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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
Roger Moore 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
David Gavaghan 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
Neil Bartlett 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
Nick Ramsay 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
Jonny Wilkinson 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 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
David Jasper 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
Alan Walker 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
Tim Crane 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
David Bellamy 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
Harold Evans 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
Anne Brontë 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
Bruce Babbitt 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
Chris Hollins 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
Jonathan Edwards 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
Jake Thackray 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
Gabby Logan 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
George Alagiah 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
George Malcolm Brown 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
John D. Barrow 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
Graham Hancock 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
Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg 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

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Jenny Willott is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Jenny Willott Politician Jennifer Nancy Willott is a British politician and the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central since the 2005 general election. Willott became a junior minister in the ...more

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Jeremy Vine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Jeremy Vine Journalist, Presenter Jeremy Guy Vine is an English author, journalist and news presenter for the BBC. He is known for his direct interview style and exclusive reporting from war-torn areas throughout Africa. He is ...more

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Eva Ibbotson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Eva Ibbotson Novelist, Writer Eva Ibbotson, born Eva Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner, was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her children's books. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for ...more

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Lewis Fry Richardson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Lewis Fry Richardson Mathematician, Physicist, Psychologist Lewis Fry Richardson, FRS was an English mathematician, physicist, meteorologist, psychologist and pacifist who pioneered modern mathematical techniques of weather forecasting, and the ...more

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Colin Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Colin Atkinson Colin Ronald Michael Atkinson CBE was an English first-class cricketer, schoolmaster and the headmaster of Millfield School.

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Berlie Doherty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Berlie Doherty Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright Berlie Doherty née Hollingsworth is an English novelist, poet, playwright and screenwriter. She is best known for children's books, for which she has twice won the Carnegie Medal. She has ...more

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Kate Silverton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Kate Silverton Journalist, Actor, TV Journalist Kate Silverton is an English journalist, currently employed by the BBC. Generally a relief presenter for the BBC, Silverton can be seen regularly presenting the BBC News at One, BBC News at Six, ...more

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Nina Hossain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Nina Hossain Journalist, Actor, Presenter Nina Hossain is an English journalist and presenter employed by ITN.

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Douglas Davies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Douglas Davies Professor Douglas James Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham. He is an authority in the history, theology and sociology of ...more

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Nasser Hussain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Nasser Hussain Cricketer Nasser Hussain OBE is a former British-Indian cricketer who played for England cricket team between 1987 and 2004. A pugnacious right-handed batsman, Hussain scored over 30,000 runs from more ...more

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Biddy Baxter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Biddy Baxter Television producer, Television Editor Joan Maureen "Biddy" Baxter MBE is best known as the former editor of the long-running BBC TV children’s magazine show Blue Peter, a position she held from 1965 to 1988. As editor of ...more

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Edward Shortt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Edward Shortt Barrister Edward Shortt PC KC was a British lawyer and Liberal Party politician. He served as a member of David Lloyd George's cabinet, most significantly as Home Secretary from 1919 to 1922.

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Harold Jeffreys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Harold Jeffreys Mathematician, Statistician Sir Harold Jeffreys, FRS was an English mathematician, statistician, geophysicist, and astronomer. His book Theory of Probability, which first appeared in 1939, played an important role in the ...more

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Ulorin Vex is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Ulorin Vex Fashion Model Ulorin Vex is an English alternative model from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Vex graduated from the University of Durham. She began her career as an alternative model shortly after, modeling ...more

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Robert Simpson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Robert Simpson Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson was an English composer and long-serving BBC producer and broadcaster. He is best known for his orchestral and chamber music, and for his writings on the music of ...more

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John Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
John Blackburn Sailor John Fenwick Blackburn was a British novelist who wrote thrillers, horror novels, and The Flame and the Wind, an unusual historical novel set in Roman times, in which a nephew of Pontius Pilate ...more

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Malcolm Sargent is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Malcolm Sargent Conductor, Musician, Composer Sir Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent was an English conductor, organist and composer widely regarded as Britain's leading conductor of choral works. The musical ensembles with which he was ...more

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Minette Walters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Minette Walters Novelist, Writer Minette Walters is an English crime writer.

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Anwar Choudhury is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Anwar Choudhury Diplomat Anwar Choudhury Bengali: আনোয়ার চৌধুরী; born 15 June 1959 is the present UK Ambassador to Peru. He was formerly the Director of International Institutions at the Foreign & Commonwealth ...more

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Earl Pomeroy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Earl Pomeroy Earl Pomeroy is a American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for North Dakota's at-large congressional district from 1993 to 2011. He is a member of the North Dakota ...more

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Phil de Glanville is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Phil de Glanville Philip Ranulph de Glanville is a former English rugby union player who played at centre for Bath and England.

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Arthur Bostrom is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Arthur Bostrom Actor Arthur Bostrom FRGS is an English actor, most famous for his role as Officer Crabtree, in the long-running BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!.

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Mo Mowlam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Mo Mowlam Politician Marjorie "Mo" Mowlam was a British Labour Party politician. She was the Member of Parliament for Redcar from 1987 to 2001 and served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Northern ...more

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Alastair Fothergill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Alastair Fothergill Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Alastair Fothergill is a British producer of nature documentaries for television and cinema. He is the series producer of the multi-award winning series The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and the ...more

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Edward Bradley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Durham University Alumni
Edward Bradley Novelist Edward Bradley was an English clergyman and novelist. He was born in Kidderminster and educated at Durham University from which he took his pen name Cuthbert M. Bede, B.A. His most popular book ...more