Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE was a British fashion designer and couturier. He is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own Alexander McQueen label. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards , as well as the CFDA's International Designer of the Year award in 2003. McQueen died by suicide in 2010, at the age of forty, at his home in Mayfair, London.
Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, CH KBE , often referred to as Seb Coe or Lord Coe, is a British politician and former track and field athlete. As a middle-distance runner, Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984. He set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle-distance track events – including, in 1979, setting three world records in the space of 41 days – and the world record he set in the 800 metres in 1981 remained unbroken until 1997. Coe's rivalries with fellow Britons Steve Ovett and Steve Cram dominated middle-distance racing for much of the 1980s.
Dame Jean Iris Murdoch DBE was a British novelist and philosopher born in Ireland to Irish parentage. Murdoch is best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her first published novel, Under the Net, was selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library's 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 1987, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Her books include The Bell , A Severed Head , The Red and the Green , The Nice and the Good , The Black Prince , Henry and Cato , The Sea, the Sea , The Philosopher's Pupil , The Good Apprentice , The Book and the Brotherhood , The Message to the Planet , and The Green Knight . In 2008, The Times ranked Murdoch twelfth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".