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Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni

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

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

List ranges from Eddie Izzard to Stephen Daldry and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Sheffield?” and “Which celebrities are University of Sheffield alumni?”
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Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 57

Birthplace: Colony of Aden

Edward John Izzard (; born 7 February 1962) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and political activist. His comedic style takes the form of rambling whimsical monologue and ...more

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Stephen Daldry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Theatre Director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 58

Birthplace: Dorset, United Kingdom

Stephen David Daldry, CBE (born 2 May 1960) is an English director and producer of film, theatre, and television. He has won three Olivier Awards for his work in the West End and two Tony Awards ...more

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Helen Sharman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Chemist, Astronaut

Age: 55

Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Helen Patricia Sharman, CMG, OBE, HonFRSC (born 30 May 1963) is a chemist who became the first British cosmonaut and the first woman to visit the Mir space station in May 1991.
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Andy Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Model, Actor, Engineer

Birthplace: Amlwch, United Kingdom

Andy Whitfield (17 October 1971 – 11 September 2011) was a Welsh actor. He was best known for his leading role in the Starz television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
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Linda Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Comedian

Age: Dec. at 48 (1958-2006)

Birthplace: Erith, London, United Kingdom

Linda Helen Smith (29 January 1958 – 27 February 2006) was an English comedian and comedy writer. She appeared regularly on Radio 4 panel games, and was voted "Wittiest Living Person" ...more
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Vernon C. Gibson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Vernon C. Gibson

Age: 60

Vernon Charles Gibson (born 15 November 1958) is a British scientist who served as Chief Scientific Adviser at the Ministry of Defence between 2012 and 2016. He is Visiting Professor at Imperial ...more
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Harry Kroto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Chemist, Professor, Scientist

Age: 79

Birthplace: Wisbech, United Kingdom

Sir Harold Walter Kroto (born Harold Walter Krotoschiner; 7 October 1939 – 30 April 2016), known as Harry Kroto, was an English chemist. He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Robert ...more
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Amy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Pilot

Age: Dec. at 38 (1903-1941)

Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom

Amy Johnson (born 1 July 1903, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, Eng.— vanished 5 January 1941, over the Thames estuary), was a pioneering female pilot who came to prominence through her endeavour ...more
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Lee Child is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 64

Birthplace: Coventry, England

James Dover Grant (born 29 October 1954), primarily known by his pen name Lee Child, is a British author who writes thriller novels, and is best known for his Jack Reacher novel series. The ...more
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Thierry Malet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Thierry Malet Musician

Age: 54

Birthplace: Châtellerault, France

Thierry Malet is a musician and a film music contributor.
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Jack Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 73 (1931-2004)

Birthplace: Cheetham Hill, United Kingdom

Jack Morris Rosenthal (8 September 1931 – 29 May 2004) was an English playwright, who wrote 129 early episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and over 150 screenplays, including ...more
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David Wetherall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
David Wetherall Footballer

Age: 47

Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

David Wetherall (born 14 March 1971) is an English former footballer who played as a central defender, finishing his playing career with Bradford City at the end of the 2007–08 season. Born in ...more
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Paul Davies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Programmer

Age: 32

Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom

Little-known programmer and gamer from the UK.
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Belle de Jour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Call girl, Scientist, Author

Age: 43

Birthplace: Florida

Brooke Magnanti (born 5 November 1975) is an American-born naturalised British former research scientist, blogger, and writer, who, until her identity was revealed in November 2009, was known by ...more
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Gavin Bryars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Film Score Composer, Bassist, Composer

Age: 76

Birthplace: Goole, United Kingdom

Richard Gavin Bryars (; born 16 January 1943) is an English composer and double bassist. He has worked in jazz, free improvisation, minimalism, historicism, avant-garde, and experimental music.
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Richard J. Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Chemist, Scientist

Age: 75

Birthplace: Derby, United Kingdom

Sir Richard John Roberts (born 6 September 1943) is an English biochemist and molecular biologist. He was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Phillip Allen Sharp for the ...more
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Dennis Skinner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Politician

Age: 87

Birthplace: Clay Cross, United Kingdom

Dennis Edward Skinner (born 11 February 1932) is a British politician of the Labour Party serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolsover since 1970. Skinner became the longest ...more
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Donald Bailey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Civil engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 84 (1901-1985)

Birthplace: Rotherham, United Kingdom

Donald Bailey may refer to: Sir Donald Bailey (civil engineer) (1901–1985), British civil engineer Donald A. Bailey (born 1945), American politician and lawyer Donald Bailey (musician) ...more
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Tim Cranston is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Tim Cranston (born December 13, 1962) is a retired professional ice hockey player who holds dual Canadian and British nationality. He played in Europe between 1985 and 1999 except for one game ...more
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Rachel Shelley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 49

Birthplace: Swindon, United Kingdom

Rachel Shelley (born 25 August 1969) is an English actress and model. She is best known for playing Helena Peabody in the Showtime series The L Word and Elizabeth Russell in the Oscar-nominated ...more
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Tony Miles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Tony Miles

Age: Dec. at 46 (1955-2001)

Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Anthony John Miles (23 April 1955 – 12 November 2001) was an English chess grandmaster, the first Englishman to earn the Grandmaster title in over-the-board play.
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Frank Carr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Businessperson
Prior to joining Newport Media, Frank was VP of Engineering at Axiom Microdevices, developing CMOS RF Power Amplifiers and Transceivers for cell phones. Frank has over 25 years of experience in ...more
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Jon McClure is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Jon McClure Musician, Singer

Age: 37

Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Jon McClure (born 22 December 1981), known as The Reverend, is an English musician. He is the lead singer and frontman of Reverend and The Makers, and ex-vocalist of 1984 and Judan Suki. He says ...more
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Gorg Mallia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Gorg Mallia Cartoonist

Age: 61

Birthplace: Malta

Ġorġ Mallia is a communications academic, author and cartoonist working on the island of Malta (born November 9, 1957).
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Robert J Harrison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Sheffield Alumni
Robert J Harrison