Companion of Honour Recipientsby Sylviastel | created - 18 Jun 2014 | updated - 01 Jan 2019 | Public
Companion of Honour is one of Britain's highest honors even above Knighthood or Damehood. Only 65 living recipients of this Honour at a given time.
Writer | Matinee Theater
Born in Blenheim Palace, the residence of his grandfather, the 7th Duke of Marlborough. His father was the Duke's third son, Lord Randolph Churchill. His mother, Jennie Jerome, was the daughter of an American financier.
After passing through famous English public schools such as Harrow, he went on ...
3. Hall Caine
Writer | The Eternal City
Novelist and dramatist Hall Caine, though largely forgotten now, was a hugely popular writer in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. Born Thomas Henry Hall Caine on May 14, 1853, in Runcorn, Cheshire, England, his father was a Manx Man who moved to Liverpool, where he apprenticed as a ship's ...
4. Maggie Smith
Actress | Gosford Park
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor ...
Writer | Paris 1919: Un traité pour la paix
Margaret MacMillan was born on December 23, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Margaret Olwen MacMillan. She is a writer, known for Paris 1919: Un traité pour la paix (2009), Extraordinary Canadians (2011) and The Sunday Programme (1994).
16. Arthur Mann
20. Clement Attlee
Self | Biography
Clement Attlee was one of Britain's most significant political figures. He was the leader of Britain's Labour Party from 1935-1955 and Deputy Prime Minister of the UK during the wartime coalition against Nazi Germany (1940-45). He won a landslide victory in the 1945 general election, defeating ...
21. H.D.G. Crerar
H.D.G. Crerar was born in 1888 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as Henry Duncan Graham Crerar. He died on April 1, 1965 in Ottawa, Ontario.
22. Julian Amery
Self | The Complete Churchill
Julian Amery was born on March 27, 1919 in Chelsea, London, England as Harold Julian Amery. He is known for his work on The Complete Churchill (1992), Reputations (1979) and Panorama (1953). He was married to Catherine Macmillan. He died on September 3, 1996.
25. Archibald Hall
Archibald Hall was born on June 17, 1924 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He died on September 16, 2002 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
Writer | A Note of Explanation
Victoria Mary Sackville-West was born on 9th March 1892 at Knole in Kent, her family's ancestral home. Her family was both aristocratic, (they held the title of Earl of Dorset), and literary. Two of her ancestors, Thomas Sackville (1536-1608), and Charles Sackville (1638-1706) were distinguished ...
29. David Cecil
Self | An Evening with...
David Cecil was born on April 19, 1902 in Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England as Edward Christian David Gascoyne-Cecil. He is known for his work on An Evening with... (1968), Who Said That? (1955) and Take It or Leave It (1964). He died on January 1, 1986 in Cranborne, Dorset, England.
Self | The Queen in Australia
Robert Gordon Menzies was born on December 20, 1894 in Jeparit, Victoria, Australia. He is known for his work on The Queen in Australia (1954), British Pathé News (1910) and A Queen Is Crowned (1953). He was married to Pattie Maie Menzies. He died on May 15, 1978 in Malvern, Melbourne, ...
35. Benjamin Britten
Soundtrack | Moonrise Kingdom
Benjamin Britten was born on November 22, 1913 in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England as Edward Benjamin Britten. He is known for his work on Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Machine (2013) and Mr. Nobody (2009). He died on December 4, 1976 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Writer | Quartet
Popular British novelist, playwright, short-story writer and the highest-paid author in the world in the 1930s, Somerset Maugham graduated in 1897 from St. Thomas' Medical School and qualified as a doctor, but abandoned medicine after the success of his first novels and plays. During World War I he...
39. Henry Moore
Art_department | The Pythoness
Spencer Moore was born on July 30th, 1898 in Castleford, Yorkshire, England. He was an English sculptor and artist. Moore is known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures usually of the female body and other public works of art, many of which are located around the world. He founded the ...
41. Thomas Beecham
Soundtrack | The Red Shoes
Thomas Beecham was born on April 29, 1879 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England. He is known for his work on The Red Shoes (1948), Atonement (2007) and The Tales of Hoffmann (1951). He was married to Shirley Hudson, Betty Humby-Beecham and Utica Celestia Welles. He died on March 8, 1961 in London, ...
42. Osbert Sitwell
Writer | A Place of One's Own
Osbert Sitwell was born on December 6, 1892 in London, England as Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell. He was a writer, known for A Place of One's Own (1945), Mystery and Imagination (1966) and Between the Wars (1973). He died on May 4, 1969 in Montegufoni, Italy.
43. Kenneth Clark
Writer | Civilisation
Kenneth Clark was born on July 13, 1903 in London, England as Kenneth Mackenzie Clark. He was a writer, known for Civilisation (1969), Carved in Ivory (1976) and The Lively Arts (1969). He was married to Nolwen de Janzé and Elizabeth Macgregor Martin. He died on May 21, 1983 in Hythe, Kent, England.
46. John MacLay
50. Graham Greene
Writer | The Fallen Idol
Graham Greene was one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century and his influence on the cinema and theatre was enormous. He wrote five plays and almost all of his novels, including "Brighton Rock", "The Ministry of Fear" and "The End of the Affair", have been brought to the screen. A superb ...
51. Mortimer Wheeler
Actor | Men, Women and Clothes
Mortimer Wheeler was born on September 10, 1890 in Glasgow, Scotland as Robert Eric Mortimer Wheeler. He was an actor, known for Men, Women and Clothes (1957), Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? (1952) and An Evening with... (1968). He was married to Kim Norfolk (née Collingridge), Mavis Cole and Tessa ...
54. Harold Holt
Self | This Day Tonight
Harold Holt was born on August 5, 1908 in Stanmore, New South Wales, Australia as Harold Edward Holt. He is known for his work on This Day Tonight (1967), The Presidential Tour (1966) and Four Corners (1961). He died on December 17, 1967 in Portsea, Victoria, Australia.
Self | Panorama
Patrick Gordon Walker was born on April 7, 1907 in Worthing, Sussex, England as Patrick Chrestien Gordon Walker. He is known for his work on Panorama (1953), This Week (1956) and 1964 General Election (1964). He was married to Audrey Muriel Rudolf. He died on December 2, 1980 in London, England.
58. John Barbirolli
Soundtrack | Bronson
John Barbirolli was born on December 2, 1899 in Bloomsbury, London, England as Giovanni Battista Barbirolli. He is known for his work on Bronson (2008), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Husbands and Wives (1992). He was married to Evelyn Rothwell and Marjorie Parry. He died on July 29, 1970 in ...
59. A.P. Herbert
Writer | House by the River
English novelist and essayist Alan Patrick Herbert was born in London, England, in 1890. An Oxford graduate, he served in the Royal Navy in World War I and took part in the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in Turkey, which resulted in heavy casualties and a resounding defeat for the Allied forces. He ...
60. Kuan Yew Lee
Self | Fatal Reaction: Singapore
Kuan Yew Lee was born on September 16, 1923 in Singapore as Harry Lee Kuan Yew. He is known for his work on Fatal Reaction: Singapore (1996), 60 Minutes (1968) and Around the World in 80 Gardens (2008). He was married to Kwa Geok Choo. He died on March 23, 2015 in Outram, Singapore.
61. Frederick Ashton
Actor | The Tales of Hoffmann
The founding father of British ballet, he developed the "English style" of classical dancing. He saw Anna Pavlova dance in 1917, which inspired him to a lifetime in ballet. He studied in London with Léonide Massine and Marie Rambert. He joined the Vic-Wells ballet, which later became the Royal ...
62. Sybil Thorndike
Actress | Stage Fright
This distinguished theatrical tragedienne will be remembered forever if only for the fact George Bernard Shaw wrote his classic "Saint Joan" work specifically for her. Her over six-decade career allowed for a gallery of sterling, masterful portrayals, both classic and contemporary, performing all ...
70. John Piper
Production_designer | Theatre Night
John Piper was born on December 13, 1903 in Epsom, Surrey, England as John Egerton Christmas Piper. He was a production designer and costume designer, known for Theatre Night (1957), Music for You (1951) and The Turn of the Screw (1959). He was married to Myfanwy Piper and Eilenn Holding. He died ...
71. Duncan Sandys
Self | This Week
Duncan Sandys was born on January 24, 1908 in Manor House, Sandford Orcas, Dorset, England as Duncan Edwin Sandys. He is known for his work on This Week (1956), Report (1969) and The Eamonn Andrews Show (1964). He was married to Marie-Claire Schmitt and Diana Churchill. He died on November 26, 1987...
74. William Whitelaw
William Whitelaw was born on June 28, 1918 in Nairn, Scotland as William Stephen Ian Whitelaw. He is known for his work on Thatcher: The Downing Street Years (1993), A Week in Politics (1982) and TV Eye (1978). He was married to Celia Sprot. He died on July 1, 1999 in Penrith, Cumbria, England.
75. Quintin Hogg
Self | Camera Three
Quintin Hogg was born on October 9, 1907 in London, England as Quintin McGarel Hogg. He was an actor, known for Camera Three (1955), Face Your Image (1974) and This Week (1956). He was married to Deirdre Shannon and Mary Martin. He died on October 11, 2001 in London.
78. John Diefenbaker
John George Diefenbaker was born in Neustadt, Ontario, to William Thomas Diefenbaker and Mary Florence Bannerman. He had one younger brother, Elmer Clive Diefenbaker. Throughout most of his early career, Diefenbaker served in the Canadian Army during World War I, but he left due to injuries. In ...
Self | Wogan
Frederick Elwyn Jones was born on October 24, 1909 in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales. He is known for his work on Wogan (1982), Forty Minutes (1981) and The Struggle for Democracy (1989). He was married to Pearl Binder. He died on December 4, 1989 in Kemp Town, Brighton, Sussex, England.
81. Malcolm Fraser
Self | The Norman Gunston Show
Malcolm Fraser was born on May 21, 1930 in Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as John Malcolm Fraser. He is known for his work on The Norman Gunston Show (1975), The Don Lane Show (1975) and We Fight (1982). He was married to Tamie Fraser. He died on March 20, 2015 in Victoria.
82. John Gielgud
Actor | Arthur
Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other ...
83. Barbara Wootton
Self | Thinking Aloud
Barbara Wootton was born on April 14, 1897 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England as Barbara Frances Adam. She is known for her work on Thinking Aloud (1984), Women of Our Century (1984) and These Twenty-Five Years (1977). She was married to George Wright and Jack Wootton. She died on July 11, 1988 ...
84. Denis Healey
Denis Healey was born on August 30, 1917 in Mottingham, Kent, England as Denis Winston Healey. He is known for his work on Denis Healey: The Best Prime Minister Labour Never Had? (2015), This Question of Pressures (1969) and Saturday Live (1985). He was married to Edna Healey. He died on October 3,...
Actress | The Female Swindler
It has been rightly suggested that Dame Ninette de Valois is one of the most important women of the century. It was due to her drive and ambition that the modern English ballet was created. In that respect she changed history single handed. Born in Ireland, young Ninette (her stage name was her ...
91. Peter Carrington
Lord Peter Carrington was born in 1919. He was educated at Eton and Sandhurst and was inducted into the House of Lords in 1940 as a hereditary peer. He served in World War II. After the war, he got active in politics, serving as a junior minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, then the Ministry of...
92. Lucian Freud
Actor | Much Too Shy
Lucian Freud was born on December 8, 1922 in Berlin, Germany as Lucian Michael Freud. He was an actor, known for Much Too Shy (1942), Imagine (2003) and Small Gestures in Bare Rooms (2010). He was married to Caroline Blackwood and Kathleen Garman Epstein. He died on July 20, 2011 in London, England.
95. Pierre Trudeau
Writer | Reason Over Passion
Pierre Trudeau was born Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau on October 18, 1919 in Montreal, Quebec. He was the son of Charles-Émile Trudeau and Grace Elliott. Trudeau had an older sister and a younger brother, Suzette and Charles Jr.
Trudeau's father died when Pierre was 15. After that, ...
96. Hugh Casson
Hugh Casson was born on May 23, 1910 in 4 Grossfield Road, London, England as Hugh Maxwell Casson. He is known for his work on Evil Under the Sun (1982), A Hundred Years Old (1938) and Jackanory (1965). He was married to Margaret Macdonald Troup. He died on August 15, 1999 in London.
97. Philip Larkin
Writer | On the Margin
English poet. His father Sydney was City Treasurer of Coventry. Philip was educated at King Henry VIII School, Coventry. By the age of 16 he was already having poetry published in the school magazine, The Coventrian. In 1940 he went to St. John's College, Oxford, to study English. On graduating (...
98. Keith Joseph
Self | The London Programme
Keith Joseph was born on January 17, 1918 in Marylebone, London, England as Keith Sinjohn Joseph. He is known for his work on The London Programme (1975), Midweek (1972) and Panorama (1953). He was married to Yolanda Victoria Sheriff and Hellen Louise Guggenheimer. He died on December 10, 1994 in ...
100. Peter Scott
Writer | Vanishing Wilderness
Peter Scott was born on September 14, 1909 in London, England as Peter Markham Scott. He was an actor and writer, known for Vanishing Wilderness (1974), Sunday Story (1961) and Look (1955). He was married to Phillipa Scott and Elizabeth Jane Howard. He died on August 29, 1989 in Bristol, England.