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

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
Charles DickensCharles Dickens
07 February 1812
Writer

George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903
Writer

Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie
15 September 1890
 

Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley
12 October 1875
 
Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell
06 August 1972
Singer

Jane AustenJane Austen
16 December 1775
Novelist
Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916
Novelist, Short Story Writer

John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797
Novelist
Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882
Novelist

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis
29 November 1898
Novelist
Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell
14 July 1868
Writer, Diplomat

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker
Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933
Actress & Author

Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling
30 December 1865
Author & Poet
David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor

Lord ByronLord Byron
22 January 1788
Poet, Politician

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
19 June 1947
 
Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker
Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Actor

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth
07 April 1770
Poet

Ian FlemingIan Fleming
28 May 1908
Author of James Bond Series

Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh
22 January 1554
Politician, Writer, Explorer, Aristocrat
Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

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William BlakeWilliam Blake
28 November 1757
Painter

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866
Writer

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

Mary BerryMary Berry
24 March 1935
Food Writer, TV Presenter
Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll
27 January 1832
Author, Mathematician and Photographer

Jill IrelandJill Ireland
24 April 1936
Actress
David IckeDavid Icke
29 April 1952
Writer

Sophie HunterSophie Hunter
16 March 1978
Theatre Director

Alan MooreAlan Moore
18 November 1953
 
John KeatsJohn Keats
31 October 1795
Romantic poet

Geoffrey ChaucerGeoffrey Chaucer
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Poet
Enid BlytonEnid Blyton
11 August 1897
Writer

John RuskinJohn Ruskin
08 February 1819
Art Critic and Painter

John MiltonJohn Milton
09 December 1608
Poet, Polemicist, and Civil Servant for the

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking
02 November 1970
Journalist, Novelist, Writer

Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987
Actress
Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960
Actor

Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States

Karl PilkingtonKarl Pilkington
23 September 1972
Television Presenter, Radio Producer

Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams
11 March 1952
Writer
Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

A. A. MilneA. A. Milne
18 January 1882
Novelist, Playwright, Poet
George EliotGeorge Eliot
22 November 1819
Author and Novelist

Thomas HardyThomas Hardy
02 June 1840
Novelist & Poet

Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857
Writer
Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter
28 July 1866
Author

Emily BrontëEmily Brontë
30 July 1818
Novelist
Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709
Writer

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
12 January 1729
Statesman

Jane AsherJane Asher
05 April 1946
Actress
D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885
Novelist

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
27 April 1759
Writer
Phillip SchofieldPhillip Schofield
01 April 1962
Television Presenter

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro
08 November 1954
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Cilla BlackCilla Black
27 May 1943
Singer

Ted HughesTed Hughes
17 August 1930
Poet and Children's Writer
William Morris William Morris
24 March 1834
Textile Designer, Poet
John DonneJohn Donne
22 January 1572
Poet, lawyer, satirist

Daphne du MaurierDaphne du Maurier
13 May 1907
 

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

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
16 April 1918
Comedian
Randolph ChurchillRandolph Churchill
28 May 1911
Journalist, Politician

Janet McTeerJanet McTeer
05 August 1961
Actress

Alex GarlandAlex Garland
26 May 1970
Novelist, Screenwriter, Film Director

Daniel DefoeDaniel Defoe
13 September 1660
Trader

Harold PinterHarold Pinter
10 October 1930
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster
01 January 1879
Writer

Alexander PopeAlexander Pope
21 May 1688
 
Princess Michael of KentPrincess Michael of Kent
15 January 1945
Author

BedeBede
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Saint

Gemma CollinsGemma Collins
31 January 1981
Businesswoman
Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell
23 February 1944
Author of Historical Novels

Robert BrowningRobert Browning
07 May 1812
Poet & Playwright
Tom StoppardTom Stoppard
03 July 1937
Playwright

V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
17 August 1932
Writer

Henry Morton StanleyHenry Morton Stanley
28 January 1841
Explorer

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572
Dramatist, Poet & Actor
Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess
25 February 1917
 
William GoldingWilliam Golding
19 September 1911
Novelist

Wilfred OwenWilfred Owen
18 March 1893
Poet
Richard BriersRichard Briers
14 January 1934
Actor

Tom Parker BowlesTom Parker Bowles
18 December 1974
Food Writer
Alain de BottonAlain de Botton
20 December 1969
Author