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

A factual list, featuring graduates like Sienna Guillory and Stephen Frears.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Gresham's School?” and “Which celebrities are Gresham's School alumni?”

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W. H. Auden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Poet, Librettist, Screenwriter
Wystan Hugh Auden was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, an American citizen, and regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His work is noted for its ...more

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Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist
Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including ...more

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Robert Medley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Robert Medley is an actor.

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Stephen Spender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Poet, Librettist, Essayist
Sir Stephen Harold Spender CBE was an English poet, novelist and essayist who concentrated on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work. He was appointed the seventeenth Poet ...more

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Sienna Guillory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Model, Actor
Sienna Tiggy Guillory is a British actress, and former model. She is known for playing the title role in the TV miniseries, Helen of Troy, her portrayal of Jill Valentine in the science fiction ...more

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Robert Bray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Robert Bray
General Sir Robert Napier Hubert Campbell Bray, GBE, KCB, DSO and bar was a British soldier, deputy Supreme Commander Europe of NATO's Allied Command Europe from 1967 to 1970.

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Cedric Belfrage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Journalist, Author, Translator
Cedric Henning Belfrage was an English film critic, journalist, writer, and political activist. He is best remembered as a co-founder of the radical US-weekly newspaper the National Guardian.

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Gawain Briars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Gawain Peter Briars is a sportsman and lawyer in the United Kingdom. In the world of squash, he has won several major international titles and now serves as Executive Director of the ...more

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Charles E. Rounds, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni

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James Dyson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Industrial designer, Inventor, Designer
Sir James Dyson, CBE, FREng is a British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company. He is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, which works ...more

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Derek Bryan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Editor, Sinologist, Diplomat
Herman Derek Bryan OBE was a consular official, diplomat, sinologist, lecturer, writer, translator and editor.

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Sebastian Shaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Theatre Director, Poet, Actor
Sebastian Lewis Shaw was an English actor, director, novelist, playwright and poet. During his 65-year career, he appeared in dozens of stage performances and more than 40 film and television ...more

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Christopher Strachey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Programmer, Computer scientist
Christopher S. Strachey was a British computer scientist. He was one of the founders of denotational semantics, and a pioneer in programming language design. He was a member of the Strachey ...more

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Alan Lloyd Hodgkin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Biophysicist, Physiologist, Physicist
Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, OM, KBE, PRS was an English physiologist and biophysicist, who shared the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Andrew Huxley and John Eccles.

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Stephen Frears is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer
Stephen Arthur Frears is an English film director. Frears directed several critically acclaimed British feature films since the 1980s including My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, High ...more

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Kat Alano is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
VJ, Model, Actor
Katherine Anne Brown Alano, better known as Kat Alano, is an English-Filipino model, actress and television presenter/VJ in the Philippines.

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Norman Cohn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Historian, Writer
Norman Rufus Colin Cohn FBA was a British academic, historian and writer who spent 14 years as a professorial fellow and as Astor-Wolfson Professor at the University of Sussex.

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Christopher Heydon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Astrologer, Writer
Sir Christopher Heydon was an English soldier, Member of Parliament, and writer on astrology.

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Peter Brook is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Television director, Theatre Director, Film Producer
Peter Stephen Paul Brook CH, CBE is an English theatre and film director who has been based in France since the early 1970s.

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Olivia Colman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Sarah Caroline Colman, known by the stage name Olivia Colman, is an English actress. She first came to prominence for her supporting role as Sophie Chapman in the Channel 4 comedy series Peep ...more

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John Reith, 1st Baron Reith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Politician, Engineer
John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith, KT GCVO GBE CB TD PC was a British broadcasting executive who established the tradition of independent public service broadcasting in the United ...more

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David Keith-Lucas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Aerospace Engineer, Engineer
David Keith-Lucas CBE, FRAeS was an aeronautical engineer.

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G. Evelyn Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
George Evelyn Hutchinson ForMemRS, was an American ecologist sometimes described as the "father of modern ecology." As a Sterling Professor at Yale University, he contributed for more ...more

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L. E. Baynes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace Engineering, Engineer
Leslie Everett Baynes, AFRAeS was an English aeronautical engineer. His daughter is the popular actress Hetty Baynes.

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Gerald Thesiger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Judge, Barrister
The Hon. Sir Gerald Alfred Thesiger MBE was a British High Court Judge of the Queen's Bench Division between 1958 and 1978.