From boy bands, celebrities, athletes, and royalties, the United Kingdom is home to famous personalities that have made a mark in their respective fields. Here we will look at some of the most famous people that hail from the United Kingdom.
Composed of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horann, One Direction is now one of the UK’s most successful boy bands. Their debut single “What Makes You Beautiful?” has become one of the highest-selling singles of all time, with more than 5 million copies sold worldwide. At the recent 2014 Teen Choice Awards, the band bagged eight awards and their album Up All Night became the first British band to debut at #1 on the US Billboard 2000.
Daniel Radcliffe won the Best Cast and the Best Hero MTV Movie Awards for his part in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. After portraying Harry Potter, he pursued his stage acting career appearing in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Since his portrayal of a wizard with a lightning bolt scar on his forehead, Daniel Radcliffe has earned more than $878 million.
After co-founding The Beatless with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, John Lennon became one of the most influential songwriters in the history of popular music. He was an advocate of counter culture, promoting peace, activism, and freedom of speech. He also became a successful solo artist with the albums Plastic Ono Band and Imagine.
David Beckham was a star midfielder who became the first British soccer player to take part in 100 Champions League matches. Likewise, he is the first British soccer player to win league titles in four countries leading Manchester United to six Premier League titles from 1993 to 2003 before continuing his career with Real Madrid and the LA Galaxy. He played his final game on May 2013.
Her marriage to Prince William in April 2011 was one of the most watched events worldwide. Kate Middleton, now known as Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, was hailed by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2010. As Duchess of Cambridge, she supports various charities.
These are just some of the famous personalities that hailed from the United Kingdom.