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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.

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Edwin Ernest Salpeter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Scientist, Astronomer Edwin Ernest Salpeter ForMemRS was an Austrian–Australian–American astrophysicist. Born to a Jewish family, he emigrated from Austria to Australia while in his teens to escape the Nazis. He ...more

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Elliott H. Lieb is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist Elliott Hershel Lieb is an American mathematical physicist and professor of mathematics and physics at Princeton University who specializes in statistical mechanics, condensed matter theory, and ...more

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Steven Naylor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Musician, Composer, Teacher

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Fiona Phillips is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Journalist, Presenter Fiona Phillips is an English journalist, broadcaster and television presenter, best known for her presenting roles with the ITV Breakfast programme GMTV.

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Ben Shephard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Journalist, Actor, Presenter Benjamin "Ben" Peter Sherrington Shephard is an English television presenter and journalist who is currently employed by both ITV and Sky Sports. His most recognised role was as a main ...more

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Jane Wymark is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Actor Jane Wymark is an English actress. The daughter of English actor Patrick Wymark and the American writer and playwright Olwen Wymark, she is best known for playing Morwenna Chynoweth Whitworth in ...more

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Norman Painting is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Norman Painting Actor Norman George Painting OBE was a British actor, broadcaster and writer. He played Phil Archer in the BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers from the pilot episodes aired on the BBC Midlands Home ...more

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Margaret Moran is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Politician Margaret Moran is a former Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. She was the Member of Parliament for Luton South from 1997 to 2010. In November 2012, jurors at Southwark Crown Court ...more

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Liam Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Physician, Surgeon Sir Liam Joseph Donaldson FMedSci is a British doctor and the current Chancellor of Newcastle University. He was previously the Chief Medical Officer for England, the 15th occupant of the post ...more

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Roy Fisher is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Poet Roy Fisher is a British poet and jazz pianist. He was one of the first British writers to absorb the poetics of William Carlos Williams and the Black Mountain poets into the British poetic ...more

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Ernest William Titterton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Physicist Sir Ernest William Titterton CMG, Ph. D. was a nuclear physicist and professor.

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Mary Lee Woods is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Mathematician, Computer scientist Mary Lee Woods, now Mrs C M Berners-Lee is a British mathematician and computer programmer who worked in a team that developed programs in the School of Computer Science, University of ...more

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James Clavell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Television producer, Novelist, Film Producer James Clavell, born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell, was an Australian-born British novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war. Clavell is best known for his ...more

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Simon Thomas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Presenter Simon Thomas is a British television presenter, who worked on Blue Peter for six years.

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Karl P. N. Shuker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Karl P. N. Shuker Cryptozoologist, Media consultant, Author Karl Shuker is a British zoologist, cryptozoologist and author. He currently lives in Midlands, England, where he works as a zoological consultant and writer. A trained zoologist, Shuker is ...more

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Mike Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Mike Jackson General Sir Michael David "Mike" Jackson, GCB, CBE, DSO, DL is a retired British Army officer and one of its most high-profile generals since the Second World War. Originally ...more

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Nia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Actor Nia Roberts, is a Welsh actress. She is married to director Marc Evans.

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Jim Field Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Jim Field Smith is an English film and television director, writer and producer.

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Halil Berktay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Halil Berktay Halil Berktay is a Turkish historian at Sabancı University and columnist for the daily Taraf.

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William Lane Craig is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Writer, Philosopher William Lane Craig is an American analytical philosopher, theologian, and Christian apologist. Craig's philosophical work focuses primarily on philosophy of religion, but also on metaphysics and ...more

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Jane E. Shaw is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Jane E. Shaw Businessperson Jane E. Shaw PhD served as Chief Executive Officer of Aerogen Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company from 1998 to June 30, 2005. Dr. Shaw founded Stable Network, a biopharmaceutical consulting ...more

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Lynn de Silva is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Lynn Alton de Silva was a Sri Lankan theologian and Methodist minister. He was the founder and editor of one of the first theological journals on Buddhist-Christian encounter called Dialogue, ...more

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Adam Osborne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Engineer Adam Osborne was a Thailand-born British-American author, book and software publisher, and computer designer who founded several companies in the United States and elsewhere.

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John Vane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Sir John Robert Vane FRS was an English pharmacologist who was instrumental in the understanding of how aspirin produces pain-relief and anti-inflammatory effects and his work led to new ...more

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Hilary Armstrong, Baroness Arm... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Birmingham Alumni
Hilary Jane Armstrong, Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for North West Durham from 1987 to 2010.