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Famous Gresham's School Alumni

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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?”
  • 1

    W. H. Auden

    Poet, Librettist

    AgeDec. at 66 (1907-1973)

    BirthplaceYork, United Kingdom


    Wystan Hugh Auden (; 21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973) was an English-American poet. Auden's poetry was noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals,...  more

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  • 2

    Benjamin Britten

    Conductor, Film Score Composer

    AgeDec. at 63 (1913-1976)

    BirthplaceLowestoft, United Kingdom


    Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a...  more

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  • 3
    Charles Robert Owen Medley CBE, RA, (19 December 1905 – 20 October 1994), also known as Robert Medley, was an English artist who painted in both abstract and figurative styles, and who also worked as...  more
  • 4

    Stephen Spender

    Poet, Librettist

    AgeDec. at 86 (1909-1995)

    BirthplaceKensington, London, United Kingdom


    Sir Stephen Harold Spender (28 February 1909 – 16 July 1995) was an English poet, novelist, and essayist who concentrated on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work. He was...  more

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  • 5

    Sienna Guillory

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceKettering, England, UK


    Sienna Tiggy Guillory (; born 16 March 1975) is an English actress and former model. She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Jill Valentine in several entries of the Resident Evil...  more
  • 6

    Robert Bray

    General Sir Robert Napier Hubert Campbell (Bobbie) Bray (14 June 1908 – 14 August 1983) was a British soldier, deputy Supreme Commander Europe of NATO's Allied Command Europe from 1967 to 1970....  more
  • 7

    Cedric Belfrage

    Journalist, Author

    AgeDec. at 86 (1904-1990)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom


    Cedric Henning Belfrage (8 November 1904 – 21 June 1990) was an English film critic, journalist, writer, and political activist. He is best remembered as a co-founder of the radical US-weekly...  more
  • 8
    Gawain Peter Briars (born 4 April 1958) is a sportsman and lawyer in the United Kingdom. In the world of squash, he has won several major international titles and served as Executive Director of the...  more
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    James Dyson

    Industrial designer, Inventor


    BirthplaceCromer, United Kingdom


    Sir James Dyson (born 2 May 1947) is a British inventor, industrial designer and founder and chief executive of Dyson Ltd. Traditionally, he is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless...  more
  • 11

    Derek Bryan

    Editor, Sinologist

    AgeDec. at 93 (1910-2003)

    BirthplaceNorwich, United Kingdom


    Herman Derek Bryan OBE (16 December 1910 – 17 September 2003) was a consular official, diplomat, sinologist, lecturer, writer, translator and editor....  more
  • 12

    Sebastian Shaw

    Theatre Director, Poet

    AgeDec. at 89 (1905-1994)

    BirthplaceHolt, England


    Sebastian Lewis Shaw (29 May 1905 – 23 December 1994) was an English actor, director, novelist, playwright and poet. During his 65-year career, he appeared in dozens of stage performances and more...  more
  • 13

    Christopher Strachey

    Programmer, Computer scientist

    AgeDec. at 59 (1916-1975)

    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom


    Christopher S. Strachey (; 16 November 1916 – 18 May 1975) was a British computer scientist. He was one of the founders of denotational semantics, and a pioneer in programming language design. He was...  more
  • 14

    Alan Lloyd Hodgkin

    Biophysicist, Physiologist

    AgeDec. at 84 (1914-1998)

    BirthplaceBanbury, United Kingdom


    Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin (5 February 1914 – 20 December 1998) was an English physiologist and biophysicist, who shared the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Andrew Huxley and John Eccles....  more
  • 15

    Stephen Frears

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceEngland, Leicester


    Stephen Arthur Frears (born 20 June 1941) is an English film and television director. Frears has directed numerous films since the 1980s including My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, High...  more

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  • 16

    Kat Alano

    VJ, Model


    BirthplaceBirmingham, United Kingdom


    Katherine Anne Alano (born 9 July 1985), better known as Kat Alano, is an English-Filipino model, actress and television presenter/VJ in the Philippines....  more
  • 17

    Norman Cohn

    Historian, Writer

    AgeDec. at 92 (1915-2007)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom


    Norman Rufus Colin Cohn FBA (12 January 1915 – 31 July 2007) was a British academic, historian and writer who spent 14 years as a professorial fellow and as Astor-Wolfson Professor at the University...  more
  • 18

    Christopher Heydon

    Astrologer, Writer

    AgeDec. at 62 (1561-1623)

    BirthplaceSouth East England, Surrey, Eurasia, United Kingdom, England


    Sir Christopher Heydon (14 August 1561 – 1 January 1623) was an English soldier, Member of Parliament, and writer on astrology....  more
  • 19

    Peter Brook

    Television director, Theatre Director


    BirthplaceChiswick, London, England


    Peter Stephen Paul Brook, CH, CBE (born 21 March 1925) is an English theatre and film director who has been based in France since the early 1970s. He has won multiple Tony and Emmy Awards, a Laurence...  more
  • 20

    Olivia Colman

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceNorwich, Norfolk, England, UK


    Alternative NameOlivia Colman

    Sarah Caroline Olivia Sinclair CBE (née Colman; 30 January 1974), better known as Olivia Colman, is an English actress. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, three...  more

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  • 21

    John Reith, 1st Baron Reith

    Politician, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 82 (1889-1971)

    BirthplaceStonehaven, United Kingdom


    John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith, (20 July 1889 – 16 June 1971) was a Scottish broadcasting executive who established the tradition of independent public service broadcasting in the...  more
  • 22

    David Keith-Lucas

    Aerospace Engineer, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 86 (1911-1997)


    David Keith-Lucas (25 March 1911 – 6 April 1997) was an aeronautical engineer....  more
  • 23
    George Evelyn Hutchinson (January 30, 1903 – May 17, 1991), was a British ecologist sometimes described as the "father of modern ecology." He contributed for more than sixty years to the fields of...  more
  • 24

    L. E. Baynes

    Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace Engineering

    AgeDec. at 87 (1902-1989)

    BirthplaceBarnes, London, London, United Kingdom


    Leslie Everett Baynes, AFRAeS (23 March 1902 – 13 March 1989) was an English aeronautical engineer....  more
  • 25

    Gerald Thesiger

    Judge, Barrister

    AgeDec. at 79 (1902-1981)


    The Hon. Sir Gerald Alfred Thesiger MBE (25 December 1902 – 16 April 1981) was a judge of the High Court of England and Wales of the Queen's Bench Division between 1958 and 1978....  more