Thomas à Becket (1118–1170), saint and martyr, archbishop of Canterbury.
Poet Geoffrey Chaucer (1343–1400), author of The Canterbury Tales.
Thomas More (1477–1535), statesman and author of Utopia.
King Henry VIII (1491–1547), Tudor king and founder of the Church of England.
Queen Elizabeth I (1533–1603).
Francis Bacon (1561–1626), writer and philosopher.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), playwright and poet.
Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658), soldier and statesman, lord protector of England.
Poet John Milton (1608–1674), author of Paradise Lost.
John Dryden (1631–1700), poet and literary critic.
Samuel Pepys (1633–1703), diarist.
Henry Purcell (1659–1695), composer.
Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723), architect.
Alexander Pope (1688–1744), poet and satirist.
William Hogarth (1697–1764), painter and engraver.
Samuel Johnson (1709–84), essayist, critic, and lexicographer.
Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723–92), portrait painter.
James Boswell (1740–95), diarist and biographer of Johnson.
William Blake (1757–1827), poet.
Joseph Turner (1775–1851), painter, master of landscape art and water-colour.
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863), novelist.
Charles Dickens (1812–1870), novelist.
Poets Robert Browning (1812–1889) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861).
Queen Victoria (1819–1901).
William Gilbert (1836–1911), librettist.
Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900), composer.
Winston Churchill (1874–1965), prime minister during World War II.
Virginia Woolf (1882–1941), novelist.
T. S. Eliot (b. United States, 1888–1965), American-born British poet, critic, and dramatist.
Charlie Chaplin (1889–1977), screen actor.
Alfred Hitchcock (1889–1980), movie director.
Margaret Thatcher (b. 1925), prime minister.
Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926), ascended to the throne in 1952.