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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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 85
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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