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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.

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W. H. Auden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
W. H. Auden 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
Benjamin Britten 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 Robert Medley is an actor.

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Stephen Spender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Stephen Spender 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
Sienna Guillory 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
Cedric Belfrage 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 Briars 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
James Dyson 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
Derek Bryan 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
Sebastian Shaw 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
Christopher Strachey 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
Alan Lloyd Hodgkin 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
Stephen Frears 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
Kat Alano 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
Norman Cohn 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
Christopher Heydon 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
Peter Brook 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
Olivia Colman 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
John Reith, 1st Baron Reith 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
David Keith-Lucas 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
G. Evelyn Hutchinson 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
L. E. Baynes 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
Gerald Thesiger 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.

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Jocelyn Simon, Baron Simon of ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Jocelyn Simon, Baron Simon of Glaisdale Judge, Barrister Jocelyn Edward Salis Simon, Baron Simon of Glaisdale, QC, DL, PC known as Jack Simon, was as a Law Lord in the United Kingdom, having been, by turns, a barrister, a commissioned officer in the ...more

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Anthony Bull is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Anthony Bull Engineer Anthony Bull CBE CStJ was a British transport engineer and was president of the Institute of Transport.

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Julian Jarrold is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Julian Jarrold Television director, Film Director Julian Edward Peter Jarrold, born in Norwich, Norfolk, is a BAFTA Award-nominated English film and television director.

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Christopher Cockerell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Christopher Cockerell Inventor, Engineer Sir Christopher Sydney Cockerell CBE RDI FRS was an English engineer, best known as the inventor of the hovercraft.

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Donald Maclean is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Donald Maclean Diplomat Donald Duart Maclean was a British diplomat and member of the Cambridge Five who were members of MI5, MI6 or the diplomatic service who acted as spies for the Soviet Union. He was recruited as a ...more

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Henry Daniell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Henry Daniell Actor Henry Daniell was an English actor, best known for his villainous film roles, but who had a long and prestigious career on stage as well as in films. Daniell was given few opportunities to play ...more

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Tom Wintringham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Tom Wintringham Journalist Thomas Henry Wintringham was a British soldier, military historian, journalist, poet, Marxist, politician and author. He was an important figure in the formation of the Home Guard during the ...more

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Erskine Hamilton Childers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Erskine Hamilton Childers Politician Erskine Hamilton Childers served as the fourth President of Ireland from 1973 until his death in 1974. He was a Teachta Dála from 1938 until 1973. Childers served as Minister for Posts ...more

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James Klugmann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
James Klugmann Journalist Norman John Klugmann, generally known as James Klugmann, was a leading British Communist writer who became the official historian of the Communist Party of Great Britain

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Ralph Firman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Ralph Firman Race car driver Ralph David Firman Jr. is an English-born racing driver who races under Irish citizenship and an Irish-issued racing licence. Earlier in his career he raced under a British licence. His father, ...more

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John Tusa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
John Tusa Journalist Sir John Tusa is a British arts administrator, and radio and television journalist. He is Co-chairman of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2014. Chairman, British Architecture Trust Board, ...more

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Michael Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Michael Aldridge Actor Michael William ffolliott Aldridge was an English actor. He was known for playing Seymour in the television series Last of the Summer Wine from 1986 to 1990 and he had a long career as a ...more

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David Hand is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
David Hand Sir Geoffrey David Hand KBE GCL was an Australian-born Papua New Guinean Anglican bishop. He was the first Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea.

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David Lack is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
David Lack David Lambert Lack FRS, was a British evolutionary biologist who made contributions to ornithology, ecology and ethology. His 1947 book, Darwin's Finches, on the finches of the Galapagos Islands ...more

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Lennox Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Lennox Berkeley Film Score Composer, Composer Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley was an English composer.

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Blanshard Stamp is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Blanshard Stamp Judge, Barrister Sir Edward Blanshard Stamp QC, also styled The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Stamp, was an English lawyer, a Lord Justice of Appeal and a member of the Privy Council. The son of Alfred Edward Stamp, ...more

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Elton Younger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Elton Younger Engineer Major-General Allan Elton Younger DSO OBE, was a British soldier and author, Colonel Commandant of the Royal Engineers from 1974 to 1979.

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Tom Bourdillon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Tom Bourdillon Mountaineer Thomas Duncan Bourdillon, known as Tom Bourdillon, was an English mountaineer, a member of the 1953 British Mount Everest Expedition which made the first ascent of Mount Everest.

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Martin Wood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Martin Wood Engineer Sir Martin Francis Wood, CBE, FRS, HonFREng is a British engineer and entrepreneur. He co-founded Oxford Instruments, one of the first spin-out companies from the University of Oxford and still ...more

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Alastair Hetherington is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Alastair Hetherington Journalist Hector Alastair Hetherington was a British journalist, newspaper editor and academic. For nearly twenty years he was the editor of The Guardian, and is regarded as one of the leading editors of ...more

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John Sydney Lethbridge is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
John Sydney Lethbridge Engineer Major-General John Sydney Lethbridge CB, CBE, MC was a British soldier.

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Jonathan Partington is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Jonathan Partington Mathematician Jonathan R. Partington is an English mathematician who is Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Leeds.

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Michael Fordham is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Michael Fordham Psychologist Michael Scott Montague Fordham was an English psychiatrist and Jungian analyst. The Michael Fordham Prize is named in his honour.

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Ben Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
Ben Nicholson Benjamin Lauder "Ben" Nicholson, OM was a British painter of abstract compositions, landscape and still-life.

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John Saltmarsh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Gresham's School Alumni
John Saltmarsh Dr John Saltmarsh was a historian and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. The son of Winnifred and H.A. Saltmarsh, he grew up at Oakington, near Cambridge, where his father farmed four hundred