100 Greatest Britons

television programme

100 Greatest Britons was a BBC programme broadcast in 2002.[1] The list was the result of a poll. The top ten people on the list were:[2]

  1. Sir Winston Churchill, (1874–1965), Prime Minister during the Second World War, politician, soldier, author, speaker, artist
  2. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, (1806–1859), engineer, creator of Great Western Railway and other significant works
  3. Diana, Princess of Wales (1961–1997), first wife of HRH Charles, Prince of Wales (1981–1996) and mother of Princes William and Harry of Wales
  4. Charles Darwin (1809-1882), naturalist, originator of the theory of evolution through natural selection and author of The Origin of Species
  5. William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and playwright, thought of by many as the greatest of all writers in the English language
  6. Sir Isaac Newton (1643–1727), physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, and alchemist, regarded by many as the greatest figure in the history of science
  7. Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533–1603), monarch, (reigned 1558–1603)
  8. John Lennon (1940–1980), musician with The Beatles, philanthropist, peace activist, artist
  9. Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758–1805), naval commander
  10. Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658), Lord Protector
100 Greatest Britons
100 Greatest Britons

The complete list can be found on the BBC website.


  1. BBC (22 August 2002). "BBC reveals 100 great British heroes". BBC website. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  2. BBC (20 October 2002). "Ten greatest Britons chosen". BBC website. Retrieved 2 February 2016.