There is no doubt that England has produced many famous figures during the annals of history. These ones range from political figures and discoverers, to writers, playwrights and actors. Some of the best known figures are:
Agatha Christie (1890 to 1976)
This acclaimed author was known as the ‘Queen of Crime’ for her intriguing crime novels. She wrote a total of 66 detective stories as well as a number of plays. She also wrote six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott. She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1971.
C S Lewis (1898 – 1963)
Characterised as a lay theologian, novelist, critic and academic, C S Lewis is probably best known for The Chronicles of Narnia.
Captain James Cook (1728 – 1779)
This famous explorer was renowned for having played an integral part in the discovery of Australia, New Zealand and the islands of Hawaii.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)
Having occupied the position of British Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955, Sir Winston Churchill was a respected, and somewhat humorous, statesman and orator. He is known for his sharp, witty repertoire with those who may or may not have been very receptive to his humour. He also wrote several books that described the war campaigns with which he was involved.
J R R Tolkien (1892 – 1973)
This writer, poet and professor is best known for his outstanding literary works, namely Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. These remain popular favourites amongst young and old readers alike.
Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870)
Dickens was an acclaimed author, famous for tackling issues of social reform in his many works. His writings remain the subject of debate in schools and universities around the world. Some of his best known pieces include The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, and David Copperfield.
Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 – 1997)
Originally born in Norfolk, England, Princess Diana was one of the world’s most known and loved of any royal family. She married Prince Charles in 1981 and, although not officially such, was thereafter known as Princess Diana. She was killed in a high-speed car accident, which remains a subject of debate.
In 1881 Charles Darwin was an eminent figure, still
working on his contributions to evolutionary
thought that had had an enormous effect on
many fields of science.
Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882)
As a naturalist, Charles Darwin questioned the origin of the human species, giving rise to many of the modern evolutionary theories. He believed that this was the basis for the variety of life in existence. Two of his best known writings are The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man.
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)
William Shakespeare is arguably the world’s greatest or best known playwright and poet. His works transformed the English language as well as the previous boundaries given to literature. Famous pieces include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Antony & Cleopatra, amongst many others.
Sir Isaac Newton (1643 – 1727)
Sir Isaac Newton remains one of science’s greatest men, having invented differential calculus and having formulated the theory of universal gravitation.
Other globally renowned figures from England include:
• Margaret Thatcher
• Sir Paul McCartney
• John Lennon
• George Michael
• Professor Stephen Hawking
• William Tyndale
• David Bowie
• Guy Fawkes
• Freddie Mercury
• Thomas Paine
• George Harrison
• Sir Francis Drake
• King Arthur
• Florence Nightingale
• Sir Cliff Richard
• Sir Alexander Graham Bell
• Dame Julie Andrews
• Sir Charlie Chaplin
• Robbie Williams
• David Livingstone
• Roger Moore
• Hugh Laurie
• Keira Knightley
• Jeremy Irons
• Dame Judith Olivia Dench (aka Judy Dench)
• Jude Law
• Emma Thompson
• Kate Winslet
• Dame Elizabeth Taylor
• George Canning
• John Peel
• Richard Francis Burton
• William Blake
• Jane Austin