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Peter O'Toole
(Stage and Film Actor)
Peter O'Toole
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Birthdate: August 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 14, 2013

Peter O'Toole was a British actor who became popular as a Shakespearean actor with the English Stage Company and at the Bristol Old Vic. O'Toole, who holds the record for receiving the most number of Oscar nominations for acting without a win, has appeared on several greatest actors list in England and Ireland.

 2 
Marco Pierre White
(British Chef, Restaurateur and Television Personality)
Marco Pierre White
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: December 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Marco Pierre White is known as the world’s first celebrity chef and became the youngest and the first British chef to win three Michelin stars. He has trained chefs Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali, and has appeared on culinary shows such as Hell's Kitchen and Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars.
 3 
Tom Wilkinson
(English Actor Known for His Films: ‘The Full Monty’, ‘Michael Clayton’ and ‘In the Bedroom’)
Tom Wilkinson
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Birthdate: December 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Tom Wilkinson is best known for his Academy Award-nominated roles in Michael Clayton and In the Bedroom. He also gained fame with his Emmy-winning portrayal of Benjamin Franklin in John Adams. Audiences also loved him in The Full Monty and Shakespeare in Love. He has also received the OBE.
 4 
Mel B
(Singer)
Mel B
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Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini

Mel B is an English television personality and singer-songwriter. She gained international recognition as part of the popular pop girl group Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records. Over the years, Mel B has been an important TV personality, appearing in several reality series as a participant as well as a judge.

 5 
Charlie Heaton
(Actor and Musician Known for His Role as ‘Jonathan Byers’ in the TV Series ‘Stranger Things’)
Charlie Heaton
70
Birthdate: February 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Charlie Heaton is best known for his SAG Award-winning role of Jonathan Byers in the Netflix series Stranger Things. He has previously been part of bands such as Comanechi and Half Loon. He has also appeared in films such as The New Mutants and Shut In and the series Casualty.
 6 
James Milner
(English Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
James Milner
23
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 7 
Matthew Lewis
(Actor)
Matthew Lewis
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Birthdate: June 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 8 
Kalvin Phillips
(Football player)
Kalvin Phillips
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 9 
Christopher Tolkien
(Editor, Illustrator, Academic and the Son of Author J. R. R. Tolkien)
Christopher Tolkien
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Birthdate: November 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 16, 2020

Christopher Tolkien was a French and English academic editor. The son of legendary author J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher edited much of his father's work, which was published after his father's demise. Christopher Tolkien is also credited with drawing the original maps in, The Lord of the Rings, one of his father's highly acclaimed novels.

 10 
Gabby Logan
(Welsh Television Presenter and a Former Rhythmic Gymnast)
Gabby Logan
6
Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Gemma Whelan
(Actress)
Gemma Whelan
6
Birthdate: April 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 12 
Alan Smith
(English Footballer)
Alan Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 13 
Corinne Bailey Rae
(Singer-Songwriter Best Known for Her 2006 Single ‘Put Your Records On')
Corinne Bailey Rae
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 14 
Vic Reeves
(Comedian, Autobiographer, Singer)
Vic Reeves
4
Birthdate: January 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 15 
Julian Barratt
(Actor, Comedian, Composer)
Julian Barratt
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Birthdate: May 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
 16 
Jimmy Savile
(DJ, Television & Radio Personality)
Jimmy Savile
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Birthdate: October 31, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 29, 2011
Jimmy Savile gained fame after hosting BBC’s Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops. He initially worked in coal mines and dabbled in wrestling, before establishing himself as a professional DJ. Following his death, countless people accused him of sexual abuse. Subsequently, his was Madame Tussauds statue was melted. 
 17 
James Frain
(Actor)
James Frain
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Birthdate: March 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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John Simm
(Actor)
John Simm
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Birthdate: July 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 19 
Chris Moyles
(Television presenter, Autobiographer, Disc jockey)
Chris Moyles
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Birthdate: February 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Ralph Ineson
(Actor who is known for playing the role of Chris Finch in the BBC television series The Office)
Ralph Ineson
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Birthdate: December 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 21 
Beryl Burton
(English Racing Cyclist)
Beryl Burton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: May 5, 1996

Legendary British cyclist Beryl Burton dominated the British women’s racing scene from the 1950s to the 1980s. Apart from being a 5-time world champion, she set a new women’s record for the 25-mile time trial, which surpassed the men’s record for 2 years. Her achievements inspired a radio play.

 22 
Nile Wilson
(Former British Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Bronze Medalist)
Nile Wilson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 17, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Two-time Commonwealth gold-winning gymnast Nile Wilson is also a World Championship silver medalist and an Olympic bronze medalist. He retired from the sport at age 21. He is also a social-media star, with two popular YouTube channels, where he posts his work-out videos and other life stories.

 23 
Royston Langdon
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
 24 
Jason Robinson
(English Former Dual-Code International Rugby League and Rugby Union Footballer)
Jason Robinson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 25 
Jonny Brownlee
(British Professional Triathlete and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Jonny Brownlee
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
 26 
Paul Hunter
(English Professional Snooker Player)
Paul Hunter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: October 9, 2006
 27 
Reg Park
(English Bodybuilder, Businessman and Actor)
Reg Park
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: November 22, 2007
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 28 
Sophie Wilson
(English Computer Scientist)
Sophie Wilson
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1957 AD

The brain behind the Acorn Micro-Computer, Sophie Wilson also contributed to the BBC Micro and ARM architecture. During her first summer vacation at Cambridge, she designed an automated cow-feeder. Born Roger Wilson, she went through a sex-change surgery in 1994. She is also associated with local theater groups.

 29 
Angela Griffin
(Actress)
Angela Griffin
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Birthdate: July 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 30 
Stevie Wright
(Australian Musician, Songwriter and Lead Singer of the Rock-and-Roll Band 'The Easybeats')
Stevie Wright
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 27, 2015

Stevie Wright gained fame as part of the Australian band the Easybeats, which was compared to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones by fans. Best known for his chartbusting tracks such as Friday on My Mind, he slipped into heroin addiction later and tried electroconvulsive therapy, leading to mental health issues.

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Jeremy Paxman
(Journalist, Television presenter, Writer, Radio personality)
Jeremy Paxman
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Birthdate: May 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Matty Lee
(British Diver and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Matty Lee
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Sally Timms
(English Singer and Lyricist)
Sally Timms
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Sally Timms is an English lyricist and singer best known for her association with the popular and one of the longest-running punk rock bands, The Mekons, where she is a vocalist. In addition to her singing career, Sally Timms also works as a paralegal in Chicago, Illinois.

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Tony Harrison
(Boxer)
Tony Harrison
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Josh Warrington
(British Professional Boxer)
Josh Warrington
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 36 
Nicola Adams
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Nicola Adams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Retired British boxer Nicola Adams scripted history as the first female boxer to earn an Olympic gold and retain the gold at the following Olympic event. Openly lesbian, she is also an LGBT icon. Though shortlisted for Strictly Come Dancing, she withdrew after her partner tested COVID-positive.

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Arthur Ransome
(Author)
Arthur Ransome
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 18, 1884
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 3, 1967
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Beverley Callard
(Actress)
Beverley Callard
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Birthdate: March 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 39 
Philip Wicksteed
(British Economist, Classicist, Literary Critic and Theologian)
Philip Wicksteed
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Birthdate: October 25, 1844
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: March 18, 1927

Apart from being a renowned economist, Philip Wicksteed had also been a Unitarian minister. He was also a literary critic and writer and a prominent Fabian Society member. He wrote extensively on the distribution theory, apart from penning literary works such as Dante and Aquinas.

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Michael Halliday
(British Linguist Who Developed the Internationally Influential Systemic Functional Linguistics Model of Language)
Michael Halliday
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Birthdate: April 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 15, 2018

British linguist Michael Halliday is best remembered for his neo-Firthian theory of language. Born to a dialectologist father and an English teacher mother, Halliday naturally developed a love for languages. An expert in Chinese language, he has conducted research on child language development and the theory of grammar.

 41 
Christian Cooke
(Actor)
Christian Cooke
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Birthdate: September 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 42 
Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond
(British Judge Who Served as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom)
Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, is a British judge. In 2004, she became the first woman to be appointed as a Law Lord in the House of Lords. In 2017, Brenda Hale became the first woman to serve as the president of the United Kingdom's Supreme Court, a position which she served until her retirement in 2020.

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John Atkinson Grimshaw
(Painter)
John Atkinson Grimshaw
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Birthdate: September 6, 1836
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: October 13, 1893
 44 
Angela Morley
(Composer)
Angela Morley
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Birthdate: March 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: January 14, 2009
 45 
Nell McAndrew
(Model)
Nell McAndrew
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 46 
Thomas Byles
(Priest)
Thomas Byles
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 26, 1870
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: April 15, 1912
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Danny Care
(English Rugby Union Player)
Danny Care
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Danny Care is an English rugby union player. He currently plays for Harlequins in the Premiership as a scrum-half. He began playing rugby union as a small child and made his international debut with the England Sevens team in 2006. In 2008, he made his debut for England and has since won 84 caps. 

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Jake Thackray
(English Singer-Songwriter, Poet & Journalist)
Jake Thackray
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 27, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 24, 2002

Jake Thackray was an English poet, journalist, and singer-songwriter. He achieved immense popularity during the 1960s and 1970s when he started appearing on British television, performing his topical comedy songs. Jake Thackray is credited with influencing performers like Jarvis Cocker, Alex Turner, Ralph McTell, and Mike Harding.

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Charles Stross
(British Writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy)
Charles Stross
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra

Charles Stross is a British writer who specializes in writing space opera and hard science fiction. Between 1994 and 2004, he was also a major contributor to the magazine, Computer Shopper. Over the years, Charles Stross has won several awards, such as the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, the Hugo Award, and the Prometheus Award for Best Novel.

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Mick Hill
(English Former Javelin Thrower)
Mick Hill
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra