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The Top 100 Great Britons


30,000 people nominated their Greatest Britons last year, resulting in the Top Ten featured in the series.

Click the links below for more on the people that didn't quite make the Top Ten.

The definition of a 'Great Briton' for the purposes of the nominations was: anyone who was born in the British Isles, including Ireland; or anyone who lived in the British Isles, including Ireland, and who has played a significant part in the life of the British Isles.
11 Ernest Shackleton - BBCi History
12 Captain James Cook - BBCi History
13 Lord Baden-Powell - BBC Radio 4
14 King Alfred the Great - BBCi History
15 Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington - BBCi History
16 Margaret Thatcher (Baroness Thatcher) - BBC News
17 Michael Crawford - BBC News
18 Queen Victoria - BBCi History
19 Sir Paul McCartney - BBC News
20 Sir Alexander Fleming - BBCi History
21 Alan Turing OBE - BBC News
22 Michael Faraday - BBCi History
23 Owain Glyndwr - BBCi History
24 Queen Elizabeth II - BBC News
25 Professor Stephen Hawking - BBCi Science
26 William Tyndale - BBCi Books
27 Emmeline Pankhurst - BBCi History
28 William Wilberforce - BBCi History
29 David Bowie - BBCi Music
30 Guy Fawkes - BBCi History
31 Leonard Cheshire (Baron Cheshire of Woodall) - BBCi H2G2
32 Eric Morecambe OBE - BBCi Cult
33 David Beckham - BBC Sport
34 Thomas Paine - BBCi History
35 Boudicca - BBCi History
36 Sir Steve Redgrave - BBC Sport
37 Sir Thomas More - BBCi History
38 William Blake - BBCi History
39 John Harrison - BBC News
40 King Henry VIII - BBCi History
41 Charles Dickens - BBCi Books
42 Sir Frank Whittle - BBCi History
43 John Peel - BBC Radio 1
44 John Logie Baird - BBCi History
45 Aneurin Bevan - BBCi History
46 Boy George - BBC Music
47 Sir Douglas Bader - BBC Radio 4
48 William Wallace - BBCi History
49 Sir Francis Drake - BBCi History
50 John Wesley - External: John Wesley Online Exhibition
51 King Arthur - BBCi Religion
52 Florence Nightingale - BBCi History
53 TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) - BBC News
54 Captain Robert Falcon Scott - BBCi History
55 Enoch Powell - BBC News
56 Sir Cliff Richard - BBC News
57 Sir Alexander Graham Bell - BBCi History
58 Freddie Mercury - BBC News
59 Dame Julie Andrews - BBCi Films
60 Edward Elgar - BBCi Music
61 Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother - BBC News
62 George Harrison - BBC News
63 Sir David Attenborough - BBCi Nature
64 James Connolly - BBCi History
65 George Stephenson - BBCi History
66 Sir Charles (Charlie) Chaplin - BBC News
67 Tony Blair - BBC News
68 William Caxton - BBCi History
69 Bobby Moore OBE - BBC Sport
70 Jane Austen - BBCi Books
71 William Booth - BBC Nottingham
72 King Henry V - BBCi History
73 Aleister Crowley - External: Biography.Com
74 King Robert the Bruce - BBCi History
75 Bob Geldof KBE - BBC News
76 The Unknown Warrior - BBCi History
77 Robbie Williams - BBC Radio 1
78 Edward Jenner - BBCi History
79 David Lloyd George (1st Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor ) - BBCi History
80 Charles Babbage - BBCi History
81 Geoffrey Chaucer - BBCi Books
82 King Richard III - BBCi History
83 JK Rowling OBE - BBC News
84 James Watt - BBCi History
85 Sir Richard Branson - BBC Radio 2
86 Bono - BBC Radio 1
87 John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) - BBCi Music
88 Field Marshal Montgomery - BBC News
89 Donald Campbell - BBC News
90 King Henry II - BBCi History
91 James Clerk Maxwell - BBC News
92 JRR Tolkien - BBCi Books
93 Sir Walter Raleigh - BBCi History
94 King Edward I - BBCi History
95 Sir Barnes Neville Wallis - BBCi History
96 Richard Burton - BBC Wales
97 Tony Benn - BBC News
98 David Livingstone - BBC World Service
99 Professor Tim Berners-Lee - BBC Oxford
100 Marie Stopes - BBCi History
 
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