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Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976)

Writer
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The New York Times gave Christie’s fictional character, the Belgian detective Hercule…

Benedict Cumberbatch (b.1976)

Actor
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Cumberbatch has a condition called sectoral heterochromia; a difference in colour…

Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)

Psychoanalyst
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In 1933 the Nazis burnt over 25,000 books that were considered to be un-German,…

Sir Flinders Petrie (1853–1942)

Archaeologist
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Petrie was one of the first archaeologists to use photography to capture his…

Noor Inayat Khan (1914–44)

Secret Agent
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Khan was the first female radio operator to be sent to France in the Second…

Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)

Writer
Did you know? Woolf would often walk around London to gain artistic inspiration for her work.
Camden…

Dame Louise Aldrich-Blake (1865–1925)

Surgeon
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During the First World War Blake set up hospitals on battlefields and worked on the…

Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)

Writer
Did you know? Huxley wrote his autobiographical book The Doors of Perception (1953) under the…

Marie Stopes (1880–1958)

Campaigner
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Today the Marie Stopes organisation provides reproductive and sexual health…

Paul Nurse (b.1949)

Geneticist
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Nurse discovered that his own genetic history was unknown to him when an…

Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941)

Poet
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At Tagore’s cremation mourners searched his funeral pyre for bones to keep as…

Thomas Heatherwick (b.1970)

Designer
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Heatherwick is currently working on a design for a ‘Garden Bridge’ – a new…

Alan Bennett (b.1934)

Playwright, actor
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Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, due to be released as a film in 2015, was…

Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell (1872–1970)

Philosopher
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Russell was fascinated by the game of chess and an avid player. …

Ed Miliband (b.1969)

Politician
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Miliband claims to be able to complete a Rubik’s cube puzzle in ninety…

Glenda Jackson (b.1936)

Politician
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Before Jackson was a Labour MP she was an award winning actress. She shaved her…

Lee Miller (1907–77)

Photojournalist
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Miller reinvented herself as a cook in the 1950s and often held dinner…

Paul Robeson (1898–1976)

Singer
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The United States Government confiscated Robeson’s passport in 1950. In 1957 the…

Amy Winehouse (1983–2011)

Singer
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This portrait of Winehouse, with her distinctive beehive hairstyle, was used as the…

Sir Arnold Wesker (b.1932)

Playwright
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Wesker was integral in the transformation of the Roundhouse arts centre from a…

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847–1929)

Campaigner
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Fawcett’s work and commitment to the empowerment of women continues today…

Dame Tessa Jowell (b.1947)

Politician
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Jowell worked for ten years on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and…

David Pitt, Baron Pitt of Hampstead (1913–94)


Parliamentarian
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Pitt helped found the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination in 1964 with…

Zadie Smith (b.1975)

Writer
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In her book White Teeth, Smith uses teeth as a metaphor for human…

Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975)

Sculptor
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In the late 1930s Hepworth’s studio in Camden was the centre of the abstract art…

Charles Dickens (1812–70)

Writer
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Dickens had a pet raven called Grip. …

Helena Bonham Carter (b.1966)

Actor
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Bonham Carter often wears pantaloons and other Victorian clothing and had her own…

Matthew Williamson (b.1972)

Fashion designer 
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Williamson started his career as a designer for the fashion chain…

Walter Sickert (1860–1942)

Artist
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Sickert lived in Mornington Crescent and was a founding member of the Camden Town…

William Morris (1834–96)

Designer
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Morris designed over fifty wallpapers, each of which incorporate plant…

From Whiz-bang to Wakefield

• Hepworth and Sickert both had studios in Camden.
• Sickert and Dickens were both inspired by London in…

From Digging to Dreams

• Petrie was as an archaeologist. Christie married an archaeologist and assisted in his discoveries.
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From Science Fiction to Surgery

• Heatherwick designed the latest Routemaster bus. Tagore left a manuscript of work on London…

From Songs to Surrealism

• Miller worked as a war correspondent. Russell protested against war.
• Russell was a vocal pacifist…

From Suffrage to Soundcheck

• Wesker established the Roundhouse as an arts venue. Winehouse gave her last public performance at the…