Gladys Hooper, aged 112

Oldest person in the UK: Gladys Hooper

Gladys Ada Elizabeth Hooper (née Nash, born 18 January 1903) of Ryde, Isle of Wight, is an English supercentenarian. At the age of 113, Gladys is the oldest living person in the United Kingdom following the death of 114-year-old Ethel Lang on 15 January 2015.

Gladys was the eldest child born to William John Nash (1878-1963) and Ada Emily Pilton (1882-1978). She was born in Bermondsey, London and grew up in Rottingdean near Brighton. Gladys was a concert pianist during the 1920s and was a close friend of Amy Johnson, who later became a pioneering aviator.

Unusual for the time, Gladys learned to drive in the 1920s and ran a care hire company, turning down an opportunity to become managing director of Hertz. In 1921, Gladys married Leslie Hermiston Hooper (1899-1977), a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps.

In October 2015, Gladys underwent a successful hip operation, making her the world's oldest person to undergo one. Gladys has one son, Derek, with whom she lives, as well as four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Oldest living men and women by country

The oldest woman living in England and the UK is Gladys Hooper, born 18 January 1903.
The oldest man living in England and the UK was born 30 November 1904.
The oldest woman living in Scotland is possibly Mary McIntyre, born 9 October 1907. The oldest living Scottish-born woman in the UK is thought to be Alice Ducat of England, born 8 May 1905.
The oldest man living in Scotland is Alf Smith, born 29 March 1908.
The oldest woman living in Wales is Florence Millicent Jenkins, born 29 August 1906.
The oldest man living in Wales was born in August 1908.
The oldest woman living in Northern Ireland is Margaret Dunbar, born 20 February 1909. The oldest living Northern Irish-born woman is Jane Webster of England, born 17 April 1906.
The oldest man living in Northern Ireland is currently unknown, but likely aged 104-105.
The oldest woman living in the Isle of Man is currently unknown.
The oldest man living in the Isle of Man is currently unknown.
The oldest person living in Guernsey is thought to be Ruth Berry, born 19 November 1909.
The oldest person living in Jersey is currently unknown after the death of Florence Allenet, 28 October 1909 - 26 April 2015. Joyce Bevir, born 19 August 1909, who lives in England, is thought to be the oldest living person to have been born in Jersey.
The oldest living twins in the UK are Alice Sleaford & Mary Taylor (born 4 June 1914).
The longest married couple in the UK is Maurice & Helen Kaye (married 27 August 1934).