Gladys Hooper, Dec 2014

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 111, 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.

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 Jessie Gallan, born 2 January 1906.
The oldest man living in Scotland is Alf Smith, born 29 March 1908.
The oldest woman living in Wales was born in May 1905.
The oldest man living in Wales is Englishman Sam Ledward, born 9 November 1906. The oldest living Welshman is Clifford Parfitt, born 30 July 1908.
The oldest woman living in Northern Ireland is English-born Cordelia Rimmington, born 10 May 1907.
The oldest man living in Northern Ireland is Billy Noble, born 5 January 1909.
The oldest woman living in the Isle of Man is unknown after the death of Doris Watkins, 25 November 1902 - 11 November 2011.
The oldest man living in the Isle of Man is unknown after the death of John Askam Twibell, 30 March 1904 - 14 January 2011.
The oldest person living in Guernsey is thought to be Ruth Berry, born 19 November 1909.
The oldest person living in Jersey is thought to be Florence Allenet, born 28 October 1909. 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 Florence Davies and Glenys Thomas (born 22 November 1911).
The longest married couple in the UK is Maurice & Helen Kaye (married 27 August 1934).