Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom

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

    Alan Campbell

    Dec. at 88 (1919-2007)
    Sir Alan Hugh Campbell (1 July 1919 – 7 October 2007) was a British diplomat and civil servant. 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 London.
  • Andrew Ryan

    Andrew Ryan

    Dec. 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.
    • Birthplace: Sunamganj District, Bangladesh
    Anwar Choudhury (Bengali: আনোয়ার চৌধুরী; born 15 June 1959) is a Bangladeshi-born British diplomat. He was Governor of the Cayman Islands for just four months, until he was recalled following allegations he was bullying staff and undertaking other inappropriate behaviour. Prior to that, he was UK Ambassador to Peru, Director of International Institutions at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and High Commissioner to Bangladesh.
  • Benjamin Bathurst
    Dec. at 24 (1784-1809)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    Benjamin Bathurst (18 March 1784 – 1809?) was a British diplomatic envoy who disappeared in Germany during the Napoleonic Wars. He was the third son of Henry Bathurst, Bishop of Norwich. His sister was the poet Caroline de Crespigny.Bathurst disappeared on or about 25 November 1809, sparking much debate and speculation about his ultimate fate, especially in science fiction stories, based on a widespread belief (fostered by secondary sources) that his disappearance was a case of particularly sudden, perhaps supernatural, vanishing. Recent research suggests the circumstances of Bathurst's disappearance were wildly embellished, and that he was almost certainly murdered.
  • Brian Maurice Bennett

    Brian Maurice Bennett

    Age: 75
    Brian Maurice Bennett (born 1 April 1948) is a former British diplomat. Bennett studied Russian at the University of Sheffield.
  • Sir Bryan Cartledge (born 10 June 1931), 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, Oxford and the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. He was inspired to become a diplomat after being invited to assist the former British prime minister and foreign secretary Sir Anthony Eden with his memoirs. In the British Diplomatic Service, Cartledge served in Sweden, the Soviet Union and Iran before being appointed, in 1977, to be Private Secretary (Overseas Affairs) to the British prime minister; he served both James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher in that capacity before taking up his first ambassadorial appointment as British ambassador to Hungary in 1980. He then headed the Defence and Overseas Secretariat of the Cabinet Office, as deputy secretary of the British Cabinet, before returning to Moscow as ambassador, where he had regular dealings with Mikhail Gorbachev and Eduard Shevardnadze. Cartledge left the Diplomatic Service in 1988 on his election to be Principal of Linacre College, Oxford. In Oxford, he has edited six books on environmental issues. He holds diplomas in the Hungarian language from the University of Westminster (UK) and University of Debrecen (Hungary). His history of Hungary, The Will to Survive, fulfills an aspiration which grew out of his deep interest in the country where he served three years as ambassador. He subsequently wrote Károlyi & Bethlen: Hungary - The Peace Conferences of 1919-23 and Their Aftermath".