Prominent Alumni


Arts and Entertainment

  • Diana Athill OBE (1936 English), writer and literary editor
  • Victoria Blake (1982 History), crime writer
  • Sarah Bradford (1956 History), biographer
  • Caryl Churchill (1957 English), playwright
  • Jennifer Pike (2009 Music), violinist
  • Lindsey Davis (1968 English), crime writer
  • Amanda Foreman (1991 History), biographer
  • Dame Antonia Fraser DBE (1950 History), biographer and historian
  • Philip Hensher FRSL (1983 English), novelist and journalist
  • Nigella Lawson (1979 Modern Languages), chef and writer
  • Josie Long (2000 English), comedian
  • Fiona MacCarthy OBE (1958 English), biographer and cultural historian
  • Julian Nott (1980 PPE), film composer (Wallace and Gromit)
  • Michelle Paver (1979 Biochemistry), novelist and children’s writer
  • Diana Quick (1964 English), actress and writer
  • Conrad Shawcross RA (1996 Fine Art), sculptor
  • Nicola Usborne (1989 English), film producer
  • Samuel West (1985 English), actor and director
  • Dame Marina Warner DBE (1964 Modern Languages), novelist, short story writer, historian, mythographer and academic

Journalism and Media

  • James Allen (1985 English and Modern Languages), Formula One broadcaster, journalist and writer
  • Danny Cohen (1992 English), Director of BBC Television
  • Mary Dejevsky (1970 Modern Languages), broadcaster and lead writer for The Independent
  • Martin Giles (1985 PPE), US Technology Correspondent, The Economist
  • Tim Hetherington (1989 Classics and English), photojournalist
  • Kate Kellaway (1976 English), journalist and writer for The Observer
  • Lucy Kellaway (1978 PPE), novelist and management columnist for the FT
  • Bridget Kendall MBE (1974 Modern Languages), former BBC diplomatic correspondent
  • Sam Kiley (1984 PPE), Foreign Affairs Editor, Sky News
  • Dame Ann Leslie DBE (1959 English),  journalist and writer for the Daily Mail
  • Cathy Newman (1992 English), broadcast journalist, Channel 4 News

Government and Public Service

  • Harriett Baldwin MP (1978 Modern Languages), 2015 - Economic Secretary to the Treasury and Conservative MP for the Worcestershire West constituency
  • Gertrude Bell (1886 History), political intelligence officer, explorer, writer and archaeologist
  • Benazir Bhutto (1975 PPE), former Prime Minister of Pakistan
  • Susan Mendus CBE FBA (Coker, 1973 BPhil Philosophy), political philosopher
  • Juliet Campbell CMG (1954 PPE), former HM Ambassador and Mistress of Girton College
  • Baroness D'Souza (1973 Anthropology), Lord Speaker
  • The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP (1985 English), 2015 - Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice as well as Conservative MP for the Surrey Heath Constituency
  • Tessa Green CBE (1983 PPE), former Chairman of Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • George Hollingbery MP (1982 Human Sciences), 2015 - Conservative MP for the Meon Valley constituency
  • Philip Hollobone MP (1984 History & Economics), 2015 - Conservative MP for the Kettering constituency
  • Baroness Manningham-Buller DCB (1967 English), former Director General MI5
  • Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG (1958 History), former BBC Govenor and Chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee
  • Baroness Kate Parminter (1983 Theology), Liberal Democrat life peer in the House of Lords
  • Maggy Pigott CBE (1969 Law), formerly Executive Director, Judicial Studies Board, Ministry of Justice
  • Dominic Raab MP (1993 Law), 2015 - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, and Conservative MP for the Esher and Walton constituency
  • Barbara Roche (1972 PPE), former Labour MP and Junior Minister
  • Phyllis Starkey (1966 Biochemistry), former Labour MP
  • Matthew Taylor (1982 PPE), Baron Taylor of Goss Moor, Liberal Democrat MP
  • Baroness Warnock DBE FBA (1942 Classics), philosopher, writer and former Mistress of Girton College
  • Helen Whately MP (1995 PPE), 2015 - Conservative MP for the Faversham and Mid-Kent constituency
  • The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe (1969 PPE), former Conservative MP and Junior Minister, novelist and broadcaster

Finance and Industry

  • Richard Buxton (1982 English), Head of UK Equities, Old Mutual Global Investors
  • Stephen Hester (1979 PPE), Chief Executive Officer of RSA Insurance Group and former Chief Executive Officer of the RBS Group
  • Baroness Hogg (1964 PPE), Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council, former Chairman of 3i plc
  • Dr Joanna Kennedy OBE FREng FICE (1969 Engineering), civil engineer and director of the ERA Foundation, and former Director of Ove Arup and Partners
  • Neil Simpkins (1984 Physics), Senior Managing Director Blackstone Group (New York)


  • Diana Guy (1962 Law), Deputy Chairman of Competition Commission
  • The Hon Mrs Justice Lang DBE (Beverley Lang, 1974 Jurisprudence), High Court Judge
  • The Hon Mrs Justice Manohar (Sujata Manohar, 1954 PPE), former Supreme Court Justice, India
  • Dame Barbara Mills DBE (1959 Law), first woman Director of Public Prosecutions
  • The Hon Mrs Justice Proudman DBE (Sonia Proudman, 1968 Law), High Court Judge
  • The Hon Mrs Justice Slade DBE (Elizabeth Slade, 1968 Law), High Court Judge
  • Dame Juliet Wheldon DCB (1968 History), first woman to be appointed Treasury Solicitor

Science and Medicine

  • Dame Josephine Barnes DBE (1930 Physiology), first woman President of British Medical Association
  • Margaret Buckingham Médaille d'or du CNRS 2013, ForMemRS, Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (1964 Biochemistry), developmental biologist
  • Neil Ferguson OBE (1987 Physics), epidemiologist
  • Nancy Lane OBE (1960 Biology), Fellow and President, Institute of Biology and President, Society of Biologists
  • Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick DBE (1943 Physiology), first woman President of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Veronica Van Heyningen CBE FRS (1970 Biochemistry), geneticist


  • Dame Vivien Duffield DBE (1963 Modern Languages), Chairman of the Clore Duffield Foundation
  • Eglantyne Jebb (1895 History), founder of Save the Children
  • Margaret Keswick Jencks (1959 English), founder of Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres
  • Joyce Pearce OBE (1934 History), founder of the Ockenden Venture, now Ockenden International

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