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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Balliol College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Balliol College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Balliol College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Balliol College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Balliol College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Balliol College.

List is made up of graduates like Aldous Huxley and Christopher Hitchens.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Balliol College?” and “Which celebrities are Balliol College alumni?”

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Christopher Hitchens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Author Christopher Eric Hitchens was an Anglo-American author, literary critic and journalist. He contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The Atlantic, London Review of Books, The Times Literary ...more

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Harold Nicolson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Politician, Diplomat, Novelist Sir Harold George Nicolson KCVO CMG was an English diplomat, author, diarist and politician. He was the husband of writer Vita Sackville-West.

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Stephen Twigg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Politician Stephen Twigg is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician who has been the Labour Co-operative Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby since 2010. He previously served as the ...more

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Michael O'Dwyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Sir Michael Francis O'Dwyer, GCIE, KCSI was Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab in India from 1912 until 1919. O'Dwyer endorsed General Reginald Dyer's action regarding the Jallianwala Bagh ...more

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Charles Krauthammer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Psychiatrist, Commentator, Journalist Charles Krauthammer is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, author, political commentator, and physician. His weekly column is syndicated to more than 400 newspapers ...more

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Graham Greene is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Literary critic, Journalist, Novelist Henry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English novelist and author regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Combining literary acclaim with widespread popularity, Greene had ...more

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George Stephanopoulos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Author George Robert Stephanopoulos is an American television journalist and a former U.S. Democratic Party political advisor. Stephanopoulos rose to early prominence as a communications director for ...more

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Andrew Lang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Journalist, Novelist Andrew Lang was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the ...more

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Lionel Blue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Rabbi, Actor Lionel Blue is a British Reform rabbi, journalist and broadcaster. He was the first British rabbi publicly to declare his homosexuality. He is best known for his longstanding work with the ...more

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Arnold Toynbee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Economic historian, Economist Arnold Toynbee was a British economic historian also noted for his social commitment and desire to improve the living conditions of the working classes.

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Sir John Richard Hicks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Economist Sir John Richard Hicks was a British economist and one of the most important and influential economists of the twentieth century. The most familiar of his many contributions in the field of ...more

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John Schlesinger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Television director, Theatre Director, Film Producer John Richard Schlesinger, CBE was an English film and stage director, and actor. He won an Academy Award for Best Director for Midnight Cowboy, and was nominated for two other films.

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Lakshman Kadirgamar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer Sri Lankabhimanya Lakshman Kadirgamar PC was a Sri Lankan Tamil diplomat, politician and a lawyer. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka from 1994 to 2001 and again from April ...more

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Beverley Nichols is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Novelist, Writer John Beverley Nichols was an author, playwright, journalist, composer, and public speaker.

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Anthony Asquith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Screenwriter, Film Director The Honourable Anthony Asquith was a leading English film director. He collaborated successfully with playwright Terence Rattigan on The Winslow Boy and The Browning Version, among other ...more

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Donald Serrell Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Donald Serrell Thomas Donald Serrell Thomas is an English author of Victorian-era historical, crime and detective fiction, as well as books on factual crime and criminals, in particular several academic books on the ...more

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Leonard Huxley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Writer, Teacher Leonard Huxley was an English schoolteacher, writer and editor.

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Richard Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Evolutionary Biologist, Professor, Screenwriter Clinton Richard Dawkins, FRS, FRSL is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and writer. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for ...more

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Julian Huxley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Scientist, Science writer Sir Julian Sorell Huxley FRS was a British evolutionary biologist, eugenicist, and internationalist. He was a proponent of natural selection, and a leading figure in the mid-twentieth century ...more

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Raymond Massey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Actor Raymond Hart Massey was a Canadian/American actor.

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Dan Snow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Historian, Presenter Daniel Robert "Dan" Snow is a British television presenter. He has presented many history programmes for the BBC and other broadcasters and has a regular history slot on The One Show.

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Roy Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Politician Roy Harris Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead, OM, PC was a British politician and writer. The son of a Welsh coal miner, Roy Jenkins later became a union official and Labour MP. He also served ...more

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Richard Primus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Richard Abraham Primus is an American legal scholar. He currently teaches United States constitutional law at the University of Michigan Law School. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim ...more

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Ahmed Hassanein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Writer, Photographer Ahmed Hassanein Pasha, KCVO, MBE or Aḥmad Moḥammad Makhlūf Ḥasanēn al-Būlākī was an Oxford-educated Egyptian courtier, diplomat, Olympic athlete in fencing, photographer, writer, politician, ...more

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Claire Marshall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Journalist Claire Victoria Marshall is a British journalist who works for BBC News. After leaving Blundell's School, Devon in 1993, she read for a law degree at Balliol College, Oxford. After graduating ...more

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Michael J. Sandel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Professor, Author, Philosopher Michael J. Sandel is an American political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course "Justice", which is available to view online, and ...more

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Olaf Stapledon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Novelist, Writer, Philosopher William Olaf Stapledon – known as Olaf Stapledon – was a British philosopher and author of influential works of science fiction.

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Jim Rogers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Investor, Author James Beeland "Jim" Rogers, Jr. is an American businessman, investor and author. He is currently based in Singapore. Rogers is the Chairman of Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, ...more

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Scott Forbes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor Conrad Scott-Forbes, popularly known as Scott Forbes, was a film and television actor and screenwriter. In his later career as a screenwriter, he was credited as C. Scott Forbes.

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Robert Mellors is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Robert Mellors Robert Mellors OBE, is an expert in tropical agriculture and governance. He spent his childhood in Rampton, Nottinghamshire. He attended Retford Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford, where ...more

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George Steiner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Literary critic, Author, Essayist Francis George Steiner, FBA, is a French-born American literary critic, essayist, philosopher, novelist, and educator. He has written extensively about the relationship between language, ...more

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A. V. Dicey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Political scientist, Jurist Albert Venn "A. V." Dicey was a British jurist and constitutional theorist, and was the younger brother of Edward Dicey. He is most widely known as the author of Introduction to the ...more

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Robert Peston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Editor, Journalist, Stock broker The Hon. Robert James Kenneth Peston is a British journalist. From February 2006, he was the Business Editor for BBC News. He became known to a wider public with his reporting of the late-2000s ...more

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Peter Snow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Journalist, Radio personality, Presenter Peter Snow, CBE is a British television and radio presenter and historian. He is the grandson of First World War general Sir Thomas D'Oyly Snow; cousin of Jon Snow, the presenter of Channel 4 ...more

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Aldous Huxley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer, philosopher and a prominent member of the Huxley family. He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, and ...more

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E. J. Dionne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Professor Eugene Joseph "E. J." Dionne, Jr. is an American journalist and political commentator, and a long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post. He is also a Senior Fellow in Governance ...more

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Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon, Bt KG PC FZL DL, better known as Sir Edward Grey, 3rd Baronet, was a British Liberal statesman. He served as Foreign Secretary from 1905 to 1916, the ...more

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Creighton Burns is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Journalist, Sailor Creighton Lee Burns, AO was an Australian journalist and academic, who was editor-in-chief of The Age newspaper in Melbourne from 1981 to 1989.

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Oliver Smithies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Professor Oliver Smithies is a British-born American geneticist and Nobel laureate, credited with the introduction of starch as a medium for gel electrophoresis in 1955, and the simultaneous discovery, ...more

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Hilaire Belloc is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Politician, Writer Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc was an Anglo-French writer and historian. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. He was known as a ...more

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Kim Beazley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Spokesperson, Politician, Educator Kim Christian Beazley, AC, is an Australian diplomat and former politician who was the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia from 1995 to 1996. He subsequently served as the Leader of the Labor ...more

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Donald Michie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Computer scientist Donald Michie was a British researcher in artificial intelligence. During World War II, Michie worked for the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, contributing to the effort to ...more

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Harold Macmillan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Publisher, Politician Maurice Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton OM PC FRS was a British Conservative politician and statesman who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 10 January 1957 to 18 ...more

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Henry Watson Fowler is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Lexicographer, Journalist Henry Watson Fowler was an English schoolmaster, lexicographer and commentator on the usage of the English language. He is notable for both A Dictionary of Modern English Usage and his work on ...more

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H. H. Asquith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Barrister, Lawyer Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, KG, KC, PC, served as the Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916. Until 5 January 1988, he had been the longest ...more

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Anthony Hope is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Novelist, Barrister, Writer Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins, better known as Anthony Hope, was an English novelist and playwright. He was a prolific writer, especially of adventure novels but he is remembered best for only two ...more

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Harald V of Norway is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni

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Raymond Asquith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Barrister Raymond Asquith was an English barrister and eldest son and heir of British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith by his first wife Helen Kelsall Melland.

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John Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Economist John Ferguson Godfrey, PC is a Canadian educator, journalist and former Member of Parliament.

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Alan Bersin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Balliol College Alumni
Educator, Lawyer Alan D. Bersin served as the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Commissioner Bersin was placed by President Barack Obama on March 27, 2010 as a recess appointment. As ...more