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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
Sir Roger George Moore is an English actor. He is perhaps best known for playing British secret agent James Bond in seven films between 1973 and 1985 and he is the oldest actor to have played ...more

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David Gavaghan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Educator, Researcher
Professor David Gavaghan, B.Sc., MA, M.Sc., D.Phil. is the director of the Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre, Principal Investigator of the Integrative Biology project at the ...more

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Neil Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Chemist
|family = Dee Bartlett, Ava Bartlett Neil Bartlett 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
Nick Ramsay 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
Jonathan Peter Wilkinson OBE, known as Jonny Wilkinson, is a former rugby union player who represented England and the British and Irish Lions. Wilkinson rose to acclaim from 2001 to 2003 before ...more

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Stephen Bicknell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Stephen Bicknell 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
Houn Jiyu-Kennett, born Peggy Teresa Nancy Kennett, was a British roshi most famous for having been the first female to be sanctioned by the Soto School of Japan to teach in the West.

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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, OBE is a Labour Party life peer who was the chief executive of the Refugee Council, a charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, ...more

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David Jasper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Priest, Educator, Theologian
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
Alan Walker, FRSC 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
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
David James Bellamy OBE 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
Sir Harold Matthew Evans is a British-born 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 leading positions in ...more

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Anne Brontë is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Governess
Anne Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the youngest member of the Brontë literary family. The daughter of Patrick Brontë, a poor Irish clergyman in the Church of England, ...more

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Bruce Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Politician
Bruce Edward Babbitt, a Democrat, served as United States Secretary of the Interior and as the 16th governor of Arizona, from 1978 to 1987.

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Chris Hollins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Journalist, Cricketer, Athlete
Christopher Jonathan "Chris" Hollins 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
Jonathan David Edwards, CBE is a former triple jumper. He is a former Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champion, and has held the world record in the event since 1995. Following his ...more

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Jake Thackray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Poet, Singer-songwriter, Singer
John Philip "Jake" Thackray was an English singer-songwriter, poet and journalist. Best known in the late 1960s and early 1970s for his topical comedy songs performed on British ...more

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Gabby Logan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Presenter
Gabrielle Nicole "Gabby" Logan is a British presenter and a former Wales international gymnast who is best known for her presenting roles with BBC Sport and ITV. Logan hosted Final ...more

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George Alagiah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Presenter
George Maxwell Alagiah OBE is a British newsreader, journalist and television news presenter. He is also deputy lead presenter for major breaking news. Since 3 December 2007, he has been the ...more

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George Malcolm Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Petrologist, Geologist
Sir George Malcolm Brown, FRS was one of the most respected geologists of the second half of the Twentieth century. His formidable reputation as an igneous petrologist enabled him to become one ...more

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John D. Barrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Science writer
John David Barrow FRS is an English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and mathematician. He is currently Research Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Barrow is ...more

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Graham Hancock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Journalist, Scientist, Author
Graham Hancock is a British writer and journalist. Hancock specialises in unconventional theories involving ancient civilisations, stone monuments or megaliths, altered states of consciousness, ...more

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Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Du... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, has been heir apparent to the crown of Luxembourg since his father's accession in 2000. He is expected to succeed to the throne as

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James Foster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
James Foster Cricketer
James Savin Foster is an English cricketer: a wicket-keeper who played seven Tests and 11 One Day Internationals in 2001/02 and 2002/03. Foster played his club cricket at Ilford Cricket Club and ...more