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Famous Shrewsbury School Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Shrewsbury School and be of some renown.

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

List features Charles Darwin, Michael Palin and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Shrewsbury School?” and “Which celebrities are Shrewsbury School alumni?”
  • 1

    Charles Darwin

    Biologist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 73 (1809-1882)

    BirthplaceThe Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

    Charles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all...  more

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  • 2

    AgeDec. at 83 (1925-2008)

    BirthplaceEurasia, India, Asia

    John Graham Cuckney, Baron Cuckney (12 July 1925 – 30 October 2008) was a British industrialist, civil servant and peer. ...  more
  • 3

    Michael Palin

    Television presenter, Comedian


    BirthplaceBroomhill, United Kingdom

    Sir Michael Edward Palin, (; born 5 May 1943), is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was a member of the comedy group Monty Python. Since 1980 he has made a number of...  more

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  • 4

    Andrew Irvine


    AgeDec. at 22 (1902-1924)

    BirthplaceBirkenhead, United Kingdom

    Andrew Comyn "Sandy" Irvine (8 April 1902 – 8 or 9 June 1924) was an English mountaineer who took part in the 1924 British Everest Expedition, the third British expedition to the world's highest...  more
  • 5

    Thomas Jones

    Mathematician, Astronomer

    AgeDec. at 51 (1756-1807)


    Thomas Jones (23 June 1756 – 18 July 1807) was Head Tutor at Trinity College, Cambridge for twenty years and an outstanding teacher of mathematics. He is notable as a mentor of Adam Sedgwick....  more
  • 6

    Willie Rushton

    Comedian, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 59 (1937-1996)

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    William George Rushton (18 August 1937 – 11 December 1996) was an English cartoonist, satirist, comedian, actor and performer who co-founded the satirical magazine Private Eye....  more
  • 7

    Philip Sidney

    Poet, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 31 (1554-1586)

    BirthplacePenshurst Place, United Kingdom

    Sir Philip Sidney (30 November 1554 – 17 October 1586) was an English poet, courtier, scholar, and soldier, who is remembered as one of the most prominent figures of the Elizabethan age. His works...  more
  • 8

    J. L. Austin


    AgeDec. at 48 (1911-1960)

    BirthplaceLancaster, United Kingdom

    John Langshaw Austin (26 March 1911 – 8 February 1960) was a British philosopher of language and leading proponent of ordinary language philosophy, perhaps best known for developing the theory of...  more
  • 9
    Thomas Johnes (1 September 1748 – 23 April 1816) was a Member of Parliament, landscape architect, farmer, printer, writer and social benefactor. He is best known for his development of the Hafod...  more
  • 10

    Owen Seaman


    AgeDec. at 74 (1861-1936)

    BirthplaceShrewsbury, United Kingdom

    Sir Owen Seaman, 1st Baronet (18 September 1861 – 2 February 1936) was a British writer, journalist and poet. He is best known as editor of Punch, from 1906 to 1932....  more
  • 11

    Paul Foot


    AgeDec. at 66 (1937-2004)

    Paul Foot may refer to: Paul Foot (journalist) (1937–2004), British investigative journalist, political campaigner and author Paul Foot (comedian) (born 1973), English comedian...  more
  • 12

    Graham Wallas


    AgeDec. at 74 (1858-1932)

    BirthplaceMonkwearmouth, United Kingdom

    Graham Wallas (31 May 1858 – 9 August 1932) was an English socialist, social psychologist, educationalist, a leader of the Fabian Society and a co-founder of the London School of Economics....  more
  • 13

    Simon Dee


    AgeDec. at 74 (1935-2009)

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd (28 July 1935 – 29 August 2009), better known by his stage name Simon Dee, was a British television interviewer and radio disc jockey who hosted a twice-weekly BBC TV chat...  more
  • 14

    Nevil Shute

    Race car driver, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 60 (1899-1960)

    BirthplaceEaling, London, United Kingdom

    Nevil Shute Norway (17 January 1899 – 12 January 1960) was an English novelist and aeronautical engineer who spent his later years in Australia. He used his full name in his engineering career and...  more
  • 15

    Francis Henry King

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 88 (1923-2011)

    BirthplaceAdelboden, Switzerland

    Francis Henry King (4 March 1923 – 3 July 2011) was a British novelist, poet and short story writer. He worked for the British Council for 15 years, with positions in Europe and Japan. For 25 years...  more
  • 16

    AgeDec. at 81 (1872-1953)

    BirthplaceBroughshane, Republic of Ireland

    William Henry Davison, 1st Baron Broughshane, KBE, FSA, JP, DL (1872 – 19 January 1953) was a British peer and Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Kensington South for twenty-four...  more
  • 17

    John Peel

    Record producer, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 65 (1939-2004)

    BirthplaceHeswall, United Kingdom

    John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest...  more
  • 18

    Paul Dehn


    AgeDec. at 63 (1912-1976)

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    Paul Dehn (pronounced "Dane"; 5 November 1912 – 30 September 1976) was a British screenwriter, best known for Goldfinger, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Planet of the Apes sequels and Murder on...  more
  • 19

    Richard Ingrams

    Editor, Journalist


    BirthplaceChelsea, London, United Kingdom

    Richard Reid Ingrams (born 19 August 1937 in Chelsea, London) is an English journalist, a co-founder and second editor of the British satirical magazine Private Eye, and founding editor of The Oldie...  more
  • 20

    Henry Nevinson


    AgeDec. at 85 (1856-1941)

    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    Henry Woodd Nevinson (11 October 1856 – 9 November 1941) was a British war correspondent during the Second Boer War and World War I, a campaigning journalist exposing slavery in western Africa,...  more
  • 21

    John Eyton Bickersteth Mayor

    John Eyton Bickersteth Mayor, FBA (January 28, 1825 – December 1, 1910) was an English classical scholar and vegetarianism activist....  more
  • 22

    Sir Charles Yate, 1st Baronet

    Colonel Sir Charles Edward Yate, 1st Baronet, (28 August 1849 – 29 February 1940) was an English soldier and administrator in British India and later a politician in Britain....  more
  • 23
    Sir John "Kyffin" Williams, (9 May 1918 – 1 September 2006) was a Welsh landscape painter who lived at Pwllfanogl, Llanfairpwll, on the Island of Anglesey. Williams is widely regarded as the...  more
  • 24


    Christopher John Penrice Booker (7 October 1937 – 3 July 2019) was an English journalist and author. He was a founder and contributor of the satirical magazine Private Eye in 1961. From 1990 onward...  more
  • 25

    Donald MacDougall


    AgeDec. at 91 (1912-2004)

    Sir George Donald Alastair MacDougall, (26 October 1912 – 22 March 2004) was a Scottish economist and civil servant who influenced UK public policy during the 1960s. He headed the Government...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to Shrewsbury School and be of some renown.