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Famous People Born in London

Updated: April 30, 2024
 By Margaret

London is home to celebrities who are famous the world over. However, there are some recognisable names you may not realise were born in our capital city!

So for visitors or locals alike, here is an overview of famous people born in London.

Charlie Chaplin

Born 16th April 1889. Actor and filmmaker of the silent era. Became a ‘household name’ with his character the Tramp, based on his impoverished upbringing and life in a workhouse in London.

Alfred Hitchcock

Born 13th August 1899. Film director and producer, known for his work in the horror/thriller genre, including his legendary work Psycho.

Bob Hope

Born  29th May 1903. Actor and comedian best known for his legendarily long career and service performing for the USO – entertainment for active service American military personnel, having made 57 tours throughout his career.

Angela Lansbury

Born 16th October 1926. Although a Broadway and film star, many younger generations know her as Jessica Fletcher in the long-running series Murder, She Wrote.

Elizabeth Taylor

Born 27th February 1932. Made her acting debut in National Velvet and went on to star in dozens of films, amassing numerous Golen Globe and Academy Awards.

Was later well known for her love of expensive jewelry and her turbulent personal life, including 7 marriages to 8 different men.

Joan Collins

Born 23rd May 1933. The actress is best known for her role as Alexis Carrington Colby in Dynasty for which she won a golden globe and got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Anna Wintour

Born on 3rd November 1949. Editor-In-Chief of American Vogue, Anna is best known as the basis for Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada.

Daniel Day-Lewis

Born 9th April 1957. The actor is best known for My Left Foot for which he won one of three Academy Awards.

The only male actor in history to have three wins in the lead actor category at the Oscars, the third of which he won for Lincoln in 2012.

E. L. James

Born on 7th March 1963. The pen name of Erika Mitchell, E. L. James burst onto the international literary stage with the publication of her Fifty Shades trilogy.


Born July 23rd, 1965. Slash is the stage name of Saul Hudson, a musician, and songwriter is best known as the former lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses.

Considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, his most notable work is likely his introductory riff in Sweet Child o’ Mine.

Kiefer Sutherland

Born on 21st December 1966. An actor is best known as Jack Bauer on the television series 24.

Damian Lewis

Born on 11th February 1971. The actor is best known for his portrayal of Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Homeland for which he won both an Emmy and Golden Globe.

He is also known for his portrayal of Major Richard Winters in Band of Brothers.


Born on 13th June 1974. A stunt performer and TV personality, Steve-O is best known for his work on the Jackass television series and films of the same name.

Paloma Faith

Born on 21st July 1981. A singer-songwriter known for her top twenty hits Stone Cold Sober, New York, and Only Love Can Hurt Like This.

Mischa Barton

Born 24th January 1986. Made her acting debut in All My Children but is now best known for her role as Marissa Cooper in The O.C.

About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries. Read More...
Updated: April 30th, 2024
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