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List of famous people buried in Westminster Abbey, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Celebrities are often buried in the highest caliber cemeteries, mausoleums and tombs, which is why we've created this list of celebrities buried in Westminster Abbey. If you're ever visiting Westminster Abbey and want to check out historic graves, then use this list to pinpoint exactly which burial locations you want to see.

List features people like Laurence Olivier and Isaac Newton.

This list answers the questions "Which famous people are buried in Westminster Abbey?" and "Which celebrities are buried in Westminster Abbey?"

From celebrity tombs at Westminster Abbey to legendary locals, these are the most well-known people whose final resting place is Westminster Abbey. You can find useful information below for these notable people buried in Westminster Abbey, like what year and where the person was born.

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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Isaac Newton Died at 84 (1643-1727) Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific ...more

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Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Charles Darwin Died at 73 (1809-1882) Charles Robert Darwin, FRS was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from ...more

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Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Charles Dickens Died at 58 (1812-1870) Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. ...more

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Robert Blake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Robert Blake age 84 Robert Blake is an American actor having starring roles in the film In Cold Blood and the U.S. television series Baretta. Blake began performing as a child, with a lead role in the final years ...more

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Rudyard Kipling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Rudyard Kipling Died at 71 (1865-1936) Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children. He was born in Bombay, in the Bombay ...more

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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Laurence Olivier Died at 82 (1907-1989) Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also ...more

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Samuel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Samuel Johnson Died at 75 (1709-1784) Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and ...more

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Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695) Henry Purcell, was an English composer. Although incorporating Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell's legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music. He is ...more

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David Livingstone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
David Livingstone Died at 60 (1813-1873) David Livingstone was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and an explorer in Africa. His meeting with H. M. Stanley on 10 November 1871 ...more

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Ernest Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Ernest Rutherford Died at 66 (1871-1937) Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, OM FRS was a New Zealand-born British physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics. Encyclopædia Britannica considers him ...more

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George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759) George Frideric Handel was a German-born, British Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Born in ...more

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Edward V of England is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Edward V of England Died at 13 (1470-1483) Edward V was King of England from his father Edward IV's death on 9 April 1483 until 26 June of the same year. He was never crowned, and his 86-day reign was dominated by the influence of his ...more

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Joseph John Thomson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Joseph John Thomson Died at 84 (1856-1940) Sir Joseph John "J. J." Thomson, OM, FRS was an English physicist. He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of London and appointed to the Cavendish Professorship of ...more

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Geoffrey Chaucer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Geoffrey Chaucer Died at 57 (1343-1400) Geoffrey Chaucer, known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster ...more

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Muzio Clementi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Muzio Clementi Died at 80 (1752-1832) Muzio Clementi was an Italian-born English composer, pianist, pedagogue, conductor, music publisher, editor, and piano manufacturer. Born in Rome, he spent most of his life in England. ...more

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Ralph Vaughan Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Ralph Vaughan Williams Died at 86 (1872-1958) Ralph Vaughan Williams OM was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song; this collecting ...more

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Mary I of England is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Mary I of England Died at 42 (1516-1558) Mary I was the Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death. Her executions of Protestants caused her opponents to give her the sobriquet "Bloody Mary". She was the only ...more

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Robert Adam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Robert Adam Died at 64 (1728-1792) Robert Adam FRSE FRS FSA FSA FRSA was a Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer. He was the son of William Adam, the country's foremost architect of the time, ...more

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William Wilberforce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
William Wilberforce Died at 74 (1759-1833) William Wilberforce was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career ...more

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Henry Irving is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Henry Irving Died at 67 (1838-1905) Sir Henry Irving, born John Henry Brodribb, sometimes known as J.H Irving was an English stage actor in the Victorian era, known as an actor-manager because he took complete responsibility for ...more

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Robert Browning is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Robert Browning Died at 77 (1812-1889) Robert Browning was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, and in particular the dramatic monologue, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. His poems are known ...more

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Clement Attlee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Clement Attlee Died at 84 (1883-1967) Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, KG OM CH PC FRS was a British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951, and as the Leader of the ...more

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Edward I of England is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Edward I of England Died at 68 (1239-1307) Edward I, also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots, was King of England from 1272 to 1307. The first son of Henry III, Edward was involved early in the political intrigues of ...more

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John Dryden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
John Dryden Died at 69 (1631-1700) John Dryden was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made Poet Laureate in 1668. He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point ...more

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Robert Aytoun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Robert Aytoun Died at 68 (1570-1638) Sir Robert Aytoun or Ayton was a Scottish poet. Ayton was the son of Ayton of Kinaldie House in Fife. He and his elder brother entered St Leonard's College in St Andrews in 1584. After ...more

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Richard Brinsley Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Richard Brinsley Sheridan Died at 65 (1751-1816) Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan was an Irish playwright and poet and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He is known for his plays such as The Rivals, The School for ...more

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Ben Jonson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Ben Jonson Died at 65 (1572-1637) Ben Jonson was an English playwright, poet, and literary critic of the seventeenth century, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy. He popularised the ...more

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William Ewart Gladstone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
William Ewart Gladstone Died at 89 (1809-1898) William Ewart Gladstone, was a British Liberal politician. In a career lasting over sixty years, he served as Prime Minister four separate times, more than any other person, and served as ...more

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Thomas Hardy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Thomas Hardy Died at 88 (1840-1928) Thomas Hardy, OM was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William ...more

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Aphra Behn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Aphra Behn Died at 49 (1640-1689) Aphra Behn [Aphara] was a British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer from the Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, she broke ...more

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Thomas Campbell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Thomas Campbell Died at 67 (1777-1844) Thomas Campbell was a Scottish poet chiefly remembered for his sentimental poetry dealing especially with human affairs. He was also one of the initiators of a plan to found what became the ...more

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David Garrick is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
David Garrick Died at 62 (1717-1779) David Garrick is a Screenwriter.

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George II of Great Britain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
George II of Great Britain Died at 77 (1683-1760) George II was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 until his death. George was the last British ...more

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Richard II of England is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Richard II of England Died at 33 (1367-1400) Richard II, also known as Richard of Bordeaux, was King of England from 1377 until he was deposed on 30 September 1399. Richard, a son of Edward, the Black Prince, was born during the reign of ...more

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Robert Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Robert Stephenson Died at 56 (1803-1859) Robert Stephenson FRS was an early railway engineer. The only son of George Stephenson, the "Father of Railways", he built on the achievements of his father. Robert has been called the ...more

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Charles Lyell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Charles Lyell Died at 78 (1797-1875) Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet, FRS was a British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularised James Hutton's concepts ...more

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William Pitt the Younger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
William Pitt the Younger Died at 47 (1759-1806) William Pitt the Younger was a British politician of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He became the youngest Prime Minister in 1783 at the age of 24. He left office in 1801, but was Prime ...more

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William Congreve is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
William Congreve Died at 59 (1670-1729) William Congreve was an English playwright and poet.

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William Davenant is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
William Davenant Died at 62 (1606-1668) Sir William Davenant, also spelled D'Avenant, was an English poet and playwright. Along with Thomas Killigrew, Davenant was one of the rare figures in English Renaissance theatre whose career ...more

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William Camden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
William Camden Died at 72 (1551-1623) William Camden was an English antiquarian, historian, topographer, and officer of arms. He wrote the first chorographical survey of the islands of Great Britain and Ireland and the first ...more

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Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald Died at 85 (1775-1860) Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, 1st Marquess of Maranhão, GCB, ODM, styled Lord Cochrane between 1778 and 1831, was a Scottish naval flag officer of the Royal Navy and ...more

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Henry V of England is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Henry V of England Died at 36 (1386-1422) Henry V was King of England from 1413 until his death at the age of either 34 or 35 in 1422. He was the second English monarch who came from the House of Lancaster. After military experience ...more

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Old Tom Parr is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Old Tom Parr Died at 152 (1483-1635) Thomas Parr was an Englishman who was said to have lived for 152 years. He is often referred to simply as Old Parr or Old Tom Parr. A portrait of Parr hangs at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, ...more

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John Herschel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
John Herschel Died at 79 (1792-1871) Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Baronet, KH, FRS was an English polymath, mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor, and experimental photographer, who in some years also did ...more

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Abraham Cowley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Abraham Cowley Died at 49 (1618-1667) Abraham Cowley was an English poet born in the City of London late in 1618. He was one of the leading English poets of the 17th century, with 14 printings of his Works published between 1668 and

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John Gay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
John Gay Died at 47 (1685-1732) John Gay was an English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera, a ballad opera. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly ...more

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John André is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
John André Died at 30 (1750-1780) John André was a British Army officer hanged as a spy by the Continental Army during the American War of Independence for assisting Benedict Arnold's attempted surrender of the fort at ...more

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Edward III of England is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Edward III of England Died at 65 (1312-1377) Edward III was King of England from 25 January 1327 until his death; he is noted for his military success and for restoring royal authority after the disastrous reign of his father, Edward II. ...more

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Ten... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson Died at 83 (1809-1892) Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. Tennyson excelled ...more

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George Gilbert Scott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
George Gilbert Scott Died at 67 (1811-1878) Sir George Gilbert Scott, styled Sir Gilbert Scott, was an English Gothic revival architect, chiefly associated with the design, building and renovation of churches and cathedrals, although he ...more