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Famous University Of Sydney Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1
    Businessperson, Nude Glamour Model


    BirthplaceKillara, Australia

    Eleanor Nancy Macpherson (; née Gow; born 29 March 1964) is an Australian model, businesswoman, television host and actress. She is known for her record five cover appearances for the Sports...  more

    #22 of 355 The Hottest Women Over 40 in 2013#14 of 153 The Most Stunning Celebrity Women Over 50#50 of 161 Beautiful Celebrity Women Aging the Most Gracefully

  • 2


    BirthplaceBalmain, New South Wales, Australia

    Mary Rose Byrne (born 24 July 1979) is an Australian actress. She made her screen debut in the film Dallas Doll (1994), and continued to act in Australian film and television throughout the 1990s....  more

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  • 3
    Politician, Environmentalist


    BirthplaceOberon, Australia

    Robert James Brown (born 27 December 1944) is a former Australian politician, medical doctor, and environmentalist who is a former Senator, and former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens....  more
  • 4
    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceSpånga, Stockholm, Sweden

    Hans Lundgren (; Swedish: [ˈdɔlːf ˈlɵnːdgreːn] (listen); born 3 November 1957), better known as Dolph Lundgren, is a Swedish actor, filmmaker, and martial artist. Lundgren's breakthrough came in...  more

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  • 5
    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceLaunceston, Australia

    Rachael May Taylor (born 11 July 1984) is an Australian actress and model. Her first leading role was in the Australian series headLand (2005–2006). She then made the transition to Hollywood,...  more

    #1064 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#14 of 119 Hottest Australian Models

  • 6


    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Saul Griffith (born 1974) is an Australian American inventor. He is the founder or co-founder of multiple companies, including Otherlab (where he is currently CEO), Makani Power, and Instructables....  more
  • 7
    Researcher, Film Director


    Donald James "Don" Weatherburn PSM (born 14 May 1951) 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
  • 8
    Journalist, Researcher



    Henry Hermann Bauer (born November 16, 1931) is an emeritus professor of chemistry and science studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He is the author of...  more
  • 9
    Judge, Barrister


    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Michael Donald Kirby (born 18 March 1939) 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...  more
  • 10
    Poet, Writer

    AgeDec. at 54 (1954-2008)

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Dorothy Featherstone Porter (26 March 1954 – 10 December 2008) was an Australian poet. She was a recipient of the Christopher Brennan Award....  more
  • 11
    Screenwriter, Actor

    AgeDec. at 52 (1950-2003)

    BirthplaceMaitland, Australia

    Nicholas Paul Enright AM (22 December 1950 – 30 March 2003) was an Australian dramatist and playwright and theatre director....  more
  • 12
    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceKogarah, Australia

    Clive James (born 7 October 1939) is an Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist. He has lived and worked in the United Kingdom since 1962....  more
  • 13
    Journalist, Professor


    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Germaine Greer (; born 29 January 1939) is an Australian writer and public intellectual, regarded as one of the major voices of the second-wave feminist movement in the latter half of the 20th...  more

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  • 14
    Politician, Solicitor


    BirthplaceEarlwood, Australia

    John Winston Howard, (born 26 July 1939) is an Australian former politician who served as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007. He is the second-longest serving Australian Prime...  more
  • 15
    Journalist, Film Producer


    BirthplaceMaryborough, Australia

    Phillip Andrew Hedley Adams AO FAHA FRSA (born 12 July 1939) is an Australian humanist, social commentator, broadcaster, public intellectual and farmer. He hosts Late Night Live, an Australian...  more
  • 16
    Footballer, Social activist

    AgeDec. at 64 (1936-2000)

    BirthplaceAlice Springs, Australia

    Charles Nelson Perkins, AO, commonly known as Charlie Perkins (16 June 1936 – 19 October 2000), was an Australian Aboriginal activist, soccer player and administrator....  more
  • 17
    Politician, Educator


    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Silma Ihram (born Anne Frances Beaumont; c. 1954) is an Australian pioneer of Muslim education in Western Sydney, founder and former school Principal of the 'Noor Al Houda Islamic College' in Sydney,...  more
  • 18
    Journalist, Novelist


    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Geraldine Brooks (born 14 September 1955) is an Australian American journalist and novelist whose 2005 novel March won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction....  more
  • 19
    Comedian, Musician


    Andrew John Hansen (born 18 September 1974) is an Australian comedian, musician and author, best known for being a member of satirical team The Chaser. As a member of The Chaser, Hansen's television...  more
  • 20
    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Ryan Christian Kwanten (born 28 November 1976) is an Australian actor and comedian. He played Vinnie Patterson from 1997 to 2002 in the Australian soap opera Home and Away. After his stint ended, he...  more

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  • 21


    BirthplaceBathurst, Australia

    Ross Vincent Free (born 7 March 1943) 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...  more
  • 22
    Poet, Environmentalist

    AgeDec. at 85 (1915-2000)

    BirthplaceArmidale, Australia

    Judith Arundell Wright (31 May 1915 – 25 June 2000) was an Australian poet, environmentalist and campaigner for Aboriginal land rights. She was a recipient of the Christopher Brennan Award....  more
  • 23
    Frederick Albert McDonald (7 December 1872 – disappeared April 1926) was an Australian politician and possible murder victim. Educated at public schools and at the University of Sydney, McDonald...  more
  • 24


    Neal Peres Da Costa (born 1964) is an Australian harpsichordist, fortepianist and organist. He specialises in performance on historical keyboard instruments of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, for...  more
  • 25


    BirthplaceKingsford, Australia

    Janette Howard (née Parker; born 11 August 1944) is the wife of John Howard, who was the Prime Minister of Australia from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007 and the second longest serving Australian...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to University of Sydney and be of some renown.