Famous people born in London
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 jewellery and her turbulent personal life, including 7 marriages to 8 different men.
Joan Collins – Born 23rd May 1933. Actress 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 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. Actor 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 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.
Slash – Born July 23rd 1965. Stage name of Saul Hudson, a musician and songwriter best known as 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 21st December 1966. An actor best known as Jack Bauer on the television series 24.
Damian Lewis – Born 11th February 1971. Actor 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.
Steve-O – Born 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 21st July 1981. 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.