Famous OBs

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Douglas Adams, Author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1959 - 1970)

Keith Allen, Comedian, actor, singer and writer (father of singer Lily Allen) (1966 - 1968)

Peter Allen, BBC broadcaster and journalist (1957 - 1965)

Sir Hardy Amies, Couturier and Dressmaker by Appointment to Her majesty The Queen (1919 - 1926)

Peter Barker, Professional Squash player (1995 - 2002)

Dr C.E.W. Bean, Journalist, Correspondent and Official Historian of the Australian involvement in the First World War, and a founder of the Australian War Memorial (1891 - 1894)

Charlie Bean, Executive Director and Chief Economist of the Bank of England (1961 - 1971)

Lord Black of Brentwood, Executive Director of the Telegraph and former Director of the Press Complaints Commission (1971-1981)

George Soper Cansdale, Zoologist and Broadcaster (1921-1927)

Patrick Carter, Lord Carter of Coles, politician and life peer (1957 - 1964)

Colonel Sir Neville Chamberlain, Army Officer, Inspector General of the Royal Irish Constabulary and inventor of snooker

Sir Robin Day, Broadcaster (1934 - 1938)

Ralph Dellor, Cricket commentator and sports journalist (1955 - 1967)

Sir David Eady, High Court Judge (1954 - 1960)

Noel Edmonds, Disc jockey and broadcaster (1960 - 1967)

David Eldridge, Playwright (1985 - 1992)

Dr Stephen Fleet, Master of Downing College, University of Cambridge (1948 - 1951)

Lord Flight, Politician (1959 - 1966)

Fabian Hamilton, Politician (1964 - 1973)

Neil Harris, Footballer (1988 - 1993)

Professor Eric Ives OBE, British historian (1939-1949)

Chris Jarvis, Television Presenter (1980 - 1987)

Paul Neil Milne Johnstone, Poet and butt of Douglas Adams' jokes in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1959 - 1970)

Nic Jones, Musician (1958 - 1962)

Frank Lampard, Footballer (1985 - 1995)

Andrew Lansley CBE MP, Secretary State for Health (1968 - 1975)

Ian Martin, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN (1959 - 1966)

Hal Ozsan, Actor and singer-songwriter (1988-1995)

Eric Peters, Rugby player (1976 - 1987)

Griff Rhys-Jones, Comedian and actor (1965 - 1971)

Stewart Robson, Footballer (1978 - 1981)

Sir Nick Scheele, Former president of the Ford Motor Company (1950 - 1962)

Daryl Selby, Professional Squash player (1994 - 2001)

Sir Michael Snyder, Senior Partner at Kingston Smith LLP, Common Councilman of the City of London Corporation and was until April 2008 Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee (1961-1968)

Sir Peter Stothard, Former editor of The Times (1962 - 1969)

Jack Straw, Former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (1957 - 1964)

Dr Michael Tompsett, physicist and inventor of the CCD imager (1950-1959)

Edward Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman and a Director of Manchester United (1983-1989)

Sir Denis Wright GCMG, Ambassador (1921 - 1929)

Stephen Yardley, Actor (1950-1958)

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Old Brentwoods include many distinguished civil servants, judges, generals, bishops, politicians, admirals, sporting personalities and prominent names in the world of TV, Fleet Street and West End theatre, music and dance.