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Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 5.0k views208 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to University of Birmingham and be of some renown.

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

List features Tim Curry, Simon Le Bon and more graduates.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Birmingham?” and “Which celebrities are University of Birmingham alumni?”
  • Charles Plimpton1

    Charles Plimpton

    Businessperson, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 55 (1893-1948)

    BirthplacePeckham, London, United Kingdom

    Charles Bird Plimpton (31 October 1894 – 29 December 1948) was an English inventor and... more on Wikipedia
  • Rodolfo Neri Vela2

    Rodolfo Neri Vela

    Astronaut, Scientist


    BirthplaceChilpancingo, Chilpancingo de los Bravo, Mexico

    Rodolfo Neri Vela (born 19 February 1952) is a Mexican scientist and astronaut who flew aboard... more on Wikipedia
  • Sarah Kane3

    Sarah Kane

    Writer, Playwright

    AgeDec. at 28 (1971-1999)

    BirthplaceBrentwood, United Kingdom

    Sarah Kane (3 February 1971 – 20 February 1999) was an English playwright who is known for her... more on Wikipedia

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  • Simon Le Bon4

    Simon Le Bon

    Musician, Lyricist


    BirthplaceBushey, United Kingdom

    Simon John Charles Le Bon (born 27 October 1958) is an English musician, singer, songwriter... more on Wikipedia

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    #174 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists#159 of 195 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

  • Matthew Goode5


    BirthplaceExeter, United Kingdom

    Matthew William Goode (born 3 April 1978) is an English character actor. He made his screen... more on Wikipedia

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    #25 of 50 The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor#196 of 239 The Greatest British Actors of All Time

  • Tamsin Greig6

    Tamsin Greig

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceKent, England

    Tamsin Margaret Mary Greig (; born 12 July 1966) is an English actress and comedian. She... more on Wikipedia
  • Madeleine Carroll7

    AgeDec. at 81 (1906-1987)

    BirthplaceWest Bromwich, United Kingdom

    Edith Madeleine Carroll (26 February 1906 – 2 October 1987) was an English actress, popular... more on Wikipedia
  • Mike Cowlishaw8

    Mike Cowlishaw

    Programmer, Computer scientist

    BirthplaceBath, United Kingdom

    Mike Frederic Cowlishaw is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Computer Science at the... more on Wikipedia
  • Desmond Morris9

    Desmond Morris

    Author, Zoologist


    BirthplacePurton, United Kingdom

    Desmond John Morris FLS honoris causa (born 24 January 1928) is an English zoologist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Victoria Wood10

    Victoria Wood

    Television director, Comedian


    BirthplacePrestwich, United Kingdom

    Victoria Wood, (19 May 1953 – 20 April 2016) was an English comedian, actress, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Maurice Wilkins11

    Maurice Wilkins

    Physicist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 88 (1916-2004)

    BirthplacePongaroa, New Zealand

    Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins (15 December 1916 – 5 October 2004) was a New Zealand-born... more on Wikipedia
  • 12

    David Prior

    Record producer, Musician


    David Prior (born 1972 in Ipswich, United Kingdom) is a British sound artist and composer.
  • Tim Curry13

    Tim Curry

    Television producer, Actor


    BirthplaceGrappenhall, United Kingdom

    Timothy James Curry (born 19 April 1946) is an English actor, voice artist, comedian and... more on Wikipedia

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  • U. R. Ananthamurthy14

    U. R. Ananthamurthy

    Literary critic, Professor

    AgeDec. at 82 (1932-2014)

    BirthplaceThirthahalli, India

    Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy/ಉಡುಪಿ ರಾಜಗೋಪಾಲಾಚಾರ್ಯ ಅನಂತಮೂರ್ತಿ (21 December 1932 – 22... more on Wikipedia
  • Francis William Aston15

    AgeDec. at 68 (1877-1945)

    BirthplaceHarborne, United Kingdom

    Francis William Aston FRS (1 September 1877 – 20 November 1945) was an English chemist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Chris Tarrant16

    Chris Tarrant

    Journalist, Television producer


    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Christopher John Tarrant, (born 10 October 1946) is an English radio and television... more on Wikipedia
  • Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos17


    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, South America, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana, Georgetown

    Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos, (born 13 March 1954) is a British Labour Party politician... more on Wikipedia
  • David Blanchflower18

    David Blanchflower

    Professor, Economist


    BirthplaceBrighton, United Kingdom

    David Graham Blanchflower, (born 2 March 1952), sometimes called Danny Blanchflower, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Ann Widdecombe19

    Ann Widdecombe



    BirthplaceBath, United Kingdom

    Ann Noreen Widdecombe (born 4 October 1947) is a British politician and author serving as a... more on Wikipedia
  • Tahir Abbas20
  • Chris Addison21

    Chris Addison

    Comedian, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    Christopher David Addison (born 5 November 1971) is a British comedian, writer, actor, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Paul Nurse22

    Paul Nurse

    Chemist, Scientist


    BirthplaceNorwich, United Kingdom

    Sir Paul Maxime Nurse (born 25 January 1949), is an English geneticist, former President of... more on Wikipedia
  • David Drew23

    David Drew



    BirthplaceGloucestershire, United Kingdom

    David Elliott Drew (born 13 April 1952) is a British Labour Co-operative politician who served... more on Wikipedia
  • David Gill24

    David Gill

    Accountant, Businessperson


    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    David Alan Gill (born 5 August 1957) is British football executive, formerly chief executive... more on Wikipedia
  • 25


    BirthplaceWarwickshire, United Kingdom

    Frank Harold Trevor Rhodes (born October 29, 1926) was the ninth president of Cornell... more on Wikipedia