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It can be difficult to remember that celebrities and famous people were once just ‘regular’ folk like you and me, trying to get an education and make something of themselves. We decided to do a little digging and find out what the alma maters of our favourite celebs / household names were. Some universities seem to breed more talent than others...

University of Aberdeen

Alistair Darling (and his shifty eyebrows)

Aberystwyth University

Alex Jones

Aston University

Frankie Boyle

Bangor University

Danny Boyle

University of Bath

Amy Williams

Birmingham City University

Charlie Stayt, Rhydian Roberts, Laura Mvula

University of Birmingham

Tim Curry, Tamsin Greig, Chris Tarrant, Ben Shephard, Chris Addison

University of Brighton

Fatboy Slim, Bat for Lashes, Jo Whiley, Rankin, John Pasche

University of Bristol

Derren Brown, Simon Pegg, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, James Blunt, Marcus Brigstocke, Russell Howard, Jon Richardson

Buckinghamshire New University

Noel Fielding

University of Cambridge

Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Sacha Baron Cohen, Stephen Fry, Ian Mckellen, Hugh Laurie, John Milton, George Gordon Byron, John Cleese, Emma Thompson, Rachel Weisz, Bertrand Russell, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, A. A. Milne, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Tom Hiddleston, Vladimir Nabokov, Tilda Swinton, David Attenborough, Thandie Newton, Lily Cole, Jane Goodall, Jo Cox, Prince Charles, Eddie Redmayne, John Oliver, Freddie Highmore

Cardiff University

Huw Edwards, Sian Lloyd

City University London

Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher

Coventry University


Durham University

Jeremy Vine, Andrew Strauss

University of East Anglia

Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, Greg James, Matt Smith, John Rhys-Davies

University of East London

Marina and the Diamonds, Tinchy Stryder, Jimmy Doherty

Edge Hill University

Jonathan Pryce

Edinburgh Napier University

Alex Salmond

University of Edinburgh

Arthur Conan Doyle, David Hume, R. L. Stevenson, Gordon Brown, Chris Hoy, Pippa Middleton

University of Exeter

Thom Yorke, Will Young, Zara Phillips, Katie Hopkins, Rhod Gilbert, J.K. Rowling

University of Glasgow

Emeli Sande, Neil Oliver

University of London Goldsmiths

Damien Hirst, Steve McQueen, Katy B, James Blake, Lucian Freud, Damon Albarn, Princess Beatrice of York, Goldierocks, Vivienne Westwood

University of Greenwich

Skepta, Jme, Natasha Bedingfield

University of Huddersfield

Brian Cox

University of Hull

John Prescott

Imperial College London

Alexander Fleming, H.G. Wells

King’s College London

Florence Nightingale, John Keats, Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, Michael Morpurgo, Gary Lineker, Mischa Barton, Ralph Fiennes, Sean Bean, Andrew Lincoln, Michael Sheen, Roger Moore, Liev Schreiber, Joan Collins, Frank Dillane, Michael Gambon

Kingston University

Ben Barnes, Jessie Cave

Lancaster University

James May

Leeds Metropolitan University

Alexander Skarsgard

University of Leeds

Mark Knopfler, Chris Pine, Corinne Bailey Rae, Little Boots, Naga Munchetty

Liverpool John Moore’s

Beth Tweddle, Vicky Pattison

University of Liverpool

Carol Ann Duffy, Nick Grimshaw, Peter Kay

London School of Economics and Political Science

Mick Jagger, David Attenborough, David Rockefeller, Monica Lewinsky, Ed Miliband, Loyd Grossman, Tamara Ecclestone, Frank Turner

Loughborough University

Sebastian Coe, lots of people who’ve been in the Olympics.

Manchester Metropolitan University

Julie Walters, Steve Coogan, John Bishop, Burn Gorman, Vernon Kay

University of Manchester

Anthony Burgess, Jack Whitehall, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brian Cox, Ben Elton, Toby Jones

Middlesex University

Alan Carr, Dermot O’Leary, Johnny Vegas, Russell Kane

Newcastle University

Rowan Atkinson

Nottingham Trent University

Stephen Dixon

University of Nottingham

D. H. Lawrence, Theo James, London Grammar

Oxford Brookes University

Jeremy Clarkson

University of Oxford

Bill Clinton, Stephen Hawking, Rowan Atkinson, C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, Hugh Grant, David Cameron, Aung San Suu Kyi, Kate Beckinsale, Tony Blair, Graham Greene, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Donne, Aldous Huxley, Rupert Murdoch, Margaret Thatcher, Lewis Carroll, T.S. Eliot, Dr. Seuss, Rosamund Pike, Emma Watson, Boris Johnson, Amal Clooney, Richard Dawkins

Portsmouth University

Tim Peake

University of London Queen Mary

Peter Mansfield, J.G. Ballard, Pete Doherty, Jay Sean, Bill O'Reilly

Queen’s University Belfast

Seamus Heaney, Liam Neeson, Annie Mac, Christine Bleakley

University of Reading

Jamie Cullum, Julian Barratt

University of London Royal Holloway

Mark Strong, KT Tunstall

University of Salford

Ben Kingsley, Peter Kay, Jason Manford

University of Sheffield

Jessica Ennis-Hill

University of London SOAS

Gold Panda, Aung San Suu Kyi

University of St Andrews

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Alex Salmond, John Cleese, Olivier Sarkozy, Louise Minchin

St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Mohamed Farah

University of Surrey

Jeremy Kyle

University of Sussex

Jessie Ware, Beardyman

University College Falmouth

Ben Howard

University College London

Alexander Graham Bell, Mahatma Gandhi, Christopher Nolan, Chris Martin, Ricky Gervais, Charli XCX, Christian Jessen

University of the Arts London

Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Jarvis Cocker, Pierce Brosnan, M.I.A., Lucian Freud, Colin Firth, Kissy Sell Out, Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender

University of Warwick

Stephen Merchant, Ruth Jones, Sting

University of West of England

Bear Grylls, Samantha Cameron, Russell Howard, Miranda Hart

University of Westminster

Alexander Fleming, Charlie Brooker

University of Winchester

Lauren Cohan

Have we missed any celebs? Tweet us at @StudentHutUK and let us know who went to your uni! 
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