List of people from Hillingdon
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In 1965, the Municipal Borough of Uxbridge, the Ruislip-Northwood Urban District, Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District and the Hayes and Harlington Urban District were amalgamated to form the London Borough of Hillingdon. Located in West London, the 2001 census recorded the population of Hillingdon to be nearly 243,006 residents.
Academia and research
- Stuart Olof Agrell (1913–1996), optical mineralogist renowned for his involvement in the Apollo programme, was born in Ruislip.
- Alexander Fleming (1881–1955), biologist and Nobel Prize winner for the discovery of penicillin, was Regional Pathologist at Harefield Hospital, 1939; this is recorded on a blue plaque at the main entrance door to the hospital.
- Friedrich Georg Houtermans (1903-1966), noted atomic and nuclear physicist, lived in Hayes (where he worked for EMI) between 1933 and 1935.
- Thomas Wakley (1795–1862), medical and social reformer, and founder of The Lancet, lived at Harefield Park, 1845–1856; he has a memorial stone in the grounds of Harefield Hospital.
Drama and film
- Actress Joan Dowling (1928–1954), perhaps best known for her role in the first "Ealing Comedy" Hue and Cry, grew up in Uxbridge.
- Actress Anne Marie Duff, best known for playing Fiona Gallagher in Shameless and Elizabeth I in The Virgin Queen, grew up in Hayes.
- Film director Derek Jarman (1942–1994), whose credits include Jubilee and The Tempest (1979), was born in Northwood.
- Character actor Moore Marriott (1885–1949), best known for the comedies he made with Will Hay and Graham Moffatt, was born in West Drayton.
- Bernard Miles (1907–1991), actor/writer/director, was born in Uxbridge and attended Uxbridge County School (later Bishopshalt).
- Actor Andy Serkis, acclaimed for his role as Gollum in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit", and for his portrayal of singer Ian Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010), was born in Ruislip.
- John Stears (1934–1999), Oscar-winning creator of James Bond's modified Aston Martin DB5, Star Wars robots R2-D2 and C-3PO, and the Jedi Knights' lightsabers (among other special effects), was born in Uxbridge.
- Actor and director Tony Tanner, who played opposite Harold Pinter in The Birthday Party, was born in Hillingdon.
- Actress Heather Thatcher (1896–1987), signed by MGM in 1930s Hollywood, lived in Hillingdon at the time of her death.
- Lieutenant-General Gerald Goodlake VC (1832–1890), who served with the Coldstream Guards in the Crimean War, is buried in St Mary's churchyard, Harefield.
- Major-General James Grant, C.B. (1778–1852), who served under Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo, was a lifelong Hayes resident.
- Private Cecil John Kinross VC (1896–1957), who distinguished himself at Passchendaele in World War I, was born in Harefield; he moved with his family in 1912 to Lougheed, Alberta.
- Sergeant Robert Edward Ryder VC (1895–1978), who served in World War I in the Middlesex Regiment, was born and is buried in Harefield. A blue plaque on The Old Workhouse marks his birthplace.
- Meinhardt Schomberg (1641–1719), general in the service of Prince William of Orange, built and lived in Hillingdon House.
- Composer William Byrd (1539/40–1623), "the father of English music", lived as a Catholic recusant in Hayes and Harlington, 1578–88.
- Conductor and composer Eugene Goossens (1893–1962), whose career was ruined by the Rosaleen Norton affair, lived in Hillingdon.
- Claire Richards, singer in 1990s pop-group Steps, was born in Hillingdon and attended Bishopshalt School.
- Composer Stephen Storace (1762–1796), famous in his day and a friend of Mozart, lived from the late 1780s in Wood End, Hayes.
- Arthur Wood (1937-2006), lead singer in rock band The Artwoods and brother of Ronnie Wood, was born in West Drayton.
- Ronnie Wood, guitarist in rock bands the Rolling Stones and The Faces, was born in West Drayton and grew up in Yiewsley.
- Henry Courtenay, 1st Marquess of Exeter (c.1496 – 1539) enlarged Swakeleys House, a manor in Ickenham — his mother was Catherine of York and aunt was Elizabeth of York. He was executed and attainted by his peers under Henry VIII for correspondence with the Pope.
- Statesman Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington (1618–1685), part of Charles II's Cabal Ministry which gave rise to the English word cabal, born in (H)arlington.
- Jerome, 4th Count de Salis-Soglio (1771–1836), Anglo-Irish landowner and Christian seer, lived (and is buried) in Harlington.
- Sir Robert Viner, 1st Baronet (1631–1688), Royal Crown Jeweller and Lord Mayor of London, owned Swakeleys House for a time. Vyners School also in Ickenham is named in his honour.
- At Hillingdon Court
- Charles William Mills, 2nd Baron Hillingdon (1855–1919).
- Thomas Egerton, Lord Ellesmere (1540–1617) and wife Alice Spencer (1559–1637) lived in Harefield from 1601; Queen Elizabeth I visited in July 1602.
- Roger Williams (1603–1683), important early proponent of religious freedom and separation of church and state, was born in Cowley.
- Annie Isherwood (1862–1906), Anglican nun and founder of the Community of the Resurrection in Grahamstown, Southern Africa, was born in Uxbridge.
- England Cricketer Alex Hales was born in Hillingdon
- Broadcaster Sue Cook, best known for presenting the BBC's Nationwide and Crimewatch, was born in Ruislip.
- Actor Julian Rhind-Tutt, star of Green Wing and Hippies and narrator of BBC's Seven Ages of Rock, was born in West Drayton.
Places in Hillingdon
- Office for National Statistics. "Area: Hillingdon (Local Authority)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
- "Sir Alexander Fleming". London Borough of Hillingdon. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
- Amaldi, Edoardo (2012). The Adventurous Life of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, Physicist (1903-1966). Heidelberg: Springer. p. 33. ISBN 3642328547.
- "Former TUC leader Norman Willis dies at 81". BBC. 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- Geoffrey Goodman (2014). "Norman Willis obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- Margaret W. Robins (1939). Mother Cecile of Grahamstown, South Africa: A Record of a Great Educational Work. Gardner, Darton.
- "Our town". Northwood Hills Residents Association. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
- Ahmed, Kamal (30 January 1999). "Greg Dyke: TV's man of the people". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- Pearce, Ken (2007) Hillingdon Village. Stroud: Sutton Publishing ISBN 978-0-7509-4675-9