University Of Warwick Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Warwick. The list includes people like Stephen Merchant, Yakubu Gowon, Katy Wix, Adi Shamir & Valentine Strasser. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as leaders, film & theater personalities, intellectuals & academics, scientists and business people etc.
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Stephen Merchant
(Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Radio personality, Film actor)
Stephen Merchant
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Birthdate: November 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bristol

Known for co-writing The Office, British comedian Stephen Merchant was born to a nurse mother and a plumber father. He began his career with the radio and then stepped into stand-up comedy. Over the years, he has used his 6’7” frame to the best in his performances.

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Carrie Symonds
(British Media Advisor and Wife of Boris Johnson Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)
Carrie Symonds
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East Sheen, South London
Carrie Symonds, the fiancée of British prime minister Boris Johnson, is the first unmarried partner of a prime minister to stay at 10 Downing Street. A former Conservative Party press officer, she now works with Oceana. She was the youngest victim to testify against serial sexual offender John Worboys. 
 3 
Germaine Greer
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian author and feminist Germaine Greer made headlines with her first book, The Female Eunuch, which focused on female sexuality. Greer’s career boasts of a PhD in literature, and she has also taught at the University of Warwick and other institutes. She was later named an Australian National Living Treasure.

 4 
Tom Goodman-Hill
0
Birthdate: May 21, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 5 
Katy Wix
(Welsh Actress, Writer and Artist)
Katy Wix
1
Birthdate: February 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, Wales
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 6 
Julian Rhind-Tutt
(Actor)
Julian Rhind-Tutt
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Birthdate: July 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Drayton, England
 7 
Angus Imrie
(British Actor Known for His Role as ‘Josh Archer’ in TV Serial ‘The Archers’)
Angus Imrie
6
Birthdate: August 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England

Angus Imrie, son of actor couple Celia Imrie and Benjamin Whitrow, gained recognition as Josh Archer in the BBC Radio 4 series The Archers and played Merlin in the film The Kid Who Would Be King. A talented stage actor, too, he has also appeared in productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

 8 
Adi Shamir
(Mathematician, Cryptologist, Computer scientist)
Adi Shamir
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

Turing Award-winning Israeli cryptographer Adi Shamir is one of the co-inventors of RSA encryption. He also owns patents to more than a dozen more inventions. He has been associated with the University of Warwick and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has also taught at the Weizmann Institute.

 9 
Adam Buxton
(Comedian)
Adam Buxton
1
Birthdate: June 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Alex Jennings
(Actor)
Alex Jennings
4
Birthdate: May 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Essex, England, UK
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Andrea Leadsom
(Politician)
Andrea Leadsom
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
 12 
Simon Mayo
(Radio presenter)
Simon Mayo
0
Birthdate: September 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Southgate, London, England, UK
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Jennie Bond
(Journalist, Television presenter)
Jennie Bond
1
Birthdate: August 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 14 
Hannah Waterman
(Actress)
Hannah Waterman
0
Birthdate: July 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 15 
Heather Brooke
(Journalist)
Heather Brooke
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Birthdate: March 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, U.S.
 16 
Leslie Valiant
(Computer scientist)
Leslie Valiant
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
 17 
Natasha Law
(Painter)
Natasha Law
1
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
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Yakubu Gowon
(Head of State of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975)
Yakubu Gowon
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kanke
Yakubu Gowon is a Nigerian former Army general and military leader. In 1966, he served as the Chief of Army Staff. From 1966 to 1975, he served as the Federal Commissioner of Defence. An important political leader, Yakubu Gowon also served as the Head of State of Nigeria from 1 August 1966 to 29 July 1975.
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Abba Kyari
(Businessperson)
Abba Kyari
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Borno, Nigeria
Died: April 17, 2020
 20 
Valentine Strasser
(Politician)
Valentine Strasser
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Freetown
 21 
Jonathan Coe
(Novelist known for his fourth novel What a Carve Up! won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger in France)
Jonathan Coe
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
 22 
Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos
(Politician)
Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana
 23 
Ness Wadia
(Businessperson who is a co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Punjab Kings)
Ness Wadia
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
 24 
Hari Kunzru
(Novelist, Journalist)
Hari Kunzru
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
 25 
Oliver Hart
(Economist)
Oliver Hart
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Birthdate: October 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

British-American economist and Harvard professor Oliver Hart was born to a medical researcher father and a gynecologist mother. The Cambridge and Princeton alumnus later won a Nobel Prize with Bengt Holmström for their research on contract theory. He has also taught at MIT and LSE.

 26 
Ahmed Afif
(Vice-President of Seychelles since 2020)
Ahmed Afif
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mahé, Seychelles
 27 
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.

 28 
Simon Calder
(Travel journalist and broadcaster)
Simon Calder
1
Birthdate: December 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: West Sussex, England
 29 
George Saitoti
(Former Vice President of Kenya)
George Saitoti
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maasailand, Kenya
Died: June 10, 2012
George Saitoti was a Kenyan politician, economist, mathematician, businessman, and development policy thinker. He is best remembered for his service as the vice-president of Kenya on two occasions; from 1989 to 1998 and again from 1999 to 2002. Saitoti also served as the Minister of Finance from 1988 to 1993 and as the Minister of Education from 2003 to 2008.
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Stephen Thompson
(British Playwright and Screenwriter)
Stephen Thompson
0
Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: England
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Pascal Lamy
(Economist, Politician)
Pascal Lamy
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Levallois-Perret

Pascal Lamy is a French political consultant. He served as the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for eight years from 2005 to 2013. He has also served as the European Commissioner for Trade. He is a businessman as well and is a board member in several non-profit organizations.  He is a member of the French Socialist Party. 

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Ritula Shah
(British Journalist and Broadcaster)
Ritula Shah
0
Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Barnet, United Kingdom
 33 
Wanuri Kahiu
(Film director)
Wanuri Kahiu
1
Birthdate: June 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
 34 
Tundu Lissu
(Politician, lawyer)
Tundu Lissu
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singida, Tanzania
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Peter Shivute
(Chief Justice, Lawyer)
Peter Shivute
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Namibia
 36 
Richard Burden
(Politician)
Richard Burden
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
 37 
Utoni Nujoma
(Politician)
Utoni Nujoma
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Windhoek, Namibia
 38 
Wendy Alexander
(Politician)
Wendy Alexander
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
 39 
David Blankenhorn
(Author)
David Blankenhorn
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi
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Princess Dina Mired of Jordan
(Princess)
Princess Dina Mired of Jordan
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan
 41 
Vekuii Rukoro
(Politician)
Vekuii Rukoro
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Died: June 18, 2021
 42 
Jenny Harrison
(American Mathematician)
Jenny Harrison
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
 43 
Leila Sansour
(Director)
Leila Sansour
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Birthdate: February 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Known for her 2003 feature film, Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army, Leila Sansour, is more than an acclaimed film director. Raised in Bethlehem as a Palestinian Roman Catholic, she is the founder of a NGO called Open Bethlehem, striving to protect her city's heritage. She documented the effect of the newly-built wall through her latest film, also called Open Bethlehem.

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Nicholas Blincoe
(Novelist, Screenwriter)
Nicholas Blincoe
0
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Rochdale, England
 45 
Bience Gawanas
(Lawyer, Politician)
Bience Gawanas
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Namibia
 46 
Samuel Ankama
(Politician, Educator)
Samuel Ankama
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Otshaandja
Died: July 4, 2021
 47 
Albert Kawana
(Politician)
Albert Kawana
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Katima Mulilo, Namibia
 48 
Gwendoline Konie
(Zambian Diplomat, Politician, and Poet)
Gwendoline Konie
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lusaka, Zambia
Died: March 14, 2009

Gwendoline Konie was a Zambian diplomat, politician, and poet. She is best remembered for her service as the Zambian ambassador to the United Nations, Scandinavia, and Germany. Gwendoline Konie is also credited with forming her own political party called the Social Democratic Party, which she founded in 2000 to focus on issues faced by women and children.

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Varsha Varman
(Indian Professional Sport Shooter)
Varsha Varman
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Abubacarr Tambadou
(Registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals since 2020)
Abubacarr Tambadou
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: December 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gambia
Founded in 1965 as an attempt by the government to make higher education more accessible, the University of Warwick is a research university in Coventry, England. The student body comprises of 23,600 students who pursue graduate and post graduate programs in Arts, medicine, Science and Social Sciences, across 32 departments. With an honorable mention in the top 10 of all major domestic rankings of the British universities, Warwick is considered integral in defining the education system of the United Kingdom. Over 114 countries are represented by the student body of the University of Warwick, across its 3 major campuses. The institution gives the students the opportunity to pursue their goals through various programs that enrich their quality of learning. It gives the students the chance to be a part of double-degree programs and study abroad facilities in Columbia University, UC Berkeley and Sciences Po Paris. Having been voted as the ‘University of the year 2015 by The Times and Sunday Times newspapers, Warwick is deemed as the top targeted university nationally by United Kingdom’s top 100 graduate employers. The graduates and alumni of the University of Warwick are well-appreciated and are ranked 19th in the world for their reputation with employers. Needless to say, the University of Warwick has produced some remarkable legends, who started their journey there. Some of its notable alumni include Stephen Merchant, Anne Fine, David Davis and Ralf Speth. Presenting to you the complete list of achievers who have made the university proud.