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):


  • Will Barker, a pioneer of British cinema, lived and worked at Ealing Green for many years.
  • Trevor Baylis, inventor, was born on 13 May 1937 in Kilburn, London but grew up in Southall.
  • Lady Byron (Lord Byron's widow) of Fordhook House, Ealing, founded Ealing Grove School[3] in 1834—the first industrial school of its type. In 1860 C. N. Atlee, a former headmaster of the Lady Byron school set up the Byron House School in St. Mary's Road (South Ealing Road). The site has evolved through many changes into the present-day University of West London. At the main entrance is a blue plaque[1] dedicated to Lady Byron and her pioneering, enlightened approach to education.
  • Dorita Fairlie Bruce was a British children's author, most notably of the Dimsie books published between 1921 and 1941. Dorothy Morris Fairlie Bruce, as was her original name, was born in Palos in Spain on May 20, 1885. In about 1895 the family moved to Ealing, NW London, where Dorita was to live until 1949.


  • Earl Cameron CBE, the Bermudan actor, lived in the Hanger Hill Garden Estate in west Acton in the mid 1960s.
  • Dorothea Chambers who won 7 Wimbledon Ladies Singles championships between 1903 and 1918, lived at 7 North Common Road in Ealing. A commemorative blue plaque was placed on her home in 2005 by English Heritage.[1]
  • Pat Chapman, founder of the Curry Club and author of 36 food books, was born in Ealing in 1940 and lived at 32 Eaton Rise until 1979. His first primary school was Durston House. His mother owned and ran a maternity nursing home (Prescott House) at 34 Eaton Rise between 1942 and 1953.


  • 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.


  • Ellie Harrison, artist was born and grew up in Ealing. Her famed project "Gold Card Adventures" using Ealing Broadway as its starting point.


  • 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]


  • Jay Kay of pop band Jamiroquai is also a former resident. He lived on Grange Road (W5) and played some of his first gigs in The Haven, a pub on Spring Bridge Road (now converted to offices) and Broadway Boulevard (now Club Karma) He attended Twyford Church of England High School in Acton.





  • 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.


  • Spencer Perceval, Prime Minister from 1809 until 1812 lived at Elm Grove, a large house at the south-west corner of Ealing Common. Perceval was shot dead in the lobby of the House of Commons in May 1812 by John Bellingham. Bellingham was tried, found guilty and hanged just seven days later. He is commemorated with a blue plaque.[1]


  • 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]


  • Ben Sheenan, footballer & top scorer for Dynamo Southall for 5 seasons. Born in Perivale, lived in Southall.
  • Ronald Skirth, conscientious objector and author of First World War memoir The Reluctant Tommy, lived in Ealing for over fifty years.[9]


  • 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.


  • Bombardier Billy Wells the heavyweight boxing champion, lived and died here, passing away on 11 June 1967, aged 77. His ashes were laid to rest in the crypt of St. Mary's Church in neighbouring Hanwell. Wells was also famous for being the first person to fill the role of the "gongman" – the figure seen striking the gong in the introduction to J. Arthur Rank films.


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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.