List of British Italians

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Giovanni Florio, 1611. Engraving by William Hole from the 2nd edition of Florio's dictionary
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This is a list of notable British people of Italian ancestry and Italians in the United Kingdom. The citizenship and connection to Britain and Italy is shown in parentheses.

Writers[edit]

Poet, painter and translator Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Literature-related[edit]

  • Michelangelo Florio (1553–1625), known in Italian as "Giovanni Florio", was a linguist and lexicographer of Anglo-Italian origin. He referred to himself as "an Englishman in Italiano" who was a royal language tutor at the Court of James I and a friend with huge influence on William Shakespeare.

Businesspeople[edit]

Inventors and researchers[edit]

Cartoonists[edit]

Librarians[edit]

Poets[edit]

Scriptwriters[edit]

Writer and scholar Isaac D'Israeli.

Translators[edit]

Soldiers[edit]

Law[edit]

Media[edit]

Actors[edit]

Actresses[edit]

Actress and singer Minnie Driver.
Actress Claire Forlani.
19th-century actress Lucia Elizabeth Vestris.

Comedians[edit]

Dancers and choreographers[edit]

Directors[edit]

TV personalities[edit]

TV presenters[edit]

Mobsters[edit]

People linked to royalty[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Religious figures[edit]

Moses Montefiore, one of the 19th century's most famous Jews.

Sport[edit]

World Cup-winning footballer Simone Perrotta.

Boxers[edit]

Cricketers[edit]

Footballers[edit]

Motor racing drivers[edit]

Racehorse jockeys[edit]

Racehorse jockey Frankie Dettori.

Road-racing cyclists[edit]

Rugby players[edit]

Rugby Union player Lawrence Dallaglio.

Arts[edit]

Artists[edit]

Circus performers[edit]

Composers[edit]

Conductors[edit]

Designers[edit]

Musicians[edit]

A US singer of Italian descent, Gwen Stefani lives in the UK.
Tony Iommi guitarist of Heavy metal band Black Sabbath is of Italian descent.

Opera singers[edit]

Photographers[edit]

Singers[edit]

Others[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BBC obituary
  2. ^ The Vancouver Sun, op. cit., p.A5
  3. ^ a b Owen, Richard (4 August 2009). "Italian homecoming for Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti". The Times. London. Retrieved 5 September 2009.