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11 Famous People You Didn’t Know Graduated From The University of Birmingham

There are lots of reasons to be proud of going to the University of Birmingham. These members of the alumni are just one of them.

1. Chris Addison

 Studied BA English Studies. He went on to become a successful stand-up comedian, writer, and actor starring in shows such as ‘The Thick Of It’. You might also recognise him from his regular appearances on ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’.



2. Tamsin Greig

Studied BA Drama and Theatre Arts. She is now an award winning actress, best known for starring in televison shows such as ‘Green Wing’ and ‘Episodes’, as well as performing in a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ for which she received a Laurence Olivier Award.



3. Ben Shephard

Studied BA Drama and Theatre Arts. He is now one of the most recognisable faces in day-time TV, presenting shows such as ‘Good Morning Britain’ and ‘Tipping Point’. Harry Potter fans might also recognise him as the presenter of the ‘Behind the Magic’ series which gave us a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes during the filming of the Harry Potter films.

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4. Kenneth Branagh

Amongst his many other honours, Branagh was appointed an honorary Doctor of Literature in 2001 at the University’s Shakespeare Institute. He is arguably one of the most well-known, successful actors of today with many awards to his name for his stage, film and television work alike.

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5. Ann Widdecombe

Studied BA Latin Studies. She went on to become an active, long-serving politician for the Conservatives and a television presenter. But you might also recognise her from her unforgettable stint on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

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6. Chris Tarrant

Studied BA English Studies. Went on to become a successful radio and television presenter. He is best-known for his work on children’s television programme ‘Tiswas’, hosting Capital FM’s breakfast show and ITV’s ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’



7. Matthew Goode

Studied BA Drama and Theatre Arts. You might recognise him as being a successful and handsome actor from films such as ‘Brideshead Revisited’, ‘Watchmen’, and ‘The Imitation Game’.



8. Victoria Wood

Studied BA Drama and Theatre Arts. She is now one of the most successful women in British comedy with her name to many successful shows such as ‘Dinnerladies’, ‘Acorn Antiques’ and ‘Eric and Ernie’ as a writer, actress or composer.



9. Tim Curry

Studied BA Drama and Theatre Arts. Since graduating he has become a successful stage, television and film actor. You probably know him best as Dr Frank-N-Furter in the film ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’.



10. Lizo Mzimba

Studied BA Law. He is now a successful journalist and television presenter. You will probably recognise him from his days as the presenter of CBBC’s ‘Newsround’.



11. Simon Le Bon

Studied BA Drama and Theatre Arts. He went on to become the lead singer of the legendary 80s band ‘Duran Duran’.



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