Famous British Celebrities Born In India.

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#1 Nov 14th, 2007, 02:07
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Film Stars:
Hollywood actress; Academy Award winner Vivien Leigh for Gone With The Wind. Born Vivien Hartley in Darjeeling. Lived in Calcutta.

Hollywood actress; Academy Award nominee Merle Oberon for Whuthering Heights. Born Queenie Thompson in Calcutta.

Hollywood actor; Ben Kingsley Oscar Award winner for Gandhi. Born in Bombay.

TV. Joanna Lumley of British TV fame; Absolutely Fabously. Born in India.

TV. Spike Milligan comic and author. Born in Madras.

Authors: George Orwell of the book voted the 2nd best book of the 20th.century Animal Farm and 1984. Born in Calcutta.

William Thackery Makepeace Born in Calcutta.

Rudyard Kipling author of Jungle Book born in India.

John Masters author of Bhowani Junction and Last Of The Bengal Lancers. Born in India.

Mark Tully: author of No Full Stops in India. Born in India.

Jim Corbett. Hunter and author Born in India.

Sportsmen: Colin Cowdrey Cricketer, Born in India.

Nasser Hussein Captain of England Cricket; Born Madras.

Pop Singers: Cliff Richard born Harry Webb in Lucknow. Lived in Calcutta.

Engelbert Humperdink; born Gerry Dorsey in Madras.

Freddie Mercury lead singer of Queen; family from India, although he was born in Zanzibar, he was educated in Bombay.

Politician: Paddy Ashdown former Leader of the Liberal Party. Born in India.

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Sportsmen:

Bob Woolmer, born in India

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Somebody once told me Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is half Indian...Maybe BS.

The various BBC news anchors..

Does Keith Vaz have a Goan connection via Kenya?

There are 10s of thousands of elite walking around the UK with Indian blood..Far removed of course, maybe 2/3/4/5 generations back. Does explain why modern UK is getting smarter

And why the UKs pensions, NHS and crime resemble India...

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Rowan Atkinson is married to an Indian right? And according to cricinfo.org, Australian paceman Stuart Clark is part Indian. Freddie Mercury aka Farrokh Bulsara as mentioned in the above thread, probably the most famous Parsi.
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William Thackery Makepeace Born in Calcutta.

Could it be that Thackery is an Indian name, then? I always wondered why that dreadful extremist politician has a name that makes him sound like a Victorian English poet --- maybe I got that the wrong way around!
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Bal Thackeray modified his last name accoriding to Suketu Mehta's book Maximum City.
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Originally Posted by Britishraj View Post Politician: Paddy Ashdown former Leader of the Liberal Party. Born in India.
In New Delhi to be precise He's my godfather
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Originally Posted by New-South-Welshman View Post Bal Thackeray modified his last name accoriding to Suketu Mehta's book Maximum City.
Normal Marathi name Thakre, pronounced Thaak-ray.
He just changed the spelling.
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Allan Sealy
Kevin Keelan
Pete Best
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post Normal Marathi name Thakre, pronounced Thaak-ray.
He just changed the spelling.
or Thakar in gujerati i believe...
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I believe Tom Stoppard was born in Darjeeling.
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M.M. Kaye was born in Shimla.

& Boris Karloff, although born in London, was an Anglo-Indian.


Great site on Anglo-Indians here.
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Originally Posted by wonderwomanusa View Post I believe Tom Stoppard was born in Darjeeling.
According to the British Council he lived in India but was born in Czechoslovakia:

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Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard was born Tomás Straüssler on 3 July 1937 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia. He grew up in Singapore and India during the Second World War and moved to England in 1946 with his mother and stepfather, his own father having been killed in Singapore.

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http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth254

Other sources, such as BBC, agree.
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Thanks, I must have mis-read something
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Gerald Durrell.

From Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Durrell

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Early life in India and England

Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, then Bihar Province, India on January 7, 1925. His parents had themselves been born in India but were of English and Irish descent. He was the fourth surviving and final child of Louisa Florence Durrell (née Dixie) and Lawrence Samuel Durrell. Durrell's father was a British engineer, and as befitting family status, the infant Durrell spent most of his time in the company of the ayah or nursemaid. Durrell reportedly recalls his first visit to a zoo in India, and attributes his life-long love of animals to that encounter. The family moved to England after the death of his father in 1928. Back in England, the Durrells settled in the Upper Norwood - Crystal Palace area of South London.[1] Durrell was enrolled in Wickwood School, but usually stayed at home feigning illness.[2]
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