List of people from the London Borough of 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), 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.


  • Charles Hamilton (1876–1961), author of the Billy Bunter novels under the pen-name Frank Richards, was born in a house on the site now occupied by Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre. He is commemorated with a blue plaque on the site.[1][5]
  • Ellie Harrison, artist, was born and grew up in Ealing. Her famed project "Gold Card Adventures" uses Ealing Broadway as its starting point.
  • Arthur Haynes (1914–66), comedian, lived at 74 Gunnersbury Avenue.[5] He is commemorated with a blue plaque.[1]
  • Ho Chi Minh ( Nguyễn Sinh Cung, 1890–1969), revolutionary and politician, worked in the kitchens of the Drayton Court in 1914.
  • Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95), biologist known as "Darwin's Bulldog", was born in Ealing.


  • Sid James (1913–76), actor and comedian, lived at 35 Gunnersbury Avenue.[5] He is commemorated with a blue plaque on the front of the house.[1]


  • Jay Kay (1969–), founding member of pop band Jamiroquai, lived on Grange Road 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.
  • Shappi Khorsandi (1973–), stand-up comedian, grew up in Ealing after leaving Iran.
  • Neil Kinnock (1942–), former leader of the Labour Party and European Commissioner, and his wife Glenys Kinnock (1944–), a member of the European Parliament, have their London home in Ealing.





  • Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (1880–1960), English girls' story writer, moved to Ealing before the age of two and lived there for nearly forty years. She and her sisters went to private schools and attended Ealing Congregational Church.
  • Martin Offiah (2007–) Former International Rugby League legend, immortalised in bronze outside Wembley Stadium, moved to Ealing in March 2007. He coaches his sons at Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club.





  • Colin Thompson (1942–), children's author, was born at the Old Court Nursing Home on Hanger Lane. He attended Savernake Kindergarten, Durston House School and Ealing Art School.
  • Pete Townshend (1945–), rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for The Who, lived in Ealing Common with his parents and attended Ealing Art School.



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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Shapley, Brian (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.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  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. Retrieved 28 November 2007.
  5. ^ a b c Archived 19 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Prynn, Jonathan; Bar-Hillel, Mira (29 March 2012). "London brothers behind a £4 billion secret empire". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  7. ^ "The name is Bond..." Ealing News Extra. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Chris Patten – Governor of Hong Kong". Politics 97. BBC. 1997. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  9. ^ Nevil Shute Norway Foundation. Biography. Retrieved 16 November 2006
  10. ^ "Retro: A soldier who refused to kill". Ealing Gazette. 29 July 2011. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  11. ^ Bret, David (2014). Brit Girls of the Sixties Volume One: Dusty Springfield & Helen Shapiro. ISBN 978-1-291-79884-5.