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Famous Harrow School Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Harrow School and be of some renown.

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

Examples include Winston Churchill, Benedict Cumberbatch and many other famous people who went to Harrow School.

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

Take a look at this list of famous Harrow School alumni!
  • 1

    Winston Churchill

    Statesman, Painter

    AgeDec. at 91 (1874-1965)

    BirthplaceBlenheim Palace, United Kingdom


    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he...  more

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  • 2

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom


    Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch (born 19 July 1976) is an English actor who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. A graduate of the Victoria University of Manchester, he...  more

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  • 3

    Jawaharlal Nehru

    Politician, Barrister

    AgeDec. at 75 (1889-1964)

    BirthplaceAllahabad, India


    Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (; Hindi: [ˈdʒəʋaːɦərˈlaːl ˈneːɦru] (listen); 14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964) was an Indian independence activist, and subsequently, the first Prime Minister of India and a...  more
  • 4

    James Blunt

    Songwriter, Musician


    BirthplaceTidworth, United Kingdom


    James Hillier Blount (born 22 February 1974), better known by his stage name James Blunt, is an English singer-songwriter, record producer and former British Army Officer. Blunt rose to fame in 2004...  more

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  • 5

    William Fox Talbot

    Inventor, Photographer

    AgeDec. at 77 (1800-1877)

    BirthplaceDorset, United Kingdom


    William Henry Fox Talbot FRS FRSE FRAS (; 11 February 1800 – 17 September 1877) was an English scientist, inventor and photography pioneer who invented the salted paper and calotype processes,...  more
  • 6

    AgeDec. at 50 (1762-1812)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom


    Spencer Perceval (1 November 1762 – 11 May 1812) was a British statesman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from October 1809 until his assassination in May 1812. Perceval is the...  more

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  • 7

    Cecil Beaton

    Scenic Designer, Painter

    AgeDec. at 76 (1904-1980)

    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom


    Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE (14 January 1904 – 18 January 1980) was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer, diarist, painter, and interior designer, and an Oscar–winning stage and...  more
  • 8




    Alternative NameJames Dreyfus

    James Dreyfus (born 9 October 1968) is an English actor, most notable for his roles on television sitcoms The Thin Blue Line as Constable Kevin Goody, and Gimme Gimme Gimme as Tom Farrell. Dreyfus is...  more
  • 9

    Nicholas Patrick

    Astronaut, Engineer


    BirthplaceSaltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom


    Nicholas James MacDonald Patrick, Ph.D. (born 19 November 1964), is a British-American engineer and a former NASA astronaut. His flight on the 2006 Discovery STS-116 mission made him the fourth...  more
  • 10

    Cary Elwes

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom


    Ivan Simon Cary Elwes (; born 26 October 1962) is an English actor and writer. He is best known for his roles as Westley in The Princess Bride, Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Dr....  more


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  • 11

    Terence Rattigan

    Screenwriter, Playwright

    AgeDec. at 66 (1911-1977)

    BirthplaceEngland, London


    Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan, CBE (10 June 1911 – 30 November 1977) was a British dramatist. He was one of England's most popular mid twentieth century dramatists. His plays are typically set in an...  more
  • 12

    Richard Curtis

    Record producer, Television producer


    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Oceania, Wellington, Wellington Region, Realm of New Zealand


    Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, (born 8 November 1956), is a British screenwriter, producer, and film director. One of Britain's most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for...  more
  • 13

    Stanley Baldwin

    Business magnate

    AgeDec. at 80 (1867-1947)

    BirthplaceBewdley, United Kingdom


    Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, (3 August 1867 – 14 December 1947) was a British Conservative statesman who dominated the government of the United Kingdom between the world wars,...  more
  • 14

    John McCririck

    Journalist, Presenter




    John Michael McCririck (17 April 1940 – 5 July 2019) was an English television horse racing pundit and journalist. McCririck began his career at The Sporting Life, where he twice won at the British...  more
  • 15

    Richard Brinsley Sheridan

    Statesman, Politician

    AgeDec. at 65 (1751-1816)

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland


    Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan (30 October 1751 – 7 July 1816) was an Irish satirist, a playwright, poet, and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He is known for his plays such...  more
  • 16

    John Profumo

    Politician, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 91 (1915-2006)

    BirthplaceKensington, London, United Kingdom


    John Dennis Profumo, ( prə-FEW-moh; 30 January 1915 – 9 March 2006) was a British politician whose career ended in 1963 after a sexual relationship with the 19-year-old model Christine Keeler in...  more
  • 17



    Christopher Walter Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (born 14 February 1952) is a British public speaker and hereditary peer. He is known for his work as a journalist, Conservative...  more
  • 18

    Ronald Fisher

    Mathematician, Statistician

    AgeDec. at 72 (1890-1962)

    BirthplaceEurasia, London Borough of Barnet, United Kingdom, London, England


    Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher (17 February 1890 – 29 July 1962) was a British statistician and geneticist. For his work in statistics, he has been described as "a genius who almost single-handedly...  more
  • 19

    George Gordon Byron

    Poet, Politician

    AgeDec. at 36 (1788-1824)

    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Harrow, London, United Kingdom


    George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet, peer, and politician who became a revolutionary in the Greek War of...  more

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  • 20


    BirthplaceYorkshire, United Kingdom


    Laurence Paul Fox (born 26 May 1978) is an English actor, singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his leading role as DS James Hathaway in the British TV drama series Lewis from 2006 to 2015....  more
  • 21

    Aubrey de Grey

    Programmer, Gerontologist


    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom


    Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey (; born 20 April 1963) is an English author and biomedical gerontologist. He is the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation and VP of New Technology...  more
  • 22

    AgeDec. at 74 (1811-1885)

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom


    James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Abercorn, KG, KP, PC (21 January 1811 – 31 October 1885), styled Viscount Hamilton from 1814 to 1818 and known as the The Marquess of Abercorn from 1818 to 1868, was a...  more
  • 23

    John Mortimer

    Novelist, Barrister

    AgeDec. at 86 (1923-2009)

    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom


    Sir John Clifford Mortimer (21 April 1923 – 16 January 2009) was an English barrister, dramatist, screenwriter, and author....  more
  • 24

    AgeDec. at 81 (1784-1865)

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom


    Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, (20 October 1784 – 18 October 1865) was a British statesman who served twice as Prime Minister in the mid-19th century. Palmerston dominated British...  more
  • 25

    Stanley Jackson

    Politician, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 77 (1870-1947)

    BirthplaceChapel Allerton, United Kingdom


    Sir Francis Stanley Jackson (21 November 1870 – 9 March 1947), known as the Honourable Stanley Jackson during his playing career, was an English cricketer, soldier and Conservative Party politician....  more