Britain, with its rich literary heritage has produced more famous writers than any other country. The British literary tradition dates back to over a thousand years and has played a predominant role in shaping the development of English literature on the international scenario. The 14th century writer Geoffrey Chaucer is considered by many to be the Father of English Literature and the greatest poet of the Middle Ages. He was instrumental in developing the use of the vernacular Middle English. The most famous writer of all time is probably William Shakespeare. Also known as “The Bard”, the 16th century writer’s influence on the world literature has been so profound that his works are read even today. Another highly influential British writer was William Wordsworth who played a prominent role in the development of the literary movement called Romanticism. Britain has also produced a number of acclaimed female writers like Jane Austen, George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), and the Bronte sisters. In the contemporary era, British writers like Lauren Child and J. K. Rowling have emerged amongst the most popular writers of children’s books. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous British writers.
Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971
Actor
William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
26 April 1564
Writer

Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916
Novelist

Nigella LawsonNigella Lawson
06 January 1960
Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer

Gavin McInnesGavin McInnes
17 July 1970
Writer

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews
01 October 1935
Actress
J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965
Author

Charles DickensCharles Dickens
07 February 1812
Writer

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
17 January 1706
Founding Father of the United States
J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892
Writer

Sarah FergusonSarah Ferguson
15 October 1959
Writer
Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie
15 September 1890
Writer

Russell WatsonRussell Watson
24 November 1966
Tenor Singer

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Actor

Peter MorganPeter Morgan
10 April 1963
Screenwriter

George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903
Novelist
Mary BerryMary Berry
24 March 1935
Food Writer, TV Presenter

Jane AustenJane Austen
16 December 1775
Novelist

Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916
Former British Prime Minister

John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian
C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis
29 November 1898
Writer

Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957
Actor
Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797
Novelist

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley
12 October 1875
Occultist

David ThewlisDavid Thewlis
20 March 1963
Actor
Tom Parker BowlesTom Parker Bowles
18 December 1974
Food Writer

Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882
Novelist
David IckeDavid Icke
29 April 1952
Writer

Ian FlemingIan Fleming
28 May 1908
Author of James Bond Series

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960
Author
Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960
Actor

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Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell
06 August 1972
Singer
Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933
Actress

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
19 June 1947
British-Indian novelist

Daphne du MaurierDaphne du Maurier
13 May 1907
 
Sue PerkinsSue Perkins
22 September 1969
Comedian
Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling
30 December 1865
Author & Poet

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
27 April 1759
Writer

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth
07 April 1770
Poet
Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker

Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859
Writer & Physician

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor

Lord ByronLord Byron
22 January 1788
Poet, Politician

Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter
28 July 1866
Author
Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

P B ShelleyP B Shelley
04 August 1792
Poet
H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866
Writer

William BlakeWilliam Blake
28 November 1757
Painter

Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll
27 January 1832
Author, Mathematician and Photographer
Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh
22 January 1554
Politician, Writer, Explorer, Aristocrat

James HerriotJames Herriot
03 October 1916
Writer
Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking
02 November 1970
Journalist, Novelist, Writer

Jill IrelandJill Ireland
24 April 1936
Actress

Geoffrey ChaucerGeoffrey Chaucer
1343 AD
Poet

Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987
Actress

Randolph ChurchillRandolph Churchill
28 May 1911
Journalist, Politician
Alan MooreAlan Moore
18 November 1953
 

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857
Writer

Phillip SchofieldPhillip Schofield
01 April 1962
Television Presenter

Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States
Sir Arthur Charles ClarkeSir Arthur Charles Clarke
16 December 1917
Writer

John MiltonJohn Milton
09 December 1608
Poet, Polemicist, and Civil Servant for the
Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

John KeatsJohn Keats
31 October 1795
Romantic poet

Charlotte BronteCharlotte Bronte
21 April 1816
Novelist
John RuskinJohn Ruskin
08 February 1819
Art Critic and Painter

George EliotGeorge Eliot
22 November 1819
Author and Novelist
Simon SinekSimon Sinek
09 October 1973
Author

Sophie HunterSophie Hunter
16 March 1978
Theatre Director

P. L. TraversP. L. Travers
09 August 1899
Writer
W. H. AudenW. H. Auden
21 February 1907
Poet

Nassim Nicholas TalebNassim Nicholas Taleb
1960 AD
Essayist
Thomas HardyThomas Hardy
02 June 1840
Novelist & Poet

Tim MinchinTim Minchin
07 October 1975
Comedian

Jane AsherJane Asher
05 April 1946
Actress

Emily BrontëEmily Brontë
30 July 1818
Novelist
Enid BlytonEnid Blyton
11 August 1897
Writer
Christopher MarloweChristopher Marlowe
26 February 1564
Playwright, Poet

Sir Noël Peirce CowardSir Noël Peirce Coward
16 December 1899
Playwright

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Cilla BlackCilla Black
27 May 1943
Singer
Gilbert K. ChestertonGilbert K. Chesterton
29 May 1874
Writer

A. A. MilneA. A. Milne
18 January 1882
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885
Novelist

Janet McTeerJanet McTeer
05 August 1961
Actress

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
12 January 1729
Statesman
Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams
11 March 1952
Writer

Henry Graham GreeneHenry Graham Greene
02 October 1904
Novelist
Ted HughesTed Hughes
17 August 1930
Poet and Children's Writer

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro
08 November 1954
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Ricky TomlinsonRicky Tomlinson
26 September 1939
Actor
Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709
Writer