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Bristol’s Bright Stars: Famous People Who Studied in The City

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Bristol is a city known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and world-class educational institutions. It has hosted many talented students over the years, including those that have stayed with Urban Student. But did you know it has a large famous alumnus?

Over the years Bristol has been a nurturing ground for numerous individuals who have gone on to achieve greatness in their respective fields. Do you know any of these big names?


Russell Howard (Bristol UWE)
Image of Russell Howard the comedian

Comedian Russell Howard, known for his stand-up comedy and television shows like “Russell Howard’s Good News,” attended the University of the West of England. He in fact, grew up in the area; If you’ve watched any of his shows, you’ll notice his strong west country accent!


Angela Carter (University of Bristol)
Picture of Angela Carter the Author

Angela Carter, a celebrated novelist, and short story writer attended the University of Bristol. Her works, such as “The Bloody Chamber,” have been influential in feminist literature.


Simon Pegg (University of Bristol)
Simon Pegg Actor and Comedian

Simon Pegg is a renowned actor, comedian, and writer. His successful career includes iconic roles in movies such as “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and the “Star Trek” franchise.


David Walliams (University of Bristol)
David Walliams Comedian

Best known as a comedian, actor, and author, David Walliams studied drama at the University of Bristol. His comedic talent shines through in his work, including his popular children’s books and roles in various television shows.


Matt Lucas (University of Bristol)
Matt Lucas Comedian

Yet another comedy gem from the University of Bristol, Matt Lucas, is an actor, comedian, and writer. He’s best known for his work in the sketch comedy series “Little Britain” and his roles in various films and TV shows.


Gene Wilder (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School)
Gene Wilder Actor

This isn’t a wildly known one, but a very exciting one indeed! American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter, and author Gene Wilder did in fact, study in Bristol. After graduating in Iowa, he studied at The Old Vic Theatre in Bristol before embarking on a lengthy career in stage. He went on to play a role most know and love, Willy Wonka!


Paul Dirac (University of Bristol)
Paul Dirac Scientist

Moving into the realm of science, Paul Dirac, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, studied electrical engineering at the University of Bristol. His ground-breaking contributions to quantum mechanics have left an enduring impact on the field.


Hannah Murray (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School)
Hannah Murray Actress

The talented actress, Hannah Murray studied at the University of Bristol before gaining fame for her roles in popular TV series like “Skins” and “Game of Thrones”.


James Blunt (University of Bristol)

And last, but certainly not least. The chart-topping singer-songwriter James Blunt studied aerospace manufacturing engineering at the University of Bristol. Despite his academic background, Blunt pursued a successful career in music, producing hits like “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover”.


And there you have it, Bristol’s hosted some pretty cool alumni, right? The city continues to be a hub for education and inspiration so who knows, will you be next?


Published: 22.01.24 by Phoebe Clutton