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17 Interesting and Famous People Who Went to UEA

UEA has produced all manner of graduates that go on to do some great things with their degrees. Here are some of the best of the best; whether they be actors, scientists or radio DJs they’ve walked across our concrete campus on the way to the top.

There are those you know already…

1. Matt Smith

Our resident Time Lord.

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via BBC

2. Greg James

Ex Livewire 1350 presenter, now a BBC Radio One presenter who frequently visits his old stomping ground. Keep an eye out for this famous UEA grad.

via BBC

via BBC

3. Ian McEwan

Author of many favourites such as ‘Enduring Love’, ‘On Chesil Beach’ and of course ‘Atonement’. He is a CBE, FRSL and FRSA (fancy titles) and has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize 6 times.

via krakowcityofliterature.com

via krakowcityofliterature.com

And a few you might not know…

4. King Tupou VI

The King of Tonga was a UEA student. He did go to Cambridge first but clearly UEA was more fitting for royalty.

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via thesundaytimes.co.uk

5. Alex Sam-Wise

Model and TV presenter as well as a popular female games reviewer, she got into modelling while studying at UEA after winning a FHM student competition.

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via myspace.com

6. Nina Conti

A stand-up comedian ventriloquist and UEA graduate of Philosophy.

via telegraph.co.uk

via telegraph.co.uk

7. Paul Nurse

Nobel prize winner in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries of protein molecules that control division of cells. So all you science students have big shoes to fill.

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via webapp2.wright.edu

8. Colin Callendar

The ex president of HBO films and CEO of Playground Entertainment studied Philosophy and Politics at UEA. He’s worked with celebrities such as Damien Lewis and Meryl Streep.

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via tbivision.com

9. Gurinder Chadha

OBE and leading female director of British Indian films like ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and ‘Bride and Prejudice’. Our film and media courses must be pretty good.

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via thestage.com

10. Kazuo Ishiguro

Another famous author who took our Creative Writing Masters course and has been nominated for 4 Man Booker Prizes. Known for famous works such as ‘The Remains of the Day’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’.

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via JustinLau15

11. Jack Davenport

The actor who is known for ‘Coupling’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ came to UEA to take a break from acting and studied Film and English.

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via tumblr.com

12. Selina Scott

A newsreader who has been in an on going feud with Donald Trump since 1995 who she called “an unreconstructed misogynist” who has “an ego as big as the empire state building.” A pretty tough UEA grad.

via telegraph.co.uk

via telegraph.co.uk

13. Gareth Malone

Celebrity choir master and OBE known for TV programmes like ‘The Choir’ and ‘Boys Don’t Sing’ studied Drama at UEA before realising his musical talents at The Royal Academy of Music.

via musicforall.com

via musicforall.com

14. John Rhys Davies

Best known for playing Gimli in Lord of the Rings. That’s right Gimli went to UEA.

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via giphy.com

15. Baroness Valerie Amos

She was the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator – now that’s a title and a half. Not only that but she was the first black female university leader in the UK – at The University of London not UEA unfortunately.

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16. Penny Tranter

UEA’s own weather forecaster.

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via tv-ark

17. Paul Whitehouse

Comedian and actor best known for ‘The Fast Show’ and ‘Harry and Paul’. Or if you haven’t seen either of those you’ll recognise him from all those AVIVA adverts. Signing up to UEA Headlights Comedy Society could really pay off.

via theguardian.co.uk

via theguardian.co.uk

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