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List Rules People 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?”
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Charles Plimpton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Businessperson, Inventor
Charles Bird Plimpton was an English inventor and businessman. He invented Bayko in 1933, a plastic building model construction toy, and one of the earliest plastic toys to be marketed. He ...more
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Rodolfo Neri Vela is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Astronaut, Scientist, Engineer
Rodolfo Neri Vela is a Mexican scientist and astronaut who flew aboard a NASA Space Shuttle mission in the year 1985. He is the first and only Mexican, and the second Latin-American to have ...more
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Sarah Kane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Writer, Playwright
Sarah Kane was an English playwright. Her plays deal with themes of redemptive love, sexual desire, pain, torture — both physical and psychological — and death. They are characterised by a ...more
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Simon Le Bon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Musician, Lyricist, Singer
Simon John Charles Le Bon is a British musician, best known as the lead singer, lyricist and musician of the band Duran Duran and its offshoot, Arcadia.
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Matthew Goode is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Actor
Matthew William Goode is an English actor. His notable films include Chasing Liberty, Match Point, Imagine Me and You, Brideshead Revisited, Watchmen, A Single Man, Leap Year, Stoker, and The ...more
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Tamsin Greig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Tamsin Margaret M. Greig is an English actress. She played Fran Katzenjammer in Black Books and Dr. Caroline Todd in Green Wing. She currently stars in two sitcoms: as Beverly Lincoln in ...more
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Madeleine Carroll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Actor
Edith Madeleine Carroll was an English actress, popular both in Britain and America in the 1930s and 1940s. At the peak of her success she was the highest paid actress in the world, earning a ...more
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Mike Cowlishaw is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Programmer, Computer scientist
Mike Cowlishaw is a retired IBM Fellow, a Visiting Professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute ...more
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Desmond Morris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Author, Zoologist, Artist
Desmond John Morris is an English zoologist, ethologist and surrealist painter, as well as a popular author in human sociobiology.
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Victoria Wood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Singer-songwriter
Victoria Wood CBE is an English comedian, actor, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and director. Wood has written and starred in sketches, plays, films and sitcoms, and her live comedy act is ...more
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Maurice Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Physicist, Scientist
Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins CBE FRS was a New Zealand-born English physicist and molecular biologist, and Nobel Laureate whose research contributed to the scientific understanding of ...more
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David Prior is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Record producer, Musician, Lecturer
David Prior is a British sound artist and composer.
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Tim Curry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Composer
Timothy James "Tim" Curry is an English actor, singer, and composer, known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film, and television productions, often portraying villainous ...more
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U. R. Ananthamurthy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Literary critic, Professor, Writer
Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy was a contemporary writer and critic in the Kannada language born in Thirtahalli Taluk and is considered as one of the pioneers of the Navya movement. He is ...more
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Francis William Aston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Chemist
Francis William Aston FRS was a British chemist and physicist who won the 1922 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery, by means of his mass spectrograph, of isotopes, in a large number of ...more
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Chris Tarrant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, Actor
Christopher John Tarrant, OBE is a British radio and television broadcaster. He hosted the ITV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? between 1998 and 2014, the ITV children's television show ...more
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Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Politician
Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos, PC is the eighth and current UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Before her appointment to the UN, she had been ...more
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David Blanchflower is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Professor, Economist
David Graham Blanchflower CBE is a leading labour economist, currently a tenured economics professor at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. He is also a Research Associate at the National ...more
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Ann Widdecombe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Politician
Ann Noreen Widdecombe, DSG is a former British Conservative Party politician and has been a novelist since 2000. She is a Privy Councillor and was the Member of Parliament for Maidstone from ...more
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Tahir Abbas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
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Chris Addison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
Chris Addison is a British comedian, writer, actor and director from Manchester. He is perhaps best known for his role as a regular panellist on Mock the Week. He is also known for his ...more
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Paul Nurse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Chemist, Scientist
Sir Paul Maxime Nurse, PRS, HonFREng, PhD, is an English geneticist, President of the Royal Society and Chief Executive and Director of the Francis Crick Institute. He was awarded the 2001 Nobel ...more
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David Drew is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Politician
David Elliott Drew is a British Labour Co-operative politician who was the Member of Parliament for Stroud from 1997 to 2010. He has been chosen as the Labour Co-operative candidate for Stroud ...more
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David Gill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Accountant, Businessperson
David Alan Gill is British football executive, formerly chief executive of Manchester United and a vice-chairman of The Football Association. He served as vice-chairman of the G-14 management ...more
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Frank H. T. Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Geologist
Frank Harold Trevor Rhodes was the ninth president of Cornell University from 1977 to 1995.