10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Went to Oxford University
Oxford University is located in Oxford, England, and has teaching evidence going as far back as 1096. It gained more and more popularity after Henry II banned students to go to the University of Paris. Since then, Oxford University has become one of the most prestigious universities in the world. We thought it would be interesting to revisit the famous alumni of Oxford University, and you’d be surprised how many well-known personalities have attended. Find out who by checking our list below.
Kate Beckinsale: English actor and model, well known for her roles in Serendipity and Underworld, Kate Beckinsale read French and Russian literature at New College, Oxford. She was also involved in the Oxford University Dramatic Society. She decided to quit her studies in her third year and concentrate on her acting career instead.
Rupert Murdoch: The son of a regional Australian newspaper magnate, Rupert Murdoch was groomed from an early age to take over his father’s business. Murdoch studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Worcester College, Oxford. He was known to have supported the Labour Party, and he stood for Secretary of the Labour Club while also managing Oxford Student Publications Limited, the publishing house of Cherwell.
Emma Watson: Gaining fame as the character Hermione in the Harry Potter film series, Emma Watson had an early start as an actor. She still intended to continue her education though, so she attended Worcester College for an academic year as a “visiting” student. She eventually graduated from Brown University in English literature.
Oscar Wilde: Does The Picture of Dorian Gray ring a bell? Oscar Wilde is the brilliant novelist who produced this marvellous literary work. He won a royal scholarship for Trinity College in Dublin and was encouraged later on to enter a “demyship” competition at Magdalen College in Oxford. He graduated with a double first in Classical Moderations and Literae Humaniores (Greats).
Indira Gandhi: The third Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, travelled to Europe to attend to her ailing mother. While there, it was decided that her tertiary education should continue at Oxford University. She did have to take the entrance exam twice, as she failed her first attempt, due to her Latin not being very good. She had an active part within the student life of the university, such as the Oxford Majlis Asian Society.
Hugh Grant: Beloved English actor, Hugh Grant has starred in some very popular films, such as Notting Hill and Love, Actually and is internationally acclaimed. Grant actually won a scholarship to attend New College, Oxford. That is when he debuted in his first film, Privileged, produced by the Oxford University Film Foundation. He graduated with a 2:1 honours in English.
Benazir Bhutto: The Pakistani politician first completed a degree at Harvard University. When she relocated to the UK in 1973, she began a second undergraduate degree, in Literae Humaniores, at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. She then remained in Oxford to study for a one-year postgraduate degree, attending St Catherine’s College. She was also elected President of the Oxford Union debating society, a first for an Asian woman.
David Cameron: Previous Prime Minister David Cameron passed the entrance exam for the University of Oxford and was subsequently offered an spot at Brasenose College. He started his BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics while being a member of the student dining society the Bullingdon Club, which did not have the best reputation. He did graduate with a first-class honours BA degree though.
Margaret Thatcher: England’s first female Prime Minister, Thatcher applied for a scholarship to study chemistry at Somerville College, Oxford. She arrived at Oxford in 1943 and graduated in 1947 with Second-Class Honours, in the four-year Chemistry Bachelor of Science degree. But she was already thinking about law and politics by then.
Dr. Seuss: Theodore Seuss Geisel graduated from Dartmouth in 1925, where he was also an editor-in-chief for the university magazine. He was inspired by writing, so he then entered Lincoln College, Oxford, intending to earn a PhD in English literature. Unfortunately, he left the university without a degree and returned to America.
The list goes on for celebrities who have attended Oxford, and we are certain that there will be hundreds more to graduate who will go on to become stars or amazing scientists. If you want to be a part of the star-studded alumni, head over to our website to check out the amazing locations Bucksmore Education has within Oxford University!