Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher LG, OM, PC, FRS (born 13 October 1925) served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She is the only woman to have held either post. Born in Grantham in Lincolnshire, England, she read chemistry at Somerville College, Oxford and later trained as a barrister. She won a seat in the 1959 general election, becoming the MP for Finchley as a Conservative.
Timothy James "Tim" Curry (born 19 April 1946) is an English actor, singer, composer and voice actor, known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film and television productions. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Curry first became known to audiences with his breakthrough role as Dr. Frank N.
George Whitefield (December 16, 1714 – September 30, 1770), also known as George Whitfield, was an Anglican itinerant minister who helped spread the Great Awakening in Great Britain and, especially, in the British North American colonies.
George Linnaeus Banks (March 2, 1821 – May 3, 1881), husband of author Isabella Banks, was a British journalist, editor, poet, playwright, amateur actor, orator, and Methodist. George was born in Birmingham, the son of a seedsman familiar with the plant nomenclature of Linnaeus. After a brief experience in a variety of trades, in his late teens George Banks became a contributor to various newspapers, and subsequently a playwright, being the author of plays, burlesques and lyrics.
Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, son of Anglican clergyman and poet Samuel Wesley, the younger brother of Anglican clergyman John Wesley and Anglican clergyman Samuel Wesley (the Younger), and father of musician Samuel Wesley, and grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley. Despite their closeness, Charles and his brother John did not always agree on questions relating to their beliefs.
Athelstan Joseph Michael Eavis, CBE (born 17 October 1935), is an English dairy farmer and the founder of the Glastonbury Festival on his farm. His family originated from Devon, and after his great grandfather walked the family dairy herd north, settled at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset. His father was a Methodist local preacher, while his mother was a school teacher.
Sir David Paradine Frost, OBE (born 7 April 1939) is a British journalist, comedian, writer and media personality, best known as a pioneer of political satire on television and for his serious interviews with various political figures, the most notable being Richard Nixon. Since 2006, he has hosted the weekly programme Frost Over the World on Al Jazeera English.
William Legge 2nd Earl of Dartmouth PC, FRS (20 June 1731 – 15 July 1801), styled as Viscount Lewisham from 1732 to 1750, was a British statesman who is most remembered for his part in the government before and during the American Revolution.
Brian Coleman FRSA (born 25 June 1961) is a Conservative Party politician and member of the London Assembly for Barnet and Camden, England. He is a Councillor in the London Borough of Barnet, and Mayor for 2009-2010. He is a former Chairman of the Finchley Friends of Israel and remains a member of Conservative Friends of Israel.
Kay Kendall (21 May 1926 – 6 September 1959) was a British actress. Kendall began her film career in the 1946 musical London Town. Though the film was a financial failure, Kendall continued to work regularly until her appearance in the comedy Genevieve brought her widespread recognition.
Terence ‘Terry’ Wynn was a Member of the European Parliament for North West England for the Labour Party. He was a member of the European Parliament between 1989 and 1994 for Merseyside East and between 1994 and 1999 for Merseyside East and Wigan. In 1999 he was elected on the regional list until his resignation in 2006. He used to work in the Merchant Navy and is a Methodist local preacher in Wigan.
Rodney Robert Porter, FRS (8 October 1917 – 7 September 1985) was an English biochemist. Born in Newton-le-Willows, St Helens, Lancashire, England, Rodney Robert Porter received his Bachelors of Sciences--with Honours--from the University of Liverpool in 1939 for Biochemistry, going on to receive his Ph.D. degree in the field from the University of Cambridge in 1948. He worked for the National Institute of Medical Research for eleven years (1949-1960) before joining St.
Alexander Kilham (July 20, 1762 – 1798), English Methodist, was born at Epworth, Lincolnshire. He was admitted by John Wesley in 1785 into the regular itinerant ministry and became minister of a circuit in Sheffield. He became the leader and spokesman of the democratic party in the Connection which claimed for the laity the free election of class-leaders and stewards, and equal representation with ministers at Conference.
Samuel Drew (6 March 1765 – 29 March 1833) was an English Methodist theologian. A native of Cornwall, he was nicknamed the "Cornish metaphysician" for his works on the human soul, the nature of God, and the deity of Christ. He also wrote on historical and biographical themes.
Richard Watson (1781-1833) was a British Methodist theologian who was one of the most important figures in 19th century Methodism. Watson was born in Lincolnshire and entered the Methodist itinerancy in 1796, serving as President of Conference in Britain in 1826 and as secretary to the Wesleyan Missionary Society from 1821 to 1825. In Britain, he was a leading opponent of slavery. Watson was a gifted writer and theologian.
David Howell Evans (born 8 August 1961 in Barking, London, but raised in Dublin, Ireland), more widely known by his stage name, The Edge (or just Edge), is an Irish musician known best as the guitarist, keyboardist, and main backing vocalist for the Irish rock band U2. His distinctive electric guitar timbre and percussive style of playing, along with his use of digital sound processing—delay and chorus in particular—has been crucial in defining U2's unique sound.
Samuel Pollard (20 April 1864 in Camelford, Cornwall – 16 September 1915 in China) was a British Methodist missionary to China with the China Inland Mission who converted many of the Big Flowery Miao (now called the Hmong) in Guizhou to Christianity, and who created a writing system that is still in use today.
John William Fletcher (September 12, 1729 – August 14, 1785), English divine, was born at Nyon in Switzerland, his original name being de la Flechère. Fletcher was a contemporary of John Wesley (the founder of Methodism), a key interpreter of Wesleyan theology in the 18th century, and one of Methodism's first great theologians. Of French Huguenot stock, his given name was actually Jean Guillaume de la Flechere.
Sir Henry Simpson Lunn (30 July 1859 – 18 March 1939) was an English humanitarian and religious figure, and also founder of Lunn Poly, one of the UK's largest travel companies. Born in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, Lunn was raised as a devout Methodist and gained a place at Horncastle Grammar School. He attended Headingley College, Leeds, for instruction to become a church minister and was ordained in 1886. He also trained as a medical doctor at Trinity College, Dublin.
Hugh Bourne (1772–1852) was the joint founder of Primitive Methodism, the largest offshoot of Wesleyan Methodism and, in the mid nineteenth century, an influential Protestant Christian movement in its own right.