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

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

List is made up of graduates like Chris Pine and Mark Knopfler.

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

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Harold Shipman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Harold Shipman Physician Harold Frederick Shipman was a British doctor and one of the most prolific serial killers in recorded history. On 31 January 2000, a jury found Shipman guilty of 15 murders. He was sentenced to ...more

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Chris Pine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Chris Pine Actor, Voice acting Christopher Whitelaw "Chris" Pine is an American actor in film and television. He is best known for his role as James T. Kirk in the 2009 film Star Trek, and its sequel, Star Trek Into ...more

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Leslie Cheung is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Leslie Cheung Record producer, Songwriter, Screenwriter Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing was a Hong Kong singer-songwriter, actor, film director, record producer, and screenwriter. Cheung is considered as "one of the founding fathers of Cantopop" by ...more

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Mark Gatiss is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Mark Gatiss Comedian, Television producer, Novelist Mark Gatiss is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist. He is a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen alongside Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and co-writer Jeremy ...more

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Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Mark Knopfler Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE is a British songwriter, film score composer, guitarist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead singer, and songwriter for the rock band ...more

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Piers Sellers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Piers Sellers Astronaut, Scientist Piers John Sellers, Ph.D., OBE is a British-born Anglo-American meteorologist, and a NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of three space shuttle missions. Sellers attended Cranbrook School, ...more

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Robin Skelton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Robin Skelton Writer Robin Skelton was a British-born academic, writer, poet, and anthologist. Born in Easington, Yorkshire, Skelton was educated at the University of Leeds and Cambridge University. From 1944 to ...more

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Stephen Jay Gould is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Stephen Jay Gould Paleontologist, Biologist, Historian Stephen Jay Gould was an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his ...more

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Richard Quest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Richard Quest Journalist, TV Journalist, Presenter Richard Austin Quest is an English journalist and a CNN International anchor and reporter, based in New York City, New York. He anchors Quest Means Business. In addition to anchoring the ...more

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Little Boots is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Little Boots Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Disc jockey Victoria Christina Hesketh, better known by her stage name Little Boots, is an English electropop singer-songwriter and DJ. She was previously a member of the band Dead Disco. Since performing ...more

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Emma Crosby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Emma Crosby Journalist, Presenter Emma Catherine Crosby, is a British television newsreader and journalist, currently acting as the main anchor for 5 News on Channel 5 every weekday. Between 2003 and 2007, Crosby worked on Sky ...more

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Simon Holledge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Simon Holledge Editor, Writer Simon Holledge is a British writer and environmentalist who has lived much of his life in China and Japan. He was born in London and studied Chinese at Leeds and the Chinese University of Hong ...more

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Jacqui Oatley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Jacqui Oatley Journalist, Sports commentator Jacqui Oatley is a British freelance sports broadcaster, presenting, commentating and reporting mostly on football for BBC Sport and ITV Sport. She is best known for being the first female ...more

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Jack Straw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Jack Straw Politician, Barrister John Whitaker "Jack" Straw is a British politician who served as the Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1979 to 2015. Straw served in the Cabinet from 1997 to 2010 under the ...more

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Col Needham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Col Needham Colin Needham is the founder and CEO of the Internet Movie Database, and has served as General Manager of IMDb since its acquisition by Amazon.com in 1998.

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Andrew Herbert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Andrew Herbert Computer scientist Andrew James Herbert OBE is a British computer scientist, formerly Chairman of Microsoft Research, for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

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Paul Dacre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Paul Dacre Editor, Journalist Paul Michael Dacre is an English journalist and editor of the British newspaper the Daily Mail. He is also editor-in-chief of dmg media, which publishes the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, the ...more

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Abbi Tatton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Abbi Tatton Journalist, TV Journalist Abbi Tatton was an Internet reporter for CNN. She was born in 1975 and attended the Cherwell School in Oxford, England. Based in Washington, D.C., Tatton utilized innovative technologies to ...more

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Irvine Laidlaw, Baron Laidlaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Irvine Laidlaw, Baron Laidlaw Politician Irvine Alan Stewart Laidlaw, Baron Laidlaw is a Scottish businessman, and a former member of the House of Lords. In the Sunday Times Rich List 2012 ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK he ...more

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Clare Short is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Clare Short Politician Clare Short is a British politician, and a member of the Labour Party. She was the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood from 1983 to 2010; for most of this period she was a Labour Party ...more

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George Porter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
George Porter Chemist George Hornidge Porter, Baron Porter of Luddenham, OM, FRS was a British chemist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1967.

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David Cox is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
David Cox Mathematician, Statistician Sir David Roxbee Cox FRS, FBA is a prominent British statistician.

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Barry Cryer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Barry Cryer Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Barry Charles Cryer OBE is a British writer and comedian. Cryer has written for many noted performers, including Dave Allen, Stanley Baxter, Jack Benny, Rory Bremner, George Burns, Jasper ...more

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Herbert Read is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Herbert Read Art critic Sir Herbert Edward Read, DSO, MC was an English anarchist, poet and literary critic, best known for numerous books on art, which included influential volumes on the role of art in education. ...more

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Chelsy Davy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Leeds 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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Michael Daniels is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Michael Daniels Lecturer, Psychologist Dr Michael Daniels is a British transpersonal psychologist and parapsychologist. A Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, he was formerly a senior ...more

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Rolfe Kent is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Rolfe Kent Film Score Composer, Composer Rolfe R. Kent is a British film score composer.

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Mark Tucker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Mark Tucker Businessperson Mark Tucker is an English businessman, best known for his various roles at Prudential plc, where he was the CEO until September 2009. He is now the Chairman and CEO of AIA Group Limited. Tucker ...more

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Steve Shill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Steve Shill Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter Steve Shill is a British television and film director, actor, screenwriter, and television producer.

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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Novelist, Author, Essayist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is a Kenyan writer, formerly working in English and now working in Gikuyu. His work includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social ...more

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Corinne Bailey Rae is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Corinne Bailey Rae Guitarist, Singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Bailey Rae was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2006 in an annual BBC poll of music ...more

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Arthur Yap is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Arthur Yap Writer, Teacher Arthur Yap Chioh Hiong was a Singaporean poet, writer and painter.

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Graham Allen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Graham Allen Politician Graham William Allen is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Nottingham North since 1987.

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Roy Hattersley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Roy Hattersley Politician, Journalist Roy Sydney George Hattersley, Baron Hattersley, FRSL, PC is a British Labour politician, author and journalist from Sheffield. He was MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook for 33 years from 1964 to 1997. ...more

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John Battle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
John Battle Politician John Dominic Battle, KC*SG is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Leeds West from 1987 to 2010.

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Simba Makoni is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Simba Makoni Politician, Chemist Simbarashe Herbert Stanley Makoni is a Zimbabwean politician and was a candidate for the March 2008 presidential election against incumbent Robert Mugabe. He was Minister of Finance and Economic ...more

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Kalendu Patel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Kalendu Patel Businessperson Kalendu Patel was named Executive Vice President of Emerging Business in September 2007.

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Kay Mellor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Kay Mellor Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter Kay Mellor, OBE is an English actress, scriptwriter, and director best known for her work on several successful television drama series.

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Tony Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Tony Fitzpatrick Structural engineer, Engineer Anthony James Fitzpatrick FREng HonFRIBA was an eminent structural engineer and director of Arup.

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Hage Geingob is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Hage Geingob Politician Hage Gottfried Geingob is the third and the current President of Namibia, in office since 21 March 2015. Geingob was the first Prime Minister of Namibia from 21 March 1990 until 28 August 2002, ...more

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Steve Vickers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Steve Vickers Programmer Steve Vickers is a British mathematician and computer scientist. In the early 1980s, he wrote ROM firmware and manuals for three home computers, the Sinclair ZX81 and ZX Spectrum and the Jupiter ...more

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Diederick Santer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Diederick Santer Businessperson, Television producer Diederick Santer is a British television producer and is best known for his work on the popular BBC television soap opera EastEnders, a post which he assumed on 23 October 2006 and left on 1 ...more

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Edmund Happold is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Edmund Happold Structural engineer, Engineer Professor Sir Edmund Happold, better known as Ted Happold, was a structural engineer and founder of Buro Happold.

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Henry Gee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Henry Gee Science writer Dr Henry Gee is a British paleontologist and evolutionary biologist. He is a senior editor of Nature, the scientific journal. Gee earned his B.Sc. at the University of Leeds and completed his ...more

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Alan Campbell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Alan Campbell Alan Campbell is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Tynemouth since 1997. He served as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office from ...more

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Karl P. N. Shuker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Leeds 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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Wizard of New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Wizard of New Zealand Comedian The Wizard of New Zealand, QSM is an English-born New Zealand educator, comedian, magician and politician, who has become something of a national icon of New Zealand.

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David Eaves is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni

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Alistair McGowan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
Alistair McGowan Comedian, Actor, Voice acting Alistair Charles McGowan is an English impressionist, comic, actor, singer and writer best known to British audiences for The Big Impression, which was, for four years, one of BBC1's top-rating ...more

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David Baulcombe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Leeds Alumni
David Baulcombe Professor, Botanist Sir David Charles Baulcombe, FRS FMedSci is a British plant scientist and geneticist. He is currently Royal Society Research Professor and Regius Professor of Botany at the University of