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Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni

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

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

List is made up of graduates like Margaret Thatcher and Indira Gandhi.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Somerville College, Oxford?” and “Which celebrities are Somerville College, Oxford alumni?”
  • Indira Gandhi1

    Indira Gandhi


    AgeDec. at 67 (1917-1984)

    BirthplaceAllahabad, India

    Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (Hindi: [ˈɪndɪraː ˈɡaːndʱiː] (listen); née Nehru; 19 November 1917... more on Wikipedia
  • Margaret Thatcher2

    Margaret Thatcher

    Statesman, Politician

    AgeDec. at 88 (1925-2013)

    BirthplaceGrantham, United Kingdom

    Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, (née Roberts; 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013) was... more on Wikipedia

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  • Iris Murdoch3

    Iris Murdoch

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 80 (1919-1999)

    BirthplacePhibsborough, Republic of Ireland

    Dame Jean Iris Murdoch (; 15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999) was a British novelist and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dorothy L. Sayers4

    Dorothy L. Sayers

    Copywriter, Poet

    AgeDec. at 64 (1893-1957)

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    Dorothy Leigh Sayers (; 13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was an English crime writer and poet.... more on Wikipedia
  • A. S. Byatt5

    A. S. Byatt

    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    Dame Antonia Susan Duffy HonFBA (née Drabble; born 24 August 1936), known professionally as... more on Wikipedia
  • Kathleen Kenyon6

    Kathleen Kenyon


    AgeDec. at 72 (1906-1978)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Dame Kathleen Mary Kenyon, (5 January 1906 – 24 August 1978) was a leading British... more on Wikipedia
  • Esther Rantzen7

    Esther Rantzen

    Journalist, Television producer


    BirthplaceBerkhamsted, United Kingdom

    Dame Esther Louise Rantzen (born 22 June 1940) is an English journalist and television... more on Wikipedia
  • Dorothy Hodgkin8

    AgeDec. at 84 (1910-1994)

    BirthplaceCairo, Egypt

    Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin (12 May 1910 – 29 July 1994) was a British chemist who... more on Wikipedia
  • Vera Brittain9

    Vera Brittain

    Nurse, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 77 (1893-1970)

    BirthplaceNewcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom

    Vera Mary Brittain (29 December 1893 – 29 March 1970) was an English Voluntary Aid Detachment... more on Wikipedia
  • Philippa Foot10

    Philippa Foot


    AgeDec. at 90 (1920-2010)

    BirthplaceOwston Ferry, England

    Philippa Ruth Foot, FBA (; née Bosanquet; 3 October 1920 – 3 October 2010) was a British... more on Wikipedia
  • Eleanor Rathbone11

    AgeDec. at 74 (1872-1946)

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England

    Eleanor Florence Rathbone (12 May 1872 – 2 January 1946) was an independent British member of... more on Wikipedia
  • Kathleen Ollerenshaw12

    Kathleen Ollerenshaw

    Mathematician, Politician

    AgeDec. at 102 (1912-2014)

    BirthplaceWithington, United Kingdom

    Dame Kathleen Mary Ollerenshaw, (née Timpson; 1 October 1912 – 10 August 2014) was a British... more on Wikipedia
  • Olive Willis13

    Olive Willis

    Olive Margaret Willis (26 October 1877 – 11 March 1964) was an English educationist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Premiership of Margaret Thatcher14

    Premiership of Margaret Thatcher

    Lawyer, Scientist


    Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 4 May 1979 and served until... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    Sarah Ioannides

    Conductor, Music Director


    BirthplaceCanberra, Australia

    Sarah Ioannides (born 1972, in Canberra) is a Greek Cypriot-Scottish-Australian conductor. ... more on Wikipedia
  • Barbara Ward16

    Barbara Ward

    Journalist, Economist

    AgeDec. at 67 (1914-1981)

    Barbara Mary Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth, (23 May 1914 – 31 May 1981) was a British... more on Wikipedia
  • 17

    Celia Green



    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Celia Elizabeth Green (born 26 November 1935) is a British writer on philosophical skepticism... more on Wikipedia
  • Shirley Williams18

    Shirley Williams

    Politician, Journalist


    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Shirley Vivian Teresa Brittain Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby, (née Catlin; born 27... more on Wikipedia
  • 19



    Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera, PC (born 23 June 1962) is a British investment banker and... more on Wikipedia
  • 20

    Margaret Forster

    Journalist, Novelist


    BirthplaceCarlisle, Cumbria, United Kingdom

    Margaret Forster (25 May 1938 – 8 February 2016) was an English novelist, biographer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    Michèle Roberts

    Poet, Journalist


    BirthplaceBushey, United Kingdom

    Michèle Brigitte Roberts (born 20 May 1949) is a British writer, novelist and poet. She is the... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    Genevieve Lloyd




    Genevieve Lloyd (born at Cootamundra, New South Wales, 16 October 1941) is an Australian... more on Wikipedia
  • 23

    Nia Griffith



    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    Nia Rhiannon Griffith (born 4 December 1956) is a Welsh Labour politician, who has been the... more on Wikipedia
  • Nina Bawden24

    Nina Bawden

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 87 (1925-2012)

    BirthplaceIlford, London, United Kingdom

    Nina Bawden CBE FRSL JP (19 January 1925 – 22 August 2012) was an English novelist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Rose Macaulay

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 77 (1881-1958)

    BirthplaceRugby, United Kingdom

    Dame Emilie Rose Macaulay, (1 August 1881 – 30 October 1958) was an English writer, most... more on Wikipedia