Did you know that…
East London is the birthplace of many celebrities such as film makers, actors, musicians, and sportsmen. Director Alfred Hitchcock and musician David Bowie are perhaps two of the most famous persons who hail from East London.
Well-known actress Angela Lansbury was also born here. Ray Winstone the amateur boxer turned actor lived in East London from his birth until the age of ten.
Comedian Bud Flanagan, actress Honor Blackman who played a Bond girl part, and BAFTA TV award winner Warren Mitchell also come from East London.
East London is also home to the legend of the serial killer known by the name of Jack the Ripper, who committed his violent crimes in late 1888. He was never caught nor identified.
The first actor of English theatre, who was considered to be a truly great actor, Richard Burbage was a member of Shakespeare’s company of actors. His grave is located at St Leonard’s Church in East London.
The list of artists, whose art pieces were demonstrated in the East London’s Whitechapel Gallery includes Picasso, Jackson Pollock, David Hockney, Richard Long, Gilbert & George, as well as Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, and Paul McCarthy, Cristina Iglesias, Franz West, Nan Goldin, and Mark Wallinger, and more.