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Famous London Taxi Passengers: Part 2 ‘M – Z’

I’ve been driving a taxi around London for over twenty years. I completed the world-renowned ‘Knowledge of London’ in 2000, entitling me to become an ‘All London Green Badge’ licensed taxi driver. The first ten years were a mix of taxi work combined with building up a parallel career as a tour guide. Since then I’ve been a full time tour guide and have done very little taxi work. During those first ten years I often had someone famous or well known (to me at least) sitting in the back of the cab. logo

They came from the arts, music, politics, sport, academia and the media – and occasionally ‘other’. I never let on that I recognized them and I never initiated conversation or intruded. If they were alone some of them did fancy a chat and some didn’t.

My list of over 100 famous passengers has been sitting in my documents file for over 10 years. Before I lose it I figured I should put it on record, as a kind of unique and personal documentation of who gets London taxis. I should really say ‘who got London taxis’ because most of the names below street-hailed me (a few booked in advance). I’m not sure if nowadays,  in this age of social media and intrusion, a lot of the names below would just wander around London going about their daily lives with such openness.

 

Famous Taxi Passengers: Part 2  ‘M – Z’.

 

Lord John MacGregor: Conservative MP, minister 1980-90s.

Tom Mangold: Journalist, TV reporter.

Lawrence Marks: Screenwriter – Birds of a Feather, The New Statesman.

Tim Martin: Businessman, pub owner – Wetherspoons.

Theresa May: Prime Minister 2016 – 2019.

Rick Mayall: Actor, comedian – The Young Ones, Bottom.

James McCartney: Musician, son of Paul McCartney.

Natascha McElhone: Actor.

Ian McEwan: Writer – Atonement, On Chesil Beach.

Samantha Morton: Actor – Sweet and Lowdown, The Walking Dead.

Sir Andrew Motion: Poet laureate 1999 – 2009.

Lord Colin Moynihan: Conservative MP, minister 1990s.

 

Sam Neill: Actor – Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders.

Phoebe Nicholls: Actor – Women in Love, Downton Abbey.

 

Terry O’Neill: Photographer.

 

Michael Palin: Actor, writer – Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Ripping Yarns.

Anita Pallenberg: Model, actor, Rolling Stones paramour.

Wolfgang Porsche: Business executive – Porsche.

Mary Portas: Retail guru, TV presenter.

Michael Portillo: Conservative MP, minister 1990s, TV presenter.

Dave Prentis: Trade union leader – UNISON.

Lord David Putnam: Film producer – The Duellists, Chariots of Fire.

 

Andrew Rawnsley: Journalist.

Andrew Ridgeley: Pop star – Wham.

Diana Rigg DBE: Actor – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Game of Thrones.

Guy Ritchie: Film Director – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Nick Robinson: Journalist, radio presenter.

Rico Rodriguez: Reggae star – The Specials.

Lord Richard Rogers: Architect – Lloyds of London.

Ruth Rogers: Chef, restaurateur.

Sean Ryder: Pop star – Happy Mondays, Black Grape.

 

Charles Saatchi: Advertising guru, art collector.

Kerry Sandomirsky: Actor – USA ‘The Killing’.

June Sarpong: TV presenter.

Andy Serkis: Actor – Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes.

Nigel Slater: Food writer.

Wayne Sleep: Dancer.

Lord Snowdon: Photographer, royal family.

Lady Mary Soames: writer, daughter of Winston Churchill.

Nicholas Soames: Conservative MP, grandson of Winston Churchill.

Earl Charles Spencer: Historian, brother of Princess Diana.

Mark Stephens: Lawyer.

Sir Tom Stoppard: Playwright – Travesties, Shakespeare in Love, Leopoldstadt.

Janet Street Porter: Journalist, TV presenter.

Ray Stubbs: TV sports presenter.

 

Laurie Taylor: Sociologist, radio presenter.

Rachel de Thame: Gardner, TV presenter.

Louis Theroux: Documentary director – When Louis Met, Weird Weekends.

 

Johnny Vaughan: TV and radio presenter.

Ursula Vaughan Williams: Poet, wife of Sir Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Carol Vorderman: TV presenter.

 

Steven Waddington: Actor – The Last of the Mohicans.

Martyn Ware: Pop star – Human League, Heaven 17.

Ben Watt: Pop star – Everything But The Girl.

Bryn Williams: Chef, restaurateur.

Quentin Willson: Journalist, TV presenter.

AN Wilson: Writer, biographer.

Richard Wilson: Actor – One Foot in the Grave.

Rachel Whiteread DBE: Artist – House, Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial.

Rick Wright: Pop star – Pink Floyd.

 

Michael York: Actor – Cabaret, Logan’s Run.

 

….read Part 1  ‘A – L’

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