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.
William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
26 April 1564
Writer
J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892
Writer, Poet

J. K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling
31 July 1965
Author

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971
Actor

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews
01 October 1935
Actress, Singer & Author

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960
Author
Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie
15 September 1890
 

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell
06 August 1972
Singer

Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916
Novelist, Short Story Writer

George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903
Writer
Charles DickensCharles Dickens
07 February 1812
Writer

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
19 June 1947
 
Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley
12 October 1875
 

Jane AustenJane Austen
16 December 1775
Novelist

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797
Novelist
John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian

Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933
Actress & Author
C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis
29 November 1898
Novelist

Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882
Novelist

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker
Gertrude BellGertrude Bell
14 July 1868
Writer, Diplomat

Lord ByronLord Byron
22 January 1788
Poet, Politician
Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host

Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Actor
Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling
30 December 1865
Author & Poet
William BlakeWilliam Blake
28 November 1757
Painter

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth
07 April 1770
Poet

Ian FlemingIan Fleming
28 May 1908
Author of James Bond Series

Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor
H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866
Writer

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

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll
27 January 1832
Author, Mathematician and Photographer

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Mary BerryMary Berry
24 March 1935
Food Writer, TV Presenter
Jill IrelandJill Ireland
24 April 1936
Actress

Sophie HunterSophie Hunter
16 March 1978
Theatre Director
Alan MooreAlan Moore
18 November 1953
 

David IckeDavid Icke
29 April 1952
Writer

Geoffrey ChaucerGeoffrey Chaucer
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Poet
John KeatsJohn Keats
31 October 1795
Romantic poet

Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh
22 January 1554
Politician, Writer, Explorer, Aristocrat
Princess Michael of KentPrincess Michael of Kent
15 January 1945
Author

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

John RuskinJohn Ruskin
08 February 1819
Art Critic and Painter

Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987
Actress

Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States
John MiltonJohn Milton
09 December 1608
Poet, Polemicist, and Civil Servant for the

Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams
11 March 1952
Writer

Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960
Actor
Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
27 April 1759
Writer

Thomas HardyThomas Hardy
02 June 1840
Novelist & Poet
George EliotGeorge Eliot
22 November 1819
Author and Novelist

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857
Writer

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709
Writer
D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885
Novelist

Karl PilkingtonKarl Pilkington
23 September 1972
Television Presenter, Radio Producer
Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter
28 July 1866
Author

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
12 January 1729
Statesman

Enid BlytonEnid Blyton
11 August 1897
Writer
William Morris William Morris
24 March 1834
Textile Designer, Poet

Emily BrontëEmily Brontë
30 July 1818
Novelist
Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro
08 November 1954
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking
02 November 1970
Journalist, Novelist, Writer

Jane AsherJane Asher
05 April 1946
Actress

Phillip SchofieldPhillip Schofield
01 April 1962
Television Presenter
Ted HughesTed Hughes
17 August 1930
Poet and Children's Writer
Cilla BlackCilla Black
27 May 1943
Singer

John DonneJohn Donne
22 January 1572
Poet, lawyer, satirist

Daniel DefoeDaniel Defoe
13 September 1660
Trader

Daphne du MaurierDaphne du Maurier
13 May 1907
 
Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
16 April 1918
Comedian

Randolph ChurchillRandolph Churchill
28 May 1911
Journalist, Politician

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden
21 February 1907
Poet

Janet McTeerJanet McTeer
05 August 1961
Actress

Harold PinterHarold Pinter
10 October 1930
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Alexander PopeAlexander Pope
21 May 1688
 

Robert BrowningRobert Browning
07 May 1812
Poet & Playwright
E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster
01 January 1879
Writer

BedeBede
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Saint

Wilfred OwenWilfred Owen
18 March 1893
Poet
Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess
25 February 1917
 

Alex GarlandAlex Garland
26 May 1970
Novelist, Screenwriter, Film Director
William GoldingWilliam Golding
19 September 1911
Novelist

Darcey BussellDarcey Bussell
27 April 1969
Ballerina

J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley
13 September 1894
Novelist and Playwright
Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer

Gemma CollinsGemma Collins
31 January 1981
Businesswoman
V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
17 August 1932
Writer

Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell
23 February 1944
Author of Historical Novels

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572
Dramatist, Poet & Actor

Tom StoppardTom Stoppard
03 July 1937
Playwright
Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo
05 October 1943
Author