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Famous British Lesbians & Gay Brits: Notable British Gays

Updated June 8, 2017 630.3k views52 items

This list of fabulous and famous British lesbians and gays is directory of awesome LGBT Brits. These notable British homosexuals are either from the United Kingdom or claim UK citizenship. These UK born actors, comedians, and celebrities are notable for various reasons, whether they were or are homosexual entertainers, singers, inventors or even composers.

Famous British gay people include author and comedian Stephen Fry and English lesbian actress Saffron Burrows. You can sort this list by column, including name, birth year, and birthplace. You can also use this list of notable gay Brits to start your own people list. Looking for more lists about homosexuals? Check out Ranker's list of notable gay writers and famous gay Scots.
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  • BirthplaceBrixton, London, United Kingdom

    David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is...  more
  • BirthplaceHampstead, London, England, UK

    Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English actor, comedian and writer. He and Hugh Laurie are the comic double act Fry and Laurie, who starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and...  more
  • BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Saffron Dominique Burrows (born 22 October 1972) is a British-American actress and model. Burrows has appeared in films such as Circle of Friends, Wing Commander, Deep Blue Sea, Gangster No. 1,...  more
  • Laurence Olivier

    Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

    BirthplaceDorking, United Kingdom

    Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, (; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud, dominated...  more
  • Virginia Woolf

    Dec. at 59 (1882-1941)

    BirthplaceKensington, London, United Kingdom

    Adeline Virginia Woolf (; née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and also a pioneer in the use of...  more
  • Alec Guinness

    Dec. at 86 (1914-2000)

    BirthplaceMaida Vale, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Alec Guinness, (born 2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000) was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, Guinness was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers...  more
  • BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom

    Marianne Evelyn Gabriel Faithfull (born 29 December 1946) is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. She achieved popularity in the 1960s with the release of her hit single "As Tears Go By" and...  more
  • BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Rachel Williams (born April 29, 1967) is an American model, TV presenter, and landscape designer....  more
  • Aleister Crowley

    Dec. at 72 (1875-1947)

    BirthplaceLeamington Spa, United Kingdom

    Aleister Crowley (; born Edward Alexander Crowley; 12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the religion...  more
  • Dusty Springfield

    Dec. at 59 (1939-1999)

    BirthplaceWest Hampstead, London, United Kingdom

    Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien (16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999), professionally known as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late...  more
  • BirthplaceBurnham Deepdale

    Rupert James Hector Everett (; born 29 May 1959) is an English actor, writer and singer. He first came to public attention in 1981, when he was cast in Julian Mitchell's play and subsequent film...  more
  • BirthplaceBarnstaple, United Kingdom

    Rosemary Pauline "Rose" West (née Letts; born 29 November 1953) is a British serial killer, now an inmate at HM Prison New Hall, Flockton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, after being convicted in...  more
  • BirthplaceSalisbury, United Kingdom

    Duncan James (born 7 April 1978) is an English singer, actor and television presenter. He is best known as a member of the boy band Blue from 2000 to 2005 and again from 2009 following their...  more
  • BirthplaceHeywood, United Kingdom

    Julie Goodyear, MBE (born Julie Kemp; 29 March 1942) is an English actress and television personality. She is known for portraying the role of Bet Lynch (later Bet Gilroy) on ITV soap opera...  more
  • Liz Smith

    Age: 99

    BirthplaceScunthorpe, United Kingdom

    Betty Gleadle (11 December 1921 – 24 December 2016), known by the stage name Liz Smith, was an English character actress, known for her roles in BBC sitcoms, including as Annie Brandon in I Didn't...  more
  • Alan Bates

    Dec. at 69 (1934-2003)

    BirthplaceAllestree, United Kingdom

    Sir Alan Arthur Bates, (17 February 1934 – 27 December 2003) was an English actor who came to prominence in the 1960s, when he appeared in films ranging from the popular children's story Whistle...  more
  • BirthplaceAshton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

    Amanda Barrie (born 14 September 1935) is an English actress. She appeared in two of the Carry On films, and one episode of the BBC comedy series Are You Being Served? before being cast as Alma...  more
  • BirthplaceKingston upon Thames, England, London

    Richard Peter John Fairbrass (born 22 September 1953) is an English singer, bassist and television presenter, best known as lead singer of the pop group Right Said Fred, which spawned a huge hit in...  more
  • BirthplaceAyios Dhometios, Cyprus

    Angela Bowie (born Mary Angela Barnett; September 25, 1949) is a Cypriot-born American model, actress and journalist who, along with her ex-husband David Bowie, influenced the glam rock culture and...  more
  • Denholm Elliott

    Dec. at 70 (1922-1992)

    BirthplaceEaling, London, United Kingdom

    Denholm Mitchell Elliott, (31 May 1922 – 6 October 1992) was an English actor, with more than 120 film and television credits. Some of his well-known roles include the abortionist in Alfie (1966),...  more
  • BirthplaceEngland, London

    David Russell Gordon Davies (born 3 February 1947) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is the lead guitarist, backing (and occasional lead) singer for the English rock band The Kinks,...  more
  • Michael Redgrave

    Dec. at 77 (1908-1985)

    BirthplaceBristol, United Kingdom

    Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave CBE (20 March 1908 – 21 March 1985) was an English stage and film actor, director, manager, and author. He received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for his...  more
  • BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Amanda Donohoe (born 29 June 1962) is an English actress. She first came to attention as a 16-year-old living with pop singer Adam Ant, appearing in the music videos for the Adam and the Ants...  more
  • BirthplaceCheshire, United Kingdom

    Sir Simon Henry Ward Hughes (born 17 May 1951) is a former British politician. He is now the Chancellor of London South Bank University, an External Adviser to The Open University and UK Strategic...  more
  • BirthplaceHarrow on the Hill, London, United Kingdom

    Pamela Ann Clements (born 11 May 1942), known professionally as Pam St Clement, is an English actress. She is known for portraying the role of Pat Butcher in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from June...  more