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Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Manchester Grammar School and be of some renown.

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

You can rank all of these graduates, from Ben Kingsley to Robert Bolt.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Manchester Grammar School?” and “Which celebrities are Manchester Grammar School alumni?”
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Nicholas Hytner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Theatre Director, Theatrical producer, Film Director
Sir Nicholas Robert Hytner (born 7 May 1956) is an English theatre director, film director, and film producer. He was previously the Artistic Director of London's National Theatre. His major ...more
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John Polanyi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Chemist, Scientist
John Charles Polanyi, (born 23 January 1929) is a Hungarian-Canadian chemist who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for his research in chemical kinetics. Polanyi was born in Berlin, Germany ...more
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Robert Bolt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Soldier, Screenwriter, Playwright
Robert Oxton Bolt, CBE (15 August 1924 – 21 February 1995) was an English playwright and a two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter, known for writing the screenplays for Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor ...more
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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Sir Ben Kingsley (born Krishna Pandit Bhanji; 31 December 1943) is an English actor with a career spanning over 50 years. He has won an Oscar, a Grammy, a BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and a Screen ...more

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Cyril Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Priest, Educator
Cyril Jackson may refer to: Cyril Jackson (priest) (1746–1819), Dean of Christ Church, Oxford 1783–1809 Cyril Jackson (astronomer) (1903–1988), South African astronomer Cyril Jackson ...more
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Michael Atiyah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Mathematician
Sir Michael Francis Atiyah (; 22 April 1929 – 11 January 2019) was a British-Lebanese mathematician specialising in geometry.Atiyah grew up in Sudan and Egypt but spent most of his academic life ...more
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John Bradford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
John Bradford (1510–1555) was an English Reformer, prebendary of St. Paul's, and martyr. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London for alleged crimes against Mary Tudor. He was burned at the ...more
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Chris Addison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
Christopher David Addison (born 5 November 1971) is a British comedian, writer, actor, and director. He is perhaps best known for his role as a regular panellist on Mock the Week. He is also ...more
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Thomas De Quincey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Journalist, Novelist
Thomas Penson De Quincey (; 15 August 1785 – 8 December 1859) was an English essayist, best known for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821). Many scholars suggest that in publishing ...more
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Donald Adamson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Literary critic, Historian, Author
Dr Donald Adamson (born 30 March 1939) is a British literary scholar, author and historian.Books which Adamson has written include Blaise Pascal: Mathematician, Physicist, and Thinker about God ...more
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Michael Wood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Historian, Presenter
Michael David Wood (born 23 July 1948) is an English historian and broadcaster. He has presented numerous well-known television documentary series from the late 1970s to the present day. Wood ...more
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William Harrison Ainswor... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
William Harrison Ainsworth Novelist
William Harrison Ainsworth (4 February 1805 – 3 January 1882) was an English historical novelist born at King Street in Manchester. He trained as a lawyer, but the legal profession held no ...more
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Richard Pankhurst is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Barrister
Richard Marsden Pankhurst (1835/6 – 5 July 1898) was an English barrister and socialist who was a strong supporter of women's rights.
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Robert Powell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Actor
Robert Powell (; born 1 June 1944) is an English television and film actor, best known for the title role in Jesus of Nazareth (1977) and as the fictional secret agent Richard Hannay. He is also ...more
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Howard Davies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Economist
Sir Howard John Davies (born 12 February 1951) is a British Economist and Author who is the current Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland and the former Director of the London School of ...more
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Louis Golding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Novelist, Writer
Louis Golding (November 19, 1895 – August 9, 1958) was an English writer, very famous in his time especially for his novels, though he is now largely neglected; he wrote also short stories, ...more
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Frederick Kipping is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Chemist
Frederic Stanley Kipping FRS (16 August 1863 – 1 May 1949) was an English chemist. He undertook much of the pioneering work on silicon polymers and coined the term silicone.
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Harold Laski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Politician, Professor, Scientist
Harold Joseph Laski (30 June 1893 – 24 March 1950) was an English political theorist and economist. He was active in politics and served as the chairman of the British Labour Party during ...more
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Walter Bodmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Scientist, Statistician
Sir Walter Fred Bodmer (born 10 January 1936 in Frankfurt, Germany) is a German-born British human geneticist.
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Tim Samuels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Tim Samuels Broadcaster
Timothy David Samuels (born 3 October 1975) is an English documentary filmmaker, author and broadcaster. His work is characterised by approaching serious topics in provocative and entertaining ...more
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Stanley Houghton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Stanley Houghton Playwright
William Stanley Houghton (22 February 1881 – 11 December 1913) was an English playwright. He was a prominent member, together with Allan Monkhouse and Harold Brighouse, of a group known as the ...more
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Brian Clegg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Brian Clegg Science writer
Brian Clegg may refer to: Brian Clegg (footballer) (born 1930), Australian rules footballer Brian Clegg (writer) (born 1955), British author and popular science writer
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Alan Garner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Alan Garner (born 17 October 1934) is an English novelist best known for his children's fantasy novels and his retellings of traditional British folk tales. Much of his work is rooted in the ...more
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Michael Crick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Journalist, Screenwriter, Actor
Michael Lawrence Crick (born 21 May 1958) is an English broadcaster, journalist and author. He was a founding member of the Channel 4 News Team in 1982 and remained there until joining the BBC ...more
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Stephen Beard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Stephen Beard Actor
Stephen David T. Beard (born 6 January 1989) is a reality TV participant and actor, playing Archie Carpenter in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks.