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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 is a theatre and film director. He was previously the Artistic Director of London's National Theatre. His major successes while director include Miss Saigon, The ...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, PC CC FRSC OOnt FRS is a Hungarian-Canadian chemist who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for his research in chemical kinetics. Polanyi was educated at Manchester ...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 was an English playwright and a two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter, known for writing the screenplays for Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and A Man for All Seasons, ...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 is an English actor. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards. He is known for his starring role ...more

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Cyril Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Priest, Educator Cyril Jackson was Dean of Christ Church, Oxford 1783–1809. Jackson was born in Yorkshire, and educated at Manchester Grammar School, Westminster School and the University of Oxford. In 1771 he ...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, OM, FRS, FRSE, FMedSci FAA, HonFREng is a British mathematician specialising in geometry. Atiyah grew up in Sudan and Egypt and spent most of his academic life in the ...more

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John Bradford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
John Bradford was a prebendary of St. Paul's. He was an English Reformer and martyr. Bradford was in the Tower of London for alleged crimes against Mary Tudor for his Protestant faith. Bradford ...more

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Chris Addison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Chris Addison is a British comedian, writer, actor and director from Manchester. He is perhaps best known for his role as a regular panellist on Mock the Week. He is also known for his ...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 was an English essayist, best known for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. Many scholars suggest that in publishing this work De Quincey inaugurated the ...more

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Donald Adamson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Literary critic, Historian, Author Donald Adamson is an English scholar, biographer, historian and literary critic. Books which Adamson has written include Blaise Pascal: Mathematician, Physicist, and Thinker about God and The ...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 is an English historian and broadcaster. He has presented numerous television documentary series, including Great Railway Journeys, In Search of the Trojan War, Art of the ...more

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William Harrison Ainsworth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
William Harrison Ainsworth Novelist William Harrison Ainsworth was an English historical novelist born in Manchester. He trained as a lawyer, but the legal profession held no attraction for him. While completing his legal studies ...more

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Richard Pankhurst is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Barrister Richard Marsden Pankhurst was an English barrister and supporter of women's rights. Pankhurst was the son of Henry Francis Pankhurst and Margaret Marsden. He was born in Stoke but spent most of ...more

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Robert Powell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Actor Robert Powell is an English television and film actor, best known for the title role in Jesus of Nazareth and as the fictional secret agent Richard Hannay. He is also known for his role as Mark ...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 teaches courses on the regulation of financial markets and central banking at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po. He previously served as the first ...more

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Louis Golding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Novelist, Writer Louis Golding was a British writer, very famous in his time especially for his novels, though he is now largely neglected; he wrote also short stories, essays, fantasies, travel books and ...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 was an English chemist. He was born in Manchester, England, the son of James Kipping, a Bank of England official, and educated at Manchester Grammar School before ...more

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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 was a British political theorist, economist, author, and lecturer. He was active in politics and served as the chairman of the British Labour Party during 1945–1946, and was ...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 FRS 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 Tim Samuels is a documentary filmmaker and broadcaster. His work is characterised by approaching serious topics in provocative and entertaining ways to produce hard-hitting documentaries. ...more

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Stanley Houghton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Stanley Houghton Playwright | name = Stanley Houghton | birth_date = February 22, 1881 | birth_place = Ashton-upon-Mersey, England | death_date = December 11, 1913 | death_place = Manchester, England | occupation = ...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 is an English science writer. He is the author of popular science books on topics including light, infinity, quantum entanglement and surviving the impact of climate change, and ...more

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Alan Garner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Alan Garner OBE is an English novelist best known for his children's fantasy novels and his retellings of traditional British folk tales. His work is firmly rooted in the landscape, history and ...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 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 in 1990. He started ...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 is a reality TV participant and actor, playing Archie Carpenter in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks.

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Mark Chapman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Mark Chapman Mark Chapman appeared in the 2011 White Wash documentary film.

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George Garrett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
George Garrett George William Littler Garrett was a British clergyman and inventor who pioneered submarine design.

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Humphrey Chetham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Humphrey Chetham Sir Humphrey Chetham was an English merchant, responsible for the creation of Chetham's Hospital and Chetham's Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.

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Israel Sieff, Baron Sieff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Israel Sieff, Baron Sieff Israel Moses Sieff, Baron Sieff was an English businessman and Zionist. He was born in Manchester, where his father, a migrant from Lithuania, founded a prosperous business. Sieff was the son of ...more

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John Ogdon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Pianist John Andrew Howard Ogdon was an English pianist and composer.

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Jonathan Fryer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Jonathan Fryer Politician, Writer Jonathan Harold Fryer is a British writer, broadcaster, lecturer and Liberal Democrat politician. He was the LibDem candidate for the constituency of Poplar and Limehouse in the 2010 general ...more

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Stanley Fink, Baron Fink is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Stanley Fink, Baron Fink Stanley Fink, Baron Fink is a British former hedge fund manager, the former CEO and deputy chairman of the Man Group plc.

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Brian Cantor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Brian Cantor Brian Cantor CBE FREng has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford since October 2013. Prior to this appointment he was Vice-Chancellor at the University of York from 2002 to ...more

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Faisal Islam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Editor, Journalist Faisal Islam is an award-winning British journalist, who since summer 2014 has been the Political Editor of Sky News. He was the Economics Editor of Channel 4 News, until 1 June 2014, when he ...more

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Callum McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Callum McCarthy Sir Callum McCarthy is the former Chairman of the Financial Services Authority. He currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Promontory Financial Group's U.K. affiliate.

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John Darwall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
John Darwall John Darwall was an English clergyman and hymnodist. Born in the village of Haughton in Staffordshire, Darwall was educated at Manchester Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford, ...more

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Henry Toft is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Manchester Grammar School Alumni
Henry Toft Herbert Toft, known as H B Toft, Henry Toft or Bert Toft, was a rugby union international who represented England from 1936 to 1939. He also captained his country.