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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
Ginnifer Goodwin Actor Jennifer Michelle Goodwin, known professionally as Ginnifer Goodwin, is an American television and film actress. She is best known for her role as Margene Heffman on Big Love, and for her roles ...more

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Mischa Barton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Mischa Barton Spokesperson, Fashion designer, Model Mischa Anne Barton is an English-Irish film, television, and stage actress, and occasional fashion model with British, Irish, and American citizenship. She began her acting career on the stage, ...more

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Joan Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Joan Collins Columnist, Author, Actor Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, DBE is an English actress, author and columnist. Born in Paddington, west London and brought up in Maida Vale, Collins grew up during the Second World War. After ...more

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Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Clive Owen Film Producer, Actor Clive Owen is an English actor who first gained recognition in the United Kingdom for playing the lead role in the ITV series Chancer from 1990 to 1991. He then received critical acclaim for his ...more

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Anthony Hopkins Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he ...more

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Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Vivien Leigh Actor, Singer Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh, was an English stage and film actress. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances as "Southern belle" Scarlett ...more

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Ralph Fiennes Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, is an English actor. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. Fiennes' portrayal of Nazi war ...more

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Allison Janney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Allison Janney Musician, Actor, Voice acting Allison Brooks Janney is an American actress. She is a six-time Primetime Emmy Award winner for her television work and has won a Drama Desk Award and received two Tony Award nominations for her ...more

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Jon Cryer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Jon Cryer Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter Jonathan Niven "Jon" Cryer is an American actor, screenwriter, film director, and film producer. 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
Peter O'Toole Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting Peter Seamus O'Toole was a British-Irish stage and film actor. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at ...more

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Gemma Arterton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Gemma Arterton Actor, Voice acting Gemma Christina Arterton is an English actress. Arterton made her film debut in the comedy film St Trinian's. Her breakthrough role was in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, playing Bond ...more

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Victoria Principal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Victoria Principal Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer Victoria Principal is an American actress, author and businesswoman best known for her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on the CBS nighttime soap opera Dallas from 1978 to 1987.

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Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Kenneth Branagh Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh is an actor, director, producer and screenwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has directed or starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's ...more

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Denholm Elliott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Denholm Elliott Actor Denholm Mitchell Elliott, CBE was an English film, television and theatre actor with more than 120 film and television credits. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In the ...more

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Edward Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Edward Hibbert Literary agent, Actor, Voice acting Edward Hibbert is an American-born English actor and literary agent. He played Gil Chesterton in the TV series Frasier. He is also the voice of Zazu in The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride and The ...more

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Charles Laughton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Charles Laughton Theatre Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter Charles Laughton was an English stage and film actor and director. Laughton was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and first appeared professionally on the stage in 1926. In ...more

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Alan Bates is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Alan Bates Actor, Voice acting Sir Alan Arthur Bates, KBE was an English actor who came to prominence in the 1960s, a time of high creativity in British cinema, when he appeared in films ranging from the popular children's ...more

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Robert Reed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Robert Reed Actor Robert Reed was an American stage, film and television actor and television director. From 1961 to 1965, Reed portrayed the role of Kenneth Preston on the popular legal drama, The Defenders, ...more

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Roger Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Roger Moore Television director, Soldier, Television producer Sir Roger George Moore is an English actor. He is perhaps best known for playing British secret agent James Bond in seven films between 1973 and 1985 and he is the oldest actor to have played ...more

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Alan Rickman Film Producer, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman is an English actor. Rickman is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. His breakout performance was as 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 Brian Samuel Epstein was an English music entrepreneur, best known for managing the Beatles. Epstein first discovered the Beatles in November 1961, during a lunchtime Cavern Club performance. He ...more

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Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Sean Bean Actor, Voice acting Shaun Mark "Sean" Bean is an English actor. Bean first found success for his portrayal of Richard Sharpe in the ITV series Sharpe. He has since garnered further recognition for his ...more

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Henry Gibson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Henry Gibson Poet, Songwriter, Soldier Henry Gibson was an American actor, singer and songwriter, best known as a cast member of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, for his portrayal of diminutive country star Haven Hamilton in Nashville, ...more

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Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Brendan Gleeson Actor, Voice acting, Teacher Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor. His best-known performances include supporting roles in films such as Braveheart, Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, Troy, and the Harry Potter films and ...more

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Theodore Bikel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Theodore Bikel Record producer, Businessperson, Musician Theodore Meir Bikel is an Austrian-American actor, folk singer, musician, and composer. He made his film debut in The African Queen and was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role ...more

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James Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
James Dreyfus Actor James Dreyfus is an English actor.

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Timothy Dalton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Timothy Dalton Actor, Voice acting Timothy Peter Dalton is a British actor of film and television. Dalton is known for portraying James Bond in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill, as well as Rhett Butler in the television ...more

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John Gielgud is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
John Gielgud Theatre Director, Theatrical producer, Actor Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH, was an English actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades. With Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, he was one of the trinity of actors who ...more

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Barry Morse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Barry Morse Author, Actor, Writer Herbert "Barry" Morse was an English Canadian actor of stage, screen and radio best known for his roles in the ABC television series The Fugitive and the British sci-fi drama Space: ...more

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Ida Lupino is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Ida Lupino Television director, Screenwriter, Actor Ida Lupino was an English-American film actress and director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers. In her forty-eight-year career, she appeared in fifty-nine films and directed seven others, ...more

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Joe Orton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Joe Orton Writer, Playwright John Kingsley "Joe" Orton was an English playwright and author. His public career was short but prolific, lasting from 1964 until his death three years later. During this brief period ...more

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Cedric Hardwicke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Cedric Hardwicke Actor Sir Cedric Webster Hardwicke was an English stage and film actor whose career spanned nearly fifty years. His theatre work included notable performances in productions of the plays of ...more

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Peter Yates is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Peter Yates Television director, Film Producer, Film Director Peter James Yates was an English film director and producer. He was born in Aldershot, Hampshire.

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Mary Portas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Mary Portas Journalist, Retailer, Author Mary Portas is an English retail consultant and broadcaster, known for her retail- and business-related television shows, and her appointment by the British prime minister to lead a review into ...more

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David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
David McCallum Musician, Actor, Singer David Keith McCallum Jr. is a Scottish actor and musician. He is known for his roles as Illya Kuryakin, a Russian secret agent, in the television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., as ...more

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Larry Linville is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Larry Linville Actor Lawrence Lavon "Larry" Linville was an American actor. He was known for his portrayal of the surgeon, Major Frank Burns, in the long-running television series M*A*S*H.

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Kenneth Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Kenneth Halliwell Actor, Writer Kenneth Leith Halliwell was a British actor, writer and collagist. He was the mentor, boyfriend and eventual murderer of playwright Joe Orton.

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Liev Schreiber is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Liev Schreiber Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Isaac Liev Schreiber is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He became known during the late 1990s and early 2000s, having appeared in several independent films, and later ...more

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Diana Rigg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Diana Rigg Actor Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg, DBE is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for the role of Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers, which she appeared in from 1965 to 1968. She has ...more

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Trevor Eve is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Trevor Eve Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Trevor John Eve is a British film and television actor. In 1979 he gained fame as the eponymous lead in the detective series Shoestring and is also known for his role as Detective Superintendent ...more

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John Rhys-Davies is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
John Rhys-Davies Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting John Rhys-Davies is a Welsh actor and voice actor. He portrayed the dwarf Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the charismatic Arab excavator Sallah in the Indiana Jones films. He also ...more

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Matthew Macfadyen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Matthew Macfadyen Actor David Matthew Macfadyen is a BAFTA award-winning English actor, known for his roles as MI5 Intelligence Officer Tom Quinn in the BBC television drama series Spooks, Mr. Darcy in Pride & ...more

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Kari Wührer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Kari Wührer Musician, VJ, Actor Kari Samantha Wuhrer is an American actress and singer.

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Camille Guaty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Camille Guaty Actor Camille Guaty is an American film and television actress. She is known for her role as Daisy in Gotta Kick It Up!, for playing Maricruz, Sucre's girlfriend, in Prison Break and as Walter ...more

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David Warner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
David Warner Actor, Voice acting David Warner is an English actor who is known for playing both romantic leads and sinister or villainous characters, across a range of media, including stage, film, animation, television and ...more

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Tom Courtenay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Tom Courtenay Actor Sir Thomas Daniel "Tom" Courtenay is an English actor who came to prominence in the early 1960s with a succession of films, including The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Billy ...more

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Paul Darrow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Paul Darrow Actor Paul Darrow is an English actor best known for his portrayal of Kerr Avon in the BBC science fiction television series Blake's 7. He also guest starred twice on Doctor Who, playing Captain ...more

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Paul McGann is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Paul McGann Actor, Voice acting Paul John McGann is an English actor. He came to prominence for portraying Percy Toplis in the 1986 television serial The Monocled Mutineer. He later starred in the 1987 dark comedy Withnail and ...more

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Sarah Miles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Sarah Miles Actor Sarah Miles is an English theatre and film actress. Her best known films include The Servant, Blowup, Ryan's Daughter and Hope and Glory.

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Fiona Shaw is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art Alumni
Fiona Shaw Theatre Director, Opera Director, Actor Fiona Mary Shaw, CBE is an Irish actress and theatre and opera director known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films and her role portraying Marnie Stonebrook in the HBO ...more