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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, like Roger Moore and Bruce Babbitt.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Durham University?” and “Which celebrities are Durham University alumni?”
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Roger Moore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Television director, Soldier, Television producer

Age: 91

Birthplace: Stockwell, London, United Kingdom

Sir Roger George Moore (14 October 1927 – 23 May 2017) was an English actor best known for playing British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films from 1973 to 1985, beginning with Live ...more

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David Gavaghan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Educator, Researcher

Age: 53

Birthplace: United Kingdom

Professor David J. Gavaghan (born 10 February 1966) is Professor of Computational Biology in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. He is also the director of the Life ...more
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Neil Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Chemist

Age: Dec. at 76 (1932-2008)

Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Neil Bartlett (15 September 1932 – 5 August 2008) was a chemist who specialized in fluorine and compounds containing fluorine, and became famous for creating the first noble gas compounds. He ...more
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Nick Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Politician

Age: 43

Birthplace: Cwmbran, United Kingdom

Nick Ramsay (born 10 June 1975) is a British Conservative politician who has been a Member of the Welsh Assembly since 2007. He currently represents the constituency of Monmouth.
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Jonny Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Rugby Player

Age: 39

Birthplace: Frimley, United Kingdom

Jonathan Peter Wilkinson, CBE (born 25 May 1979) is an English former rugby union player. A fly-half, he played for Newcastle Falcons and Toulon and represented England and the British and Irish ...more
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Stephen Bicknell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 50 (1957-2007)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Stephen Bicknell (20 December 1957 – 18 August 2007) was a leading British organ builder and writer about the organ.
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Houn Jiyu-Kennett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Houn Jiyu-Kennett

Age: Dec. at 72 (1924-1996)

Birthplace: St Leonards-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Hōun Jiyu-Kennett (Japanese: 法雲慈友ケネット, January 1, 1924 – November 6, 1996), born Peggy Teresa Nancy Kennett, was a British roshi most famous for having been the first female to be sanctioned by ...more
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Maeve Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Maeve Sherlock
Maeve Christina Mary Sherlock, Baroness Sherlock, (born 10 November 1960) is a Labour Party life peer.
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David Jasper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Priest, Educator, Theologian

Age: 68

David Jasper is a theologian, currently Professor of Literature and Theology and Associate Dean for Postgraduates at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He was a founder of the Conference on ...more
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Alan Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Musicologist

Age: 88

Birthplace: Scunthorpe, United Kingdom

Alan Walker, FRSC (born 6 April 1930) is an English-Canadian musicologist and university professor best known as a biographer and scholar of composer Franz Liszt.
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Tim Crane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Educator, Philosopher

Age: 57

Timothy Martin "Tim" Crane is a philosopher who works mostly on the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. His contributions to philosophy include a defense of a non-physicalist account ...more
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David Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Environmentalist, Professor, Presenter

Age: 86

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

David James Bellamy (born 18 January 1933) is an English author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist. He has lived in County Durham since 1960.
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Harold Evans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Editor, Publisher, Journalist

Age: 90

Birthplace: Newton Heath, United Kingdom

Sir Harold Matthew Evans (born 28 June 1928) is a British-American journalist and writer who was editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981. In 1984 he moved to the United States, where he had ...more
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Anne Brontë is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Governess

Age: Dec. at 29 (1820-1849)

Birthplace: Thornton, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Anne Brontë (, commonly ; 17 January 1820 – 28 May 1849) was an English novelist and poet, the youngest member of the Brontë literary family. The daughter of Patrick Brontë, a ...more

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Bruce Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Politician

Age: 80

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Bruce Edward Babbitt (born June 27, 1938) is an American attorney and politician from the state of Arizona. A member of the Democratic Party, Babbitt served as the 16th governor of Arizona from ...more
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Chris Hollins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Journalist, Cricketer, Athlete

Age: 47

Birthplace: England, Bromley

Christopher Jonathan Hollins (born 20 March 1971) is an English journalist, presenter and sportsman, currently employed by the BBC and best known for being the sports correspondent for BBC ...more
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Jonathan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Actor, Athlete, Presenter

Age: 52

Birthplace: Windsor, United Kingdom

Jonathan Edwards may refer to:
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Jake Thackray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Poet, Singer-songwriter, Singer

Age: Dec. at 64 (1938-2002)

Birthplace: Pickering, United Kingdom

John Philip "Jake" Thackray (27 February 1938 – 24 December 2002) was an English singer-songwriter, poet and journalist. Best known in the late 1960s and early 1970s for his topical ...more

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Gabby Logan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Presenter

Age: 45

Birthplace: Leeds, England

Gabrielle Nicole Logan (née Yorath; born 24 April 1973) is a British presenter and a former international rhythmic gymnast who is best known for her presenting roles with BBC Sport and ...more
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George Alagiah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Presenter

Age: 63

Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

George Maxwell Alagiah ( born 22 November 1955) is a British newsreader, journalist and television news presenter. Since 3 December 2007, he has been the presenter of the BBC News at Six and has ...more
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George Malcolm Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Petrologist, Geologist

Age: Dec. at 72 (1925-1997)

Birthplace: Redcar, United Kingdom

Sir George Malcolm Brown, FRS (5 October 1925 – 27 March 1997) was one of the most respected geologists of the second half of the Twentieth century. His formidable reputation as an igneous ...more
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John D. Barrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Science writer

Age: 66

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

John David Barrow (born 29 November 1952) is an English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and mathematician. Most recently, he served as Gresham Professor of Geometry at Gresham College from ...more
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Graham Hancock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Journalist, Scientist, Author

Age: 68

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Graham Bruce Hancock (; born 2 August 1950) is a British writer and journalist. He is known for his pseudoscientific theories involving ancient civilisations, Earth changes, stone monuments or ...more

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Guillaume, Hereditary Gr... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni

Age: 37

Birthplace: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (given names: Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie; born 11 November 1981), has been heir apparent to the crown of Luxembourg since his father's accession ...more
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James Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
James Foster Cricketer

Age: 38

Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

James Savin Foster (born 15 April 1980) is an English former cricketer: a wicket-keeper who played seven Tests and 11 One Day Internationals in 2001–02 and 2002–03. Foster played his club ...more