1. The Kray Twins
Starting things off on our list are two twins who typified East London in the post-war period. Riddled with poverty and crime, the hardened East Enders would go on to exploit the low-levels of policing in the area by committing a series of large-scale robberies and assaults.
By the 1960s, the twins, who went by the names Reginald “Reggie” Kray and Ronald “Ronnie” Kray had made a fortune and even became celebrities stateside after they were photographed by the fashion photographer David Bailey. But after enjoying the fruits of their illegal labors, which often involved socializing with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Jude Garland in a string of London nightclubs, the fearsome duo would come undone after they were investigated for the murders of rival gangsters, Jack “The Hat” McVitie and Geroge Cornell. Arrested in 1968 and convicted in 1969, both were given life sentences.
In 2015, the twins’ life stories were brought to life by the Hollywood actor Tom Hardy, who portrayed both Reggie and Ronnie in the critically acclaimed movie, Legend.