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

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

This list below has everything from Deepika Padukone to Dia Mirza.

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

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Marlyn Glen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Politician Marlyn Glen is a Scottish Labour politician, and was Member of the Scottish Parliament for North East Scotland region from 2003 till she stood down in the election of 2011. She was educated at ...more

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Micky Dolenz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Musician George Michael "Micky" Dolenz, Jr. is an American actor, musician, television director, radio personality and theater director, best known as the drummer and lead singer of the 1960s ...more

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Stephen Murgatroyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Management Consultant and writer Dr. Stephen John Murgatroyd is a writer, broadcaster and consultant. Murgatroyd was educated at St. Bede's Grammar School and University College Cardiff, where in 1972 he graduated with honors ...more

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John Reid, Baron Reid of Cardo... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Politician, Historian, Social activist John Reid, Baron Reid of Cardowan is a British Labour Party politician. He was a Member of Parliament from 1987 to 2010, and served in the Cabinet under Prime Minister Tony Blair in a number of ...more

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Vera Baird is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Barrister Vera Baird, QC is a British Labour Party activist, barrister, author and lecturer. She serves as a visiting professor at London South Bank University and a visiting law lecturer at Teesside ...more

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Daniel Francis Bloy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Software Engineer

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Clare Nasir is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Television producer, Writer, Presenter Clarissa Faye "Clare" Nasir is a British meteorologist and TV presenter. She is an ambassador for The Prince's Trust, an advocate for the nuclear energy industry, and ambassador for ...more

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Chester Dent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Author, Film Director Chester Dent is a producer/director from the UK with prime-time credits for the BBC, Channel 4 and DCI. Originally trained as a director of actors under Mike Leigh and Stephen Frears at the ...more

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Muhammad Abdul Bari is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Physicist, Physician, Writer Muhammad Abdul Bari, MBE FRSA, is a Bangladeshi-born British physicist, scholar, writer, teacher, community leader and the current secretary of Muslim Aid, who is widely regarded as one of the ...more

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John McFall, Baron McFall of A... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
John Francis McFall, Baron McFall of Alcluith PC is a British Labour Co-operative politician. He was a member of parliament from 1987 to 2010, first for Dumbarton and then from 2005 for West ...more

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Joan Armatrading is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading, MBE is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. As a three-time Grammy Award-nominee, Armatrading was nominated twice for BRIT Awards as Best Female Artist. She ...more

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Colin Hollis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Politician Colin Hollis was an Australian federal politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1983 to 2001. Hollis was born in Wauchope, New South ...more

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David Heyes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Politician David Alan Heyes is a British Labour Party politician who was Member of Parliament for Ashton under Lyne from 2001 to 2015.

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Rhoda Grant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Rhoda Grant Rhoda Grant is a Scottish Labour politician, and Member of the Scottish Parliament for Highlands and Islands region from 1999 to 2003 and since 2007. In the 1999 election she was elected to a ...more

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Adam Ingram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Adam Paterson Ingram is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow from 1987 to 2010.

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David Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
David Leslie Taylor was an English Labour Co-operative politician, who was the Member of Parliament for North West Leicestershire from 1997 until his death in 2009.

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Diana Eccles, Viscountess Eccl... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Businessperson Diana Catherine Eccles, Viscountess Eccles DL is a British peer and businesswoman.

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Thor Halland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Open University Alumni

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Jackie Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Politician Jacqueline Rita "Jackie" Lawrence is a politician in the United Kingdom. She was Labour Member of Parliament for the Welsh seat of Preseli Pembrokeshire, from 1997 until 2005.

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Meles Zenawi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Politician Meles Zenawi Asres was the Prime Minister of Ethiopia from 1995 until his death in 2012. From 1989, he was the chairman of the Tigrayan Peoples' Liberation Front, and the head of the Ethiopian ...more

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Peter Rawlings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Peter Rawlings Peter Rawlings is Professor of English and American Literature and Head of the Department of English in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at the University of the West of ...more

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Margaret Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Margaret Mitchell Politician Janet Margaret Mitchell is a Scottish Conservative politician, and has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament for Central Scotland since 2003.

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Dean Anthony Gratton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Dean Anthony Gratton Author Dean Anthony Gratton is an author and columnist, specializing in wireless communications. He was born in Barry, South Wales and secured his first software engineering role with Coinmaster ...more

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Oliver Penrose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist Oliver Penrose FRS, FRSE is a British theoretical physicist. He is the son of the scientist Lionel Penrose, brother of the mathematical physicist Roger Penrose, and brother of chess master ...more

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Sandy Mewies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Sandy Mewies Politician Sandra Mewies AM is a Welsh Labour politician. Born in Brymbo, Wrexham, Mewies has represented the constituency of Delyn at the National Assembly for Wales since her election in 2003.

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Janet Davies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Janet Davies Politician Janet Marion Davies is a Plaid Cymru Welsh politician. She was the National Assembly for Wales Member for South Wales West from 1999 to 2007, retiring at the 2007 election.

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Ryan Davis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Ryan Davis Ryan Davis is a rugby union player. Davis is a former England Under-16, Under-18 and Under-21 international, Davis captained his country at Under-21 level in the 2005 Six Nations and went on to ...more

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Jean Corston, Baroness Corston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Jean Ann Corston, Baroness Corston, PC is a British Labour politician.

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Abdirizak Ibrahim Mohamed Atta... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Abdirizak Ibrahim Mohamed Attash Abdirizak Ibrahim Mohamed "Attash", is the Post and Telecommunications Minister of the autonomous region of Somaliland. A member of the Peace, Unity and Development Party, he has held ...more

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Tim Thorogood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Tim Thorogood Timothy "Tim" Rupert Thorogood is a British administrator who served as Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands from 2008 until 2012. Thorogood was born in Barbados and spent time as a ...more

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David Harley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
David Harley David Harley is an IT security researcher, author/editor and consultant living in the United Kingdom, known for his books on and research into malware, Mac security, anti-malware product testing ...more

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John Franklin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
John Franklin

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Drew Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Open University Alumni
Drew Smith Drew Smith MSP is a Scottish Labour Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Glasgow region, as well as Scottish Labour's frontbench spokesperson on social justice.