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

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

Items include everything from Roger Ebert to Richard E. Grant.

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

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Roger Ebert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Roger Ebert Film critic, Journalist, Television producer Roger Joseph Ebert was an American film critic, journalist, and screenwriter. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, Ebert was the first film ...more

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Richard E. Grant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Richard E. Grant Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting Richard E. Grant is an English actor, screenwriter, and director. He came to public attention in 1987 for playing Withnail in the film Withnail and I, and achieved international recognition as ...more

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Mark Shuttleworth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Mark Shuttleworth Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Astronaut Mark Richard Shuttleworth is a South African entrepreneur and space tourist who became the first citizen of an independent African country to travel to space. Shuttleworth founded Canonical Ltd. ...more

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Nigel Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Nigel Hawthorne Actor, Voice acting Sir Nigel Barnard Hawthorne, CBE was an English actor, perhaps best remembered for his role as Sir Humphrey Appleby, the Permanent Secretary in the 1980s sitcom Yes Minister and the Cabinet ...more

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Gail Kelly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Gail Kelly Businessperson Gail Kelly is a South African-born Australian businesswoman. She is the former chief executive officer of Westpac, stepping down from the role on 1 February 2015. She was replaced by Brian ...more

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Pieter-Dirk Uys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Pieter-Dirk Uys Author, Actor Pieter-Dirk Uys is a South African satirist, active as a performer, author, and social activist.

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Meyer Feldberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Meyer Feldberg Businessperson, Educator Meyer Feldberg has been Senior Advisor of Morgan Stanley since March 21, 2005. Professor Feldberg is widely acknowledged to be one of the most highly regarded counselors to leaders in business ...more

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Max Theiler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Max Theiler Virologist Max Theiler was a South African-American virologist and doctor. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1951 for developing a vaccine against yellow fever in 1937, becoming ...more

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William Philip Schreiner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
William Philip Schreiner Politician, Barrister William Philip Schreiner was a barrister, politician, statesman and Prime Minister of the Cape Colony during the Second Boer War.

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Allan McLeod Cormack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Allan McLeod Cormack Physicist Allan MacLeod Cormack was a South African American physicist who won the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on X-ray computed tomography.

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Roelof Botha is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Roelof Botha Venture capitalist Roelof F. Botha is a venture capitalist and company director. By training, he is a qualified actuary. Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital and currently sits on the boards of Jawbone, ...more

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J. M. Coetzee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
J. M. Coetzee Linguist, Literary critic, Novelist John Maxwell "J. M." Coetzee is a South African novelist, essayist, linguist, translator and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. He relocated to Australia in 2002 and ...more

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Christiaan Barnard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Christiaan Barnard Physician, Surgeon Christiaan Neethling Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world's first successful human-to-human heart transplant.

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Lewis Pugh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Lewis Pugh Lawyer, Swimmer Lewis William Gordon Pugh, OIG is an ocean advocate, a maritime lawyer and a pioneer swimmer. He is often described as the "Sir Edmund Hillary of swimming." He was the first person to ...more

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Jan Hofmeyr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Jan Hofmeyr Politician Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr was a South African politician and intellectual in the years preceding Apartheid. In his lifetime he was regarded as one of the cleverest men in the country, and it was ...more

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Sydney Skaife is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Sydney Skaife Sydney Harold Skaife D.Sc FRSSAf. was an eminent South African entomologist and naturalist. His career and educational publications covered a wide field. Especially in his later years his main ...more

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Richard van der Riet Woolley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Richard van der Riet Woolley Astronomer Sir Richard van der Riet Woolley OBE FRS was an English astronomer who became Astronomer Royal. His mother's maiden name was Van der Riet.

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Chelsy Davy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Chelsy Davy Chelsy Yvonne Davy is a Zimbabwean national who was the on-off girlfriend of Prince Harry from early 2004 to 2011.

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Elizabeth Triegaardt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Elizabeth Triegaardt Ballet Dancer Professor Elizabeth Triegaardt is a South African ballet dancer. Since 1986 she has been the Director of the UCT School of Dance. From 1997 to 2004 she was the executive chairman of the Cape ...more

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Zolani Mahola is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Zolani Mahola Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter Zolani Mahola is a South African singer and actor. Since 2002, she has been the lead singer of the South African music group Freshlyground.

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Aaron Klug is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Aaron Klug Physicist, Chemist, Scientist Sir Aaron Klug, OM, FRS is a Lithuanian-born British chemist and biophysicist, and winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of crystallographic electron microscopy and his ...more

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David Tredinnick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
David Tredinnick David Arthur Stephen Tredinnick is a British Conservative member of parliament who has represented Bosworth in Leicestershire since 1987. He is an advocate of alternative medicine, and has been ...more

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Werner Israel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Werner Israel Physicist, Scientist Werner Israel, OC FRSC FRS is a Canadian physicist. Born in Berlin, Germany and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, he received his B.Sc. in 1951 and his M.Sc. in 1954 from the University of Cape ...more

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Athol Fugard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Athol Fugard Theatre Director, Novelist, Screenwriter Athol Fugard is an actor, screenwriter and film director.

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Alexander du Toit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Alexander du Toit Geologist Alexander Logie du Toit FRS was a geologist from South Africa, and an early supporter of Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift.

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George Francis Rayner Ellis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
George Francis Rayner Ellis Mathematician, Professor George Francis Rayner Ellis, FRS, Hon. FRSSAf, is the Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Complex Systems in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town ...more

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Solly Zuckerman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Solly Zuckerman Scientist Solly Zuckerman, Baron Zuckerman, OM, KCB, FRS was a British public servant, zoologist and operational research pioneer. He is best remembered as a scientific advisor to the Allies on bombing ...more

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Cromwell Everson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Cromwell Everson Composer Cromwell Everson was primarily known as a composer during his lifetime. He was brought up as an Afrikaner by his mother, Maria De Wit and father, Robert Everson. He continued this tradition and ...more

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Zwelethu Mthethwa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Zwelethu Mthethwa Photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa is a South African painter and photographer. Mthethwa is represented in Cape Town by BRUNDYN + GONSALVES, Johannesburg by Everard Read and in New York by the Jack Shainman

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E. Neville Isdell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
E. Neville Isdell Businessperson Edward Neville Isdell is an Irish businessman, former chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.

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Israel Kirzner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Israel Kirzner Economist, Writer Israel Meir Kirzner is an American economist closely identified with the Austrian School.

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Bill Flynn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Bill Flynn Comedian, Actor William "Bill" Flynn was a South African actor and comedian, perhaps best known for playing Tjokkie.

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Alex Ferns is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Alex Ferns Actor Alexander "Alex" Ferns is a British actor and television personality, best known for his EastEnders role as Trevor Morgan, "Britain's most-hated soap villain". Ferns made an ...more

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Eldred Tabachnik is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Eldred Tabachnik Judge, Barrister Eldred Tabachnik, QC is a South African-born English barrister, recorder and a former president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He is currently President of the British Friends of Boys ...more

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Nick Mallett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Nick Mallett Coach Nicholas Vivian Howard Mallett is a former South African rugby union player who was until recently the head coach of the Italian national team, previously replacing Pierre Berbizier on 3 October ...more

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Isaac Schapera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Isaac Schapera Scientist Isaac Schapera, was a social anthropologist at the London School of Economics specialising in South Africa. He was notable for his contributions of ethnographic and typological studies of the ...more

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Leonard Hoffmann, Baron Hoffma... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Leonard Hoffmann, Baron Hoffmann Judge Leonard Hoffmann, Baron Hoffmann, PC is a retired senior British judge. He served as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary from 1995 to 2009. Well known for his lively decisions and willingness to break ...more

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Oliver Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer Oliver Stapleton, BSC is an English cinematographer.

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Paul Hanmer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Paul Hanmer Jazz Pianist Paul Hanmer is a South African composer, pianist and one of its foremost jazz musicians. In 1987 Hanmer moved to Johannesburg where he formed Unofficial Language with drummer Ian Herman and ...more

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Tony Honoré is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Tony Honoré Philosopher, Lawyer Anthony Maurice Honoré is a British lawyer and jurist, known for his work on ownership, causation and Roman law. Honoré was born in London but was brought up in South Africa. He ...more

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Tony Rothman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Tony Rothman Physicist Tony Rothman is an American theoretical physicist, academic and writer.

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Breyten Breytenbach is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Breyten Breytenbach Painter, Poet, Author Breyten Breytenbach is a South African writer and painter of great eminence. He is informally considered as the national poet laureate by Afrikaans speaking South Africans of the region. He also ...more

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Jonathan M. Dorfan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Jonathan M. Dorfan Jonathan M. Dorfan is a particle physicist and current president of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Graduate University. He is a former director of the Stanford Linear ...more

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Politician Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is a United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UN Women. Previously she was a South African politician who was Deputy President of South Africa ...more

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Roger Whittaker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Roger Whittaker Musician, Singer-songwriter, Teacher Roger Whittaker is a Kenyan/British singer-songwriter and musician, who was born in Nairobi. His music is an eclectic mix of folk music and popular songs in addition to radio airplay hits. He is ...more

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Colin Eglin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Colin Eglin Politician Colin Wells Eglin was a South African politician best known for having served as national leader of the opposition from 1977–79 and 1986-87. He represented Sea Point in the South African ...more

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Eric Lloyd Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Eric Lloyd Williams Journalist Eric Lloyd Williams was a South African-born journalist and war correspondent who covered World War II for the South African Press Association and Reuters. Lloyd Williams reported on the North ...more

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David Coltart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
David Coltart Politician, Lawyer David Coltart is a Zimbabwean lawyer, Christian leader and politician. He was a founding member of the Movement for Democratic Change when it was established in 1999 and its founding Secretary ...more

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Jeremy Cronin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Jeremy Cronin Politician Jeremy Cronin is a South African writer, author, and noted poet. A longtime activist in politics, Cronin is a member of the South African Communist Party and a member of the National Executive ...more

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Pierre Berbizier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Cape Town Alumni
Pierre Berbizier Coach Pierre Berbizier is a French former rugby union footballer, and currently head coach of Top 14 side Racing Métro. His usual position was at scrum-half. He played 56 times for France.