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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Bristol and be of some renown.

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

Items here include everything from Simon Pegg to Emily Watson.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Bristol?” and “Which celebrities are University of Bristol alumni?”

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Derren Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Painter, Television producer, Film Producer Derren Brown is an English illusionist, mentalist, trickster, hypnotist, painter, writer, and sceptic. He is known for his appearances in television specials, stage productions, and British ...more

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Matt Lucas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Matthew Richard "Matt" Lucas is an English comedian, screenwriter, actor and singer, best known for his work with David Walliams in the television show Little Britain as well as for ...more

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James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Military Officer James Hillier Blount, better known by his stage name James Blunt, is an English singer-songwriter. He had signed with EMI before securing a recording contract with Atlantic Records and Custard ...more

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Stephen Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Spokesperson, Politician Stephen Roy Williams is a British Liberal Democrat politician who was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Bristol West in the 2005 general election, being re-elected with an increased ...more

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Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter Simon John Pegg is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer. Pegg is best known for having co-written and starred in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films, consisting ...more

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Sarah Kane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Bristol 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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Emily Watson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Emily Margaret Watson, OBE is an English actress who gave an acclaimed debut film performance in Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves. She is a two-time Academy Award nominee and four-time BAFTA ...more

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Marcus Brigstocke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Marcus Alexander Brigstocke is an English comedian, actor and satirist who has worked extensively in stand-up comedy, television, radio and in 2010-2011 musical theatre. He is particularly ...more

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David Rappaport is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Actor David Stephen Rappaport was an English actor, one of the best known dwarf actors in television and film, known for his roles in the films Time Bandits and The Bride, and television series such ...more

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David Walliams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter David Edward Williams, known as David Walliams, is an English comedian, actor, author, television presenter and activist, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch ...more

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Michael Ruse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Professor, Philosopher Michael Ruse, FRSC is a philosopher of science who specializes in the philosophy of biology and is well known for his work on the relationship between science and religion, the ...more

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Alex Cox is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter Alex Cox is an actor, screenwriter, film director, film producer and film editor.

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Klaus Fuchs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Emil Julius Klaus Fuchs was a German-born British theoretical physicist and atomic spy who in 1950 was convicted of supplying information from the American, British, and Canadian Manhattan ...more

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Jemima Khan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Writer Jemima Marcelle Goldsmith is an English journalist, heiress, and campaigner. She is an associate editor of New Statesman and European editor-at-large for Vanity Fair.

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Rhys Priestland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Rhys Priestland is a Welsh international rugby union player for Scarlets in the Guinness Pro12. His position of choice is as a Fly-half, however he occasionally plays at Full-back. He attended ...more

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Paul Dirac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac OM FRS was an English theoretical physicist who made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. He was ...more

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Theresa Villiers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Politician, Barrister, Lecturer Theresa Anne Villiers is a British Conservative Party politician from the Villiers family, who has been the Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet since 2005 and the Secretary of State for ...more

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Paul Boateng is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Barrister, Solicitor Paul Yaw Boateng, Baron Boateng is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Brent South from 1987 to 2005, becoming the UK's first mixed-race Cabinet Minister in ...more

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Michael Fourman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Mathematician, Computer scientist Michael Paul Fourman FBCS is Professor of Computer Systems at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK, and was Head of the School of Informatics from 2001–2009. Fourman is interested in ...more

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Josh Lewsey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Military Officer Owen Joshua "Josh" Lewsey MBE is a world cup winning rugby union player, British and Irish Lion and British Army Officer. Specialising in Organisational Performance, he has also spent ...more

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Sarah Jane Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Sarah Jane Brown is a campaigner for global health and education, founder and president of Theirworld, a children's charity, the Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education ...more

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Chris Morris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer Christopher Morris is an English comedian, writer, director, actor, voice actor, and producer, known for his black humour, surrealism, and controversial subject matter. He has been hailed for ...more

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Lembit Öpik is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Politician Lembit Öpik is a former British politician. A member of the Liberal Democrats, he served as a member of parliament representing the constituency of Montgomeryshire in Wales from 1997 until ...more

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Stephen Crabb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Politician, Consultant Stephen Crabb is a Welsh Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament for Preseli Pembrokeshire since 2005 and Secretary of State for Wales since July 2014. He had ...more

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Emil Wolf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Emil Wolf is a Czech born American physicist who made advancements in physical optics, including diffraction, coherence properties of optical fields, spectroscopy of partially coherent ...more

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David Bamber is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Theatre Director, Actor David James Bamber is an English actor, known for his television and theatre work. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

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Russell Howard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter Russell Joseph Howard is an English comedian and presenter best known for his TV show Russell Howard's Good News and his appearances on the topical panel TV show Mock the Week. He won "Best ...more

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Chris Langham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer Christopher "Chris" Langham is an English writer, actor, and comedian. He is known for playing the cabinet minister Hugh Abbot in the BBC Four sitcom The Thick of It, and as presenter ...more

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Nigel Marven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Ornithologist Nigel Marven is a British wildlife TV presenter, television producer, author and ornithologist. He ran the 2008 London marathon in 4 hours 4 minutes to try to raise £20,000 for the Whale ...more

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Politician, Medic Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma is a South African politician and anti-apartheid activist. She was South Africa's Minister of Health from 1994 to 1999, under President Nelson Mandela, then ...more

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Bob Marshall-Andrews is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Politician, Barrister Robert Graham Marshall-Andrews QC is a British Labour Party politician and barrister, who was the Member of Parliament for Medway from 1997 to 2010.

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William G. Hobbs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
William George Reginald Hobbs was born on 16 May 1927 at Whitegates in Alderney, Channel Islands.

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Caroline Goodall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor Caroline Cruice Goodall is an English actress and screenwriter.

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Kate Gerbeau is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Journalist, Broadcaster Kate Gerbeau is an English television presenter and news reader, currently on "British Forces News".

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Tom Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Television director, Film Director Tom Vaughan is a Scottish television and film director. His work includes Cold Feet and He Knew He Was Right for television, and What Happens in Vegas and Extraordinary Measures for cinema.

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Liam Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Bristol 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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Sonu Shamdasani is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Professor, Psychologist, Author Sonu Shamdasani is a London-based author, editor, and professor at the UCL Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London. His works are on the history of psychiatry and ...more

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Pearlette Louisy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Politician Dame Pearlette Louisy GCSL GCMG is the Governor-General of Saint Lucia. She is the first woman to hold this office, into which she was sworn on 19 September 1997.

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Michael Winterbottom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Michael Winterbottom is an English filmmaker. He began his career working in British television before moving into features. Three of his films — Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour ...more

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Philip Ball is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Journalist, Science writer Philip Ball is an English science writer. For over twenty years he has been an editor of the journal Nature for which he continues to write regularly. He now writes a regular column in Chemistry ...more

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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Novelist, Writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, usually identified as J. M. G. Le Clézio, is a French-Mauritian writer and professor. The author of over forty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix ...more

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Philip Jackson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Actor Philip Jackson is an English actor, known for his many television and film roles, most notably as Chief Inspector Japp in the television series Poirot and as Abbot Hugo, one of the recurring ...more

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Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Actor Joe Armstrong is an English actor. His notable television roles include Allan A Dale in three series of Robin Hood, Hotspur in Henry IV, Part I, Ashley Cowgill in Happy Valley and Bairstow in ...more

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Aykut Barka is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Scientist Aykut Barka was a Turkish earth scientist specialized in earthquake research. He is best known for his contributions to understanding the behaviour of the North Anatolian Fault Zone, one of the ...more

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Tim Pigott-Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Author, Actor, Voice acting Timothy Peter "Tim" Pigott-Smith is an English film and television actor and author.

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Alfred Pippard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Alfred Pippard Civil engineer Alfred John Sutton Pippard MBE FRS was a British civil engineer and academic. Pippard was the son of a carpenter and joiner and spent much of his early life helping his father on construction ...more

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Hugh Cornwell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician Hugh Alan Cornwell is an English musician and singer-songwriter, best known for being the vocalist and guitarist for the punk rock/new wave band, The Stranglers, from 1974 to 1990.

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Kyran Bracken is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Rugby Player Kyran Paul Patrick Bracken MBE is a former rugby union footballer who played at scrum-half for Saracens, Bristol and Waterloo. He won a total of 51 England caps and captained the team on three ...more

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Caron Keating is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Presenter Caron Louisa Keating was a British television presenter.

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Deborah Moggach is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Bristol Alumni
Writer Deborah Moggach is an English writer. She has written eighteen novels including The Ex-Wives, Tulip Fever, These Foolish Things and Heartbreak Hotel. Most of these are contemporary, tackling ...more