Who's Who 2014

The 2014 edition of Who's Who is published on 2nd December 2013 and includes just over 1,000 new entries from all walks of life. The Foreword to the 2014 edition was written by Sir Francis Richards, Chairman of Trustees at IWM (Imperial War Museums), and looks ahead to the centenary of the start of World War I. Of that war, he writes:

Who's Who has, for 165 years, faithfully reflected the changing face of British society. Nothing in those years did so much to accelerate and shape those changes as that war. As everyone who watched successive series of Downton Abbey has been vividly reminded, it swept away the Edwardian order, and precipitated profound changes in the shocked and diminished Britain which emerged from the conflict.’

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So, Who's New in 2014?

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From the world of ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT


The Royal Ballet's award-winning Principal Dancer Lauren Cuthbertson enters Who's Who 2014 for the first time, as does film and musical choreographer Arlene Phillips. Antiques expert Henry Sandon, who enjoys ‘giving pots a good home and love’, also makes his first appearance, alongside photographer Mary McCartney.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti is the youngest new entrant in Who's Who 2014. Aged 26, she has already been awarded an MBE and several Classic Brit Awards. She is joined by film music specialist, conductor John Wilson, and by Blur bass guitarist, Alex James, now also a journalist and award-winning cheesemaker.

From the entertainment industry Who's Who 2014 includes stage and screen actor Matthew Macfadyen and Thomas Hooper, director of films The King's Speech and Les Misérables. Writer, actor and comedian Andy Parsons is joined by Miranda Hart, who prefers theatre, musicals and tennis.

SPORT sensations


Stars of the sporting world include athlete Dame Sarah Storey who won eleven Gold Medals in the London Paralympic Games and cyclist Mark Cavendish. They are joined by Annamarie Phelps, Chairman of British Rowing and Vice Chairman of the British Paralympic Association, and former cricketer and Rugby Union football player, Alastair Hignell.

COOKING and GARDENING


Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton is a new biographee for 2014. With London eateries such as Pollen Street Social under his belt, Jason Atherton's international stable now includes restaurants in China, Hong Kong and Singapore. He's not to be outdone by Tom Kerridge, Chef Patron of The Hand and Flowers in Marlow which has two Michelin stars. He has recently presented his first BBC television series, Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food.

Charles Campion, restaurant critic and food writer, now takes a place in Who's Who. He enjoys cider making, fly fishing, pickles and preserves.

Landscape architect Bunny Guinness, winner of 6 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show and ‘Gardeners' Question Time’ regular, enters the pages along with garden writer Joy Larkcom who includes amongst her pastimes ‘gardening by outwitting West Cork's wind’.

BUSINESS, SCIENCE and ENTERPRISE


Britain's entrepreneurial spirit is reflected in the arrival in Who's Who 2014 of businesswoman Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho (otherwise known as Martha Lane Fox), Rajeeb Dey, Co-Founder of StartUp Britain and Sara Murray, Founder and Chief Executive of Buddi, the GPS personal alarm system, who enjoys ‘helicopter flying in perfect weather’.

The realm of science is represented by new entrants Prof. Mark Sephton, Professor of Organic Geochemistry and Meteorites at Imperial College London, Mark Carwardine, zoologist and environmentalist, and Dr Graham Farmelo, author and consultant in science communication, who in his spare time enjoys ‘searching for the perfect espresso’.

Who's Who in Numbers

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Do you know Who's Who in 2014?

1. Which former Spook is currently immortalising Jeeves in a perfectly nonsensical production on the London stage?



2. Thirteen new entrants admit to membership of Soho-based club, the Groucho, but which of them combines a career in music with life on a farm producing award-winning cheeses?



3. Which Premier League team is by far the most popular with this year's new entrants?



4. Which stand-up comedian and new entrant lists ‘relaxing in his shed’ as his only recreation?



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