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article | 22 April 2019

Celebrities You Didn’t Know Went to Cambridge University

Cambridge University is well known for producing some of the greatest minds in history. The fact that the likes of Charles Darwin, Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking were all once students of Cambridge University is probably unsurprising to most of us. However, what might be surprising to you is that Cambridge University also welcomed some (now) famous celebrities? Read on to find out who…

  1. Ian McKellen: Can’t really get more elegant than Sir Ian McKellen himself, and as a business man, actor and screenwriter, you can guess that this talented and smart man attended one of the UK’s most prestigious universities. He won a scholarship at St.Catherine’s College at the age of 18, and has since been and has been made an Honorary Fellow of the college.
  2. Hugh Laurie: Our one and only, sarcastically-loveable Hugh Laurie studied at Selwyn College, respecting his family tradition and specialising in Social Anthropology. While burying himself in his books, Hugh Laurie was also an enthusiastic rower and taking part in the 1980 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.
  3. Rachel Weisz: London lady Rachel Weisz, accomplished actress and fashion model, has always been a lover of the arts. She proved this by co-founding a student drama group called Cambridge Talking Tongues while she was a student at Trinity Hall. Also worth mentioning that this English rose graduated with a second-class honours, upper division in English.
  4. Sacha Baron Cohen: Speaking of Rachel Weisz, all-time funny man Sacha Baron Cohen was one of her contemporaries at Cambridge University. At Christ’s college, where he read history, he performed in plays before also graduating with an upper-second-class honours. Who knew that such a education would lead to the ultimate love-to-hate movie, The Dictator?
  5. Lily Cole: Before her teenage fantasy adventure as Valentina and well before her attempt at jedis in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Devon born Lily Cole was a twice-deferred student at King’s College, Cambridge. Not being entirely sure about Social and Political Sciences, she eventually settled for a degree in History of Art, which she passed with flying (double first) colours.
  6. Sam Mendes: We all love a bit of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Sam Mendes (ex-husband to Kate Winslet) made his cinematic debuts at Peterhouse, Cambridge, majoring in English and actively directing several plays. He was also very fond of cricket while in university, and was part of the college cricket team.
  7. Hugh Bonneville: We will always remember him as dashing Lord Grantham from Downton Abbey, but we mustn’t forget that Mr. Bonneville’s alma mater is Corpus Christi College. He studied in theology while at Cambridge and although he graduated with a brilliant 2:2, his love for acting was ultimately stronger than academics.
  8. Lloyd Grossman: Last but not least, American-British food lover Lloyd Grossman is a happy holder of both a Master’s degree and a PHD from Magdalene College. Iconic TV presenter and gastronome, he studied economic history and the history of art. Grossman won an edition of BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind, all having to do with art and history, of course!

These are but a few of the brilliant, smart, famous people who are part of the Cambridge University alumni. Who would not want to be part of such prestigious casts? This year, Bucksmore Education is operating summer camps at both Corpus Christi College and Magdalene College where you’ll have a chance live and learn in the halls of the star-studded Cambridge University, book your place now to avoid disappointment!

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