List of people from Ealing

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Among those who were born in the London Borough of Ealing, or have dwelt within the borders of the modern borough are (alphabetical order):




  • Henry Fielding (1707–54), the playwright, novelist and magistrate, leased a country house and farm at Fordhook, Ealing, from the summer of 1752 or possibly 1753.[4] (The house was north of the Uxbridge Road near the Acton boundary.) It has been claimed that his novel "Tom Jones" was partly written here but this is unlikely as the first edition was published in February 1749 (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).


  • Jonathan Green, science fiction and fantasy writer, lives and works in Ealing.



  • Sid James, the actor and comedian, lived at number 35 Gunnersbury Avenue.[5] There is a blue plaque on the front of the house recording the fact.[1]






  • Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (real name Dunkerley) (25 November 1880 – 9 January 1960), was an English girls' story writer, who took the name Oxenham as her pseudonym when her first book, Goblin Island, was published in 1907. Before she was two years old the family moved to Ealing, West London, where they lived for nearly forty years. She and her sisters went to private schools and attended Ealing Congregational Church.



  • Nick Reding, English actor was born in Ealing.
  • Frank Richards, who is most remembered for writing Billy Bunter, lived in a house that once stood in what is now part of Ealing Shopping Centre. The site is marked with a blue plaque.[1][5]



  • Colin Thompson, the children's author, was born in Ealing on October 18, 1942 at the Old Court Nursing Home, Hanger Lane. He attended Savernake Kindergarten, Durston House School and Ealing Art School.
  • Pete Townshend, rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and author, lived in Ealing Common with his parents. He attended Ealing Art School.



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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Brian Shapley (October 2012), "A stack of plaques", Around Ealing 
  2. ^ BARNES, Colonel Osmond in Who Was Who 1897–2006 online, retrieved 25 January 2007, from BARNES, Colonel Osmond at (a subscription site)
  3. ^ T F T Baker, C R Elrington (Editors), Diane K Bolton, Patricia E C Croot, M A Hicks (1982). "Ealing and Brentford: Education". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 7: Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Brentford, West Twyford, Willesden. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  4. ^ 'Ealing and Brentford: Growth of Ealing', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 7: Acton, Chiswick, Ealing and Brentford, West Twyford, Willesden (1982), pp. 105–113. Date accessed: 28 November 2007.
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  6. ^ a b Prynn and Bar-Hillel, Jonathan and Mira (29 March 2012). "London brothers behind a £4 billion secret empire". Evening Standard. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Chris Patten – Governor of Hong Kong". Politics 97. BBC. 1997. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Nevil Shute Norway Foundation. Biography. Retrieved 16 November 2006
  9. ^ "Retro: A soldier who refused to kill". Ealing Gazette. London. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dusty Springfield: biography". The Guardian. London. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2012.