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Famous University Of York Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1
    Commentator, Journalist


    BirthplaceSliema, Malta

    Peter Jonathan Hitchens (born 28 October 1951) is an English conservative journalist and author. Hitchens writes for The Mail on Sunday and is a former foreign correspondent in Moscow and Washington....  more
  • 2


    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Ian Bailey (born 1959 in Kent, England) 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...  more
  • 3
    Educator, Writer


    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    Haleh Afshar, Baroness Afshar, (Persian: هاله افشار‎; born 21 May 1944) is a British professor in politics and women's studies at the University of York, England and a life peer in the House of...  more
  • 4
    Detective, Politician


    BirthplaceBoliqueime, Portugal

    Aníbal António Cavaco Silva, GCC, GColL (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐˈniβɐɫ ɐ̃ˈtɔɲu kɐˈvaku ˈsiɫvɐ]; born 15 July 1939), is an economist who was the 19th President of Portugal, in office from 9 March...  more
  • 5
    Conductor, Author

    AgeDec. at 60 (1946-2007)

    BirthplaceWorthing, United Kingdom

    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
  • 6
    Television director, Comedian


    BirthplaceHorsham, United Kingdom

    Henry Richard Enfield (born 30 May 1961) is an English comedian, actor, writer, and director. He is known in particular for his television work, including Harry Enfield's Television Programme and...  more

    #212 of 220 The Greatest British Actors of All Time#41 of 170 The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

  • 7
    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceEurasia, South West England, Bristol, United Kingdom, England

    Peter Lord, CBE (born 4 November 1953) is an English animator, film producer, director and co-founder of the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations studio, an animation firm best known for its...  more
  • 8
    Journalist, Presenter


    BirthplaceHayes, Hillingdon, United Kingdom

    Gregory Dyke (born 20 May 1947) is a British media executive, football administrator, journalist and broadcaster. Since the 1960s, Dyke has had a long career in the UK in print and then broadcast...  more
  • 9
    Professor, Economist


    BirthplaceMarmara Region, Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul Province, Greater Istanbul

    Kamer Daron Acemoğlu (Turkish: [daˈɾon adʒeˈmoːɫu]; born September 3, 1967) is a Turkish-born American economist who has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 1993. He is...  more
  • 10
    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceHenley-on-Thames, United Kingdom

    Adam John Hart-Davis (born 4 July 1943) is an English scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster, well known in the UK for presenting the BBC television series Local Heroes and What...  more
  • 11


    BirthplaceYibin, China

    Jung Chang (simplified Chinese: 张戎; traditional Chinese: 張戎; pinyin: Zhāng Róng; Wade–Giles: Chang Jung, Mandarin pronunciation: [tʂɑ́ŋ ɻʊ̌ŋ], born 25 March 1952) is a Chinese-born British writer now...  more
  • 12
    Computer scientist


    Jane Elizabeth Hillston (born 1963) is Professor of Quantitative Modelling and an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.Hillston received a BA...  more
  • 13


    BirthplaceCity of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

    Fabian Uziell-Hamilton (born 12 April 1955) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds North East since 1997. He was appointed Shadow Minister for...  more
  • 14


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    Andrea Laura Barber (born July 3, 1976) is an American actress. She is known for playing Kimmy Gibbler in the ABC sitcom Full House and the Netflix sequel series Fuller House....  more
  • 15


    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    Richard Haines Burden (born 1 September 1954) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Northfield since 1992. He served as a Shadow Transport...  more
  • 16

    AgeDec. at 63 (1942-2006)

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Anthony Louis Banks, Baron Stratford (8 April 1942 – 8 January 2006) was a British Labour Party politician who was a Member of Parliament from 1983 to 2005 and subsequently a Member of the House of...  more
  • 17


    BirthplaceLondon, England, UK

    James Nicholas Callis (born 4 June 1971) 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...  more
  • 18
    Politician, Lecturer


    BirthplaceMetropolitan Borough of Hackney

    Andrew Henry William Brons (born 3 June 1947, London) 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 (MEP)...  more
  • 19


    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut

    Spencer Reece is a poet and presbyter who lives in Madrid, Spain. He graduated from Wesleyan University (1985). Reece received his M.A. from the University of York (UK), his M.T.S. from the Harvard...  more
  • 20


    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    Margaret Patricia Munn (born 1959) is the first Independent Chair of the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Panel, ProChancellor and Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors of Sheffield Hallam...  more
  • 21



    Alvin Pang (Chinese: 冯啟明; pinyin: Féng Qǐ Míng; born 1972, Singapore) was named 2005 Young Artist of the Year (Literature) by the National Arts Council Singapore. He holds a First Class Honours...  more
  • 22
    Gregory Thomas Mulholland (born 31 August 1970) is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom who was the MP for Leeds North West. He was first elected at the 2005 general election, winning...  more
  • 23
    Journalist, Novelist


    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    Linda Grant (born 15 February 1951) is an English novelist and journalist....  more
  • 24
    Politician, Professor


    BirthplaceChuncheon, South Korea

    Han Seung-soo (born 28 December 1936) 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...  more
  • 25
    Author, Writer



    Margot Livesey (born 1953) is a Scottish-born writer. She is the author of eight novels, a collection of short stories, a collection of essays on writing and the co-author, with Lynn Klamkin, of a...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to University of York and be of some renown.