19 Famous People You Didn’t Know Graduated From The University Of York
The University of York has loads of successful alumni, particularly politicians. We’ve narrowed them down to just a small selection of important people who probably spent several years complaining about not graduating in the Minster, just like you.
In no particular order, here are some UOY graduates you should know (and brag) about…
1. Harry Enfield.
BAFTA award-winning comedian, actor and writer. He currently stars in sketch comedy show Harry & Paul, broadcast by BBC Two. Enfield studied Politics at the University of York and was a member of Derwent College.
2. Rollo Armstrong.
Music producer and a founding member of the electronic music group Faithless. He also helped write and produce several of his younger sister Dido’s albums, including Life For Rent. Armstrong studied Philosophy and English at York and was very involved with campus radio station URY.
3. Jay Foreman.
Foreman is a musical comedian. His song Moon Chavs went viral on YouTube, accumulating 2 million views. He picked up musical comedy whilst at York and a lot of his live performances were broadcast by York Student Television.
4. Sarah Gavron.
Gavron has just directed the film Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep. It is the first picture in history to be filmed in the Houses of Parliament. Gavron studied English Literature at the University of York before completing an MA in Film Studies at Edinburgh College of Art.
5. Greg Dyke.
You should probably know this one. Greg Dyke was the Chancellor of the Uni from 2004 – 2015, has had a long journalistic career and is currently chairman of the Football Association. He earned a BA in Politics from UOY and worked on student paper, Nouse.
6. Aníbal Cavaco Silva.
Since January 2006, Cavaco Silva has served as the 19th President of Portugal. He was successfully re-elected in 2011 and represents the Social Democratic Party in the country. At the University of York, Cavaco Silva earned a doctorate in Economics and was a member of Alcuin College.
7. Denise O’Donoghue.
Awarded an OBE for services to television in 1999, O’Donoghue is a production company executive. She has worked on popular tv shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Have I Got News For You, as well as co-founding Hat Trick Productions. O’Donoghue studied Politics at York.
8. Anthony Horowitz.
Novelist specialising in mystery and suspense works. The first novel in his Alex Rider series was called Stormbreaker and was made into a film starring Alex Pettyfer. He has also been successful in TV, creating shows such as Foyle’s War and contributing scripts to Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Horowitz earned a 2:2 in English Literature and History of Art at York.
9. Han Seung-soo.
Han is a politician and diplomat, serving as Prime Minister of South Korea from 2008 – 2009. He is a member of the Grand National Party. Whilst at York, Han earned a Doctorate in Economics.
10. Mark Laity.
NATO spokesman. Previously he worked as Defence Correspondent for the BBC, based in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War and going on to cover several other major conflicts. He obtained both Bachelors and Masters degrees at UOY.
11. Peter Lord.
Co-founder of Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations studio, which is best known for creating Wallace & Gromit. He produced Chicken Run and Flushed Away, amongst other majorly successful films. Lord studied English at UOY.
12. Zoe Lyons.
Lyons is an award-winning comedian and has appeared on notable television shows such as Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. In 2009, she was featured on The Independent‘s “Pink List” of most influential gay and lesbian people in the UK. She studied Psychology at UOY.
13. Oona King.
King has served as Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, as well as Chief diversity officer of Channel 4. She is now on the Labour benches of the House of Lords, since January 2011. King studied Politics at the University of York.
14. Harriet Harman.
Harman has served twice as the acting Leader of the Labour Party. She is, at present, the longest continuously-serving female MP in the House of Commons. At the University of York, she earned a BA in Politics and was a member of Goodricke College.
15. Panayiotis Kokoras.
Kokoras is an internationally award-winning composer. He completed an MA and PhD in Composition at the University of York and is an innovator of computer music, developing the concept of “holophony”.
16. Bryan Elsley.
Best known as co-creator of E4’s Skins. He studied English and History at the University of York and was in Alcuin College. While at York, Elsley met Harry Enfield and the two created a comedy duo called “Dusty and Dick”. The pair parted ways, but Enfield would later play Jim Stonem in Skins.
17. David Conn.
Conn is an award-winning sports writer for The Guardian. He has also written three books about the influence of money on today’s football, including Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up. He graduated from the University of York with a BA in English Literature and Politics.
18. Hugh Bayley.
Bayley is a Labour Party politician and was MP for York Central until earlier this year. He was appointed President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in 2012. Bayley studied South African Studies and returned to the University of York later in life to lecture Social Policy from 1986 – 1998.
19. Peter Hitchens.
Author of six books including The War We Never Fought: The British Establishment’s Surrender to Drugs. He writes for The Mail on Sunday and was also awarded the Orwell Prize for his work as a foreign reporter. Hitchens studied Philosophy and Politics at York and was a member of Alcuin College.