From movie stars to fictional characters, singers and the Queen, tea has won many hearts across the real and fictional world. What makes tea drinkers different from coffee drinkers is that they never hide their passion for tea. Among avid tea drinkers you can find some of the coolest, kindest and toughest fictional and real people.
Famous tea drinkers from history
One of the world’s greatest writers, Dostoevsky was not only an avid, but a fussy tea drinker as well. He was always making his own tea by himself, as he believed no one would be able to make a perfect cup. And yes, he preheated the teapot before adding black tea leaves.
“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
Agatha Christie, a popular English detective novels writer and the world’s best-selling writer of all times loved to indulge in tea. In fact, she’d often include tea into her stories, and transferred her passion for black tea with clotted cream onto her characters. However, her most popular character, Hercule Poirot is not much of a black tea drinker–he prefers herbal teas instead.
“Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!”
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
The list of famous tea drinkers wouldn’t be complete without the inventor of the world’s most popular tea blend – Earl Grey. Charles Grey was a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the first half of the 19th century. Legend says that after receiving a bergamot scented black tea as a diplomatic gift, he liked it so much he hired a tea merchant to re-invent it. And the modern Earl Grey was born.
Fictional characters who love tea
Tea and books have always shared a special bond. Don’t you love that feeling of strong connection with a fictional character that loves tea?
The Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland
The Mad Hatter is the top one fictional tea drinker in the history of literature. Remember his oddly strange tea party with extraordinarily odd guests? Afternoon tea was invented only about a decade before Lewis Caroll wrote the Alice in Wonderland. It was an important social event, reserved for higher society.
Hobbits, The Lord of the Rings
Hobbits drink tea too. In fact, tea in The Shire is as important as it was in the western Europe many years ago. Which tea do they enjoy? Black tea, a perfect treat for an afternoon tea party.
Arthur Dent, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Arthur Dent, a fictional character from the Douglas Adams novels, is not only a regular tea drinker. In fact, tea makes him happy and brings back memories of Earth. Which tea is his favorite? Black tea with milk. And yes, he solves the never-ending dilemma – tea or milk first. Milk, say Arthur Dent.
Celebrities who enjoy tea
Which famous faces like to have a cup of tea in their hands? Many celebrities admit they can’t imagine their life without tea.
If the 007 loves it, it must be amazing. Pierce Brosnan loves to have tea. But he wasn’t the only James Bond to enjoy a good cuppa tea. Sean Connery, the first James Bond, liked his tea too.
Ozzy Osbourne is a celebrity that doesn’t hide his love for tea. Which kind? A proper English tea with crumpets by side.
The famous Beatle loved both tea and coffee. In one interview he admitted having as much as 20 to 30 cups of tea and coffee a day.