Birth Place Matching "London, England, UK" (Sorted by Death Date Ascending)

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1. Geoffrey Chaucer

Writer | The Ribald Tales of Canterbury

Portrayed by Paul Bettany in A Knight's Tale (2001) starring Heath Ledger in the title role.

2. Henry VIII

Soundtrack | L'âge des ténèbres

Father of Queen Elizabeth I, who has been played by Vanessa Redgrave, Bette Davis, Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Glenda Jackson, Judi Dench, Sarah Bernhardt, Rachel Skarsten, and Flora Robson. Jackson and Mirren each won an Emmy for the role, and Dench won an Oscar.

3. John Donne

Writer | Bright Hair

Distant ancestor of actress Jane Greer.

4. Ben Jonson

Soundtrack | Sense and Sensibility

Benjamin Jonson was born 1571 as the posthumous son of a Protestant minister. His mother then moved him to Westminster, where she married a bricklayer. He attended a free parish school as a boy, and thanks to the sponsorship of the headmaster, was able to attend Westminster Grammar School. ...

5. John Milton

Writer | Paradise Lost

His father was a composer who contributed to a collection of madrigals in honor of Queen Elizabeth I.

6. Henry Purcell

Soundtrack | Mr. Nobody

A master of religious and instrumental music as well as stage works.

7. Daniel Defoe

Writer | Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Born the eldest son and third child of James and Mary Defoe, Defoe received a very good education, as his father intended him to become a Presbyterian minister, but he chose to become a merchant instead. In 1684 he joined the army of the rebel Duke of Monmouth, but when the rebellion failed, Defoe ...

8. George Lillo

Writer | George Barnwell the London Apprentice

British Restoration playwright. His most celebrated work is the domestic tragedy 'The London Merchant' (1731).

10. Aaron Hill

Art Department | Maze of Fate

English playwright and manager noted for his attempt to meld English and Italian operatic conventions. William Collier appointed Hill manager of Drury Lane at the age of 24. Whether he actually wrote the libretto of "Rinaldo" in English or designed the plot for 'Giacomo Rossi' and then translated ...

11. Colley Cibber

Writer | Richard III

Colley Cibber (1671-1757) was an actor, theatrical impresario, playwright and poet now remembered only for his bowdlerization of William Shakespeare's Richard III (1955) (Laurence Olivier used Cibber's interpolations in his 1955 film of the play) and for being the model for the chief protagonist of...

13. Thomas Gray

Writer | The Restless Spirit

Met Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Oxford, while studying at Cambridge, and went with him on the Grand Tour (a period of European travel where young men of noble birth learned about the politics, culture and art). It is believed the two had an affair.

17. John Newton

Soundtrack | Deja Vu

He was born 24 July 1725 under the Old Style calendar, or 4 August 1725 under the current New Style calendar.

19. John William Polidori

Writer | The Vampyre

John William Polidori (7 September 1795 - 24 August 1821) was an English writer and physician. He is known for his associations with the Romantic movement and credited by some as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction. His most successful work was the short story "The Vampyre" (1819), ...

21. Lord Byron

Writer | Don Juan DeMarco

Lord Byron seemed destined from birth to tragedy. His father was the handsome but feckless Captain John "Mad Jack" Byron and his mother the Scottish heiress Catherine Gordon, the only child of the Laird of Gight.

Captain Byron abandoned his wife and child leaving Catherine to bring up young Byron on...

22. William Blake

Soundtrack | La grande bellezza

William Blake was born on November 28, 1757 in London, England. He died on August 12, 1827 in London.

24. Frederick Marryat

Writer | Midshipman Easy

Made a Fellow of The Royal Society (FRS) in 1819, proposed by Babbage.

25. Mary Shelley

Writer | Young Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 - 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel "Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus" (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her...

26. H.R. Bishop

Soundtrack | Enough

He was knighted in 1842.

28. Alfred Bunn

Soundtrack | Chaplin

English librettist who became stage manager at Drury Lane in 1823 and manager of the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, in 1826, later working at both Drury and Covent Garden. He was a major promoter of English opera.

29. Elizabeth Gaskell

Writer | Heartstrings

Elizabeth Gaskell was born on September 29, 1810 in Chelsea, London, England as Elizabeth Cleghorn Stevenson. She was a writer, known for Heartstrings (1923), BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950) and Your Show Time (1949). She was married to Rev. William Gaskell. She died on November 12, 1865 in ...

31. Mary Ann Mantell

Mary Ann Mantell was born on April 9, 1795 in Paddington, London, England as Mary Ann Woodhouse. She was married to Gideon Mantell. She died on October 20, 1869 in London.

33. Watts Phillips

Writer | The Dead Heart

Artist and playwright. Had 4 children with his mistress, Caroline Huskisson: Gordon Watts (1859), Mary Roland Watts-Phillips (1860), Fairfax Balfour (1861) and Leslie Latimer.

34. Charles Fechter

Writer | Monte Cristo

Actor, dramatist and manager of the Globe Theatre, New York, 1870-71.

35. J.B. Buckstone

Writer | Married Life

Father of players Lucy Isabella Buckstone, J.C. Buckstone, and Rowland Buckstone.

36. Benjamin Disraeli

Writer | Sybil

Ennobled by Queen Victoria as the "Earl of Beaconsfield" in 1876.

37. Marcus Clarke

Writer | For the Term of His Natural Life

Is buried in Melbourne General Cemetery in Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

39. Prince Leopold of Duke of Albany

Self | En kongelig familie

Prince Leopold of Duke of Albany was born on April 7, 1853 in Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London, England as Leopold George Duncan Albert. He died on March 28, 1884 in Cannes, France.

41. Mary Ann Nichols

Mary Ann Walker was born on August 26, 1845 in Dawes Court, Shoe Lane, off Fleet Street (London, England) to blacksmith (former locksmith) Edward Walker and his wife Caroline. She was christened in or some years before 1851. She had a brother. Caroline died in 1852 aged 32 and was buried on 5th ...

43. James Albery

Writer | The Victorians

Father: John Goodman Albery; Mother: Charlotte Whiteman.

44. Wilkie Collins

Writer | The Moonstone

The first writer of mystery novels in English.

45. Robert Browning

Writer | A Light Woman

Buried in Westminster Abbey.

47. Christina Georgina Rossetti

Soundtrack | Joy

She was an Italian-English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems.

49. William H. Monk

Soundtrack | Logan

He was first mu­sic­al ed­it­or for "Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern", the historic hym­nal which sold 60 mil­lion co­pies. He contributed more than 50 original tunes to that volume.

50. Arthur Sullivan

Soundtrack | Star Trek: Insurrection

Arthur Sullivan was a composer, born in London in 1842 and died in 1900. His father was a military bandmaster, and Arthur composed his first anthem at the age of eight. He studied at London's Royal Academy of Music after being awarded the inaugural Mendelssohn Scholarship at 14 years of age.


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