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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.