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

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

List is made up of many different graduates, including Rowan Atkinson and Bryan Ferry.

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

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Ian Turton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
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Neil Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Chemist |family = Dee Bartlett, Ava Bartlett Neil Bartlett was a chemist who specialized in fluorine and compounds containing fluorine, and became famous for creating the first noble gas compounds. He ...more

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Iain Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Politician Iain Smith is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician, and was Member of the Scottish Parliament for North East Fife until defeated by the SNP's Rod Campbell in 2011.

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Bryan Ferry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician Bryan Ferry, CBE is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Ferry came to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist and principal songwriter with the art rock band Roxy Music, which ...more

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Chris Vance is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Actor Chris Vance is an English actor. Vance is known for his roles as Jack Gallagher in the Fox series Mental and James Whistler in Prison Break. He is the second actor after Jason Statham to play ...more

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Paul Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Guitarist, Singer Paul Smith is the singer for the British indie rock group, Maxïmo Park.

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Bruce Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Politician Bruce Edward Babbitt, a Democrat, served as United States Secretary of the Interior and as the 16th governor of Arizona, from 1978 to 1987.

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Ian Carr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Musician, Trumpeter, Composer Ian Carr was a Scottish jazz musician, composer, writer, and educator. Carr performed and recorded with the Rendell-Carr quintet and jazz-rock band Nucleus, and was an associate professor at the ...more

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Caroline Cox, Baroness Cox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Nurse, Politician Caroline Cox, Baroness Cox FRCN; born 6 July 1937 is a cross-bench member of the British House of Lords. She also is the founder and CEO of an organisation called the Humanitarian Aid Relief ...more

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Lewis Fry Richardson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Psychologist Lewis Fry Richardson, FRS was an English mathematician, physicist, meteorologist, psychologist and pacifist who pioneered modern mathematical techniques of weather forecasting, and the ...more

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Alun Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Actor Alun Armstrong is an English character actor. Armstrong grew up in County Durham in North East England. He first became interested in acting through Shakespeare productions at his grammar ...more

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Tim Farron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Politician Timothy James "Tim" Farron is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He is Member of Parliament for the constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale. He was elected President of the ...more

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Camilla Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Fashion Model, Actor Camilla Rutherford is an English actress and fashion model.

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Constance Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Judge, Barrister, Writer Constance Briscoe is a former barrister, one of England's first black female recorders. In May 2014, she was jailed for three counts of intending to pervert the course of justice in R v Huhne ...more

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Alan Plater is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright Alan Frederick Plater CBE FRSL was an English playwright and screenwriter, who worked extensively in British television from the 1960s to the 2000s.

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Paul Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Historian, Professor, Author Paul Michael Kennedy CBE FBA is a British historian at Yale University specialising in the history of international relations, economic power and grand strategy. He has published prominent books ...more

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Terry Farrell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Architect Sir Terry Farrell, CBE, RIBA, FRSA, FCSD, MRTPI is a British architect and urban designer. In 1980, after working 15 years in partnership with Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Farrell founded his own ...more

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Alexander Downer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Politician, Economist Alexander John Gosse Downer, AC is a former Australian Liberal Party politician who was Foreign Minister of Australia from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007, the longest-serving in Australian ...more

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Riton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Musician, Disc jockey Riton is an English electronica DJ and musician.

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Derek Conway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Politician Derek Leslie Conway TD is an English politician and television presenter. A member of the Conservative Party, Conway served as a Member of Parliament for the constituency of Old Bexley and ...more

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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, CBE is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Mr. Bean and Blackadder. Atkinson first came to prominence in the sketch ...more

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Charlie Webster is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Model, Presenter Charlotte "Charlie" Webster is an English television presenter.

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Nigel Shadbolt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Professor, Computer scientist Sir Nigel Richard Shadbolt FREng CEng CITP FBCS CPsychol is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He is Chairman of the Open Data ...more

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Kelly Richardson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Kelly Richardson Artist Kelly Richardson is a Canadian artist who is one of the leading representatives of a new generation of artists working with digital technologies to create hyper-real, highly charged landscapes, ...more

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Eric Thomas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Eric Thomas Professor Sir Eric Jackson Thomas FMedSci is an academic who has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol since 2001. From 2003 to 2007, he was Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network and was ...more

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Geraldine Swayne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Beekeeper, Painter, Filmmaking Geraldine Swayne is a painter who works mainly in miniature in enamel on metal. She studied Fine Art at Newcastle University from 1985–89 and in 1990 she won a Northern Arts Travel award to ...more

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Princess Eugenie of York is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Philanthropist Princess Eugenie of York is the second child and younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. As such she is seventh, and the second female, in the line of ...more

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Kate Adie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Journalist, Presenter Kathryn "Kate" Adie, OBE DL, is an English journalist. Her most high-profile role was that of chief news correspondent for BBC News, during which time she became well known for ...more

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Robert Goodwill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Robert Goodwill is a British farmer and Conservative Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Whitby and a former Member of the European Parliament.

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Sean Scully is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Artist Sean Scully is an Irish-born American-based painter and printmaker who has twice been named a Turner Prize nominee. His work is collected in major museums worldwide.

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Simon Best is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Simon Best Simon Best is a former rugby union footballer. He played for Ulster and was club captain in Ulster's 2005/06 Magners League winning season. Simon missed the final game of Ulster' successful ...more

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Lim Boon Heng is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Politician Lim Boon Heng is a former Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party, He was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 2011, and served in the Cabinet from 2001 to 2011 as ...more

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Stephen Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Stephen Hepburn is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Jarrow since 1997.

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Hall Charlton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Hall Christopher Charlton is a rugby union footballer who plays at scrum half for Newcastle Falcons.

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Hugh Vyvyan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Hugh Vyvyan Hugh Donnithorne Vyvyan is a rugby union player who plays at lock for Saracens and England. He stands at 6'6" and weighs around 18 stone. The former England fullback Jon Callard heavily ...more

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Tim Head is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Tim Head Artist Tim Head is a British artist. Born in London, He studied at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1965 to 1969, where his teachers included Richard Hamilton and Ian Stephenson. His ...more

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Michael J. Benton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Professor Michael James Benton FRS is a British palaeontologist, and professor of vertebrate palaeontology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. His published work has mostly ...more

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Yasmin Ahmad is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director Yasmin Ahmad was a film director, writer and scriptwriter from Malaysia and was also the executive creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur. Her television commercials and films are well ...more

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Wilko Johnson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician Wilko Johnson is an English singer, guitarist, songwriter and actor, particularly associated with the rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood in the 1970s. Johnson and Dr Feelgood have been credited ...more

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John Rushby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
John Rushby Computer scientist John Rushby is a British computer scientist now based in the United States and working for SRI International. He previously taught and did research for Manchester University and later Newcastle ...more

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Pirzada Qasim is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Professor Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui is a noted Pakistani scholar, Urdu poet scientist and educationist. He is serving as Vice-Chancellor of the Ziauddin University.

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Alex Tait is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Alex Tait is a rugby union player for Newcastle Falcons in the Premiership. Tait's usual position is fullback but he can also cover at centre. He made his first team début for Newcastle ...more

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Joyce Quin, Baroness Quin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Joyce Quin, Baroness Quin Politician Joyce Gwendolen Quin, Baroness Quin, PC is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. Quin was educated at Whitley Bay Grammar School, University of Newcastle and the London School of ...more

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Di Stewart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Di Stewart Presenter Diana "Di" Dougherty is an English television presenter, best known as the presenter of Golf Night on Sky Sports. Dougherty was born in Salford, Greater Manchester and educated at ...more

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Frances Fyfield is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Writer, Lawyer Frances Fyfield is the pseudonym of Frances Hegarty, a lawyer and crime-writer. Born and brought up in Derbyshire, Hegarty was mostly educated in convent schools before reading English at ...more

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Mark Purnell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Dr Mark Andrew Purnell is a British palaeontologist, Reader of Geology at the University of Leicester. Purnell is an expert in conodont biostratigraphy and conodont palaeobiology, focussing ...more

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John Porter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
John Porter Bassist, Record producer John Porter is an English musician and record producer.

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Michael Jopling, Baron Jopling is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Politician Thomas Michael Jopling, Baron Jopling, PC is a politician in the United Kingdom, and sits in the House of Lords as a member of the Conservative Party.

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Ben Rice is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Ben Rice Novelist Ben Rice is a prize-winning British author. Rice was born in Tiverton, Devon, educated at Blundell's School and read English literature at Newcastle University, Wadham College, Oxford and the ...more

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Paul Hudson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Newcastle University Alumni
Paul Hudson Actor Paul David Hudson is a weather presenter for BBC Yorkshire and BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire in England. Hudson was born and brought up in Keighley. After reading geophysics and planetary ...more