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List of notable or famous diplomats from the United Kingdom, with bios and photos, including the top diplomats born in the United Kingdom and even some popular diplomats who immigrated to the United Kingdom. If you're trying to find out the names of famous British diplomats then this list is the perfect resource for you. These diplomats are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known diplomat from the United Kingdom is included when available.

List includes Harold Nicolson, Tony Blair and more.

This historic diplomats from the United Kingdom list can help answer the questions "Who are some British diplomats of note?" and "Who are the most famous diplomats from the United Kingdom?" These prominent diplomats of the United Kingdom may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected British diplomats.

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Alan Campbell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Alan Campbell Died at 88 (1919-2007) Sir Alan Hugh Campbell GCMG was a British diplomat. He was British ambassador to Ethiopia from 1969 to 1972 and to Italy from 1976 to 1979, and also held senior posts in the Foreign Office in

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Andrew Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Andrew Ryan Died at 73 (1876-1949) Sir Andrew Ryan was a British diplomat. He was Consul-General to Morocco from 1924 to 1930, Minister to Saudi Arabia from 1930 to 1936, and Consul-General to Albania from 1936 to 1939.

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Anwar Choudhury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Anwar Choudhury age 58 Anwar Choudhury Bengali: আনোয়ার চৌধুরী; born 15 June 1959 is the present UK Ambassador to Peru. He was formerly the Director of International Institutions at the Foreign & Commonwealth ...more

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Benjamin Bathurst is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Benjamin Bathurst Died at 25 (1784-1809) Benjamin Bathurst was a British diplomatic envoy who disappeared in Germany during the Napoleonic Wars. He was the third son of Henry Bathurst, Bishop of Norwich. Bathurst disappeared on or ...more

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Brian Maurice Bennett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Brian Maurice Bennett age 70 Brian Maurice Bennett is a British diplomat. From 2003 to 2007, he was the Ambassador to Belarus. Bennett entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1971. After two years as a desk officer, ...more

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Bryan Cartledge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Bryan Cartledge age 86 Sir Bryan Cartledge KCMG, is a former British diplomat and academic. After studying at Hurstpierpoint College and St John's College, Cambridge, he took research posts at St Antony's College, ...more

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Carne Ross is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Carne Ross age 52 Carne Ross is the founder and director of Independent Diplomat, a diplomatic advisory group. Born in 1966, Ross has a fraternal twin, Oliver Ross, a paediatric anaesthetist in UK. Carne Ross ...more

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Catherine Ashton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Catherine Ashton age 62 Catherine Margaret Ashton, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, GCMG, PC is a British Labour politician who served as the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and ...more

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Charles Stoddart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Charles Stoddart Died at 36 (1806-1842) Colonel Charles Stoddart was a British officer and diplomat. He was a famous British agent in Central Asia during the period of the Great Game. Stoddart, the son of Major Stephen Stoddart, was ...more

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Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stua... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay Died at 66 (1779-1845) Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay GCB, PC, known as Sir Charles Stuart between 1812 and 1828, was a British diplomat. He was twice Ambassador to France and also served as Ambassador ...more

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Charles Webster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Charles Webster Died at 75 (1886-1961) Sir Charles Kingsley Webster KCMG was a British historian and diplomat. He was educated at the Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby and King's College, Cambridge.

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Christopher Makins, 2nd Baron ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Christopher Makins, 2nd Baron Sherfield Died at 64 (1942-2006) Christopher James Makins, 2nd Baron Sherfield was an Anglo-American diplomat, foreign policy expert, and author.

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Claude Maxwell MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Claude Maxwell MacDonald Died at 63 (1852-1915) Colonel Sir Claude Maxwell MacDonald GCMG, GCVO, KCB, PC was a British diplomat, best known for his service in China and Japan.

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Colin Evans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Colin Evans age 54 Colin Evans is a Trade Diplomat.

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Daphne Park, Baroness Park of ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Daphne Park, Baroness Park of Monmouth Died at 89 (1921-2010) Daphne Margaret Sybil Désirée Park, Baroness Park of Monmouth CMG, OBE, FRSA was a British spy. During her career she was a clandestine senior controller in MI6 in Hanoi, Moscow, ...more

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David Hannay, Baron Hannay of ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
David Hannay, Baron Hannay of Chiswick age 82 David Hugh Alexander Hannay, Baron Hannay of Chiswick, GCMG, CH is a British diplomat.

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David Manning is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
David Manning age 68 Sir David Geoffrey Manning, GCMG, KCVO is a former British diplomat, who was the British Ambassador to the United States from 2003 to 2007. He authored the so-called "Manning Memo" ...more

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David Urquhart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
David Urquhart Died at 72 (1805-1877) David Urquhart was a Scottish diplomat and writer. He was a member of parliament 1847–52.

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David Wilson, Baron Wilson of ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
David Wilson, Baron Wilson of Tillyorn age 83 David Clive Wilson, Baron Wilson of Tillyorn, KT, GCMG, PRSE is a retired British administrator, diplomat and Sinologist. Lord Wilson of Tillyorn was the penultimate Commander-in-Chief and 27th ...more

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Derek Bryan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Derek Bryan Died at 93 (1910-2003) Herman Derek Bryan OBE was a consular official, diplomat, sinologist, lecturer, writer, translator and editor.

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Duff Cooper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Duff Cooper Died at 64 (1890-1954) Alfred Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount Norwich GCMG DSO PC, known as Duff Cooper, was a British Conservative Party politician, diplomat and author. He wrote six books, including an autobiography, Old ...more

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Edward Bernard Raczyński is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Edward Bernard Raczyński Died at 102 (1891-1993) Count Edward Bernard Raczyński was a Polish aristocrat, diplomat, writer, politician and President of Poland in exile. He was both longest living, and oldest Polish President.

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Eldon Gorst is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Eldon Gorst Died at 50 (1861-1911) Sir Eldon Gorst KCB was Consul-General in Egypt from 1907-1911. He was the son of Sir John Eldon Gorst, Solicitor General for England and Wales and Vice-President of the Committee of the Council ...more

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Emyr Jones Parry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Emyr Jones Parry age 70 Sir Emyr Jones Parry, GCMG, FInstP is a retired British diplomat. He is a former British Permanent Representative to the United Nations and former UK Permanent Representative on the North ...more

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Eric Teichman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Eric Teichman Died at 60 (1884-1944) Sir Eric Teichman, born Erik Teichmann was a British diplomat and orientalist. He was a son of Emil Teichmann and Edith Harbord, and younger brother of Oskar Teichman. He was educated at ...more

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Ernest Mason Satow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Ernest Mason Satow Died at 86 (1843-1929) Sir Ernest Mason Satow GCMG PC;, was a British scholar, diplomat and Japanologist. Satow was born to an ethnically German father and an English mother in Clapton, North London. His surname is ...more

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Eugen Millington-Drake is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Eugen Millington-Drake Died at 83 (1889-1972) Sir Eugen John Henry Vanderstegen Millington-Drake, KCMG was a British diplomat. Millington-Drake was the son of Henry Millington-Drake. He was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford, ...more

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F. D. Amr Bey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
F. D. Amr Bey Abdelfattah Amr, better known as "F.D. Amr Bey" or simply "Amr Bey", was an Egyptian diplomat and squash player. He won the British Open men's title six consecutive times, ...more

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Francis Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Francis Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce, 8th Baron Thurlow Died at 101 (1912-2013) Francis Edward Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce, 8th Baron Thurlow KCMG was a British diplomat. He was the last surviving former British colonial governor of The Bahamas. Thurlow was the second son ...more

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Frederick Wright-Bruce is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Frederick Wright-Bruce Died at 53 (1814-1867) Sir Frederick Wright-Bruce, GCB was a British diplomat. Frederick Bruce was the youngest of the three sons of Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and his second wife Elizabeth, youngest daughter of ...more

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Geoffrey Jackson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Geoffrey Jackson Died at 72 (1915-1987) Sir Geoffrey Holt Seymour Jackson KCMG was a British diplomat and writer.

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George Chychele Waterston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
George Chychele Waterston Died at 91 (1904-1995) George Chychele Waterston was a language teacher and the father of Sam Waterston.

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Glyn Berry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Glyn Berry Died at 60 (1946-2006) Glyn Raymond Berry was a Canadian diplomat killed in a car bomb attack in Afghanistan. He was the first Canadian diplomat to be killed while on duty in Afghanistan. Two other civilians were ...more

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Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st E... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Granville Died at 73 (1773-1846) Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Granville GCB PC, known as Lord Granville Leveson-Gower from 1786 to 1815, as Viscount Granville from 1815 to 1833, and as Earl Granville from 1833 onwards, was ...more

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Harold Nicolson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Harold Nicolson Died at 82 (1886-1968) Sir Harold George Nicolson KCVO CMG was an English diplomat, author, diarist and politician. He was the husband of writer Vita Sackville-West.

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Harry Smith Parkes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Harry Smith Parkes Died at 57 (1828-1885) Sir Harry Smith Parkes was a 19th-century British diplomat who worked mainly in China and Japan. Parkes Street in Kowloon, Hong Kong is named after him.

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Henry Drummond Wolff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Henry Drummond Wolff Died at 78 (1830-1908) Sir Henry Drummond-Wolff GCB, GCMG, PC was an English diplomat and Conservative Party politician, who started as a clerk in the Foreign Office.

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Henry Wotton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Henry Wotton Died at 71 (1568-1639) Sir Henry Wotton was an English author, diplomat and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1614 and 1625. He is often quoted as saying, "An ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to ...more

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Horace Phillips is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Horace Phillips Died at 87 (1917-2004) Sir Horace Phillips KCMG was a British diplomat. Phillips was born in Glasgow, Scotland. After seven years in the Army in the second World War, he served in a number of postings in East Africa, ...more

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Sir Horace Rumbold, 9th Barone... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Sir Horace Rumbold, 9th Baronet Died at 72 (1869-1941) Sir Horace George Montagu Rumbold, 9th Baronet GCB, GCMG, KCVO, PC was a British diplomat. A well-travelled diplomat, learning Arabic, Japanese and German, he is best remembered for his role as ...more

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Ida Copeland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Ida Copeland Died at 89 (1875-1964) Ida Copeland, née Fenzi OStJ MP FRSA was an Anglo-Italian British politician, born and raised in Florence, Italy.

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Ivone Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Ivone Kirkpatrick Died at 67 (1897-1964) Sir Ivone Augustine Kirkpatrick GCB, GCMG was a British diplomat who served as the British High Commissioner in Germany after the war, and as the Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign

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James Cross is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
James Cross age 96 James Richard Cross, CMG is a British former diplomat in Canada who was kidnapped by Front de libération du Québec militants during the October Crisis of October 1970. Born in ...more

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James Harris, 1st Earl of Malm... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
James Harris, 1st Earl of Malmesbury Died at 74 (1746-1820) James Harris, 1st Earl of Malmesbury GCB was an English diplomat.

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James Lyall Sharp is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
James Lyall Sharp age 58 James Lyall Sharp is a British diplomat. Sharp served as Ambassador to Kazakhstan, and served concurrently as non-resident Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan from 2002 until 2005. He is married with two ...more

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Javed Malik is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Javed Malik age 41 Javed Malik is a Pakistani journalist and diplomat, currently serving as Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large and Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Trade and Investment in the United Arab Emirates. ...more

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Jennifer Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom

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Jeremy Greenstock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
Jeremy Greenstock age 74 Sir Jeremy Quentin Greenstock, GCMG is a retired British diplomat, active from 1969 to 2004.

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John Barker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
John Barker Died at 78 (1771-1849) John Barker was an English diplomat and horticulturist.

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John Freeman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom
John Freeman John Freeman, MBE was a British politician, diplomat and broadcaster. He was the Labour Member of Parliament for Watford from 1945 to 1955.