Cambridge University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Cambridge University. The list includes people like Stephen Hawking, Alan Turing, Emma Thompson, Sacha Baron Cohen & Charles Darwin. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as scientists, writers, film & theater personalities, intellectuals & academics and media personalities etc.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 
Sacha Baron Cohen
(Known for Portrayal of the Fictional Satirical Characters)

Sacha Baron Cohen
48
Birthdate: October 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 2 
Rebecca Hall
(Actress)

Rebecca Hall
23
Birthdate: May 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 3 
Bertrand Russell
(Philosopher)

Bertrand Russell
20
Birthdate: May 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trellech, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: February 2, 1970

 4 
Lee Kuan Yew
(Founding Father of Modern Singapore)

Lee Kuan Yew
16
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died: March 23, 2015

 5 
Sam Mendes
(Film Director)

Sam Mendes
5
Birthdate: August 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reading
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

Har Gobind Khorana
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Punjab, India
Died: November 9, 2011

 7 
Rajiv Gandhi
(Former Prime Minister of India)

Rajiv Gandhi
23
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: May 21, 1991
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 8 
Samuel Pepys
(Member of Parliament)

Samuel Pepys
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 23, 1633
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 26, 1703

 9 
Nicola Walker
(Actress)

Nicola Walker
5
Birthdate: May 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stepney, London, England, UK
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 10 
Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Photographer and Painter)

Henri Cartier-Bresson
2
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: August 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chanteloup-en-Brie, France
Died: August 3, 2004

 11 

Hugh Bonneville
3
Birthdate: November 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 12 

Jagadish Chandra Bose
6
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 30, 1858
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bikrampur, Bengal Presidency, British India (Now Munshiganj District of Bangladesh)
Died: November 23, 1937

 13 
Jo Cox
(Politician)

Jo Cox
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Batley, West Yorshire, England, UK
Died: June 16, 2016

 14 
Iris Murdoch
(Novelist)

Iris Murdoch
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 8, 1999

 15 
James Chadwick
(Discoverer of Neutron)

James Chadwick
0
Birthdate: October 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bollington
Died: July 24, 1974

 16 

Sophie Okonedo
4
Birthdate: August 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 17 
Francis Galton
(Polymath)

Francis Galton
3
Birthdate: February 16, 1822
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: January 17, 1911

 18 

Rupert Brooke
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 3, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rugby
Died: April 23, 1915

 19 
Alex Horne
(Comedian)

Alex Horne
1
Birthdate: September 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: UK
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 20 
Alfred Marshall
(Economist)

Alfred Marshall
0
Birthdate: July 26, 1842
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bermondsey
Died: July 13, 1924

 21 
Françoise Gilot
(Is a French Painter, Best known for her relationship with Pablo Picasso)

Françoise Gilot
0
Birthdate: November 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

 22 
Ol Parker
(Writer)

Ol Parker
1
Birthdate: June 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 23 
Thomas Merton
(Writer & theologian was ordained to the Catholic priesthood and given the name "Father Louis".)

Thomas Merton
5
Birthdate: January 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prades, France
Died: December 10, 1968

Harivansh Rai Bachchan
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 27, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Prayagraj, India
Died: January 18, 2003

 25 
Carrie Lam
(Politician)

Carrie Lam
3
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wan Chai, Hong Kong, England

 26 
Lily Cole
(Actor, Model)

Lily Cole
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Torquay
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 27 

Sarah Solemani
0
Birthdate: September 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Camden, London, England

 28 
Arthur Eddington
(Astronomer)

Arthur Eddington
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kendal
Died: November 22, 1944

 29 
Charles, Prince of Wales
(Heir apparent to the British throne, Eldest Son of Queen Elizabeth II)

Charles, Prince of Wales
74
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 30 
Jimmy Carr
(Actor, Comedian, Television presenter)

Jimmy Carr
11
Birthdate: September 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 31 

Simon McBurney
0
Birthdate: August 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 32 

Simon Russell Beale
1
Birthdate: January 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 33 
Griff Rhys Jones
(Actor, Comedian)

Griff Rhys Jones
0
Birthdate: November 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cardiff
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 34 

Emma of Normandy
0
Birthdate: 0984 AD
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: March 6, 1052

 35 
Colin Greenwood
(Musician)

Colin Greenwood
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 36 
Vince Cable
(Political Leader)

Vince Cable
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: York, England, UK
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 37 
Dorabji Tata
(Key figure in the history and development of the Tata Group)

Dorabji Tata
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: June 3, 1932

 38 

Louise Brealey
1
Birthdate: March 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, UK
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 39 

Louise Lombard
0
Birthdate: September 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Redbridge, London, England
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 40 
Michael Howard
(Politician)

Michael Howard
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales, UK

 41 
George Plimpton
(Journalists)

George Plimpton
1
Birthdate: March 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 26, 2003
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 42 
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
(Classical Soprano and Foremost Singers of 'Lieder')

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jarotschin, Poland
Died: August 3, 2006

 43 
Eric Hobsbawm
(Historian)

Eric Hobsbawm
3
Birthdate: June 9, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: October 1, 2012

 44 

Gertrude Himmelfarb
0
Birthdate: August 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: December 30, 2019

 45 
Vanessa Feltz
(Television personality)

Vanessa Feltz
1
Birthdate: February 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 46 
Peter Hall
(actor, theatre director, film director, artist)

Peter Hall
0
Birthdate: November 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bury St Edmunds

 47 
Colin Dexter
(Writer)

Colin Dexter
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stamford, England
Died: March 21, 2017

 48 
Chris Weitz
(Director)

Chris Weitz
0
Birthdate: November 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 49 
Saint John Fisher
(English Priest)

Saint John Fisher
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 30, 1469
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beverley, England
Died: June 22, 1535

 50 

Margaret Drabble
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom
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