List of fictional Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom

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Fictional stories featuring the political scene in Westminster or Whitehall in the United Kingdom, often feature fictional Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom – invented characters with the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Such characters may be complete inventions, or they may be based on a particular Prime Minister or politician, or on a broad stereotype of party politicians.

Prime Ministers are listed alphabetically by surname. Also provided is information (where relevant and provided) about actors who portrayed the character.

Named fictional characters[edit]

A[edit]

  • Lord Alloway
  • Lord Appin
  • Herbert Attwell

B[edit]

  • Lord Richard Beaminster
  • former Prime Minister in The Duchess of Wrexe by Hugh Walpole
  • Alec Beasley
  • Blocket
  • Played by: George A. Cooper
  • Prime Minister in: The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
  • Leonard Braithwaite FRSJ
  • Lord Brock
  • Terry Brooks
  • Alan B'Stard

C[edit]

  • Sir John Cabal
  • Michael Callow
  • Sir Walter Carey
  • Joan Carpenter
  • Sir Mortimer Chris
  • Edward Clare
  • Leighton Clarkson
  • Lord Coodle
  • Phillip Cotton
  • Duncan Craig

D[edit]

  • Alfred Danderson
  • David (First Name only, no last name given) – played by Hugh Grant.
  • Mark D'Arby
  • Prime Minister in The Edge of Madness by Michael Dobbs (2012–2014)
  • Tom Davis
  • Alastair Davies
  • Mr Daubeny or Daubney
  • Tom Dawkins
  • Hector D'Estrange
  • Prime Minister in Gloriana, or the Revolution of 1900 by Lady Florence Dixie
  • Real name: Gloriana (Gloria) de Lara
  • Lady Florence Dixie, a campaigner for Women's suffrage, published in 1890 this utopian novel, which has been described as a feminist fantasy. In it, women win the right to vote, as the result of the protagonist, Gloriana, posing as a man, Hector l'Estrange, and being elected to the House of Commons. The character of l'Estrange is clearly based on that of Oscar Wilde.[2] The book ends in the year 1999, with a description of a prosperous and peaceful Britain governed by women.
  • Lord de Terrier
  • Rupert Devereaux
  • Sir Thomas Doodle
  • Bernard Drake
  • Prime Minister in: The Dark Red Star by Ivan Ruff
  • Morag Duff
  • Felix Durrell

E[edit]

  • John Eaton
  • Dominic "Dom" Edge
  • Prime Minister in First Lady
  • David Edwards

F[edit]

  • Sir Edward Ferrier
  • Charles Flyte

G[edit]

Freya Gardner

  • Mr Geraldine
  • Brian Green
  • Joseph Green (MP for Hartley Dale, Chair of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionery)
  • Mr Gresham

H[edit]

  • Jeffrey Hale
  • James Halstead
  • John Hammett
  • John Hatcher
  • Bill Hawks
  • Severus L. Heppenstall
  • Sir Timothy Hobson
  • Sir Joseph Humboldt
  • Mr Hunberly
  • Tom Hutchinson
  • Played by: Ronald Fraser
  • Prime Minister in: The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
  • George Hyde
  • Prime Minister in: The Dark Red Star by Ivan Ruff

J[edit]

  • Iorwerth Jones

K[edit]

  • Yorrick Kaine
  • Simon Kerslake
  • Elected Prime Minister of Britain in the alternate ending version of the book First Among Equals by Jeffrey Archer

L[edit]

  • Adam Lang
  • Charles Lenton
  • Prime Minister in: Corridors of Power by C. P. Snow
  • Charlie Lynton
  • Arthur Lytton
  • Played by: Ronald Adam
  • Prime Minister in: Seven Days to Noon (film, 1950)

M[edit]

  • David MacAdam
  • Andrew MacGregor
  • Prime Minister in "To Kill Napoleon, Whatever the Cost!" by Elizabeth Williams
  • In an Alternative history where Napoleon imposed a crushing defeat on Britain in 1807, MacGregor is a populist, extreme nationalist demagogue coming to power in an impoverished Britain, and vowing revenge on the France of Emperor Napoleon VI. This leads in 1973 to a devastating nuclear war destroying Britain, France and most of the world. Emerging from a nuclear shelter under Whitehall, MacGregor is lynched by a crowd of Londoners dying slowly of radiation burns.
  • Aruna Mahajan
  • Tom Makepeace
  • The Marquess of Malvern
  • David Marchant
  • Mr Melmount
  • Lord Merivale
  • William Mildmay
  • Joshua Monk
  • Gloria Munday

O[edit]

  • Walter Outrage, OM

P[edit]

  • Harry Perkins (Harold Clement Perkins)
  • Michael Phillips
  • Played by: Robert Bathurst
  • Prime Minister in: My Dad's the Prime Minister (television)
  • Rosamund 'Ros' Jane Pritchard
  • Pre-Skool Prime Minister

R[edit]

  • Michael Rimmer
  • Played by: Peter Cook
  • Prime Minister in: The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer

S[edit]

  • Peter St. John
  • Edward Shaw
  • Henry Lyulph Holland, 1st Earl of Slane
  • David Somerset
  • The Right Honourable Sackville Somerset
  • Dr. Davenport Spry
  • Michael Stevens
  • Adam Susan

T[edit]

  • Sir Derrick Trant

U[edit]

W[edit]

  • Mr Waldemar
  • Thomas Waring
  • General Sir Harold Wharton
  • Joshua Wheaton
  • Sidney Wilton

Y[edit]

  • Michael Year
  • Prime Minister in: UNIT audio dramas The Longest Night and Snakehead.

Real people with a fictional premiership[edit]

The following is a list of real or historical people who have been portrayed as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in fiction, although they did not hold the office in real life. This is done either as a near future or alternate history scenario, or occasionally for humorous purposes. Also included are actual British Prime Ministers with a fictional premiership at a different time and/or under different circumstances than the one in actual history.

  • Prime Minister in Crossed by Garth Ennis. During the outbreak of a contagious, zombie like virus in the United Kingdom, the country is plunged into anarchy as entire cities become vast charnel houses forcing the Prime Minister and his staff to evacuate to a government bunker in Yorkshire. Brown falls victim to the infected due to an internal outbreak within the bunker, leading to the near total collapse of the British government.
  • Prime Minister in The Trial of Tony Blair, portrayed by Peter Mullan. He succeeds Tony Blair (played by Robert Lindsay) in 2010 (having stayed on as Prime Minister for longer to oversee government handling the invasion of Iraq and the resulting terror attacks on London). Brown wins the 2010 United Kingdom General Election over the Conservative leader David Cameron (played by Alexander Armstrong) but only by a razor-thin majority of two seats after Blair leaked memos from Brown as Chancellor saying that tax increases were inevitable, having feared that Brown would win larger parliamentary than he ever did. After that, Brown manipulates events to ensure that Blair is charged for war crimes and put on trial at The Hague. Whilst visiting Blair in hospital, Brown says that he will base his premiership on 'honesty' as opposed to charisma as Blair had done.
  • In the alternate history novel Dominion by C. J. Sansom, World War II ended in June 1940 when the British government, under the leadership of Lord Halifax, signed a peace treaty with Nazi Germany in Berlin. Due to poor health, Halifax resigned as Prime Minister in 1941 and was succeeded by Lloyd George, who was then 78 years old. His second term as Prime Minister lasted until his death in 1945. He was succeeded by Lord Beaverbrook, who served in that position until October 1953.
  • Prime Minister in the 1987 graphic novel Watchmen and Kim Newman's short story "The Germans Won"
  • Prime Minister in: Saviour of the Empire by George Fields
  • In a timeline where the North American colonies did not rebel against British rule, he entered politics due to indignation at slave-owners foiling the Emancipation Law in 1833. After a stint in the North American Provincial Legislature he graduated to the Imperial Parliament in London and soon achieved prominence despite the aristocracy's disdain for his "uncouth provincial manners". Was among initiators of the finally approved Emancipation of the Slaves in 1856. He becomes Prime Minister in 1857 amidst the worst crisis in the history of the British Empire – widespread rebellions of slave-owning colonies in North America, the Caribbean and South Africa, simultaneously with the Indian Mutiny, a new Opium War with China and a Russian invasion of the Ottoman Empire, Britain's ally, aimed at seizing Constantinople – and with the Russians actively aiding and abetting all of Britain's other foes. Sir Abraham guided the Empire through four terrible years of war on land and at sea on multiple fronts, and succumbed to an assassin's bullet just as victory came in plain sight. Hundreds of thousands followed his cortege through the streets of London. He was interred at Westminster Abbey in the presence of Queen Victoria and declared to have been "Among the Greatest of England's Sons", on a par with King Arthur and Francis Drake.
  • In the 2025 episode of the satirical 1994 BBC Radio 4 comedy series A Look Back at the Future, Ken Livingstone becomes Prime Minister and head of a radical left-leaning government whose policies include the reduction of the powers and privileges of the monarchy. A second English Civil War is sparked at an extremely frugal State Opening of Parliament, resulting in the exile of King Charles III to a remote Scottish island (Livingstone having remembered midway through the royal execution his objections to the death penalty), the abolition of the monarchy, the establishment of a republican Commonwealth and the elevation of Livingstone to Lord Protector.
  • Prime Minister in 1926, in the Alternative History/Time Travel story "A Slip in Time" by S. M. Stirling,[5] featuring a history in which the First World War was avoided and the Austro-Hungarian Empire survived.
  • The story, takes place mainly in the alternate Vienna. A Vienna paper read by one of the characters makes a reference to "Lord Milner, the British Prime Minister, considering the lifting of martial law in Ireland if there were no more outrages".
  • In actual history, Lord Milner died in 1925 of sleeping sickness, with which he was infected during a visit to South Africa. Evidently, in the history where he became PM that visit was avoided and he survived.
  • Prime Minister in My Hero episode scene set 10 years in future (2015)
  • In the parallel universe featured in the 2006 BBC Four adaptation of Random Quest by John Wyndham, Smith was the Prime Minister in 2006. At this time, the United Kingdom was suffering severe drought, leading Smith to declare a state of emergency. There was widespread panic throughout Southeast England and Wales as the reservoirs have been dry for months. Tony Blair was the newly appointed Minister for Drought.
  • In a parallel universe featured in the Sliders Season Four episode "Asylum", Thatcher collaborated with the Kromaggs when they invaded her Earth. She agreed to give them access to the oil reserves in the North Sea in exchange for leaving the United Kingdom alone. After the end of the Kromagg War, collaborators came to be known as "Thatchers."

Unnamed[edit]

Due to the absence of full names, this list is ordered by available information.

  • First name "Jeremy"
  • Black male "Leroy"
  • White Female
  • Female
  • Black male
  • White Male
  • White Male
  • White Male
  • Male (unnamed but possibly John Major considering the chronology of the Harry Potter stories)
  • Two unnamed Earls, one succeeding the other
  • Unspecified gender
  • Unspecified gender
  • White Female

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Curtis, Richard, Elton, Ben, Atkinson, Rowan (1999). Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty, p. 245. Penguin Books, London. ISBN 978-0-140-28035-7.
  2. ^ Heilmann, Ann, Wilde's New Women: the New Woman on Wilde in Uwe Böker, Richard Corballis, Julie A. Hibbard, The Importance of Reinventing Oscar: Versions of Wilde During the Last 100 Years (Rodopi, 2002) pp. 135–147, in particular p. 139
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  4. ^ a b Parkin, Lance & Pearson, Lars (2012). AHistory: An Unauthorised History of the Doctor Who Universe (3rd Edition), p. 259. Mad Norwegian Press, Des Moines. ISBN 978-193523411-1.
  5. ^ Published in "Multiverse:Exploring Poul Anderson's worlds, edited by Greg Bear and Gardner Dozois, Subterranean Press, Boston, 2014