Birth Place Matching "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. Thomas Malory

Writer | Excalibur

Born around 1414-1420 into an English gentry family, Sir Thomas Malory spent his first couple of decades in quiet obscurity, aside from campaigning at the Siege of Calais in 1436. By 1441 he had been knighted, and had developed a growing interest in politics. In 1445 he became MP for his county and...

3. Henry VIII

Soundtrack | L'âge des ténèbres

Henry Carey, Henry's rumored son by Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary, was the first patron of William Shakespeare's The Lord Chamberlain's Men. Played by Oscar Negus and Joseph Moore in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

4. Christopher Marlowe

Writer | Doctor Faustus

Born the son of a shoe-maker two months before the birth of another famous playwright, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe achieved fame as an Elizabethan dramatist as well as an atheist. He was killed in a tavern brawl by a former friend, allegedly over a bill. There is now some evidence that...

5. Edward de Vere

Writer | Looking for Desdemona

The 17th Earl of Oxford, hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England, scion of the noble house of Vere (his ancestor Aubrey received titles and estates from William the Conqueror in 1066). Poet, playwright, and courtier to Queen Elizabeth I, he received his classical education at Cambridge and ...

6. William Shakespeare

Writer | M the Movie

William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an ...

9. John Donne

Writer | Bright Hair

Distant ancestor of actress Jane Greer.

10. 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. ...

12. John Milton

Writer | Paradise Lost

The John Milton Society for the Blind was founded in 1928 by Helen Keller to develop an interdenominational ministry that would bring spiritual guidance and religious literature to deaf and blind persons.

13. John Bunyan

Writer | Il pellegrino

His play, "Pilgrim's Progress" at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2016 Joseph Jefferson (Equity) Award for Midsize Play Production.

14. Henry Purcell

Soundtrack | Mr. Nobody

Howard Goodall described him as "the finest home-grown composer England produced before Edward Elgar".

15. John Dryden

Soundtrack | England, My England

Poet, dramatist, and literary critic.

16. Charles Sedley

Writer | Bellamira

Poet, dramatist and wit

19. William Wycherley

Writer | The Country Girl

After he wrote the play, "The Gentleman Master", (1672), it was panned by critics, so in the prologue to his most famous play, "The Country Wife", (1676), he offered the actors, mistresses and matrons to the critics in case this was equally badly received. His last play was, "The Plain Dealer", (...

20. Christopher Wren

Art Department | Question Time

Christopher Wren was born on 20 October 1632 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, where his father was rector. His father later moved to Windsor and Wren was educated at Westminster School and then Oxford University. He showed an early talent for mathematics and enjoyed inventing things, including an ...

21. 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 ...

23. George Lillo

Writer | George Barnwell the London Apprentice

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

28. 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 ...

29. Henry Fielding

Writer | Tom Jones

Henry Fielding was born April 22nd 1707, the son of Edmund Fielding, an impoverished nobleman who spent most of his time in and out of various debtor's prisons. After the death of their mother, Henry and his seven siblings were taken in by their maternal grandmother. He was a wild and willful young...

30. 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...

32. William Hogarth

Writer | Bedlam

Painter, print-maker, satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist known for his comic strip-like series of pictures of moral and ethical issues. Among his subjects was Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat, an ancestor of Simon Fraser 15th Lord Lovat.

33. Thomas Gray

Writer | The Restless Spirit

Although his collected works published during his lifetime amount to less than 1,000 lines, he was offered the post of Poet Laureate in 1757; he refused.

39. Joseph Wright

Self | Canvas

Joseph Wright was born on September 3, 1734 in Irongate, Derby, Derbyshire, England. He was married to Ann Swift. He died on August 29, 1797 in Queen Street, Derby.

41. 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.

42. Jane Austen

Writer | Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, to the local rector, Rev. George Austen (1731-1805), and Cassandra Leigh (1739-1827). She was the seventh of eight children. She had one older sister, Cassandra. In 1783 she went to Southampton to be taught by a relative, Mrs. Cawley, but was brought ...

43. William Bligh

Writer | Biography

Captain (later Vice Admiral) William Bligh will be remembered as the infamous captain of the HMS Bounty. He went to sea at the age of 15 as sailing master to the famous explorer Captain James Cook on his 2nd voyage round the world (1772-4) aboard the HMS Resolution. It was he who discovered ...

45. 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), ...

46. Percy Bysshe Shelley

Writer | The Cloud

These literary young lords and ladies were passing time one gloomy weekend in the summer of 1816 by creating and sharing scary stories. Mary claimed that the first night of their stay she had a nightmare. In this dream she saw a horrible creature at her window. The vision frightened her so much ...

50. 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...

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