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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and be of some renown.

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

Gemma Arterton and Mischa Barton are included on this list along with many more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Royal Academy of Dramatic Art?” and “Which celebrities are Royal Academy of Dramatic Art alumni?”
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Ginnifer Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Actor

Age: 40

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Jennifer Michelle "Ginnifer" Goodwin (born May 22, 1978) is an American actress. She is known for her starring role as Margene Heffman in the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–2011) and ...more

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Mischa Barton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Spokesperson, Fashion designer, Model

Age: 33

Birthplace: England, London

Mischa Barton (born 24 January 1986) is a British-Irish-American film, television, and stage actress. She began her career on the stage, appearing in Tony Kushner's Slavs! and took the lead in ...more

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Joan Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Columnist, Author, Actor

Age: 85

Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom

Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, (born 23 May 1933) is an English actress, author, and columnist. She made her stage debut at the age of nine, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in ...more

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Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Film Producer, Actor

Age: 54

Birthplace: Keresley, United Kingdom

Clive Owen (born 3 October 1964) is an English actor. He first gained recognition in the United Kingdom for playing the lead role in the ITV series Chancer from 1990 to 1991. He received ...more

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor

Age: 81

Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins (born 31 December 1937) is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, and was nominated three additional times. Hopkins ...more

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Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Actor, Singer

Age: Dec. at 54 (1913-1967)

Birthplace: Darjeeling, India

Vivien Leigh (; born Vivian Mary Hartley and styled as Lady Olivier after 1947; 5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967) was a British stage and film actress. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, ...more

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 56

Birthplace: Ipswich, United Kingdom

Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (; born 22 December 1962) is an English actor, film producer, and director. A Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal ...more

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Allison Janney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Musician, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 56

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an American actress. A prolific character actress, Janney has received many accolades, including an Academy Award, seven Primetime Emmy Awards, ...more

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Jon Cryer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 53

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Jonathan Niven Cryer (born April 16, 1965) is an American actor, comedian and television director. Born into a show business family, Cryer made his motion picture debut as a teenaged ...more

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 81 (1932-2013)

Birthplace: Connemara, Republic of Ireland

Peter Seamus O'Toole (; 2 August 1932 – 14 December 2013) was a British stage and film actor of Irish descent. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began working in the theatre, ...more

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Gemma Arterton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 33

Birthplace: Gravesend, United Kingdom

Gemma Christina Arterton (born 2 February 1986) is an English actress, activist and film producer. She made her stage debut playing Rosaline in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost at the Globe ...more

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Victoria Principal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer

Age: 69

Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan

Vicki Ree Principal (born January 3, 1950), later known as Victoria Principal, is an American actress, producer, entrepreneur, and author, best known for her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on the ...more

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Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 58

Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom

Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh (born 10 December 1960) is a Northern Irish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Branagh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and in 2015 ...more

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Denholm Elliott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 70 (1922-1992)

Birthplace: Ealing, London, United Kingdom

Denholm Mitchell Elliott, (31 May 1922 – 6 October 1992) was an English actor, with more than 120 film and television credits. Some of his well-known roles include the abortionist in Alfie ...more

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Edward Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Literary agent, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 63

Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States of America

Edward Hibbert (born 9 September 1955) is an English-American actor, voice actor and literary agent. He played Gil Chesterton in the TV series Frasier. He also voiced Zazu in both The Lion King ...more
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Charles Laughton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Theatre Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 63 (1899-1962)

Birthplace: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 – 15 December 1962) was an English stage and film actor. Laughton was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and first appeared professionally on ...more

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Alan Bates is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 69 (1934-2003)

Birthplace: Allestree, United Kingdom

Sir Alan Arthur Bates, (17 February 1934 – 27 December 2003) was an English actor who came to prominence in the 1960s, when he appeared in films ranging from the popular children's story Whistle ...more

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Robert Reed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 60 (1932-1992)

Birthplace: USA, Highland Park, Illinois

Robert Reed (born John Robert Rietz Jr.; October 19, 1932 – May 12, 1992) was an American actor. He played Kenneth Preston on the legal drama The Defenders from 1961 to 1965 alongside E. G. ...more

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Roger Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Television director, Soldier, Television producer

Age: 91

Birthplace: England, London

Sir Roger George Moore (14 October 1927 – 23 May 2017) was an English actor best known for playing British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films from 1973 to 1985, beginning with Live ...more

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer

Age: 73

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor and director. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the ...more

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Brian Epstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Brian Epstein Impresario, Businessperson, Talent manager

Age: Dec. at 33 (1934-1967)

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Brian Samuel Epstein (; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was an English music entrepreneur who discovered and managed the Beatles. He was often referred to as a "fifth" member of ...more
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Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 56

Birthplace: England

Shaun Mark Bean (born 17 April 1959), credited professionally as Sean Bean (), is an English actor. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Bean made his professional debut in a ...more

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Henry Gibson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Poet, Songwriter, Soldier

Age: Dec. at 74 (1935-2009)

Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Henry Gibson (born James Bateman, September 21, 1935 – September 14, 2009), was an American actor, singer, and songwriter. His best-known roles include his time as a cast member of the TV ...more

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Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Teacher

Age: 63

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Brendan Gleeson (born 29 March 1955) is an Irish actor and film director. He is the recipient of three IFTA Awards, two BIFA Awards, and an Emmy Award and has been nominated twice for a BAFTA ...more

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Theodore Bikel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Record producer, Businessperson, Musician

Age: 94

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Theodore Meir Bikel ( bih-KEL; May 2, 1924 – July 21, 2015) was an Austrian-American actor, folk singer, musician, composer, unionist and political activist. He appeared in films including The ...more