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Famous Pembroke College, Cambridge Alumni

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

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

Items on this list include Tom Hiddleston and Naomie Harris.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Pembroke College, Cambridge?” and “Which celebrities are Pembroke College, Cambridge alumni?”
  • 1


    BirthplaceBarnet, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Christopher Robert Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury, PC (born 24 July 1951) is a British politician and a peer; a former Member of Parliament (MP) and Cabinet Minister; and former chairman of the...  more
  • 2


    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Clive James Charles Betts (born 13 January 1950) is a British Labour Party politician and former economist, who was the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Attercliffe from 1992 to 2010, when he...  more
  • 3
    Politician, Theologian

    AgeDec. at 79 (1603-1683)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom


    Roger Williams (c. 21 December 1603 – between 27 January and 15 March 1683) was a Puritan minister, theologian, and author who founded Providence Plantations, which became the Colony of Rhode Island....  more
  • 4
    Sir John Edward Sulston (27 March 1942 – 6 March 2018) was a British biologist and academic who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the cell lineage and genome of the worm...  more
  • 5


    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Camden, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Skandar Keynes is an English political adviser and former actor. Best known for starring as Edmund Pevensie in the Chronicles of Narnia film series since 2005, he appeared in all three instalments,...  more
  • 6

    AgeDec. at 68 (1926-1994)

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Humphry John Berkeley (21 February 1926 – 14 November 1994) was a British politician noted for his three changes of parties and his early support for gay rights....  more
  • 7
    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceKogarah, Australia


    Clive James (born 7 October 1939) is an Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist. He has lived and worked in the United Kingdom since 1962....  more
  • 8
    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceSouth Shields, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author, singer-songwriter, musician, writer, and comedic composer. Idle was a member of the British surreal comedy group...  more

    #60 of 391 The 100+ Funniest People Of All Time#91 of 247 The Funniest Stand-Up Comedians Of All Time#1197 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • 9
    Comedian, Musician


    BirthplaceRochdale, United Kingdom


    William Edgar Oddie, (born 7 July 1941) is an English writer, comedian, composer, musician, artist, birder, conservationist, television presenter and actor. He became famous as one of The Goodies. A...  more
  • 10
    Conductor, Scholar

    AgeDec. at 73 (1941-2014)

    BirthplaceNottingham, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Christopher Jarvis Haley Hogwood (10 September 1941 – 24 September 2014) was an English conductor, harpsichordist, writer, and musicologist. Founder of the early music ensemble the Academy of...  more
  • 11


    BirthplaceLondon, England, UK

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Naomie Melanie Harris (born 6 September 1976) is an English actress. She started her career as a child actress, appearing in the television series Simon and the Witch in 1987. She portrayed the...  more
  • 12
    Cartoonist, Visual Artist


    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Martin Rowson (born 15 February 1959) is a British editorial cartoonist and writer. His genre is political satire and his style is scathing and graphic. He characterizes his work as "visual...  more
  • 13

    AgeDec. at 46 (1759-1806)

    BirthplaceHayes, Bromley, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityKingdom of Great Britain

    William Pitt the Younger (28 May 1759 – 23 January 1806) was a prominent British Tory statesman of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. He became the youngest Prime Minister of Great...  more

    #289 of 347 The Most Important Leaders In World History#9 of 19 Historical Figures Who Were Accomplishing Feats Of Greatness A Lot Younger Than You Thought

  • 14
    Comedian, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 57 (1937-1995)

    BirthplaceTorquay, United Kingdom


    Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995) was an English satirist and comedic actor. He was a leading figure of the British satire boom of the 1960s, and associated with the...  more

    #99 of 117 The Best English Actors of All Time#336 of 362 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time#10 of 611 Every Person Who Has Hosted 'Saturday Night Live'

  • 15

    AgeDec. at 47 (1552-1599)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom


    Edmund Spenser (; 1552/1553 – 13 January 1599) was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is...  more

    #278 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#230 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time#19 of 113 The Best English Poets of All Time

  • 16
    Mathematician, Physicist

    AgeDec. at 83 (1819-1903)

    BirthplaceSkreen, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom

    Sir George Gabriel Stokes, 1st Baronet, (; 13 August 1819 – 1 February 1903) was an Anglo-Irish physicist and mathematician. Born in County Sligo, Ireland, Stokes spent all of his career at the...  more
  • 17
    Literary critic, Professor


    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Stephen Jay Greenblatt (born November 7, 1943) is an American Shakespearean, literary historian, and author. He has served as the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard...  more
  • 18
    Comedian, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceBuxton, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor OBE (born 17 July 1940) is an English comedian and actor. He became active in performing in comedy sketches while at Cambridge University, and became President of the...  more
  • 19
    Poet, Writer

    AgeDec. at 68 (1930-1998)

    BirthplaceMytholmroyd, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Edward James Hughes (17 August 1930 – 28 October 1998) was an English poet, translator, and children's writer. Critics frequently rank him as one of the best poets of his generation, and one of the...  more
  • 20
    Chemical engineer, Politician


    BirthplaceSan Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago

    NationalityTrinidad and Tobago

    George Maxwell Richards, (1 December 1931 – 8 January 2018), was a Trinidadian and Tobagonian politician who served as the fourth President of Trinidad and Tobago, in office from 2003 to 2013. He...  more
  • 21
    Poet, Teacher

    AgeDec. at 37 (1612-1649)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Richard Crashaw (c. 1613 – 21 August 1649), was an English poet, teacher, Anglican cleric and Catholic convert, who was among the major figures associated with the metaphysical poets in...  more
  • 22

    AgeDec. at 77 (1778-1855)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom


    George Bellas Greenough FRS FGS (18 January 1778 – 2 April 1855) was a pioneering English geologist. He is best known as a synthesizer of geology rather than as an original researcher. Trained as a...  more
  • 23


    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir Oliver Heald (born 15 December 1954) is a British barrister and Conservative politician, who currently serves as Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Hertfordshire. ...  more
  • 24

    AgeDec. at 33 (1910-1944)

    BirthplaceSprings, South Africa

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Squadron Leader Roger Joyce Bushell RAF (30 August 1910 – 29 March 1944) was a South African-born British military aviator. He is best known as the mastermind of the "Great Escape" from Stalag Luft...  more
  • 25


    BirthplaceCambridge, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir Simon Kirwan Donaldson (born 20 August 1957), is an English mathematician known for his work on the topology of smooth (differentiable) four-dimensional manifolds and Donaldson–Thomas theory. He...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to Pembroke College, Cambridge and be of some renown.