Really Interesting People from the UK
From being an RAF navigator, he rose to be Chairman of the toy company Airfix, using his experience to design models – and transformed the British toy market.
The Queen’s personal chef who divulged her food likes and dislikes, and who also worked for Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
He reacted to tragedy with great risk. He invented bungee jumping and microlighting and competed in extreme and dangerous sports, always facing great dangers.
She had exceptional dancing skills and became a Prima Ballerina at a young age. She worked closely with Nureyev and became a celebrated ballet teacher.
Really Interesting People from Europe
Along with all of her family she was a key member of the Comet Line, getting Allied airmen out of Belgium at great risk to herself.
Fencing played a big part in his life. He was the man who liberated Auschwitz – and went on to coach the USSR fencing team in the Olympics.
An Italian playboy in the 1960s he was part of a group known as The Four Musketeers. He had affairs with rich women and had celebrity friends, as long as connections with royals and the Mafia.
Born in South America, she married four times, becoming one of the world’s richest women and a major philantropist. But two of her husbands died in mysterious circumstances.
Really Interesting People from the World
Known as The People’s Champion, he was a ‘musher’, who completed in, and won, dog sled races in Alaska. However, his career was blighted by controversy.
One of the world’s great explorers, he was the first person to visit the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific – but remained relatively unknown.
A Civil Rights campaigner, she was active in many areas, including defending those wrongly accused of crimes. She gave a voice to the oppressed in her magazine.
Brought up in a travelling show she went on to be a beauty queen winning Miss America. A wartime pin-up and actress she started to fight for women’s rights.