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What famous people are there in Britain?

Famous writers

William Shakespeare - arguably the most famous writer in the world.

Brontë sisters (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne), Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, J. R. R. Tolkien and Charles Dickens.

Famous Poets

Lord Byron, Robert Burns, and Thomas Hardy.

Famous Composers

William Byrd , Thomas Tallis , John Taverner , Henry Purcell , Edward Elgar, Arthur Sullivan , Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Benjamin Britten.

The Greatest Britons of all Time 
chosen by the people of Britain.

In November 2002, the British public voted to find the Greatest Briton of all time. Over a million people voted.

NB. The list contains a few non British entrants includinding two Irish nationals (Bono and Bob Geldof) and Freddie Mercury, who was born in Zanzibar to Indian Parsi parents.

Here are the results:

1.    Sir Winston Churchill    
Winston Churchill was a politician, a soldier, an artist, and the 20th century's most famous and celebrated Prime Minister.

2.   Diana, Princess of Wales   
From the time of her marriage to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her death in a car accident in Paris in 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales was one of the world's most high-profile, most photographed, and most iconic celebrities.

3.   Charles Darwin 
Charles Darwin was a British naturalist of the nineteenth century. He and others developed the theory of evolution. This theory forms the basis for the modern life sciences. Darwin's most famous books are 'The Origin of Species' and 'The Descent of Man'.

4.   William Shakespeare    
William Shakespeare was a playwright and poet whose body of works is considered the greatest in English literature. He wrote dozens of plays which continue to dominate world theater 400 years later.  

5.   Sir Isaac Newton 
Isaac Newton was a mathematician and scientist who invented differential calculus and formulated the theory of universal gravitation, a theory about the nature of light, and three laws of motion.

6.   Queen Elizabeth I 
The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth 1 reigned England from 1558–1603. Her reign was marked by several plots to overthrow her, the execution of Mary Queen of Scots (1587), the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588), and domestic prosperity and literary achievement. 

7.   John Lennon 

John Lennon was a musician and composer who was a member of the Beatles, the biggest rock band of the 1960s.

8.   Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson    
Nelson is the greatest hero in British naval history, an honour he earned by defeating Napoleon's fleet in the 1805 
Battle of Trafalgar.

9.   Captain James Cook 
James Cook was an explorer of the eighteenth century, known for his voyages to the Pacific Ocean. Cook visited New Zealand, established the first European colony in Australia, and was the first European to visit Hawaii. He also approached Antarctica and explored much of the western coast of North America.

10.  Margaret Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher      
Margaret Thatcher was the United Kingdom's first woman prime minister, and she held the office of PM for longer than anyone in the 20th century.

11. Queen Victoria 
Victoria's nearly 64-year reign was the longest in British history. 

12.  Sir Paul McCartney    
McCartney was a singer, songwriter and guitarist for The Beatles, the biggest rock band of the 1960s.

13.  Sir Alexander Fleming 
British bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928, for which he shared a Nobel Prize in 1945.

14.  Michael Faraday
British physicist and chemist who discovered electromagnetic induction (1831) and proposed the field theory later developed by Maxwell and Einstein.

15.  Queen Elizabeth II     
Her Majesty 
Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary), is the Queen regnant and Head of State of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and fifteen other Commonwealth countries.

16.  David Bowie 
David Bowie, is a British rock and roll musician, actor, and artist who has had a profound influence on rock and roll from the 1960s to the present.

17.  Guy Fawkes 
English conspirator who was executed for his role in a plot to blow up King James I and the Houses of Parliament (1570-1606)

18.  David Beckham   
Beckham is a leading English footballer and a former star of the legendary team Manchester United.

19.  Sir Thomas More 
English politician, humanist scholar, and writer who refused to comply with the Act of Supremacy, by which English subjects were enjoined to recognize Henry VIII's authority over the pope, and was imprisoned in the Tower of London and beheaded for treason.

       20.Charles Dickens - writer      
             Charles Dickens wrote some of the most popular and widely read novels of the 19th century, from Oliver Twist to A Tale of Two                Cities and Great Expectation


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