Companion of Honour Recipientsby Syl | created - 18 Jun 2014 | updated - 4 months ago | 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 Theatre
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 ...
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.
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 | Vita and Virginia
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 ...
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
Henry Moore was born on July 30, 1898 in Castleford, West Yorkshire, England as Henry Spencer Moore. He is known for his work on The Pythoness (1951), A Hundred Years Undergound (1963) and Masters of Modern Sculpture Part II: Beyond Cubism (1978). He was married to Irina Radetsky. He died on August...
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 Three Faces of France (1966). He was married to Nolwen de Janzé and Elizabeth Macgregor Martin. He died on May 21, 1983 in Hythe, Kent, ...
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 ...
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 ...
61. Frederick Ashton
Actor | Cinderella
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 | The Prince and the Showgirl
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
Writer | An Artist Looks at Churches
John Piper was born on December 13, 1903 in Epsom, Surrey, England as John Egerton Christmas Piper. He was a writer, known for An Artist Looks at Churches (1959), Crown of Glass (1967) and Moving Art (1991). He was married to Myfanwy Piper and Eilenn Holding. He died on June 28, 1992 in Fawley ...
75. Quintin Hogg
Actor | Christian Forum
Quintin Hogg was born on October 9, 1907 in London, England as Quintin McGarel Hogg. He was an actor, known for Christian Forum (1954), Face Your Image (1974) and Camera Three (1955). 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 ...
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 ...
84. Denis Healey
Actor | The Wizard of Oz
Denis Healey was born on August 30, 1917 in Mottingham, Kent, England as Denis Winston Healey. He was an actor, known for The Wizard of Oz (1977), Denis Healey: The Best Prime Minister Labour Never Had? (2015) and Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (1985). He was married to Edna Healey. He died on ...
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...
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, ...
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 (...
100. Peter Scott
Writer | Vanishing Wilderness
Peter Scott was born on September 14, 1909 in London, England as Peter Markham Scott. He was a writer, known for Vanishing Wilderness (1974), Look (1955) and Let's Go to the Zoo (1954). He was married to Phillipa Scott and Elizabeth Jane Howard. He died on August 29, 1989 in Bristol, England.