Notable Alumni

Notable Alumni

Many of our Old Stamfordians have gone on to leave an indelible mark on the world through their contributions in various fields, including the Arts, Sciences, the Military, and sporting achievements.

From award-winning actors and esteemed scientists to international sports stars and military leaders, our alumni have excelled in their respective careers, showcasing their talent, leadership, and unwavering commitment to success.

Josh Hull (OS 22)

Professional Cricketer, Leicestershire CCC

Joey Evison (OS 20)

Professional Cricketer, Kent CCC

George Robinson (OS 17)

Actor, star of Netflix's Sex Education
Declan Spain (OS 15) who has played the title role in Hamilton on the West End

Declan Spaine (OS 15)

Actor, title role in Hamilton on the West End

Hannah Brewis (OS 14)

Professional sailor; participant in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Zak Chappell (OS 14)

Professional Cricketer, Derbyshire CCC

Matt Kew (OS 14)

Motorsport journalist

Izzy Bizu (OS 12) is a singer who has supported Coldplay and Sam Smith and performing at Glastonbury. Seen here performing at the Schools.

Izzy Bizu (OS 12)

Singer, supported Coldplay and Sam Smith and performed at Glastonbury

Katharine Dunn (OS 07)

Joint Head of Quantum Technologies at Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Catherine Faux (OS 06)

Professional triathlete

Shan Masood (OS 06)

Professional Cricketer, Pakistan & Yorkshire CCC

Alexander Sims (OS 06)

Professional racing driver, currently competing in the IMSA SportsCar Championship; winner of the 2008 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for promising young British drivers.

Sarah Outen (OS 03)

Adventurer and author; first woman and the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean

Anna Woolhouse (OS 02)

Sports journalist and Sky Sports presenter

Rob Temple (OS 02)

Journalist & founder of the Very British Problems series

Peter Baynton (OS 01)

Emmy award-winning filmmaker; works include The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse and The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Robin Baynton (OS 01)

Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and film music editor; Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Kings of Leon

Claire Lomas (OS 98)

Motivational speaker, campaigner, fundraiser and former event rider. Finished the London Marathon in 17 days using a robotic suit and lit the Paralympic cauldron

Kirsty Murphy (OS 95)

First female Red Arrows pilot

Sara McCourt (OS 92)

Documentary maker; Celebrity Hunted, The Secret Life of the Zoo, 24 Hours in A&E

Iwan Thomas (OS 92)

Olympic athlete and UK 400m record holder

Rae Earl (OS 90)

Writer & broadcaster; works include My Mad Fat Diary and the Emmy & AACTA nominated children's series Mustangs FC

Ben Willbond in a 1990 production of 'Caught Napping'

Ben Willbond (OS 90)

Actor, part of the Horrible Histories troupe that also wrote and starred in Ghosts

Sarah Cawood (OS 89)

Presenter & broadcaster

Anthony Farquhar-Smith (OS 88)

Animator & filmmaker; works include Corpse Bride & Fantastic Mr Fox

Lucy Cohu (OS 87). Emmy-award winning actor

Lucy Cohu (OS 87)

Emmy award-winning actor; The Queen's Sister, Torchwood

Torben Betts (OS 86)

Award-winning playwright

Paule Constable (OS 86)

Award-winning lighting designer, working on War Horse, Evita and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, among others

Johnny Fenn (OS 86)

Adventurer & Photographer. Spent four months walking across Nepal in 2023, raising money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust

Tom Butcher (OS 81)

Actor; The Bill, Heartbeat, Holby City

Simon Hodgkinson (OS 81)

Former England international rugby union player. He represented England at fullback between 1989 and 1991, gaining 14 Test caps

Robert Clift (OS 80)

Hockey player; gold medal 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Silver with the England squad at the 1986 Hockey World Cup

Andrew McGregor (OS 80)

BBC Radio 3 Presenter

Anita Ganeri (OS 79)

Writer of the Horrible Geography books, as well as nearly 1,000 other non-fiction works. Winner of various awards including a Blue Peter Book Award, the Hachette Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Books, and the Tivy Medal from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

James Johnstone (OS 78)

Reknowned musician, and a leading expert and professor in early music. Recently, he was part of the English Baroque Soloists who played at the coronation of King Charles III

Gordon Rainsford (OS 78)

Chief Tournament Director of the World Bridge Federation

Anselm Eldergill (OS 77)

Judge & Lawyer; ranked #1 Mental Health Lawyer in the Chambers and Partners Directory

Nick Anstee (OS 74)

Lord Mayor of the City of London, 2009-10

Nigel Boon (OS 74)

Director of Artistic Planning for the US National Symphony Orchestra

Air Chief Marshal Sir Simon Bryant (OS 74)

Former Commander-in-Chief of Air Command

Tony Roe (OS 73)

BBC Producer for 26 years. Interviewed 7 PMs and other world leaders

Mark James (OS 72)

Professional golfer; 1999 Europe Ryder Cup captain

Michael Asher (OS 71)

Desert explorer, writer and historian

Rt Hon Sir Simon Burns (OS 71)

MP for Chelmsford for 30 years

Robert Wardle (OS 70)

Public sector; former director of the Serious Fraud Office

John Wells (OS 66)

Concert organist and composer

David Jackson (OS 65)

Musician in the prog rock band Van der Graaf Generator

John Drewienkiewicz (OS 64)

Retired British Army officer. Appointed a Companion of the Order of Bath in 1998 and a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2000

Steven Ley (OS 64)

Professor of Organic Chemistry, included by The Times in the list of the 100 Most Important People in British Science

Michael Sharpe (OS 64)

Athlete; represented Oxford, British Universities (record holder), England and Great Britain in the Long Jump. Subsequently launched the RSPCA’s Farm Animal Welfare scheme in 1994

Robert Aldwinckle (OS 62)

World renowned harpsichordist

Daphne Ledward (OS 62)

Garden designer & broadcaster

General Sir Mike Jackson (OS 61), former Head of the British Army, at a CCF inspection.

General Sir Mike Jackson (OS 61)

Former Head of the British Army

M Stanley Whittingham (OS 60)

Chemist; winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his role in the development of lithium-ion batteries

M.J.K. Smith (OS 51)

England international in both cricket & rugby

Neil McCarthy (OS 50)

Actor, appeared in several films and tv programmes across the 1960s-1980s, including Zulu, The Avengers and Doctor Who

Prof Margaret McGowan CBE (OS 49)

Leading academic in French Renaissance culture and specialist in history of dance

Colin Dexter (OS 48), creator of Inspector Morse (himself an Old Stamfordian in the stories!), visits at the 2012 Reunion Day

Colin Dexter (OS 48)

Creator of Inspector Morse

Prof Malcolm Jeeves CBE (OS 45)

Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of St Andrews

Sir Michael Tippett (OS 1923)

One of the leading British composers of the 20th Century

Sir Malcolm Sargent (OS 1912)

Conductor, organist and composer who co-founded the London Symphony Orchestra

Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe (OS 1883)

Newspaper magnate; Founder of the Daily Mail & Daily Mirror

Nelson Dawson (OS 1877)

Artist, enameller and etcher. Studied architecture and painting then took up metalwork.
(photo courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum, London)

William Cecil, The Lord Burghley (OS 1535)

Chief advisor to Elizabeth I, twice Secretary of State and Lord High Treasurer from 1572. Secured an Act of Parliament in 1548 which ensured the survival of Stamford School

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