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
David IckeDavid Icke
29 April 1952
Writer

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

J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892
Writer

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews
01 October 1935
Actress

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
17 January 1706
Founding Father of the United States
Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971
Actor

Janet McTeerJanet McTeer
05 August 1961
Actress

Jane AustenJane Austen
16 December 1775
Novelist
Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie
15 September 1890
Writer

Roald DahlRoald Dahl
13 September 1916
Novelist
George OrwellGeorge Orwell
25 June 1903
Novelist

Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell
06 August 1972
Singer

Charles DickensCharles Dickens
07 February 1812
Writer

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis
29 November 1898
Novelist

Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
25 January 1882
Novelist
Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley
12 October 1875
Occultist

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
10 November 1960
Author

John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian

Alex GarlandAlex Garland
26 May 1970
Novelist, Screenwriter, Film Director
Lord ByronLord Byron
22 January 1788
Poet, Politician

Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797
Novelist
Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie
19 June 1947
British-Indian novelist

Joan CollinsJoan Collins
23 May 1933
Actress

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Actor
David ThewlisDavid Thewlis
20 March 1963
Actor

Ian FlemingIan Fleming
28 May 1908
Author of James Bond Series
H. G. WellsH. G. Wells
21 September 1866
Writer

Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
09 October 1952
Television host
Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling
30 December 1865
Author & Poet

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

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

Mary BerryMary Berry
24 March 1935
Food Writer, TV Presenter
Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll
27 January 1832
Author, Mathematician and Photographer
William BlakeWilliam Blake
28 November 1757
Painter

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

Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916
Former British Prime Minister

Jill IrelandJill Ireland
24 April 1936
Actress
Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857
Writer

Jill GascoineJill Gascoine
11 April 1937
Actress

Monty DonMonty Don
08 July 1955
TV Presenter

Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh
22 January 1554
Politician, Writer, Explorer, Aristocrat

Lucy HawkingLucy Hawking
02 November 1970
Journalist, Novelist, Writer
Randolph ChurchillRandolph Churchill
28 May 1911
Journalist, Politician

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker
P. L. TraversP. L. Travers
09 August 1899
Writer

Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960
Actor

W. H. AudenW. H. Auden
21 February 1907
Poet
Geoffrey ChaucerGeoffrey Chaucer
1343 AD
Poet

George EliotGeorge Eliot
22 November 1819
Author and Novelist
Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams
11 March 1952
Writer

John KeatsJohn Keats
31 October 1795
Romantic poet

Eric IdleEric Idle
29 March 1943
Comedian

Karl PilkingtonKarl Pilkington
23 September 1972
Television Presenter, Radio Producer

Phillip SchofieldPhillip Schofield
01 April 1962
Television Presenter
Alan MooreAlan Moore
18 November 1953
 

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

Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter
28 July 1866
Author

Enid BlytonEnid Blyton
11 August 1897
Writer
John RuskinJohn Ruskin
08 February 1819
Art Critic and Painter

Emily BrontëEmily Brontë
30 July 1818
Novelist
Sophie HunterSophie Hunter
16 March 1978
Theatre Director

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

Thomas HardyThomas Hardy
02 June 1840
Novelist & Poet
Daniel DefoeDaniel Defoe
13 September 1660
Trader

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
27 April 1759
Writer
Christopher MarloweChristopher Marlowe
26 February 1564
Playwright, Poet

Edd ChinaEdd China
09 May 1971
Television Presenter

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
12 January 1729
Statesman
D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885
Novelist

A. A. MilneA. A. Milne
18 January 1882
Novelist, Playwright, Poet
Cilla BlackCilla Black
27 May 1943
Singer

Tom Parker BowlesTom Parker Bowles
18 December 1974
Food Writer

Ricky TomlinsonRicky Tomlinson
26 September 1939
Actor

Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987
Actress
Bernard CornwellBernard Cornwell
23 February 1944
Author of Historical Novels
Gemma CollinsGemma Collins
31 January 1981
Businesswoman

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709
Writer

David IrvingDavid Irving
24 March 1938
Writer

Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro
08 November 1954
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
William Morris William Morris
24 March 1834
Textile Designer, Poet

Jane AsherJane Asher
05 April 1946
Actress

Mary SoamesMary Soames
15 September 1922
Youngest Child of Winston Churchill

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster
01 January 1879
Writer

Jacqueline WilsonJacqueline Wilson
17 December 1945
Novelist
Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
16 April 1918
Comedian

Gertrude BellGertrude Bell
14 July 1868
Writer, Diplomat
Ted HughesTed Hughes
17 August 1930
Poet and Children's Writer

Lawrence DurrellLawrence Durrell
27 February 1912
Novelist
Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh
28 October 1903
Writer
John DonneJohn Donne
22 January 1572
Poet, lawyer, satirist