Newcastle University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Newcastle University. The list includes people like Rowan Atkinson, Wilko Johnson, Tim Farron, Alexander Downer & Paul Kennedy. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as intellectuals & academics, musicians, film & theater personalities, leaders and singers etc.
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Rowan Atkinson
(Actor & Comedian Best Known for His Role in the Sitcom 'Mr Bean')
Rowan Atkinson
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Birthdate: January 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: County Durham, England, United Kingdom

British comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson has entertained audience globally with his brilliant performance as the eponymous character in the Mr. Bean series and its film adaptations. Earlier, he established himself as a fine comedy actor with Blackadder and then went on to work in movies like Never Say Never Again, The Witches and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

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Princess Eugenie
(Royal family member)
Princess Eugenie
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Tim Farron
(Politician)
Tim Farron
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Preston
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Ed Stafford
(Explorer and the First Human Ever to Walk the Length of the Amazon River)
Ed Stafford
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cambridgeshire, England

Ed Stafford is a British explorer who became the first person to walk the length of the famous Amazon River in 2010. Walking the Amazon is widely regarded as the longest jungle trek in the history of mankind and the feat is also recognized by the Guinness World Records. He currently hosts shows for the Discovery Channel.

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Wilko Johnson
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Actor)
Wilko Johnson
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Birthdate: July 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Canvey Island
Died: November 21, 2022
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Kate Adie
(Journalist)
Kate Adie
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Birthdate: September 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Whitley Bay, Northumberland, England
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Chris Vance
(Actor)
Chris Vance
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Birthdate: December 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Charlie Webster
(Model)
Charlie Webster
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Birthdate: November 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sheffield
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong
(English Engineer and Industrialist Who is Regarded as the Inventor of Modern Artillery)
William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong
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Birthdate: November 26, 1810
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Died: December 27, 1900

The founder of the Armstrong Whitworth manufacturing company, William George Armstrong, also known as Baron Armstrong, redefined the design of guns and also invented the high-pressure hydraulic mechanism. Initially a lawyer, he later quit his practice to devote more time to engineering. He was also knighted for his feats.

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Ron Atkinson
(Association football player)
Ron Atkinson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
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Alastair Reynolds
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan Barry, Wales
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Alexander Downer
(Economist, Diplomat, Politician)
Alexander Downer
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 9, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Adelaide

Alexander Downer is an Australian former diplomat and politician. From 1996 to 2007, Downer served as Australia's foreign minister, becoming the longest-serving Minister for Foreign Affairs in the history of Australian politics. He also served as the Liberal Party's leader from 1994 to 1995. Alexander Downer was honored with the prestigious Centenary Medal in January 2001.

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Ali Mohamed Shein
(Politician)
Ali Mohamed Shein
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pemba Island, Tanzania
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David Tibet
(English Poet and Artist)
David Tibet
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Batu Gajah, Malaysia
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Paul Kennedy
(Geopolitician, Historian, University teacher)
Paul Kennedy
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Birthdate: June 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wallsend
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Constance Briscoe
(Barrister)
Constance Briscoe
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: England

Born to Jamaican immigrants in the UK, Constance Briscoe had an inspiring rags-to-riches story of growing up in an abusive household and then financing her education to become one of the first Black female judicial officers in the UK. She, however, was later jailed for lying to the police.

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Bruce Babbitt
(Politician)
Bruce Babbitt
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 27, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
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Peter Straughan
(Playwright, Screenwriter)
Peter Straughan
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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Gateshead, England
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Adrian Henri
(Poet)
Adrian Henri
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Birthdate: April 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birkenhead, England
Died: December 20, 2000
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Ian Carr
(Jazz musician)
Ian Carr
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dumfries, Scotland
Died: February 25, 2009
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Alan Plater
(Playwright)
Alan Plater
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Birthdate: April 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jarrow, England
Died: June 25, 2010
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Nigel Shadbolt
(Professor)
Nigel Shadbolt
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
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Anuradha Doddaballapur
(First female cricketer in the history of international cricket to take 4 wickets in 4 balls)
Anuradha Doddaballapur
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Davanagere, Karnataka, India
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Ed Coode
(British Rower and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Ed Coode
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Indian Queens, Cornwall, England
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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David Mercer
(British playwright)
David Mercer
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wakefield, England
Died: August 8, 1980
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Solomon Berewa
(Vice-President of Sierra Leone from May 2002 to September 2007)
Solomon Berewa
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bo, Sierra Leone
Died: March 5, 2020
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James Hennessy
(Diplomat)
James Hennessy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Unknown
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Rachel Newton
(Harpist,)
Rachel Newton
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
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Geraldine Swayne
(Painter, who works mainly in miniature in enamel on metal)
Geraldine Swayne
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Located in North-east England and established in 1834, Newcastle University is a redbrick public research university. With over 175 undergraduate programs and 340 postgraduate and research programs, the university gives its students the prospect to grow professionally across its 24 academic schools and 40 research centers. With over 43,000 students who make up the student body, the three main departments of Newcastle University are classified as Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. To extend its excellence to other parts of the world, Newcastle University went international with its branch in Singapore and Malaysia. Being a member of the Russell Group of UK’s research-intensive universities, it is generally rated among the top 200 in many world rankings and top 20 in United Kingdom’s rankings. Being a research oriented university, all its submitted research areas have been deemed as world leading and internationally recognized, making it in UK’s top twelve for research power in science and engineering. With emphasis to social responsibility, sustainability and diversity, the university concentrates on big picture global issues. Newcastle University has produced various notable folks that have excelled in the fields of business, academics, medicine, music, art, and cinema and so on. Rowan Atkinson, Kate Adie, Bryan Ferry and Tim Farron are some individuals who completed their education in Newcastle University. Keep reading to know more celebrities who have made the university proud.