ENGLISH MINIPROJECT V.I.P. PERSONALITIES OF ENGLAND Veronika Stanková, Klára Sečanská 9th form 8th December 2006 G r e a t B r i t a i n
Queen Elizabeth II Fullname : Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor Born : 21stApril 1926 Mayfair, London Father : George VI Mother : Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Children: Charles, Prince of Wales Anne, Princess Royal Prince Andrew, Duke of York Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Biography Her MajestyQueen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra MaryWindsor), styled HM The Queen ( born 21th April1926) is the Queen regnant and head of state of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. She is also Head of the Commonwealth, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Commander-in-Chief of the UK Armed Forces and Lord of Mann; she has reigned in these positions since the death of her father, King George VI on 6 February1952. She is the longest serving current Head of State in Europe, The Americas, and Australasia, and is the second-longest-serving current head of state in the world, after King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. About 125 million people live in the countries of which she is Head of State. Her reign has seen ten different Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and numerous Prime Ministers in the other personal union nations of which she is or was Head of State. She is married to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and is the mother of the heir-apparent to the British throne, Charles, Prince of Wales. Elizabeth was born at 21 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London on 21 April, 1926. Her father was HRH The Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), the second eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary. Her mother was HRH The Duchess of York (née Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon), the daughter of Claude George Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and his wife, the Countess of Strathmore. She was named after her mother, while her two middle names are those of her paternal great-grandmother Queen Alexandra and grandmother Queen Mary respectively. As a granddaughter of the British sovereign in the male line, she held the title of a British princess with the style Her Royal Highness. Her full style was HRH Princess Elizabeth of York. At the time of her birth, she was third in the line of succession to the crown, behind her father and her uncle, HRH The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII.
William Shakespeare Writer 1564 – 1616 Place of birth :Stratford-upon-Avon Sign :bull Wife: Anne Hathaway 3 children :Susann, Juditha, Hamneta
Biography Though William Shakespeare is recognized as one of literature’s greatest influences, very little is actually known about him. What we do know about his life comes from registrar records, court records, wills, marriage certificates and his tombstone. Anecdotes and criticisms by his rivals also speak of the famous playwright and suggest that he was indeed a playwright, poet and an actor. William was the third child of John and Mary Shakespeare. The first two were daughters and William was himself followed by Gilbert who died in 1612 and Richard who died in 1613.Edmund (1580-1607), sixth in the line was baptized on May the third, 1580 and William's oldest living sister was Joan who outlived her famous playwright brother. Of William’s seven siblings, only Judith and four of his brothers survived to adulthood. William was born in 1564. We know this from the earliest record we have of his life; his baptism which happened on Wednesday, April the 26th, 1564. We don’t actually know his birthday but from this record we assume he was born in 1564. Similarly by knowing the famous Bard's baptism date, we can guess that he was born three days earlier on St. George’s day, though we have no conclusive proof of this.
Art-works Tragedies Antonius a Kleopatra Coriolanus Hamlet Julius Caesar Král Lear Macbeth Othello Romeo a Julie Timon athénský Titus Andronicus Troilus a Cressida Historical plays Král Jan Richard II. Richard III. Jindřich IV. Jindřich V. Jindřich VI. Jindřich VIII. Comedies Dva vznešení příbuzní Dva šlechtici veronští Jak se vám líbí Komedie omylů Konec vše napraví Kupec benátský Marná lásky snaha Mnoho povyku pro nic Půčka za oplátku Periklés Sen noci svatojánské Večer tříkrálový Veselé paničky winsdorské Zkrocení zlé ženy Poetry Fabulous playes Fénix a hrdlička Sonety Venuše a Adonis Znásilnění Lukrecie Zimní pohádka Cymbelín Bouře
CHURCHILL Winston former Prime Minister of the Great Britain
Biography The Right Honourable Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), the son of Lord Randolph Churchill and an American mother, was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst. After a brief but eventful career in the army, he became a Conservative Member of Parliament in 1900. He held many high posts in Liberal and Conservative governments during the first three decades of the century. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty - a post which he had earlier held from 1911 to 1915. In May, 1940, he became Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and remained in office until 1945. He took over the premiership again in the Conservative victory of 1951 and resigned in 1955. However, he remained a Member of Parliament until the general election of 1964, when he did not seek re-election. Queen Elizabeth II conferred on Churchill the dignity of Knighthood and invested him with the insignia of the Order of the Garter in 1953. Among the other countless honours and decorations he received, special mention should be made of the honorary citizenship of the United States which President Kennedy conferred on him in 1963.Churchill's literary career began with campaign reports: The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898) and The River War (1899), an account of the campaign in the Sudan and the Battle of Omdurman. In 1900, he published his only novel, Savrola, and, six years later, his first major work, the biography of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill. His other famous biography, the life of his great ancestor, the Duke of Marlborough, was published in four volumes between 1933 and 1938. Churchill's history of the First World War appeared in four volumes under the title of The World Crisis (1923-29); his memoirs of the Second World War ran to six volumes (1948-1953/54). After his retirement from office, Churchill wrote a History of the English-speaking Peoples (4 vols., 1956-58). His magnificent oratory survives in a dozen volumes of speeches, among them The Unrelenting Struggle (1942), The Dawn of Liberation (1945), and Victory (1946).Churchill, a gifted amateur painter, wrote Painting as a Pastime (1948). An autobiographical account of his youth, My Early Life, appeared in 1930.
Beatles The Beatles, an Englishmusical group from Liverpool, were one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful popular music bands in history. The innovative music and style of John Lennon (1940–1980), Paul McCartney (1942—), George Harrison (1943–2001), and Ringo Starr (1940—) helped to define the 1960s, and they continue to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, their role in the history of popular music, and their contributions to popular culture. Although their initial musical style was rooted in the sounds of 1950sRock & Roll, the group explored a great variety of genres, ranging from Tin Pan Alley to psychedelic rock. The Beatles were the best-selling popular musical act of the 20th century. In the United Kingdom alone, they released more than 40 different singles, albums, and EPs that reached number one. This commercial success was repeated in many other countries: EMI estimated that by 1985, the band had sold over one billion discs or tapes worldwide. The RIAA has certified The Beatles as the top selling artists of all time in America based on U.S. sales of singles and albums. The Beatles were a major force behind the so-called "British Invasion" of UK-based popular bands in the United States in the mid-1960s and they helped to pioneer more advanced, multi-layered arrangements in pop music. The Beatles' impact extended well beyond their music. Their clothes, hairstyles, and statements made them trend-setters from the 1960s to this day, while their growing social awareness — reflected in the development of their music — saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s.
Paul McCartney John Lennon George Harrison Ringo Starr
David Beckham Soccer player Date of birth : 2nd May 1975 Place of birth : Leystone, London Sign : bull Nickname : Becks, Goldenballs, DB7 Height : 185 cm Weight : 75 kg Position : right midfield Current club : Real Madrid Number : 23
Biography David Robert Joseph BeckhamOBE (born May 2, 1975) is an Englishfootballer who plays for Real Madrid. Named a member of Pelé's FIFA 100, he is one of the most famous players in the world, and considered a celebrity even outside the football world. Beckham is the fifth most capped England player of all time, and in addition to being the only Englishman to score in three different World Cups, is also only the fifth player in World Cup history to score twice from direct free kicks. He was captain of the English national team from 15 November2000 to 2 July2006. Beckham's career began when he signed a professional contract with Manchester United, making his first first-team appearance in 1992, at the age of 17. While with Manchester United he played a key role in their dominance of the FA Premier League, being pivotal in accomplishing The Treble of the League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League in 1999. He left the club to became only the third Englishman to sign for Real Madrid in 2003, after Laurie Cunningham and Steve McManaman. In 2006, after England's quarter-final exit at the World Cup in Germany, he stood down as captain and was then succeeded by Chelsea captain John Terry. Beckham was dropped from the England national team selected by coach Steve McClaren on 11 August2006.
Robbie Williams Tuner Discography : 1997 -Life Thru A Lens 1998 -I've Been Expecting You 1999 -The Ego Has Landed 2000 -Sing When You're Winning 2001 -Swing When You're Winning 2002 -Escapology 2003 -Live At Knebworth 2004 -Greatest Hits 2005 -Intensive Care 2006 -Rudebox Date of birth : 13th February 1974 Place of birth : Stoke-on-Trent, Anglie Sign : sea serpent Birthname : Robert Peter Williams
Biography Robbie Williams(bornRobert Peter Williams on February 13, 1974 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire) is an English pop artist/songwriter. His career started as a member of the immensely successful band Take That in 1990, which he left in 1995 to begin his solo career. Since then, Robbie Williams has grown to become one of the most successful male solo artists in British history. Despite his lack of success in United States, his album sales stand at nearly 47 million worldwide and has sold approximately 15 million singles around the world. In the UK alone he has sold nearly 5.5. This brings his total sales to more than 60 million records. He holds 8 number one albums, 6 number one singles in the UK and has been the recipient of countless awards. He is also the best-selling international act in Latin America. Elton John recently described Robbie Williams as "the #1 star in the world right now". Biography Williams' early pop career started with the hit boy bandTake That. The band was formed in 1990 and had nine United Kingdom Number 1 singles. Their popularity led to a succession of similar bands in the United Kingdom. Williams' roguish qualities meant that he did not fit into the band, and he frequently battled with his fellow band members and his management. After leaving the band in 1995, the final Take That album Nobody Else was re-issued in some markets excluding songs where Robbie Williams was the lead vocalist. The final Take That single "How Deep Is Your Love" was the only one that didn't feature Williams. In November 2005, ITV1 screened a documentary on Take That, including the reasons behind Williams' departure. This documentary contained interviews with Williams and his former fellow band members. Williams declined the offer to reunite with the band, but spoke to them via a pre-recorded video message. Take That, who reformed without Williams and toured in 2006, have extended an open invitation for Williams to join them on stage if he wishes. Williams has apparently given the reformation his blessing. During a concert in Leeds in September 2006, he observed that while the invitation had "pulled on the heartstrings", he then realised that he'd sold three million concert tickets on his own. He said he was on good terms with his former bandmates, and sang "Back For Good", dedicating it to Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen.
Keira Knightley Date of birth :26th March 1985 Place of birth :Teddington, Middlesex, Anglie Sign :ram Birthname :Keira Christina Knightley Notable roles :Bend it Like Beckham Pirates of the Caribbean : Curse of the Black Pearl Dead Man‘s Chest Pride and Prejudice Actress
Rowan Atkinson alias Mistr Bean Actor Date of birth : 6th January 1955 Place of birth : Newcastle, England, UK Brothers : Rupert and Rodney
Biography Rowan Atkinson was born in Consett, Co Durham, England. His father owned a farm in the area, but he was brought up in a residential area. He had two older brothers Rupert and Rodney. He went to Public school (ie Private) in England. He attended Newcastle University before going to Oxford in 1975, and it was at Oxford that he met screenwriter Richard Curtis, with whom he wrote and performed comedy revues at the Oxford Playhouse and later at the Edinburgh Fringe. After an acclaimed revue at the Hampstead Theater in 1978, Atkinson was offered starring roles in two British television series, but chose instead to join the BBC's legendary "Not The Nine O'Clock News" team, where he first performed with Tall Guy director Mel Smith. The show recorded hugely successful albums, released several best-selling books, won an International Emmy Award, and the British Academy Award for "Best Light Entertainment Program of 1980." For his performance in "Not the Nine O'Clock News," Atkinson personally won the "British Academy Award" and was named "BBC Personality of the Year." His show at London's Globe Theater was sold-out for its entire run, and he won the Society of West End Theaters award for "Comedy Performance of the Year." In 1983, he began working with The Tall Guy screenwriter Richard Curtis on their "situation tragedy" -- "Black Adder" -- for BBC Television. After touring the world with his own show and appearing in "The Nerd" in London's West End, Atkinson co-wrote and starred in two new seasons of the innovative series "Black Adder." While filming The Tall Guy during the day, Atkinson could be found in the theater in the evenings starring in "The Sneeze," a collection of Checkov adaptations. Atkinson played a British consul opposite Sean Connery in the James Bond film "Never Say Never Again," and in 1989 co-starred with Steven Wright in the Academy Award-winning short film "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings." He was recently seen in Nocholas Roeg's "The Witches" alongside Angelica Huston, in which he is once again cast as a villian, and all across the world in his "Bean" film.