Famous People A-Z


Activity Village has a large and growing resource of famous people resources for teachers and parents to use with their kids - from colouring pages to "learn to draw" tutorials! Children can learn about the famous people we cover with our short, child-friendly biographies, write about them, tackle a comprehension or have a go at some of our fun worksheets that are designed specifically to get your kids interested.

Here you can find a simple listing of all the famous people, ancient and modern, we have on the website, in first name order.

(If you would prefer to browse by category or by type of activity, you can do that here).

Explore all our Famous People

Famous People are featured in first name order.






  • Edmund Hillary - Explorer, climber and first man to climb Mount Everest.
  • Edward I - King of England (1272-1307)
  • Edward II - King of England (1307-1327) Not a good king!
  • Edward III - King of England (1327-1377) during the Black Death
  • Edward IV - King of England (1461-1470 and 1471-1483)
  • Edward V - King of England (1483), one of the Princes in the Tower
  • Edward VI - King of England (1547-1553), son of Henry VIII
  • Edward VII - King of England (1901-1910)
  • Edward VIII - King of England (1936), abdicated
  • Edward Smith - Captain of the Titanic
  • Elizabeth I - Great Tudor Queen of England, from 1558 to 1603
  • Elizabeth II - Queen of Great Britain, came to the throne in 1952
  • Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon - the Queen Mother
  • Emil Zatopek - Czechoslovakian long distance runner, 1952 Olympics
  • Emily Brontë - 19th Century novelist, author of Wuthering Heights
  • Emmeline Pankhurst - British suffragette and campaigner for women's rights
  • Enid Blyton - beloved children's author, published worldwide
  • Eusébio - remarkable Portuguese football player




  • Haile Gebrselassie - Inspirational long-distance runner from Ethiopia
  • Harriet Tubman - brave conductor on the Underground Railroad
  • Harry Styles - member of the famous boy band One Direction
  • Harry Truman - 33rd President of the USA
  • Prince Harry - Younger son of the Prince of Wales
  • Helen Keller - American author, activist and lecturer, blind and deaf
  • Henry I - King of England, 1100-1135 died of food poisoning
  • Henry II - King of England, 1154-1189, first Plantagenet King
  • Henry III - King of England, 1216-1272 when Parliament was first called
  • Henry IV - King of England, 1399-1413, deposed his cousin Richard II
  • Henry V - warrior King of England, 1413-1422
  • Henry VI - King of England, 1422-1461, and again 1470-1471
  • Henry VII - brave, strong and wealthy King of England, 1485-1509
  • Henry VIII - extravagant King of England, 1509-1547, with six wives!
  • Herbert Hoover - 31st President of the USA


  • Ian Thorpe - Australian swimmer, nicknamed 'the Thorpedo'
  • Isaac Newton - English scientist most famous for gravity
  • Isabella Bird - Intrepid Victorian explorer and travel writer





  • Mae Jemison - First black woman to travel into space
  • Mahatma Gandhi - leader of the Indian independence movement
  • Maria Sibylla Merian - German naturalist and illustrator famous for work on metamorphosis
  • Marie Curie - Polish scientist famous for work on radioactivity
  • Mark Antony - Roman general best known for his relationship with Cleopatra
  • Mark Spitz - won an incredible 7 gold medals in 1972 Olympic swimming
  • Mark Twain - American author of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
  • Martin Luther King - a leader of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960's
  • Martin Van Buren - 8th President of the USA
  • Mary I - eldest daughter of Henry VIII and Queen of England, 1553-1558
  • Mary II - Queen of England 1688-94, joint ruler with her husband William
  • Mary Anning - English fossil hunter, collector and paleontologist
  • Mary Berry - beloved cook and star of The Great British Bake Off!
  • Mary Queen of Scots - unhappy Queen of Scotland and mother of James I of England
  • Mary Seacole - Victorian heroine of the Crimean war
  • Matilda - Empress Matilda ruled England briefly in 1141, never crowned
  • Meghan Markle - American actress and humitarian, fiancee of Prince Harry
  • Michael Johnson - 4-times Olympic gold winner, record-beating sprinter
  • Michael Phelps - Winner of 14 Olympic gold medals in swimming!
  • Millard Fillmore - 13th President of the USA
  • Millicent Fawcett - Determined British suffragist and campaigner
  • Molly Brown - brave lady and survivor of the sinking of the Titanic
  • Mother Teresa - Saint Teresa of Calcutta, missionary
  • Mozart - Child musical prodigy and prolific classical composer
  • Muhammad Ali - champion heavyweight boxer with character!











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