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Famous Newnham College, Cambridge Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 3.7k views94 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Newnham College, Cambridge and be of some renown.

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

List features graduates like Emma Thompson and Sylvia Plath.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Newnham College, Cambridge?” and “Which celebrities are Newnham College, Cambridge alumni?”
  • Emma Thompson1

    Emma Thompson

    Comedian, Film Producer


    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

    Dame Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is an English actress, screenwriter, activist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sylvia Plath2

    Sylvia Plath

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 31 (1932-1963)

    BirthplaceJamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts

    Sylvia Plath (; October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Rosalind Franklin3

    Rosalind Franklin

    Physicist, Chemist

    AgeDec. at 38 (1920-1958)

    BirthplaceNotting Hill, London, United Kingdom

    Rosalind Elsie Franklin (25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958) was an English chemist and X-ray... more on Wikipedia
  • Clare Balding4

    Clare Balding

    Journalist, Jockey


    BirthplaceKingsclere, United Kingdom

    Clare Victoria Balding (born 29 January 1971) is a broadcaster, journalist and author. She... more on Wikipedia
  • Germaine Greer5

    Germaine Greer

    Journalist, Professor


    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Germaine Greer (; born 29 January 1939) is an Australian writer and public intellectual,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Joan Bakewell6

    Joan Bakewell

    Television presenter, Journalist


    BirthplaceStockport, England

    Joan Dawson Bakewell, Baroness Bakewell, (née Rowlands; born 16 April 1933) is an English... more on Wikipedia
  • Iris Murdoch7

    Iris Murdoch

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 80 (1919-1999)

    BirthplacePhibsborough, Republic of Ireland

    Dame Jean Iris Murdoch (; 15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999) was a British novelist and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Miriam Margolyes8

    Miriam Margolyes

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    Miriam Margolyes, (; born 18 May 1941) is a British-Australian actress and voice artist. Her... more on Wikipedia
  • Jane Ellen Harrison9

    AgeDec. at 78 (1850-1928)

    BirthplaceCottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom

    Jane Ellen Harrison (9 September 1850 – 15 April 1928) was a British classical scholar and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10

    Charlotte Wilson

    Charlotte Mary Wilson (6 May 1854, Kemerton, Worcestershire – 28 April 1944,... more on Wikipedia
  • A. S. Byatt11

    A. S. Byatt

    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    Dame Antonia Susan Duffy HonFBA (née Drabble; born 24 August 1936), known professionally as... more on Wikipedia
  • Olivia Williams12


    BirthplaceCamden Town, London, United Kingdom

    Olivia Haigh Williams (born 26 July 1968) is a British actress, film, stage, and television... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    Patricia Hewitt



    BirthplaceCanberra, Australia

    Patricia Hope Hewitt (born 2 December 1948) is an Australian-born British Labour politician,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jane Goodall14

    Jane Goodall

    Anthropologist, Researcher


    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Dame Jane Morris Goodall (; born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15

    Audrey Richards


    AgeDec. at 85 (1899-1984)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Audrey Isabel Richards, CBE, FBA (8 July 1899 – 29 June 1984), was a pioneering British social... more on Wikipedia
  • Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin16

    AgeDec. at 79 (1900-1979)

    BirthplaceWendover, United Kingdom

    Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin (née Payne; (1900-05-10)May 10, 1900 – (1979-12-07)December 7,... more on Wikipedia
  • Julie Etchingham17

    Julie Etchingham

    Journalist, Actor


    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    Julie Anne Etchingham (born 21 August 1969) is an English television newsreader and journalist... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    Susan Sutherland Isaacs

    Psychoanalyst, Psychologist

    AgeDec. at 63 (1885-1948)

    BirthplaceTurton Urban District

    Susan Sutherland Isaacs, CBE (née Fairhurst; 24 May 1885 – 12 October 1948; also known as... more on Wikipedia
  • 19

    Salley Vickers

    Novelist, Writer


    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    Salley Vickers (born 1948 in Liverpool) is a British novelist whose works include Miss... more on Wikipedia
  • Margaret Anstee20


    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Dame Margaret Joan Anstee, DCMG (25 June 1926 – 25 August 2016) was a British diplomat who... more on Wikipedia
  • Philippa Fawcett21

    Philippa Fawcett


    AgeDec. at 80 (1868-1948)

    BirthplaceBrighton, United Kingdom

    Philippa Garrett Fawcett (4 April 1868 – 10 June 1948) was an English mathematician and... more on Wikipedia
  • Diane Abbott22

    Diane Abbott



    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

    Diane Julie Abbott (born 27 September 1953) is a British politician serving as the Member of... more on Wikipedia
  • 23



    Patricia Marjory Duncker (born 29 June 1951) is a British novelist and academic.
  • 24

    Camilla Wedgwood


    AgeDec. at 54 (1901-1955)


    Camilla Hildegarde Wedgwood (25 March 1901 - 17 May 1955) was a British anthropologist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Penelope Leach

    Psychologist, Author


    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom

    Penelope Jane Leach (née Balchin; born November 19, 1937), is a British psychologist who... more on Wikipedia