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

List of famous alumni from Downing College, Cambridge, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Downing College, Cambridge include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Downing College, Cambridge alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Downing College, Cambridge 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 Downing College, Cambridge.

List is made up of graduates like Thandie Newton and John Cleese.

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

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the ...more

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Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Actor Thandiwe "Thandie" Newton is an English actress. She has appeared in several British and American films, and is known for roles such as Linda in The Pursuit of Happyness, Nyah ...more

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Andy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer Andrew Neil "Andy" Hamilton is a British comedian, game show panellist, television director, comedy screenwriter, and radio dramatist.

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Michael Apted is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Michael David Apted, CMG is an English director, producer, writer and actor. He is one of the most prolific British film directors of his generation, and directed the Up Series of documentaries ...more

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William Philip Schreiner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician, Barrister William Philip Schreiner was a barrister, politician, statesman and Prime Minister of the Cape Colony during the Second Boer War.

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Michael Winner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Media Personality, Film Producer, Screenwriter Robert Michael Winner was an English film director and producer, and a restaurant critic for The Sunday Times.

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Howard Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Howard Jacobson is a Man Booker Prize-winning British author and journalist. He is best known for writing comic novels that often revolve around the dilemmas of British Jewish characters.

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Dharshini David is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Journalist, Economist, Presenter Dharshini David is an English economist and broadcaster. After working at HSBC, and the BBC she became a business correspondent and presenter for Sky News in 2009.

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Aitzaz Ahsan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician, Barrister, Lawyer Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan is a Pakistani barrister, veteran activist-politician, constitutional theorist and a left-wing statesman who serves as the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of ...more

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Hamish Henderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Poet, Songwriter, Soldier Hamish Scott Henderson, was a Scottish poet, songwriter, communist, soldier and intellectual. He has been referred to as the most important Scots poet since Robert Burns and was a catalyst for ...more

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Quentin Blake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Illustrator, Novelist, Cartoonist Sir Quentin Saxby Blake, CBE, FCSD, FRSL, RDI is an English cartoonist, illustrator and children's writer. He may be known best for illustrating books written by Roald Dahl. For his lasting ...more

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John Maples, Baron Maples is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Barrister John Cradock Maples, Baron Maples was a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as a Member of Parliament representing Lewisham West from 1983 to 1992 and ...more

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Terrance Dicks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Television producer, Novelist, Screenwriter Terrance Dicks is an English writer and former script editor, best known for his work in television and as the author of many popular children's books during the 1970s and 1980s. His best known ...more

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Trevor Nunn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Television director, Theatre Director, Screenwriter Sir Trevor Robert Nunn, CBE is an English theatre, film and television director. Nunn has been the Artistic Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and, ...more

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Yong Pung How is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Judge, Lawyer Yong Pung How, DUT, is a former Chief Justice of Singapore, serving from 1990 to 2006. Prior to his judicial career, he was a lawyer, banker and senior government official. Since 2010, he has ...more

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Bernard Fagg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Curator, Archaeologist Bernard Evelyn Buller Fagg was a British archaeologist and Museum curator who undertook extensive work in Nigeria before and after the Second World War.

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David Jackman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
David Jackman Writer David Jackman is a renowned British Evangelical Christian speaker, and former president of The Proclamation Trust. He founded the Cornhill Training Course in 1991 and was previously Minister of ...more

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Arnold Goodman, Baron Goodman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Arnold Goodman, Baron Goodman Lawyer Arnold Abraham Goodman, Baron Goodman, CH, was a British lawyer and political advisor.

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Michael Atherton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Cricketer Michael Andrew Atherton OBE is a broadcaster, journalist and retired England international cricketer. A right-handed opening batsman for Lancashire and England, and occasional leg-break bowler, ...more

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Nick Griffin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician Nicholas John Griffin is an English politician who represented North West England as a Member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014. He served as chairman and then president of the ...more

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Brian Redhead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Journalist, Writer, Presenter Brian Leonard Redhead was a British author, journalist and broadcaster. He was a co-presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 from 1975 until 1993, shortly before his death. He was a great ...more

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Richard Collins, Baron Collins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Richard Henn Collins, Baron Collins, PC, KC was an Anglo-Irish lawyer and judge.

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Stan Kelly-Bootle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Computer scientist Stanley Bootle, known as Stan Kelly-Bootle was a British author, singer-songwriter and computer scientist. His best-known song is the "Liverpool Lullaby", which Judy Collins recorded ...more

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Michael Baxandall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Art Historian Michael David Kighley Baxandall, FBA was a British-born art historian and a professor emeritus of Art History at University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the Warburg Institute, ...more

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Justin Pollard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Justin Pollard Writer Justin David Pollard is a British historian, television producer and writer.

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Jim Wallace, Baron Wallace of ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician James Robert "Jim" Wallace, Baron Wallace of Tankerness, PC, QC, is a British politician, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and the Advocate General for Scotland. ...more

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Susantha de Fonseka is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer Sir Kalutaravedage Deepal Susantha de Fonseka, KBE was a Sri Lankan statesmen and diplomat. He was the Deputy Speaker of the State Council of Ceylon and following Ceylon's independence from ...more

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Alfred Broughton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician Sir Alfred Davies Devonsher Broughton was a British Labour Party politician. Broughton was educated at Rossall School, Downing College, Cambridge and the London Hospital and became a doctor, a ...more

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Philip Wheeldon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Chaplain Philip William Wheeldon OBE was the fourth Bishop of Whitby and twice Bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman.

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Richard Addis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Editor, Journalist Richard Addis is a British journalist and entrepreneur. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the European edition of Newsweek magazine and chairman and Editor-in-Chief of The Day. He is a former ...more

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John Hammond is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
John Hammond Scientist Sir John Hammond CBE FRS PhD, was a physiologist, agricultural research scientist, veterinarian known for his pioneering work in artificial insemination.

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Boris Ford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Boris Ford Richard Boris Ford, known as Boris Ford, was a literary critic, writer, editor and educationist.

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Derek Robinson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Derek Robinson is a British author best known for his military aviation novels full of black humour. He has also written several books on some of the more sordid events in the history of ...more

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Lawrence Collins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Judge, Lawyer Lawrence Antony Collins, Baron Collins of Mapesbury, PC, FBA, is a British judge and former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He was also appointed to the Court of Final Appeal ...more

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Geoffrey Cox is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Charles Geoffrey Cox, QC, MP is an English barrister who, as a Conservative Party Member of Parliament, has been representing the constituency of Torridge and West Devon since 2005.

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Henry Bulwer, 1st Baron Dallin... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, 1st Baron Dalling and Bulwer GCB, PC was a British Liberal politician, diplomat and writer.

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David Holbrook is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Novelist David Kenneth Holbrook was a British writer, poet and academic. From 1989 he was an Emeritus Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge.

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Gerald Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Gerald Gallagher Gerald Bernard Gallagher is noted as the first officer-in-charge of the Phoenix Islands Settlement Scheme, the last colonial expansion of the British Empire. He was the son of Gerald and Edith ...more

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David Lister is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
David Lister David Lister, died February 13, 2013, was an eminent British origami historian. He was widely recognised as the leading global world authority on paper folding. He was a founder member of the ...more

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Robert Yewdall Jennings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Robert Yewdall Jennings Judge Sir Robert Yewdall Jennings was Whewell Professor of International Law at Cambridge University from 1955 to 1982 and a Judge of the International Court of Justice from 1982. He also served as ...more

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D. J. Enright is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
D. J. Enright Novelist Dennis Joseph "D. J." Enright was a British academic, poet, novelist and critic. He authored Academic Year, Memoirs Of A Mendicant Professor and a wide range of essays, reviews, ...more

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John Penrose is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare. He was the Minister for Tourism & Heritage at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 2010-2012.

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Ed Mayo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Ed Mayo Economist, Writer Ed Mayo, is Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, the UK trade association for co-operatives. He is the former Chief Executive of the British National Consumer Council and CEO of the NCC's ...more

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Fredrick Richard Senanayake is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Fredrick Richard Senanayake Politician Fredrick Richard Senanayake was a Ceylonesen lawyer, legislator and independence activist. A leading member of the Sri Lankan independence movement, he was a member of the Legislative Council of ...more

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Mark Cox is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Tennis player Mark Cox is a former tennis player from England, who played professional and amateur tennis in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He was ranked as high as World No. 13 on the ATP rankings. Cox was ...more

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Arthur Roy Clapham is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Botanist Arthur Roy Clapham, CBE FRS, was a British botanist. Born in Norwich and educated at Downing College, Cambridge, Clapham worked at Rothamsted Experimental Station as a crop physiologist, and ...more

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Sir Ellis Ellis-Griffith, 1st ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Sir Ellis Ellis-Griffith, 1st Baronet Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith, 1st Baronet PC KC, was a British barrister and Liberal politician. He was born Ellis Jones Griffith.

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Philip Hobsbaum is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Philip Dennis Hobsbaum was a British teacher, poet and critic.

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H. W. Harvey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
H. W. Harvey Dr Hildebrand Wolfe Harvey CBE FRS was an English marine biologist.

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Antony Roy Clark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Downing College, Cambridge Alumni
Antony Roy Clark MA is a South African schoolmaster and educationalist, formerly a first-class cricketer, currently headmaster of Malvern College.