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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Lancaster University and be of some renown.

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, including Andy Serkis and Hanif Kureishi.

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

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Andy Serkis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Andy Serkis Film Producer, Author, Actor Andrew Clement "Andy" Serkis is an English film actor, director and author. He is known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for ...more

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Sarah Waters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Sarah Waters Novelist, Writer Sarah Waters is a Welsh novelist. She is best known for her novels set in Victorian society and featuring lesbian protagonists, such as Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith.

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James May is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
James May Journalist, Author, Writer James Daniel May is a British television presenter and journalist. He is the co-presenter of the motoring programme Top Gear, alongside Richard Hammond and formerly Jeremy Clarkson. May has ...more

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Ursula Martinez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Ursula Martinez Actor, Writer Ursula Martinez also known as Ursula Lea is a London-based Anglo-Spanish British writer, performer, and cult cabaret diva noted for her use of nudity and non-actors. Her latest show, "My ...more

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Owen Davies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Owen Davies Owen Davies is a reader in Social History at the University of Hertfordshire. His main field of research is on the history of modern and contemporary witchcraft and magic. His interest in the ...more

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Hanif Kureishi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Hanif Kureishi Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer Hanif Kureishi, CBE is a British Pakistani playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker and novelist. In 2008, The Times included Kureishi in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since

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Robert Fisk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Robert Fisk Journalist, Author, Writer Robert Fisk is an English writer and journalist from Maidstone, Kent. He has been Middle East correspondent of The Independent for more than twenty years, primarily based in Beirut. Fisk holds ...more

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Joseph Delaney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Joseph Delaney Novelist, Author, Writer Joseph Henry Delaney is a British author of science fiction and fantasy books.

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D. Bruce Sewell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
D. Bruce Sewell Businessperson Bruce Sewell is senior vice president and general counsel of Intel Corporation. His management responsibilities include legal, corporate affairs, and Intel's corporate social responsibility ...more

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Nigel G. Stocks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Nigel G. Stocks Physicist Nigel Geoffrey Stocks is an engineer and physicist, notable for discovering suprathreshold stochastic resonance and its application to cochlear implant technology.

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Austin Tate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Austin Tate Computer scientist Austin Tate FREng FRSE FBCS FAAAI is Director of AIAI in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He holds the Chair in Knowledge-based systems at the University of Edinburgh. ...more

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Alan Campbell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Alan Campbell Alan Campbell is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Tynemouth since 1997. He served as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office from ...more

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Allan Chapman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Allan Chapman Historian, Presenter Allan Chapman FRAS is a British historian of science. Allan Chapman was born in Swinton, Lancashire, England and grew up in the Pendlebury and Clifton districts of the then Swinton and ...more

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Maria Damanaki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Maria Damanaki Chemical engineer, Politician Maria Damanaki was the wife of Giorgos Kimoulis.

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Ahdaf Soueif is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Ahdaf Soueif Novelist, Author, Writer Ahdaf Soueif is an Egyptian novelist and political and cultural commentator.

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Alan Milburn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Alan Milburn Politician Alan Milburn is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Darlington from 1992 until 2010. He served for five years in the Cabinet, first as Chief Secretary to the ...more

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Lucy Briers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Lucy Briers Actor Lucy Briers is an English actress. She has received critical praise for her many film, television, and stage roles, including the premiere of Best Friends & Butterflies.

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Helen Southworth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Helen Southworth Politician Helen Mary Southworth is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. She is the former Member of Parliament for Warrington South, and was first elected at the 1997 general election. She ...more

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Ralph Ineson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Ralph Ineson Actor, Teacher Ralph Michael Ineson is an English actor. He played Chris Finch on the BBC television programme The Office. He has a strong Yorkshire accent and is a supporter of Leeds United

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Dean Andrews is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Dean Andrews Actor, Singer Dean Andrews is a British actor. He is most famous for his role as DS Ray Carling in the BBC Television drama Life on Mars. He continued the role in the show's 2008 sequel series, Ashes to ...more

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Roger Ashton-Griffiths is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Roger Ashton-Griffiths Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director Roger Ashton-Griffiths is an English character actor, screenwriter and film director.

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D. F. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
D. F. Lewis Writer D. F. Lewis is an English author who had over one thousand short fictions published in print from 1986 to 2000, some in hard-to-find outlets, others in literary journals such as Stand, Iron, ...more

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John Freeman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
John Freeman John Freeman is a British writer/editor/designer known for his work with Marvel UK, and on Doctor Who Magazine and The Really Heavy Greatcoat.

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Petros Dermetzis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Petros Dermetzis Petros Dermetzis leads Workday's Development efforts with responsibility for the founding technologies and solution deliverables for Workday Enterprise Business Services. Prior to Workday, ...more

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Antony Burgmans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Antony Burgmans Antony Burgmans is a Dutch businessman, formerly non-executive Chairman of the Anglo-Dutch food and health products multinational Unilever.

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Ranvir Singh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Ranvir Singh Journalist, Presenter Ranvir Singh is an English television presenter and journalist, freelancing with Good Morning Britain and ITV News.

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Ruth Henig, Baroness Henig is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Ruth Henig, Baroness Henig Politician Ruth Beatrice Henig, Baroness Henig CBE, DL is a British academic historian and Labour Party politician.

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Debjani Chatterjee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Debjani Chatterjee Debjani Chatterjee MBE is an Indian-born British poet. She was born in Delhi but now lives in Sheffield, England. She had lived in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Egypt, and Morocco, before ...more

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Tom Levitt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Tom Levitt Tom Levitt is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for High Peak from 1997 to 2010.

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Gillian Merron is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Gillian Merron Gillian Joanna Merron was a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Lincoln from 1997 to 2010. From 2009 to 2010 she was Minister of State with responsibility for ...more

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Graham James is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Graham James Graham Richard James is an English Anglican bishop. He is the current Bishop of Norwich and Abbot of St Benet's Abbey. James was born in Bideford, Devon, the son of the Reverend Lionel James and ...more

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Matthew Fort is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Matthew Fort Journalist Matthew Fort is a British food writer and critic. Matthew Fort attended Eton College, and later Lancaster University. He has been the Food and Drink editor of The Guardian for over ten years. He ...more

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Hilton Dawson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Hilton Dawson Thomas Hilton Dawson, known as Hilton Dawson, was the Labour Party member of Parliament for the Lancashire constituency of Lancaster and Wyre from 1997 until 2005. In 2014, Dawson became the ...more

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Paul Magrs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Paul Magrs Novelist Paul Magrs is a writer and lecturer. He was born in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, England, and now lives in Manchester with his partner, author and lecturer Jeremy Hoad.

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Andrew Miller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Andrew Miller Novelist, Author Andrew Brooke Miller FRSL is an English novelist.

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Irving Hexham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Irving Hexham Professor Irving Hexham is a Canadian academic and writer who has published twenty-three books and numerous articles, chapters, and book reviews in respected academic journals. Currently, he is Professor ...more

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Colin Pickthall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Colin Pickthall Colin Pickthall in Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire is a politician in the United Kingdom. He was Labour Member of Parliament for West Lancashire. He was first elected to the House of Commons in ...more

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Joan Humble is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Joan Humble Jovanka Humble is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Blackpool North and Fleetwood from 1997 to 2010.

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Eric J. Lott is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Eric J. Lott Eric J. Lott is a religious scholar who taught in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Of the Indian languages, he knew Sanskrit, Telugu and Kannada.

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Michael J. Baunton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Michael J. Baunton Businessperson Michael J. Baunton is vice president of the Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) Operations Division of Caterpillar Inc. based in Geneva, Switzerland. He has responsibility for manufacturing ...more

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Dean Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Dean Sullivan Actor Dean Sullivan is an English actor. He is best known for playing Jimmy Corkhill in Channel 4's soap opera Brookside. He joined Brookside in February 1986 and remained with the show until it was ...more

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John C. Hull is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
John C. Hull Author John C. Hull is a Professor of Derivatives and Risk Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is a respected researcher in the academic field of quantitative ...more

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Julian Cobbing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Julian Cobbing Julian Raymond Dennis Cobbing is an English historian, and professor of History at Rhodes University, known best for his controversial and groundbreaking research into Zulu culture of the early ...more

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Gary Waller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Gary Waller Gary Peter Anthony Waller is a British Conservative politician.

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Ursula Holden-Gill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Ursula Holden-Gill Actor Ursula Holden-Gill is an English actress, storyteller and musician notable for her role as cancer sufferer Alice Dingle on ITV's Emmerdale.

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Glen Duncan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Glen Duncan Writer Glen Duncan is a British author born in 1965 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to an Anglo-Indian family. He studied philosophy and literature at the universities of Lancaster and Exeter. In 1990 ...more

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Martin J. Goodman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Martin J. Goodman Writer Martin J. Goodman is an English journalist and writer.

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Peter Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Peter Kingsley Peter Kingsley is the author of four books and numerous articles on ancient philosophy, including Ancient Philosophy, Mystery and Magic, In the Dark Places of Wisdom, Reality, and A Story ...more

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Ben Crystal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Ben Crystal Actor Ben Crystal is an English actor, author, and producer, best known for his work on performing and promoting William Shakespeare in "Original Pronunciation".

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Bill Taylor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Lancaster University Alumni
Bill Taylor Sir Bill Taylor is the former leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council in England and election agent for Blackburn MP and former Justice Minister Jack Straw from 1979 to 2010. He was Mayor of the ...more