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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.