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Top 100 most important and famous people from United Kingdom

My opinion about the most important or famous people from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from the Middle Ages to our days
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Last updated: January 25, 2023
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Painter of Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Grounds
John Constable
Romantic painter and poet, author of The Ancient of Days
William Blake
Painter, known for his expressive colouring, imaginative landscapes and turbulent marine painting
William Turner
Architect who rebuilt London after the Great Fire in 1666, including St Paul's Cathedral
Christopher Wren
Poet, author of The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer
Playwright, author of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare
Playwright and translator rival of the previous one
Christopher Marlowe
Playwright, author of The Alchemist
Ben Jonson
Writer, author of A Dictionary of the English Language
Samuel Johnson
Poet, author of Paradise Lost
John Milton
Writer, author of Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe
Romantic poet, author of Lyrical Ballads
William Wordsworth
Romantic poet, author of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Coleridge
Romantic poet, author of Don Juan
George Byron
Writer, author of Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
Writer, author of Frankenstein
Mary Shelley
Writer, author of A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens
Writer, father of science fiction, author of The War of the Worlds
H. G. Wells
Writer, creator of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Writer, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Writer, author of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Robert Stevenson
Writer, author of The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Poet, author of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, winner of Nobel Prize in literature in 1948
Thomas Eliot
Female writer, author of Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
Female writer, author of Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf
Writer, author of 1984
George Orwell
Writer, author of The Lord of the Rings
J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer, author of The Chronicles of Narnia
C. S. Lewis
Female writer, author of Harry Potter
J. K. Rowling
King, main figure of the Crusades
Richard I/Richard the Lionheart
The king of Magna Carta
John Lackland
King, famous for his eight wives and founder of Anglicanism
Henry VIII
Queen known for her vigorous attempt to testore the Catholicism in England
Mary I/Bloody Mary
The Virgin Queen
Elizabeth I
Statesman, Lord Protector of England and Scotland from 1653 to 1658
Oliver Cromwell
Queen of United Kingdom and Empress of India from 1837 to 1901
Victoria
Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922
David Lloyd George
Prime Minister, who signed the Munich Agreement
Neville Chamberlain
King during World War Two
George VI
Prime Minister during World War Two
Winston Churchill
Queen died in 2022
Elizabeth II
Female Prime Minister, nicknamed the Iron Lady
Margaret Thatcher
Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007
Tony Blair
King from 2022
Charles III
Former wife of the current King, died in 1997
Diana Spencer/Diana/Lady Diana
Sons of the current King
Prince William/Prince Harry
Philosopher, one of the most influential of Enlightenment, known as the father of liberalism
John Locke
Philosopher, called the father of empiricism and key figure of the Scientific Revolution.
Francis Bacon
Philosopher, one of the founders of modern political philosophy, author of Leviathan
Thomas Hobbes
One of the XX century's most influential philosophers of science
Karl Popper
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Explorer, who circumnavigated the World and famous for his role in the Anglo-Spanish War
Francis Drake
Explorer, famous for his voyages to New Zealand and Australia
James Cook
Explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions
Robert Scott
Royal Navy officier famous for his naval victories during Napoleonic Wars.
Horatio Nelson
Army officer known for his role in the Arab Revolt
Thomas Lawrence/Lawrence of Arabia
Commander of all Allied forces during the Battle of Normandy
Bernard Montgomery
Physicist who formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation
Isaac Newton
Engineer, inventor of the telephone
Alexander Graham Bell
Microbiologist, who discovered the world's first antibiotic substance, the penicillin.
Alexander Fleming
Physicist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism
Michael Faraday
Physicist known as the father of nuclear physics, winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908
Ernest Rutherford
Polymath of XVII century who is credited to be one of two scientists to discover microorganisms using a compound microscope that he built himself
Robert Hooke
Naturalist, author of On the Origin of Species
Charles Darwin
Naturalist, coauthor of On the Origin of Species
Alfred Wallace
Physicist who made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics, winner of Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933
Paul Dirac
Chemists, whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA
Rosalind Franklin/Francis Crick
Physicist, affected by a form of motor neurone disease that paralysed him
Stephen Hawking
Mathematician, who decrypted Enigma during World War Two
Alan Turing
Inventor of the World Wide Web
Tim Berners-Lee
Mathematician responsible for the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, which was the first theory to describe electricity, magnetism and light as different manifestations of the same phenomenon
James Clerk Maxwell
Civil engineer, one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, who built the Great Western Railway
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Civil engineer, inventor of railways
George Stephenson
Engineer, inventor of steam engine
James Watt
Actor and director of Spartacus and Hamlet, four times winner of Academy Award
Laurence Olivier
Director of The Bridge on the River Kwai and Doctor Zhivago, two times winner of Academy Award
David Lean
Director of Vertigo and Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock
Comic actor, Modern Times and The Great Dictator
Charlie Chaplin
Actor, who received two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in comedy Hannah and Her Sisters and in drama The Cider House Rules
Michael Caine
Actor, winner of two Academy Award, one for The Silence of the Lambs
Anthony Hopkins
Actor, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman
Director of The Dark Knight Trilogy and Interstellar
Christopher Nolan
The first actor to portray fictional British secret agent James Bond on film
Sean Connery
Actor, famous for his roles in North by Northwest and Suspicion
Cary Grant
Actor, famous for his roles in The Imitation Game, Doctor Strange and Sherlock
Benedict Cumberbatch
Comic Actor, Mister Bean
Rowan Atkinson
Actress, famous for her roles in The Nun's Story and Breakfast at Tiffany's, two times winner of Academy Award
Audrey Hepburn
Actress, famous for her roles in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Suddenly, Last Summer, three times winner of Academy Award
Elizabeth Taylor
Economist, pioneer of political economy named The Father of Capitalism
Adam Smith
Economist, whose ideas changed the theory and practice of macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments
John Keynes
Driver, 7 times Formula 1 champion
Lewis Hamilton
Driver, 3 times Formula 1 champion
Jackie Stewart
Northern Irish footballer, winner of Ballon d'Or in 1968, legend of Manchester United
George Best
Footballer and sex symbol, legend of Manchester United
David Beckham
Tennis player, winner of three Grand Slam titles
Andy Murray
Composer and conductor of film music, five times winner of Academy Award
John Barry
Rock band of 1960s, Let It Be, Yesterday
The Beatles
Rock band active from 1960s, Satisfaction, Paint it Black
The Rolling Stones
Rock band active from 1970s, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Gaga
Queen
Singer active from 1960s, I'm Still Standing, Rocket Man
Elton John
Singer active from 2000s, Shape of You, Galway Girl
Ed Sheeran
5 Comments
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Level 78
Jan 14, 2023
good quiz - nominated.

However, a couple of typos - you have misgendered Katherine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor!

also very surprised Sir David Attenborough is not featured!

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Level 46
Jan 14, 2023
Thank you, sorry for the mistake
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Level 63
Jan 15, 2023
Elton John is spelled wrong
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Level 77
Jan 15, 2023
Good quiz. I'm sure that there will be many suggestions for others to be included. As far as explorers are concerned, I would suggest Livingstone, Speke and Clarke-Ross. And surely Shackleton was a greater polar explorer than Scott - by far. For poets, you missed the best poet in the English language - Owen. And for sportsman Redgrave would get my vote. How to fit them in - omit some actors and film directors, their field of expertise is less important.
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Level 46
Jan 15, 2023
Thank you for the advice