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37 famous people who went to university in Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 16:29 02 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 02 February 2017

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Universities in Hampshire have taught a number of students who eventually went on to find fame in the future. Some slightly more left field than others...

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The sport stars

Hampshire’s universities have played a big part in the lives of a number of sport stars. Former England and Southampton women’s footballer Una Nwajei and 2008 Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison both studied at Southampton Solent University; as did former Sussex cricketer Will Adkin.

Martin Whitmarsh - former McLaren Racing CEO and McLaren Mercedes F1 team principal - went to the University of Portsmouth, studying Mechanical Engineering. Some other former Portsmouth students include Harlequins rugby player Nick Kennedy and former Torquay footballer Martin Gritton.

Finally, the University of Southampton continues the theme of Formula 1, with Adrian Newey (studying Aeronautics) and Rob White both attending. To add to this, former Wales rugby captain Mark Taylor and Bruce Tulloh - who was famous for running barefoot and winning gold at the 1962 European Championships - both went to the University of Southampton.

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The broadcasters and journalists

Adventurer and broadcaster Ben Fogle attended the University of Portsmouth where he read Latin American Studies.

As well as Ben in Portsmouth, the University of Southampton has seen a number of its former students go into the television/broadcasting world with Jon Craig (Chief Political Correspondent at Sky News), Dominic Mohan (former editor of The Sun), sports broadcaster John Inverdale, Caroline Wyatt (BBC correspondent) and naturalist Chris Packham all attending.

Many of Hampshire’s current students are part of a generation that watched children’s news show Newsround after school, and two presenters went to University in Hampshire: Ricky Boleto at Winchester and Liz Barker at Southampton.

BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell and television journalist Angus Scott both studied at the University of Winchester.

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The comedians and actors/actresses

Lauren Cohan who plays Maggie Greene on hit TV show The Walking Dead graduated from the University of Winchester with degree in drama and English Literature.

The University of Winchester has also helped a number of comedians and actors along the way including Steve Furst (Little Britain), Nick Helm and Shappi Khorsandi - who all studied drama. Another former drama student is actor and filmmaker Stuart Brennan who went on to win a BAFTA!

Over to the University of Southampton now for the final former student in this section; can you guess what John Nettles from Midsomer Murders and Bergerac studied? Nope, not drama... he read History and Philosophy!

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The politicians

A number of politicians went to university here in Hampshire, including: Conservative MPs Conor Burns and Justine Greening; Labour’s John Denham and Alan Whitehead who all attended the University of Southampton. Former Lib Dem MP David Chidgey and 1999-2000 Liberal Democrat President Diana Maddock (Baroness Maddock) both studied at the University of Portsmouth.

Now, we said some of he people mentioned in this article were slightly more left field, and here they are! Believe it or not, the former Vice President of Costa Rica Astrid Fischel Volio, Chinese politician Jason Hu and Usutuaije Maamberua (head of the South West Africa National Union, in case you didn’t know) all went to the University of Southampton.

The others

These final students don’t quite fit into any of the sections above, but are still definitely worthy of a mention!

To finish off, we’re going from home retail to space travel... The late David Quayle attended Southampton Solent University; he is a co-founder of B&Q. And European Space Agency astronaut Timothy Peake got a Bachelor of Science degree in Flight Dynamics and Evaluation from at the University of Portsmouth in 2006.


Did you go to university with anyone mentioned above or someone we’ve missed? Let us know @hampshirelife. Also, for our list of famous people who went to school in Hampshire, click here.


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