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

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

Alumni include Elle Macpherson, Rose Byrne and more.

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

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Elle Macpherson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Elle Macpherson Businessperson, Nude Glamour Model, Television producer Elle Macpherson is an Australian businesswoman, television host, model, and actress. She is well known for her record five cover appearances for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue beginning ...more

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Rose Byrne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Rose Byrne Actor Mary Rose Byrne is an Australian actress. Byrne made her screen debut in 1994 with a small role in the film Dallas Doll. In 2000, she played a leading role in the Australian film The Goddess of ...more

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Bob Brown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Bob Brown Politician, Environmentalist, Physician Robert James "Bob" Brown is an Australian former politician, medical doctor, environmentalist, former Senator and former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens. Brown was ...more

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Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Dolph Lundgren Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish actor, director, and martial artist. He belongs to a generation of film actors who epitomise the action hero stereotype, alongside Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, ...more

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Rachael Taylor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Rachael Taylor Model, Actor Rachael May Taylor is an Australian actress and model. Her first leading role was in the Australian series headLand. She then made the transition to Hollywood, appearing in films including ...more

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Saul Griffith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Saul Griffith Inventor Saul Griffith is an Australian American inventor. He is the founder or co-founder of seven companies, including Otherlab, Makani Power, and Instructables.

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Don Weatherburn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Don Weatherburn Researcher, Film Director Donald James "Don" Weatherburn PSM has been Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research in Sydney since 1988 and is an Adjunct Professor with the School of Social ...more

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Henry H. Bauer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Henry H. Bauer Journalist, Researcher, Scientist Henry Hermann Bauer is an emeritus professor of chemistry and science studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the author of several books and articles on fringe ...more

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Michael Kirby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Michael Kirby Judge, Barrister, Jurist Michael Donald Kirby AC, CMG is an Australian jurist and academic who is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009. He has remained active in retirement: in May ...more

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Dorothy Porter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Dorothy Porter Poet, Writer Dorothy Featherstone Porter was an Australian poet.

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Nick Enright is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Nick Enright Screenwriter, Actor, Writer Nicholas Paul "Nick" Enright AM was an Australian dramatist and playwright.

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Clive James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Clive James Poet, Novelist, Author Clive James AO CBE is an Australian-British author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist, best known for his autobiographical series Unreliable Memoirs, for his chat shows and ...more

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Germaine Greer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Germaine Greer Journalist, Professor, Screenwriter Germaine Greer is an Australian theorist, academic and journalist, who is regarded as having been a major feminist voice of the mid-20th century. She resides in the United Kingdom, where she is ...more

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John Howard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
John Howard Politician, Solicitor John Winston Howard, OM, AC, was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia, from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007. He is the second longest-serving Australian prime minister, after Sir Robert ...more

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Phillip Adams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Phillip Adams Journalist, Film Producer, Actor Phillip Andrew Hedley Adams, AO, FAHA, FRSA is an Australian humanist, social commentator, broadcaster, public intellectual and farmer. He hosts an ABC Radio National program, Late Night Live, ...more

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Charles Perkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Charles Perkins Footballer, Social activist Charles Nelson Perkins, AO, commonly known as Charlie Perkins, was an Australian Aboriginal activist, soccer player and administrator. He was known as Kumantjayi Perkins in the period ...more

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Silma Ihram is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Silma Ihram Politician, Educator, Author Silma Ihram is an Australian pioneer of Muslim education in the West, founder and former school Principal of the 'Noor Al Houda Islamic College' in Sydney, and a campaigner for racial tolerance. ...more

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Geraldine Brooks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Geraldine Brooks Journalist, Novelist, Author Geraldine Brooks is an Australian American journalist and author whose 2005 novel, March, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. While retaining her Australian passport, she became an United States ...more

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Andrew Hansen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Andrew Hansen Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter Andrew John Hansen is an Australian comedian and musician, best known for being a member of satirical team The Chaser. As a member of The Chaser, Hansen's television work includes co-writing and ...more

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Ryan Kwanten is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Ryan Kwanten Actor, Voice acting Ryan Kwanten is an Australian actor. He played Vinnie Patterson from 1997 to 2002 on the Australian soap-opera Home and Away. After his stint ended he joined the American teen-orientated drama ...more

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Ross Free is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Ross Free Politician Ross Vincent Free is an Australian politician, and was a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the seat of Macquarie from 1980 until 1984, then Lindsay from 1984 ...more

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Judith Wright is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Judith Wright Poet, Environmentalist, Writer Judith Arundell Wright was an Australian poet, environmentalist and campaigner for Aboriginal land rights.

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Frederick McDonald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Frederick McDonald Frederick Albert McDonald was an Australian politician and possible murder victim. Educated at public schools and at the University of Sydney, McDonald became a teacher and rose to become ...more

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Neal Peres Da Costa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Neal Peres Da Costa Pianist Neal Peres Da Costa is an Australian harpsichordist, fortepianist and organist. He specialises in performance on historical keyboard instruments of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, for which ...more

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Janette Howard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Janette Howard Teacher Janette Howard is the wife of John Howard, who was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007 and the second longest serving Australian Prime Minister.

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Dorothy Auchterlonie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Dorothy Auchterlonie Poet, Literary critic, Educator Dorothy Auchterlonie AO was an English-born Australian academic, literary critic and poet.

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Margaret Somerville is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Margaret Somerville Pharmacist, Professor, Law professor Margaret Anne Ganley Somerville, AM, FRSC is the Samuel Gale Professor of Law at McGill University, as well as professor in the university's faculty of medicine and the founding director of the ...more

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Gordon Elliott is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Gordon Elliott Television producer Gordon Elliott is a British-born Australian journalist and producer. He is the executive producer of ABC's daytime program The Chew, but is probably better known for his 1990s TV talk show ...more

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Michael L'Estrange is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Michael L'Estrange Politician, Diplomat, Civil servant Michael Gerard L'Estrange AO, an Australian academic and former public servant, is the Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University, in Canberra. L'Estrange had ...more

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Astrid Radjenovic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Astrid Radjenovic Bobsleigher, Veterinarian, Athlete Astrid Loch-Wilkinson is an Olympic bobsleigher.

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Leycester Meares is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Leycester Meares Judge, Barrister, Solicitor The Honourable [Charles] Leycester Devenish Meares AC CMG QC was an Australian judge, patron of the arts and chairman and benefactor of the national child safety organisation Kidsafe.

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Pat Moran is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Pat Moran Mathematician, Statistician Patrick Alfred Pierce Moran FRS, commonly known as Pat Moran was an Australian statistician who made significant contributions to probability theory and its application to population and ...more

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Arthur Colvin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Arthur Colvin Soldier, Physician, Surgeon The Honourable Colonel Arthur Edmund Colvin CBE MC MLC was a member of New South Wales Legislative Council and a soldier, surgeon and physician.

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Julian McMahon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Julian McMahon Model, Actor Julian Dana William McMahon is an Australian actor and model. He is best known for his portrayals of Cole Turner in The WB series Charmed, Christian Troy on the series Nip/Tuck, and Doctor Doom ...more

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Christopher Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Christopher Shanahan Barrister Christopher Shanahan is a Senior Counsel barrister in the state of Western Australia. He works primarily in the areas of superior court appeals, equity and administrative law. He was educated at ...more

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Chris Taylor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Chris Taylor Comedian, Screenwriter, Radio personality Christopher Thornton "Chris" Taylor is an Australian comedian, writer and former radio host from Sydney. As a member of The Chaser, he is best known for co-writing and appearing on ...more

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William Doe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
William Doe College Administrator, Professor, Physician Professor William Doe is the Australian-born Provost of the Aga Khan University and former professor of medicine and Dean of the University of Birmingham Medical School.

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Anthony Ryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Anthony Ryan Bobsleigher, Athlete, Teacher Anthony Ryan is an Olympic bobsleigher.

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Tony Vinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Tony Vinson Professor, Scientist, Author Tony Vinson AM is "one of Australia's leading social scientists and outspoken public intellectuals". His career spans the disciplines of social work, social policy, psychology, ...more

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Robert Madgwick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Robert Madgwick College Administrator, Soldier, Civil servant Sir Robert Bowden Madgwick OBE was an Australian educationist. He was the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England and served two terms as Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting ...more

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Andrew Laming is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Andrew Laming Politician, Obstetrician, Surgeon Andrew Charles Laming is an Australian politician who is currently a member of the House of Representatives representing the Division of Bowman, Queensland, for the Liberal National Party of ...more

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Roden Cutler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Roden Cutler Politician, Soldier, Diplomat Sir Arthur Roden Cutler VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE, known as Sir Roden Cutler, was an Australian diplomat, the longest serving Governor of New South Wales and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the ...more

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Adam Spencer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Adam Spencer Television Show Host, Mathematician, Comedian Adam Barrington Spencer is an Australian radio presenter, comedian, and media personality. He first came to fame when he won his round of the comedic talent search Raw Comedy in the mid-1990s. ...more

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Andrew Tridgell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Andrew Tridgell Programmer Andrew "Tridge" Tridgell is an Australian computer programmer best known as the author of and contributor to the Samba file server, and co-inventor of the rsync algorithm. He is known ...more

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Bryan Gaensler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Bryan Gaensler Professor, Astronomer Bryan Malcolm Gaensler is an Australian astronomer and former Young Australian of the Year, currently based at the University of Toronto. He studies magnetars, supernova remnants and magnetic ...more

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Ronald N. Bracewell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Ronald N. Bracewell Physicist, Astronomer, Engineer Ronald Newbold Bracewell AO was the Lewis M. Terman Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus of the Space, Telecommunications and Radioscience Laboratory at Stanford University.

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Helen Coonan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Helen Coonan Politician, Barrister Helen Lloyd Coonan is a former Australian politician, who was a Liberal member of the Australian Senate representing New South Wales from July 1996 to August 2011.

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Jill Ker Conway is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Jill Ker Conway Historian, Professor, Novelist Jill Ker Conway, AC is an Australian-American author. Well known for her autobiographies, in particular her first memoir, The Road from Coorain. She was also Smith College's first woman ...more

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Henry Archdall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Henry Archdall Educator, Cleric Henry Kingsley Archdall was an Australian academic and clergyman. After teaching at Cambridge University, in Australia and in New Zealand, he became Principal of St David's College, Lampeter and ...more

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Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Sydney Alumni
Joan Sutherland Opera Singer, Dramatic colouratura Dame Joan Alston Sutherland OM, AC, DBE was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the ...more