English humanitarians

Posted Oct 26, 2009
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  1. Princess Diana

    Princess Diana


    Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II.

  2. Russell Brand

    Russell Brand


    Russell Edward Brand (born 4 June 1975) is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist.

  3. Cat Stevens

    Cat Stevens


    Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou, ), commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. His 1967 debut album reached the top 10 in the UK, and the album's title song "Matthew and Son" charted at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. His albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were both certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA. His musical style consists of folk, pop, rock and Islamic music.

  4. Roger Moore

    Roger Moore


    Sir Roger George Moore KBE (born 14 October 1927) is an English actor. Moore played the British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985; he remains the oldest actor to have played the character. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Moore worked as a model and made several appearances in minor films and television dramas before finding more substantial roles in the television serials Ivanhoe (1958–1959), The Alaskans (1960–1961) and Maverick (1961). Moore's most significant television work came with his portrayal of Simon Templar in The Saint from 1962 to 1969 and his starring alongside Tony Curtis in the television drama The Persuaders! (1971).

  5. Elizabeth Kucinich

    Elizabeth Kucinich


    Elizabeth Jane Kucinich (née Harper; born 22 October 1977) is a British organic food and vegan advocate. She is the producer of two documentaries, (Hot Water and GMO OMG) and a socially conscious business owner. Married to former 8-term US Congressman and two time Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, Kucinich splits her time between Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.

  6. Octavia Hill

    Octavia Hill


    Octavia Hill (3 December 1838 – 13 August 1912) was an English social reformer, whose main concern was the welfare of the inhabitants of cities, especially London, in the second half of the nineteenth century. Born into a family with a strong commitment to alleviating poverty, she herself grew up in straitened circumstances owing to the financial failure of her father. With no formal schooling, she worked from the age of 14 for the welfare of working people.

  7. Nick Reding

    Nick Reding


    Nick Reding (born 31 August 1962 in London, England) is an English actor. During a career of more than two decades, he is probably best known for playing PC Pete Ramsey in The Bill and DI Michael Conner in the BBC crime thriller series Silent Witness. His many TV and film appearances include The Monocled Mutineer, Oscar, Frank Stubbs Promotes, Sword of Honour, A Touch of Frost, Boon, Captive, Mister Johnson, The House of Eliott, Police 2020, Croupier, Judge John Deed, The Constant Gardener, Blood Diamond and Soul Boy. On stage he played Joseph Porter Pitt in Tony Kushner's Angels in America at the Royal National Theatre, as well as leading roles at the Royal Court. He also appeared in Lovejoy.

  8. Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs

    Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs


    Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs (born 24 April 1983) is an English aristocrat, socialite and founder of Beulah London. She is a close friend of Prince William.

  9. Nicholas Winton

    Nicholas Winton


    Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE (born Nicholas George Wertheim; 19 May 1909 – 1 July 2015) was a British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport (German for "children transportation"). Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. The world found out about his work over 40 years later, in 1988. The British press dubbed him the "British Schindler". On 28 October 2014, he was awarded the highest honour of the Czech Republic, the Order of the White Lion (1st class), by Czech President Miloš Zeman.

  10. Ophelia Dahl

    Ophelia Dahl


    Ophelia Magdalena Dahl (born May 12, 1964) is a British social justice and health care advocate.

  11. Gladys Aylward

    Gladys Aylward


    Gladys May Aylward (24 February 1902 – 3 January 1970) was a British evangelical Christian missionary to China, whose story was told in the book The Small Woman, by Alan Burgess, published in 1957, and made into the film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, starring Ingrid Bergman, in 1958. The movie was produced by Twentieth Century Fox, and filmed entirely in North Wales and England.

  12. Louise Burfitt-Dons

    Louise Burfitt-Dons


    Louise Burfitt-Dons, FRSA (née Byres; born 22 October 1953) is a British writer and social commentator, humanitarian and political activist who is best known for her anti-bullying work as the founder of the charity Act Against Bullying. She was the Conservative Party candidate for MP for Nottingham North in the 2015 general election.

  13. Elizabeth Cadbury

    Elizabeth Cadbury


    Dame Elizabeth Mary Cadbury, DBE (née Taylor; 24 June 1858 – 4 December 1951), was an English philanthropist and wife of George Cadbury, the chocolate manufacturer.

  14. Edith Urch

    Edith Urch


    Edith Laura Urch (c.1915 – January 1978), known to her friends as Urchie, was an English nurse and charity worker who founded the Ladyeholme Housing Association, a charity for homeless people, and ran it as general secretary until her death.

  15. Alice Isaacs, Marchioness of Reading

    Alice Isaacs, Marchioness of Reading


    Alice Edith Isaacs, Marchioness of Reading, GBECI (ca. 1866 – 30 January 1930), née Alice Edith Cohen, was the first wife of Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading and a prominent philanthropist in colonial India.

  16. Henry Tuke

    Henry Tuke


    Henry Tuke (1755–1814) co-operated with his father in the reforms at the Retreat asylum in York, England.

  17. Robin Medforth-Mills

    Robin Medforth-Mills


    Leslie Robin Medforth-Mills (8 December 1942 – 2 February 2002) was a professor and former U.N. official.

  18. Terry Waite

    Terry Waite


    Terence Hardy "Terry" Waite, CBE (born 31 May 1939) is an English humanitarian and author.

  19. Elizabeth Fry

    Elizabeth Fry


    Elizabeth (Betsy) Fry (21 May 1780 – 12 October 1845), née Gurney, was an English prison reformer, social reformer and, as a Quaker, a Christian philanthropist. She has sometimes been referred to as the "angel of prisons".

  20. Caroline Chisholm

    Caroline Chisholm


    Caroline Chisholm (30 May 1808 – 25 March 1877) was a progressive 19th-century English humanitarian known mostly for her involvement with female immigrant welfare in Australia. She is commemorated on 16 May in the Calendar of saints of the Church of England. There are proposals for the Catholic Church to also recognise her as a saint.

  21. Norman Heatley

    Norman Heatley


    Norman George Heatley (10 January 1911 – 5 January 2004) was a member of the team of Oxford University scientists who developed penicillin. Norman Heatley developed the back extraction technique for efficiently purifying penicillin in bulk.

  22. Devaanshi Mehta

    Devaanshi Mehta


    Devaanshi Mehta (18 December 1996 – 28 June 2012) was an English-Indian student and humanitarian. She started the Asian Donor Campaign (ADC), a UK-based non-profit organisation whose goal is to raise awareness for the need to get more Asians to donate their blood, bone marrow and organs. ADC also raises much needed funds for hospitals doing cutting edge research into critical and life limiting illnesses.

  23. Reginald Beddington

    Reginald Beddington


    Reginald Beddington CBE (c. 1878 – 11 March 1962) was an English angler and humanitarian.

  24. Georgiana Buller

    Georgiana Buller


    Dame Audrey Charlotte Georgiana Buller, DBE, RRC (4 August 1884 – 22 June 1953), best known as Georgiana Buller, was a British hospital administrator and the founder of the first school dedicated to occupational therapy in the United Kingdom.

  25. Meriel Talbot

    Meriel Talbot


    Dame Meriel Lucy Talbot DBE (16 June 1866 – 15 December 1956) was a British public servant and women's welfare worker.

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