit withdrawal agreement. She is also credited with co-founding Women2Win, which promotes women empowerment.

 4 David Cameron

David Cameron
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: October 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

British politician David Cameron served as the prime minister of the UK from 2010 to 2016. During his prime ministership, Cameron's government introduced large-scale changes to education, healthcare, immigration policy, and welfare. His administration also legalized same-sex marriage in Wales and England and privatized the Royal Mail

 5 Tony Blair

Tony Blair
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: May 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Former Labour Party leader Tony Blair was the prime minister of the U.K. from 1997 to 2007. He supported the U.S.’s “War on Terror.” Blair was the youngest British PM since 1812 and the longest-tenured from his party. He is known for introducing the “New Labour” and the “Third Way.”

 6 Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: March 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: May 24, 1995

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for two non-consecutive terms, Harold Wilson was a British Labour politician. Historians commend him for leading his party through difficult political issues with considerable skill. With a moderate approach to socialism, he was a popular politician during his first tenure as the prime minister; his second tenure wasn’t as successful.

 7 Harold Macmillan

Harold Macmillan
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: February 10, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: December 29, 1986

Harold Macmillan, also known as “Supermac” because of his witty personality, served as the British prime minister from 1957 to 1963. He was injured and rendered partially immobile while serving in World War I. He was known for supporting the nuclear test ban and for association with the Suez Crisis.

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 8 Neville Chamberlain

Neville Chamberlain
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Famous As: Prime Minister of the U.K.
Birthdate: March 18, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: November 9, 1940

Neville Chamberlain was a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, Chamberlain served as UK's prime minister from 1937 to 1940. Known for his signing of the Munich Agreement, which is also called the Munich Betrayal, Neville Chamberlain is regarded by many as one of the most controversial prime ministers of the UK.

 9 John Major

John Major
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Britain
Birthdate: March 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
John Major served as the British prime minister from 1990 to 1997. He initiated the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the Citizen's Charter. He also sent British troops to the Gulf War. He was also the Foreign Secretary and the Chancellor of the Exchequer under Margaret Thatcher. 

 10 Clement Attlee

Clement Attlee
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: January 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: October 8, 1967

Clement Attlee was a British politician. As the Prime Minister of the UK, Attlee organized the granting of independence to Pakistan and India. in 1947. He also oversaw the independence of Ceylon and Burma. Regarded as one of the greatest prime ministers of the UK, Clement Attlee has been the subject of several plays and TV series. 

 11 William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: March 15, 1779
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: November 24, 1848

 12 Edward Heath

Edward Heath
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: July 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: July 17, 2005
Edward Heath served as the British prime minister from 1970 to 1974. He reformed the local governments and introduced many metropolitan counties. He supported the European Communities and attempted to curb trade unions, with a view to deregulate the economy. He was the Father of the House for 9 years.

 13 Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli
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Famous As: British Prime Minister
Birthdate: December 21, 1804
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: April 19, 1881

Benjamin Disraeli was a British politician who served two terms as prime minister of the UK. Disraeli is credited with playing a key role in the formation of the modern Conservative Party. Apart from being an influential politician, Benjamin Disraeli was also a prolific novelist; he wrote and published works of fiction even while serving as the prime minister.

 14 David Lloyd George

David Lloyd George
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Famous As: Former Chancellor of the Exchequer
Birthdate: January 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British, Welsh
Died: March 26, 1945
David Lloyd George, or the 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, was the British prime minister from 1916 to 1922 and the first Welsh to hold the position. Though he was a Liberal, he was initially supported by the Conservatives. He was a key figure in the Paris Peace Conference.

 15 Alec Douglas-Home

Sir Alec Douglas-Home
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Famous As: Former PM of UK
Birthdate: July 2, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: October 9, 1995

Alec Douglas-Home was a British politician. He served as the United Kingdom's prime minister for 363 days, becoming the second briefest prime minister of the 20th century. During his premiership, his government passed the abolition of resale price maintenance legislation in 1964.

 16 Robert Peel

Robert Peel
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Famous As: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: February 5, 1788
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: July 2, 1850

Statesman Robert Peel had been the prime minister of the U.K twice. He was also a two-time home secretary. He established the Metropolitan Police Service and also introduced the Tamworth Manifesto, thus co-founding the modern Conservative Party. He died of injuries after a horse he was riding fell on him.

 17 William Pitt the Younger

William Pitt the Younger
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Famous As: Youngest Prime Minister of Britain
Birthdate: May 28, 1759
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: January 23, 1806

British statesman, William Pitt the Younger, became the youngest prime minister of Great Britain in 1783 when he was just 24. During his stint as the prime minister, he was also Chancellor of the Exchequer. Several major political events,  including the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, happened during his tenure.  He is ranked highly among all British Prime Ministers.

 18 William Ewart Gladstone

William Ewart Gladstone
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: December 29, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: May 19, 1898

William Ewart Gladstone was a British politician and statesman. During a career that spanned six decades, Gladstone served as prime minister of the UK for 12 years, which included four different terms. Often counted among Britain's greatest leaders, Gladstone has been portrayed in several films and television series, such as Parnell, The Prime Minister, Edward the Seventh, and Number 10.

 19 Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 20, 1784
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: October 18, 1865

 20 Stanley Baldwin

Stanley Baldwin
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: August 3, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: December 14, 1947

Stanley Baldwin was a British Conservative statesman. He served as prime minister of the United Kingdom on three occasions during the interwar period. Baldwin's second government, which was formed by him after winning the 1924 general election, saw tenures of office by important personalities like Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain, and Sir Austen Chamberlain.

 21 Anthony Eden

Anthony Eden
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Famous As: Prime Minister of UK
Birthdate: June 12, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: January 14, 1977
Conservative politician Anthony Eden was the prime minister of England from 1955 to 1957. He had also served as the youngest British Army brigade-major during World War I. He earned a lot of criticism for his handling of the Suez Canal issue during his tenure as the prime minister.

 22 Robert Walpole

Robert Walpole
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Famous As: First Prime Minister of Great Britain
Birthdate: August 26, 1676
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: March 18, 1745

 23 Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom
Birthdate: March 13, 1764
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: July 17, 1845

 24 Ramsay MacDonald

Ramsay MacDonald
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Famous As: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: October 12, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: November 9, 1937

 25 William Pitt the Elder, Earl of Chatham

William Pitt the Elder, Earl of Chatham
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Birthdate: November 15, 1708
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: May 11, 1778

 26 Arthur Balfour

Arthur Balfour
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Britain
Birthdate: July 25, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: March 19, 1930

 27 Spencer Perceval

Spencer Perceval
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: November 1, 1762
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: May 11, 1812

 28 Andrew Bonar Law

Andrew Bonar Law
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Famous As: Unknown Prime Minister
Birthdate: September 16, 1858
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: October 30, 1923

 29 Hugh Gaitskell

Hugh Gaitskell
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: January 18, 1963

 30 Lord John Russell

Lord John Russell
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Great Britain
Birthdate: August 18, 1792
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: May 28, 1878

 31 Lord North

Lord North
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Birthdate: April 13, 1732
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: August 5, 1792

 32 Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 7, 1770
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: December 4, 1828

 33 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery

Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: May 7, 1847
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: May 21, 1929

 34 Henry Campbell-Bannerman

Henry Campbell-Bannerman
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: September 7, 1836
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: April 22, 1908

 35 Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby

Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1799
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: October 23, 1869

 36 William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland

William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 14, 1738
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: October 30, 1809

 37 Charles Watson-Wentworth, Marquess of Rockingham

Charles Watson-Wentworth, Marquess of Rockingham
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Birthdate: May 13, 1730
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: July 1, 1782

 38 William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire

William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: May 8, 1720
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: October 2, 1764

 39 John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute

John Stuart, Earl of Bute
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: May 25, 1713
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: March 10, 1792

 40 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne

William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne
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Famous As: Political Leaders
Birthdate: May 2, 1737
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Irish, British
Died: May 7, 1805

 41 George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen

George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: January 28, 1784
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: December 14, 1860

 42 Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1673 AD
Nationality: British
Died: July 2, 1743

 43 William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville

William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 25, 1759
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: January 12, 1834

 44 Henry Pelham

Henry Pelham
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 25, 1694
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: March 6, 1754

 45 Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth

Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 30, 1757
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: February 15, 1844

 46 Sir Leander Starr Jameson, Baronet

Sir Leander Starr Jameson, Baronet
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 9, 1853
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: November 26, 1917

 47 Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton

Augustus Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 28, 1735
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: March 14, 1811

 48 George Grey

George Grey
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 14, 1812
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: New Zealander, British
Died: September 19, 1898

 49 James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon

James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 8, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British, Northern Irish
Died: November 24, 1940

 50 F. J. Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich

F. J. Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 1, 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: January 28, 1859