Great Britons on new GB stamps

Great Britons on new GB stamps

Following in the distinguished footsteps of Eminent Britons in 2009 and Britons of Distinction in 2012, the Royal Mail is delighted to introduce the Great Britons Special issue, celebrating the anniversaries of ten more people who not only achieved greatness in their lifetimes, but also left behind a lasting legacy.

As ever, while the esteemed subjects of stamps come from many different fields of endeavor, they are united by a shared drive and determination, each one was a colossus of their time and made a significant difference to the world we know today.

The stamps feature:

Norman Parkinson; he was one of the world's most celebrated portrait and fashion photographers: a perfectionist celebrated for his "action realism" style.

Vivien Leig; she was an English actress who won Oscars for her powerful and iconic performances as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Peter Cushing; he was a British character actor who played a number of highly memorable roles including Professor Van Helsing, Grand Moff Tarkin and Sherlock Holmes.

David Lloyd George; he was Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922 and was one of the true radicals in politics. Although born in Manchester, he was the first and only Welshman to hold the office of PM.

Elizabeth David; while studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, David developed a love of fine cuisine, which she shared with austere, post-war Britain through a series of groundbreaking cookbooks.

John Archer; born in Liverpool of Barbadian descent, John Archer was a prize-winning photographer who further distinguished himself by becoming the first ever Afro-Caribbean London Mayor.

Benjamin Britten; he was one of the UK's finest ever classical composers. His works include a number of operas as well as the War Requiem, first performed at the consecration of the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral.

Mary Leakey; an eminent archaeologist and anthropologist, Leakey's discoveries were so significant that they forced scientists to radically change many long-held views about human evolution.

Bill Shankly; he was a Scottish footballer and manager who achieved his greatest successes at Liverpool FC, with whom he won three First Division titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup.

Richard Dimbleby; widely acknowledged as one of the most respected figures in British broadcasting history, Dimbleby was the anchor of the BBC flagship programme Panorama from 1955 until 1965.

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