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

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

Items here include everything from James Callis to Harry Enfield.

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

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Peter Hitchens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Peter Hitchens Commentator, Journalist, Author Peter Jonathan Hitchens is an English journalist and author. He has published six books, including The Abolition of Britain, The Rage Against God and The War We Never Fought. Hitchens writes for ...more

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Ian Bailey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Ian Bailey Writer Ian Bailey was the Head Buyer and later Financial Director of Games Workshop until 1985. He left Games Workshop to write books and develop games. He has had seven books published in three ...more

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Haleh Afshar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Haleh Afshar Educator, Writer Haleh Afshar, Baroness Afshar OBE FAcSS is a British professor and a life peer in the House of Lords. She is a prominent Muslim feminist, and characterises herself as a Socialist and a Shi'a ...more

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Aníbal Cavaco Silva is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Aníbal Cavaco Silva Detective, Politician, Lecturer Aníbal António Cavaco Silva, GCC, is the 19th and current President of Portugal. He won the Portuguese presidential election on 22 January 2006 and was re-elected on 23 January ...more

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David Osmond-Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
David Osmond-Smith Conductor, Author, Musicologist David Osmond-Smith (27 December 1946 - 31 May 2007) was a leading British musicologist, author, and academic. Born in Worthing, West Sussex, he was educated at Magdalen College school, Oxford ...more

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Harry Enfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Harry Enfield Television director, Comedian, Screenwriter Henry Richard "Harry" Enfield is a BAFTA award-winning English comedian, actor, writer and director.

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Peter Lord is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Peter Lord Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Peter Lord, CBE is a British film producer, director and co-founder of the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations studio, an animation firm best known for its clay-animated films and shorts, ...more

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Greg Dyke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Greg Dyke Journalist, Presenter Gregory "Greg" Dyke is a British media executive, journalist and broadcaster and is currently chairman of The Football Association. Since the 1960s, Dyke has had a long career in the ...more

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Daron Acemoğlu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Daron Acemoğlu Professor, Economist Kamer Daron Acemoğlu is a Turkish-born American economist of Armenian origin.

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Adam Hart-Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Adam Hart-Davis Film Producer, Screenwriter, Presenter Adam John Hart-Davis is an English polymath, comprising scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster, well known in the UK for presenting the BBC television series Local Heroes and ...more

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Jung Chang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Jung Chang Writer Jung Chang is a Chinese-born British writer now living in London, best known for her family autobiography Wild Swans, selling over 10 million copies worldwide but banned in the People's Republic ...more

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Jane Hillston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Jane Hillston Computer scientist Jane Elizabeth Hillston is Professor of Quantitative Modelling and an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Hillston received a BA in ...more

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Fabian Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Fabian Hamilton Politician Fabian Uziell-Hamilton is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Leeds North East since 1997.

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Andrea Barber is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Andrea Barber Actor Andrea Laura Barber is an American actress who is best known for having played Kimmy Gibbler on the ABC sitcom Full House.

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Richard Burden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Richard Burden Politician Richard Burden is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield since 1992.

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Tony Banks, Baron Stratford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Tony Banks, Baron Stratford Politician Anthony Louis Banks, Baron Stratford was a British Labour Party politician, who was a member of parliament from 1983 to 2005, before being made a Member of the House of Lords. In government, he ...more

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James Callis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
James Callis Actor James Callis is an English actor. He is best known for playing Dr. Gaius Baltar in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries and television series, and Bridget Jones' best friend in ...more

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Andrew Brons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Andrew Brons Politician, Lecturer Andrew Henry William Brons is a British politician and former MEP. Long active in far right politics in Britain, he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the ...more

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Spencer Reece is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Spencer Reece Poet Spencer Reece is a poet who lives in Juno Beach, Florida. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University. Reece received a M.A. from the University of York, a M.T.S. from the Harvard Divinity School, ...more

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Meg Munn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Meg Munn Politician Margaret Patricia Munn is a British Labour Co-operative politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley from 2001 to 2015. On 24 January 2014 she advised Heeley constituency ...more

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Alvin Pang is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Alvin Pang Writer Alvin Pang was named 2005 Young Artist of the Year by the National Arts Council Singapore. He holds a First Class Honours degree in English literature from the University of York and an Honorary ...more

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Greg Mulholland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Greg Mulholland Gregory Thomas Mulholland is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom, and is the Member of Parliament for Leeds North West. He was first elected at the 2005 general election, winning ...more

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Linda Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Linda Grant Journalist, Novelist Linda Grant is a British novelist and journalist.

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Han Seung-soo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Han Seung-soo Politician, Professor, Economist Dr. Han Seung-soo KBE is a South Korean politician and diplomat. He was Prime Minister of South Korea from 29 February 2008 to 28 September 2009, and was the President of the 56th session of the ...more

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Margot Livesey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Margot Livesey Author, Writer Margot Livesey is a Scottish born writer. She is the author of six novels, numerous short stories, and essays on the craft of writing fiction. Livesey came to North America during the 1970s ...more

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Christine Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Christine Hamilton Actor Mary Christine Hamilton is an English media personality and author. She has been married to Neil Hamilton, the former Conservative Member of Parliament for Tatton, since 1983. In recent years ...more

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Jonathan Stroud is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Jonathan Stroud Author Jonathan Anthony Stroud is a British writer of fantasy fiction, mainly for children and young adults.

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Albert Owen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Albert Owen Sailor Albert Owen is a Welsh Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament for Ynys Môn. He took the seat in the 2001 election from Plaid Cymru with a margin of exactly eight hundred votes ...more

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Anthony Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Anthony Horowitz Television director, Television producer, Novelist Anthony Horowitz, OBE is a prolific British novelist and screenwriter specialising in mystery and suspense. His work for young adult readers includes The Diamond Brothers series, the Alex Rider ...more

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Richard Coyle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Richard Coyle Actor Richard Coyle is an English actor.

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Megan Crane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Megan Crane Megan Crane is an American novelist.

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Rollo Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Rollo Armstrong Record producer Rowland Constantine O'Malley "Rollo" Armstrong is an English music producer and multi instrumentalist. Half of the remix team Rollo and Sister Bliss and is a founding member of the ...more

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Harriet Harman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Harriet Harman Politician, Solicitor, Lawyer Harriet Ruth Harman, QC MP is a British Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham since 1982. She has been Deputy Leader of the Labour Party since 2007, and is ...more

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Charles Butler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Charles Butler Charles Cadman Butler is an English academic and author of children's fiction. Butler's most important academic work, Four British fantasists : place and culture in the children's fantasies of ...more

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Colville Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Colville Young Novelist Sir Colville Norbert Young, GCMG, MBE is the Governor-General of Belize, and also patron of the Scout Association of Belize. He was appointed Governor-General in 1993, taking office on 17 ...more

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Hugh Bayley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Hugh Bayley Politician Sir Hugh Nigel Edward Bayley is a British Labour Party politician who was Member of Parliament for York Central, having held the predecessor City of York seat from 1992 to the 2010 general ...more

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Oona King, Baroness King of Bo... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Oona King, Baroness King of Bow Politician Oona Tamsyn King, Baroness King of Bow is a Labour politician and former Chief diversity officer of Channel 4. She had previously served as a Labour Party Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green ...more

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Tanya Byron is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Tanya Byron Clinical psychologist, Professor, Psychologist Tanya Byron is a British psychologist, writer, and media personality, best known for her work as a child therapist on television shows Little Angels and The House of Tiny Tearaways. She also ...more

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Neil Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Neil Entwistle Programmer Neil Entwistle is an English man convicted of murdering his American wife, Rachel, and their infant daughter, Lillian, on 20 January 2006 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. He was sentenced to life ...more

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Eduardo Reck Miranda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Eduardo Reck Miranda Composer Eduardo Reck Miranda, Ph.D, is a Brazilian composer of chamber and electroacoustic pieces but is most notable in the United Kingdom for his scientific research into computer music, particularly ...more

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Geoffrey K. Pullum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Geoffrey K. Pullum Professor Geoffrey Keith "Geoff" Pullum is a British-American linguist specialising in the study of English. Since 2009 he has been Professor of General Linguistics at the University of ...more

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Paul Goodman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Paul Goodman Paul Alexander Cyril Goodman is a British journalist and Conservative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Wycombe from 2001 to 2010, during which time he was a Shadow Minister ...more

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Justina Robson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Justina Robson Novelist, Author, Writer Justina Robson is a science fiction author from Leeds, England.

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Graham Swift is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Graham Swift Novelist, Author, Writer Graham Colin Swift FRSL is an English writer. Born in London, England, he was educated at Dulwich College, London, Queens' College, Cambridge, and later the University of York. Some of Swift's ...more

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Keith Bradley, Baron Bradley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Keith Bradley, Baron Bradley Keith John Charles Bradley, Baron Bradley PC is a British Labour Party politician and life peer. He was formerly the Labour Member of Parliament for Manchester Withington from 1987 until 2005.

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Beverley Naidoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Beverley Naidoo Novelist, Author, Writer Beverley Naidoo is a South African author of children's books who lives in the U.K. Her first three novels featured life in South Africa where she lived until her twenties. She has also written ...more

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Brian Stableford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Brian Stableford Novelist, Author, Writer Brian Michael Stableford is a British science fiction writer who has published more than 70 novels. His earlier books were published under the name Brian M. Stableford, but more recent ones have ...more

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Simon Stephens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Simon Stephens Writer, Playwright Simon Stephens is an English playwright. Having taught on the Young Writers' Programme at the Royal Court Theatre for many years, he is now an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith. He is ...more

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Fiona Shaw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Fiona Shaw Writer

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Helen Dunmore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of York Alumni
Helen Dunmore Novelist, Writer Helen Dunmore is a British poet, novelist and children's writer. Educated at the University of York, she now lives in Bristol. Dunmore is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Some of her ...more