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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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