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

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

Alumni range from Stephen Daldry to David Yates.

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

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Stephen Daldry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Theatre Director, Television producer, Film Producer Stephen David Daldry, CBE is an English director and producer of both film and theatre. He has won the Tony Award for his work on Broadway, and has directed several feature films that have been ...more

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Richard Bartle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Professor, Researcher, Writer Richard Allan Bartle is a British writer, professor and game researcher, best known for being the co-creator of MUD1 and the author of the seminal Designing Virtual Worlds. He is one of the ...more

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David Yates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer David Yates is an English filmmaker who has directed feature films, short films, and television productions. He rose to mainstream prominence by directing the final four films in the Harry ...more

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Dermot Murnaghan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Journalist Dermot Murnaghan is a British broadcaster. A presenter for Sky News, he was a news presenter at CNBC Europe, Independent Television News and BBC News. He has presented news programmes in a ...more

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Óscar Arias is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Politician Óscar Arias Sánchez was President of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2010. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his efforts to end the Central American ...more

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Ruth Cheesley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Ruth Cheesley Ruth Cheesley is the Director of Virya Technologies Ltd, a business specialising in open source technologies – specifically Joomla! CMS and Linux-based server support. Ruth is a Website Designer ...more

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Stephen F. Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Historian, Political scientist Stephen F. Jones is an American expert on post-Communist societies in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe who currently serves as Chair of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Mount Holyoke ...more

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Omar Asghar Khan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Politician, Economist Omar Asghar Khan was a Pakistani economist, social, political scientist. A professor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Quaid-i-Azam University, he was the founder of Qaumi Jamhoori

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Hoshyar Zebari is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Hoshyar Zebari Politician Hoshyar Zebari is the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Iraq. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2003 until 2014. A Kurd originally from Aqrah, a city in Iraqi Kurdistan, Zebari ...more

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James Gomez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Politician Dr. James Gomez is a politician and academic from Singapore. He is currently a member of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party and was previously a member of the Workers' Party. Gomez came ...more

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Simon Critchley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Philosopher Simon Critchley is an English philosopher currently teaching at The New School, who writes primarily on the history of philosophy, political theory, religion, ethics, and aesthetics, especially ...more

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John Bercow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Politician John Simon Bercow is a British politician who has been the Speaker of the House of Commons since June 2009. Prior to his election to Speaker, he was a member of the Conservative Party. He served ...more

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Stephen J. Mellor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Computer scientist Stephen J. Mellor is a British computer scientist, developer of the Shlaer–Mellor method and Executable UML, and signatory to the Agile Manifesto.

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Daniel Libeskind is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Designer, Architect Daniel Libeskind is a Polish-American architect, artist, professor and set designer of Polish Jewish descent. Libeskind founded Studio Daniel Libeskind in 1989 with his wife, Nina, and is its ...more

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Nick Broomfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Nicholas "Nick" Broomfield is an English documentary filmmaker. During his career, Broomfield has shifted from classic cinéma vérité, to a more self-reflexive ...more

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Chris Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Chris Day is the President and CEO of Mobilygen. Chris has over 22 years of experience in the semiconductor industry with the last twelve in digital video. Prior to Mobilygen, Chris was General ...more

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Christopher A. Pissarides is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Professor, Economist Sir Christopher Antoniou Pissarides FBA is a Cypriot/British economist. He is the School Professor of Economics & Political Science and Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of ...more

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David Triesman, Baron Triesman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Politician David Maxim Triesman, Baron Triesman is a British politician and trade union leader. He is a Labour member of the House of Lords and previously a minister at the Department for Innovation, ...more

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Gilad Atzmon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Musician, Writer Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist, novelist, political activist and writer. Atzmon's album Exile was BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Playing over 100 dates a year, he ...more

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Leung Yiu-chung is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Leung Yiu-chung Politician, Teacher Leung Yiu-chung. He is a member of the pro-labour Neighbourhood Workers Service Centre, part of the pan-democracy camp, and a long-time member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, having ...more

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Ian Austin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Ian Austin Politician Ian Christopher Austin is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Dudley North since 2005. He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for ...more

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Priti Patel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Politician Priti Patel MP is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for the Witham constituency in Essex since 2010.

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Jean Drèze is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Professor, Economist Jean Drèze is a development economist who has been influential in Indian economic policymaking. He is a naturalized Indian of Belgian origin. His work in India include issues like hunger, ...more

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Siobhain McDonagh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Siobhain McDonagh Politician Siobhain Ann McDonagh is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Mitcham and Morden since 1997. She previously served as an Assistant Whip in the Labour ...more

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Alberto Pérez-Gómez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Alberto Pérez-Gómez is an architectural historian and is also well known as an architectural theorist and a promoter of a phenomenological approach to architecture.

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Ben Okri is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author Ben Okri OBE FRSL is a Nigerian poet and novelist. Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions and has been compared favourably to ...more

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Brian Hanrahan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Journalist, Presenter Brian Hanrahan was the Diplomatic Editor for BBC News and a well known correspondent. He also presented The World at One on BBC Radio Four and appeared on regular cover shifts on the rolling ...more

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
James Stewart Lawyer James Stewart is a London based family lawyer, specialising in divorce and family law cases, many of which have an international element. He is notable for having acted in high profile ...more

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Nathan Zach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Nathan Zach is an Israeli poet.

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Virginia Bottomley, Baroness B... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Virginia Hilda Brunette Maxwell Bottomley, Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, PC, DL is a British Conservative Party politician. She was a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons from 1984 ...more

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Okello Oculi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Poet, Author Okello Oculi, is a Ugandan novelist, poet, and chronicler of rural African village life. Currently, he is a private political and social consultant based in Abuja, Nigeria. Before that, he ...more

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Alex Neve is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Alex Neve Lawyer Robert Alexander Neve, OC is a Canadian human rights activist and the secretary general of Amnesty International Canada. Born in Calgary, Alberta, the son of Robert Rex Neve and Jean Elizabeth ...more

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Martin Henson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Professor Martin C. Henson FBCS FRSA is an English computer scientist based at the University of Essex. He is Dean for International Affairs and is affiliated to the School of Computer Science ...more

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Michael J. Todd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Michael J. Todd Constable Michael J. Todd QPM was Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police from 2002 until his death.

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Tom Raworth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Tom Raworth Thomas Moore Raworth, known as Tom Raworth, is a London-born poet and visual artist who has published over forty books of poetry and prose since 1966. His work has been translated and published ...more

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James Duddridge is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
James Philip Duddridge is a British Conservative politician. He is the Member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign and ...more

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Kee Thuan Chye is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Editor, Poet, Civil Rights Advocate Kee Thuan Chye is a Malaysian actor, dramatist, poet and journalist. Acting in theatre, films, and on television for more than 30 years, he continues to do so. In 1981, Kee co-founded the ...more

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Mike Bennett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Mike Bennett Businessperson Mike Bennett, is a businessman who started one of the UK's very first digital agencies in Bristol with his partners Stuart Avery. He is actively involved in the wider media and creative ...more

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Fátima Choi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Fátima Choi Mei Lei MSc, BSc was a Commissioner of Audit in Macau. Born in Macao, Choi obtained a Master of Science degree in statistics and Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from ...more

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Douglas Oliver is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Douglas Oliver Douglas Dunlop Oliver was a poet, novelist, editor, and educator. The author of more than a dozen works, Oliver came into poetry not as an academic but through a career in journalism, notably in ...more

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Edita Tahiri is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Edita Tahiri Edita Tahiri was the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, responsible for foreign policy and national security. Before taking on this role, Tahiri was the Minister of Public ...more

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Peter David is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Peter David Politician Peter Charles David is a Grenadian politician. He is the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, a member of the House of Representatives from the Town of St. George constituency, ...more

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Paul Gronke is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni

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Roy Trubshaw is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Roy Trubshaw Roy Trubshaw was a Computer Science student at the University of Essex who co-authored MUD1, the first MUD, with Richard Bartle on a DEC PDP-10. Both of them worked together at Multi-User ...more

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Einar Kristinn Guðfinnsson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Einar Kristinn Guðfinnsson Einar Kristinn Guðfinnsson is an Icelandic politician. He is speaker of Althing. He was Iceland's Minister of Fisheries from September 2005, and became Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture ...more

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Kusuma Karunaratne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Kusuma Karunaratne Kusuma Karunaratne nee Ediriweera Jayasooriya is a Sri Lankan academic, university administrator, Professor and scholar of Sinhalese language and literature.

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Tony Curtis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Painter, Actor Tony Curtis was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades, but had his greatest popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. He acted in more than 100 films in roles covering a ...more

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Charles Mbire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Charles Mbire Businessperson Charles Mbire is a businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist in Uganda. He is reported to be the wealthiest indigenous Ugandan, with an estimated net worth to be in excess of US$200 million, ...more

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Nick Margerrison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
Nick Margerrison Nick Margerrison is a radio presenter who used to present the weekend overnight show on LBC 97.3.

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David McLean is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Essex Alumni
David McLean