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Lillian Board (1948-1970)

Athlete
Lillian Board set a European junior record for the 400 metres in 1967 when she surged from the back…

Sir John Soane (1753–1837)

Architect
John Soane was the son of a bricklayer who began his education in the architectural office of…

Peter Crouch (b.1981)

Footballer
Peter Crouch is a footballer for Stoke City. He has scored twenty-two goals and played forty-two…

Margot Fonteyn (1919–1991)

Ballet Dancer
By the time Margot Fonteyn was twenty, she had danced the lead in Giselle, Swan Lake and The…

Sir William Henry Perkin (1838–1907)

Chemist
While still a student at the Royal College of Chemistry, William Perkin discovered a process for…

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852)

Computer pioneer
Daughter of the poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was brought up in the sole custody of her…

Steve McQueen (b.1969)

Artist
Steve McQueen is an acclaimed film maker. McQueen’s interest in film developed during his time at…

Sir Charlie Chaplin (1889–1977)

Actor and Director
Charlie Chaplin, one of the world’s most recognised film stars and the comic genius of…

Spencer Perceval (1762–1812)

Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval is the only British Prime Minister (1808–12) to have been assassinated…

Ellen Wilkinson (1891–1947)

Politician
Ellen Wilkinson was a trade unionist and politician. She read history at Manchester University…

Trevor Baylis (b.1937)

Inventor
Inspired by a 1991 television programme about HIV and AIDS in Africa, Trevor Baylis invented the…

Paul Canoville (b.1962)

Footballer
Paul Canoville became the first black footballer to play for Chelsea in 1982. His obvious…

Pete Townshend (b.1945)

Musician
Born to parents who were professional musicians, Pete Townshend played the guitar and banjo from an…

Dusty Springfield (1939–1999)

Singer
‘Queen of Soul’ Dusty Springfield was a pivotal figure in 1960s pop music. She made her home in…

Frank Auerbach (b.1931)

Painter
Born in Berlin, Frank Auerbach was sent to England by his parents in 1939 as part of the…

Sid James (1913–1976)

Actor
Sid James, born Sidney Joel Cohen in South Africa, to Jewish music-hall entertainers, was a successful…

Gurinder Chadha (b.1960)

Film Director
Gurinder Chadha’s first full-length film Bhaji on the Beach (1993) featured three…