List of people from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
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- Kia Abdullah – author; born in Mile End, went to school in Bow.
- Damon Albarn – singer-songwriter for bands Blur, Gorillaz; born in Whitechapel.
- Joe Anderson – 'All England' boxing champion of 1897.
- Cheryl Baker – member of Bucks Fizz, winners of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest, grew up in Roman Road, Bethnal Green.
- Danny Boyle – film director, producer and screenwriter; lives in Mile End.
- Rosa Nouchette Carey – children's novelist; born in Stratford-le-Bow.
- Ashley Cole – footballer, played for Arsenal's invincibles; born in Stepney; attended Bow Boys School.
- Donald Crisp – Academy Award-winning actor; born in Bow.
- Dizzee Rascal – grime musician.
- Ralph Fiennes – actor; lives in Bethnal Green.
- John Granville Harkness – Major-General in the British Army of the Victorian era.
- Perry Groves – footballer, played for Arsenal; born in Bow.
- Felicity Jones – actress, lives in Bethnal Green.
- Isaac Julien – artist, raised in Bow.
- Ledley King – former footballer; defender for Tottenham Hotspur; born in Bow.
- Oona King – former Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow; political commentator.
- Eddie Marsan – actor; grew up in Bethnal Green.
- Charlie McDonnell – comedian and musician; YouTube personality; shares a flat in Bow.
- Ian McKellen – award winning actor; lives in Bow.
- Margaret Moran – disgraced former Labour MP for Luton South who was convicted of the largest amount of fraud in the Parliamentary Expenses Scandal.
- Graham Norton – comedian and television presenter; lives in Bow.
- Sylvia Pankhurst – suffragette and social campaigner.
- Lutfur Rahman – former Mayor of Tower Hamlets (2010-2015; lives in Whitechapel.
- Harry Redknapp – former footballer; manager, Queens Park Rangers
- John Robertson – Premier of New South Wales, Australia, on five occasions between 1881 and 1886; born in Bow.
- Tinchy Stryder – grime musician.
- Joakim Sundström – Swedish sound editor, sound designer and musician; has a flat south of Bow.
- Danny Wallace – filmmaker, comedian, writer, actor, and presenter of radio and television; lives in Bow.
- Wiley – grime musician, urban artist.
- Amy Winehouse – jazz singer-songwriter; had a flat in Bow.
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