Last Updated December 2013


There are many, many famous vegetarians and vegans. They're vegetarian for lots of reasons - health, beauty, animal welfare, religion, environment.  Here are a few divided into film & TV stars; fashion stars; pop stars and great minds.  



Film and TV Stars



Alan Cumming, Scottish


Anne Hathaway  



Brigitte Bardot 


Carmen Miranda


Claudia Cardinale


Clint Eastwood


Daryl Hannah (vegan)


Doris Day



Dustin Hoffman 


Elijah Wood (vegan)


Gloria Swanson


Joanna Lumley


Joaquin Phoenix (vegan)


John Cleese


John Gordon Sinclair, Scottish


Julie Christie


Kate Winslett


Kim Basinger


Liv Tyler


Martin Shaw 


Michael Clarke Duncan


Natalie Portman (vegan)



Orlando Bloom


Pamela Anderson


Peter Sellers 


Pierce Brosnan


Richard Gere


River Phoenix (vegan)


Robert Redford


Russell Brand


Samuel L Jackson


Spike Milligan 


Terence Stamp


Woody Harrelson (Vegan)





Amber Valetta




Christie Brinkley


Christy Turlington


Claudia Schiffer


Jodie Marsh


Lily Cole VEGAN


Melinda Messenger


Nadja Auermann


Ru Paul, drag artist


Stella McCartney, designer






Adam Ant 


Alanis Morissette (vegan)




Barry White (vegan)


The Beatles:

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr

George Harrison and wife Barbara Bach



Bob Dylan


Bobby Gillespie, lead singer and founder Primal Scream. Scottish.


Boy George


Brian May of Queen


Bryan Adams (vegan)


Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones


Chrissie Hynde (vegan)




Dizzie Gillespie


Emilie Autumn (vegan)


Gladys Knight


Jim Kerr, Simple Minds. Scottish


Joss Stone vegan


Johnny Marr, guitarist of The Smiths


Kate Bush


KD Lang (vegan) 


Moby (vegan)


Morrissey, singer, also The Smiths


Ne-Yo vegan




Prince - Vegan 


Dame Shirley Bassey





There have been many vegetarian great minds since 2,500 years ago to the present day.  Wits, geniuses, leaders, writers, pioneers. There is a common thread that runs through them all - they were great philanthropists, exploding the myth that vegetarians only care for animals to the detriment of humans.  Here are a select few of the most famous and entertaining.


Louisa May Alcott

Author of Little Women. USA. 1832-1888


Clara Barton

Founded American Red Cross. USA 1821-1912


William Blake

Visionary artist. Mystic. Poet. England. 1757-1827

"All wholesome food is caught without a net or a trap."


General William Booth

Founded the Salvation Army. England. 1829-1912


Charlotte Bronte

Author of Jane Eyre. England. 1816-1855



Spiritual teacher. India.  Around 563-463 BC

"To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana."


"All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?"


Lord Byron

The Poet who was "Mad, bad and dangerous to know". Wrote Don Juan.  Scotland & England. 1788-1824


Charles Darwin

Naturalist. Wrote the explosive Origin of Species saying humans are descended from apes.  England. 1809-1882

"The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man."


"There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties. The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery."


Leonardo Da Vinci

Artist of the 'Mona Lisa' and 'The Last Supper'.  Multi-talented - the original Rennaissance Man.  Italy.


"I have since an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men."


"Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places!"


Thomas Edison

Inventor of the light bulb and phonograph. USA. 1847-1931

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."


Albert Einstein

Genius, physicist and mathematician. Invented the Theory of Relativity expressed by the equation E=mc2. Germany. 1879-1955

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."


"Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind."


Henry Ford

Founder of the Ford Motor Company. Revolutionised transportation and industry. USA. 1863-1947


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Benjamin Franklin

One of the founding fathers of USA.  Scientist. Author. Inventor. 1706-1790

"My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. Flesh eating is unprovoked murder."


"Truly man is the king of beasts, for flesh eating is unprovoked murder."



Indian Independence leader. Philosopher. Spiritual guru.  1869–1948

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."


"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body."


Dr James Graham, Scottish (1745–1794) - was a pioneer in sex therapy with a genius for spectacle, best known for his electro-magnetic musical Grand State Celestial Bed. He was very enlightened and had progressive views on war, slavery, women’s education, farming, religious tolerance and - of course - a vegetarian diet.


Sir Isaac Newton

One of the most influential men in history. Discovered gravity. Scientist. Astronomer. Mathematician. England. 1643-1727


Sylvia Pankhurst

Notable Sufragette Campaigner.  England. 1882-1960



Laid the foundations of Western philosophy.  Greece.  428-348 BC



Mathematician. Greece. Around 580-500 BC

"Alas, what wickedness to swallow flesh into our own flesh, to fatten our greedy bodies by cramming in other bodies, to have one living creature fed by the death of another! For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love."


Jean Jacques Rousseau

Writer and political philosophers.  Inspired many from Gandhi to Mary Shelley.  France. 1712-1778

"The animals you eat are not those who devour others; you do not eat the carnivorous beasts, you take them as your pattern. You only hunger after sweet and gentle creatures who harm no-one, which follow you, serve you, and are devoured by you as the reward of their service"


George Bernard Shaw

Wit.  Writer of Pygmalion later made into the film My Fair Lady. Ireland.  1856-1950

 "When a man of normal habits is ill, everyone hastens to assure him that he is going to recover. When a vegetarian is ill, (which fortunately very seldom happens), everyone assures him that he is going to die, and that they told him so, and that it serves him right. They implore him to take at least a little gravy, so as to give himself a chance of lasting out the night."


"While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends."


Mary Shelley

Wrote Frankenstein when she was 19.  England.  1797-1851


Percy Shelley

One of the major Romantic Poets. England. 1792-1822

"If the use of animal food be, in consequence, subversive to the peace of human society, how unwarrantable is the injustice and the barbarity which is exercised toward these miserable victims. They are called into existence by human artifice that they may drag out a short and miserable existence of slavery and disease, that their bodies may be mutilated, their social feelings outraged. It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery."


"It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation, that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion; and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust."


Robert Louis Stevenson

Writer of Treasure Island, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Scotland. 1850-1894

“Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.”


"We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear."


Henry David Thoreau

Writer and Philosopher.  His essay 'Civil Disobedience' inspired Gandhi's and Martin Luther King's successful freedom campaigns. USA. 1817-1862

"One farmer says to me, "You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with," and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle."


Leo Tolstoy

Author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina.  Philosopher.  Russia.  1828-1910

"As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields."

"Thou shalt not kill" does not apply to murder of one's own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai."


Mark Twain

Wit.  Author of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.  USA. 1835-1910

"It's just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions."


H G  Wells

British author of War of the Worlds.  The father of modern science fiction.  England. 1866-1946


William Wordsworth

Romantic Poet of "A host of golden daffodils" amongst others. England. 1770-1850





There are of course vegetarians in many other walks of life. Sportspeople, dance, civilisations, religious groups, environmentalists etc.



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