Famous British People Born in India

Here is a list of people who either were born in India, or have Indian heritage through their parents.

Whether one calls it colonial India or British India, or the Raj, nevertheless it was India, a different geographical location.

All of these people have the highest recognition from either the mass population or the Queen.

There are thousands of elite British people in UK for whom if you go back far enough in their family line will have heritage tracing back to India. This is my list of some famous people who were born in India or have Indian heritage in some form through their parents. Please feel free to contact me if you know any more.

  • Cliff Richard
    Harry Rodger Webb
    Singer
    Lucknow
    OBE
  • Joanna Lumley
    Actor
    Srinagar
    OBE, FRGS
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
    Arnold George Dorsey
    Singer
    Madras / Chennai
    Very Famous
  • Vivien Leigh
    Vivian Mary Hartley
    Actor
    Darjeeling
    Hollywood Awards
  • Alistair McGowan
    Impressionist / Comedian
    Father born in Calcutta
    BAFTA
  • Merle Oberon
    Estelle Merle Thompson
    Actor
    Bombay / Mumbai
  • Ben Kingsley
    Krishna Pandit Bhanji
    Actor
    Gujarati Descent
    CBE
  • "Spike" Milligan
    Terence Alan Patrick Sen
    Actor
    Ahmednagar
    KBE
  • Rudyard Kipling
    Writer
    Bombay / Mumbai
    Nobel Prize
  • Paddy Ashdown
    Politician / British Intelligence
    New Delhi
    GCMG, KBE, PC
  • Freddie Mercury
    Farrokh Bulsara
    Singer
    Tanzania / Indian Parsi Gugarati Descent
    Rock God
  • George Orwell
    Eric Arthur Blair
    Writer
    Motihari, Bihar
    Greatest writer of our time
  • Nasser Hussein
    England team Cricket Captain
    Madras / Channai
    OBE
  • Mark Ramprakash
    Mark Ravin Ramprakash
    England team Cricket Indian Descent
    Famous cricket player
  • "Bob" Woolmer
    Robert Andrew Woolmer
    Cricketer / Commentator
    Kanpur, Utter Pradesh
    Very Famous
  • Michael Colin Cowdrey
    Professional cricketer
    Bangalore
    CBE
  • M. M. Kaye
    Mary Margaret ('Mollie') Kaye
    Writer
    Simla
  • Edward James Corbett
    Writer
    Nainital
    Famous Writer
  • William "Mark" Tully
    Journalist / Writer
    Calcutta
    KBE
  • John Masters
    Writer
    Calcutta
    DSO
  • William Thackery Makepeace
    Writer
    Calcutta
    Famous Writer
  • Christine Finn
    Actor
    Bombay / Mumbai
  • Basil Urwin Spence
    Architect
    Bombay / Mumbai
    OBE
  • Gerald Durrell
    Gerald "Gerry" Malcolm Durrell
    Presenter / Conservationist
    Jamshedpur
    OBE
  • Ronald Ross
    Medicine
    Almora
    Nobel Prize

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