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

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

List features graduates like Nina Dobrev, Gail Kim and more!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Ryerson University?” and “Which celebrities are Ryerson University alumni?”
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Kenny Hotz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Television director, Businessperson, Comedian
Kenneth Joel "Kenny" Hotz is a Canadian producer, writer, director, actor, and comedian. He is a South Park consultant and writer, creator/star of the Comedy Central television show ...more
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J. Timothy Hunt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer
James Timothy Hunt is an American-Canadian author and journalist. He has also written children's books under the pen name Tim Beiser.
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Jeremy Podeswa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Jeremy Podeswa is a Canadian/American film and television director. He has also worked as Director on the television shows Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, The Tudors, Queer as Folk, and the HBO WWII ...more
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Gail Kim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Wrestler, Model, Actor
Gail Kim-Irvine is a Canadian professional wrestler, professional wrestling valet, model and actress of Korean descent currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. She also worked with ...more
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Nina Dobrev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Gymnast, Model, Actor
Nina Dobrev is a Bulgarian Canadian actress and model. She played the role of Mia Jones, the single teenage mother, on Degrassi: The Next Generation, from the show's sixth to ninth season. Since ...more
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Tanya Huff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Tanya Sue Huff is a Canadian fantasy author. Her stories have been published since the late 1980s, including five fantasy series and one science fiction series. One of these, her Blood Books ...more
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Tyler Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Musician, Drummer
Tyler Joseph Stewart is the drummer for the Canadian music group Barenaked Ladies.
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Charlotte Arnold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Actor
Charlotte Arnold is a Canadian film actress and television actress best known as the character of Holly J. Sinclair in Degrassi: The Next Generation and Sadie Hawthorne in the Canadian TV series ...more
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Nia Vardalos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Antonia Eugenia "Nia" Vardalos is a Canadian-born actress, screenwriter, director, singer and producer. Her most notable work is the 2002 Academy Award–nominated film My Big Fat Greek ...more
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Jessica Holmes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
Jessica Holmes is a Canadian comedian and actress. She is best known for her work with the Royal Canadian Air Farce, which she joined in 2003, after starring in her own show, The Holmes Show in ...more
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Mary Walsh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter
Mary Cynthia Walsh, CM is a Canadian actress, comedian and social activist. A sufferer of macular degeneration, she has served from time to time as a spokesperson for the Canadian National ...more
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Sabrina Jalees is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Comedian, Actor
Sabrina Jalees is a Canadian comedian, dancer, actor, host and writer from Toronto, Ontario, now based in New York City, who writes a weekly column in the Toronto Star's ID section. Most ...more
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Robert J. Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Robert James Sawyer is a Canadian science fiction writer. He has had 21 novels published, and his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Amazing Stories, On Spec, Nature, ...more
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Cathy Crowe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Nurse
Cathy Crowe, RN is a Canadian nurse, educator and social activist, specializing in advocacy for the homeless in Canada. She was the Ontario New Democratic Party's candidate in the 2010 ...more
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Natalie Glebova is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Natalie Glebova is a Russian Canadian beauty queen, TV Presenter and dancer who won Miss Universe Canada 2005 and later that year won Miss Universe 2005 in Thailand.
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Beatrice Politi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist, Television Editor
Beatrice Politi is a Canadian television journalist who works for Global Television Network. The Sudbury, Ontario native studied political science and mass media at York University and graduated ...more
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Bill Reid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Sculptor, Jeweller, Artist
William Ronald Reid, Jr., OBC was a Canadian artist whose works include jewelry, sculpture, screen-printing, and paintings. Some of his major creations were featured on the Canadian $20 banknote ...more
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Isadore Sharp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Isadore "Issy" Sharp, OC is a Canadian hotelier and writer. He is founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
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David James Elliott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Actor
David James Elliott is a Canadian American actor who was the star of the series JAG, playing lead character Harmon Rabb Jr. from 1995 to 2005.
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Omar Alghabra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Engineer
Omar Alghabra is a Saudi Arabian born Canadian politician, who represented the riding of Mississauga—Erindale in the Canadian House of Commons from 2006 to 2008. He is the former president of ...more
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Brian Stewart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Newsreader
Brian Stewart, OOnt is a Canadian journalist. Stewart is best known for his news reports and documentary features as Senior Correspondent of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's flagship news ...more
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Monita Rajpal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Newsreader
Monita Rajpal is a Canadian CNN International news anchor, based at the network's Hong Kong office where she anchors NewsCenter with Monita Rajpal and Talk Asia with Monita Rajpal. Previously, ...more
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Christie Blatchford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Journalist
Christie Blatchford is a Canadian newspaper columnist, journalist and broadcaster. She has published four non-fiction books.
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Liane Balaban is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Actor
Liane Balaban is a Canadian actress. Her film debut was in New Waterford Girl, playing Agnes-Marie "Moonie" Pottie, and has since appeared in the films Definitely, Maybe, Last Chance ...more
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Marco Brambilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Video Artist, Artist, Film Director
Marco Brambilla is a Milan-born, New York City-based video collage and installation artist, known for his elaborate recontextualizations of popular and found imagery, which Vanity Fair praises ...more