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Mika is one from the bottom!!! a right bunch of high achievers! Notice Dido is in there too


List of former pupils of Westminster School

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The following people were educated at Westminster School, and are sometimes listed with OW (Old Westminster) after their name (collectively, OWW) There are over a thousand Old Westminsters listed in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography so these are necessarily a small sample:


All persons are British unless otherwise stated.



5 19th century

6 20th century





[edit] 19th century

John Nelson Darby (1800 – 1882), Irish clergyman

Thomas Henry Lister (1800 – 1842), novelist and first Registrar General

Benjamin Hall, 1st Baron Llanover (1802 – 1867), Commissioner of Works and Public Buildings responsible for, amongst others, the current Palace of Westminster, likely to have given his name to Big Ben

Zerah Colburn (1804 – 1840), Canadian child mathematics prodigy

Sir Robert Joseph Phillimore (1810 – 1885), Judge of the Arches

Gilbert Abbott à Beckett (1811 – 1856), writer

Sir Charles Dilke, 1st Baronet (1811 – 1869) reformer, instigator of the Great Exhibition

Henry Mayhew (1812 – 1887), reforming and satirical journalist, chronicler of London's poor and founder of Punch

George Henty (1832 – 1902), author of more than 80 popular books for boys

Sir Edward Poynter (1836 – 1919), painter

Sir Charles Dilke, 2nd Baronet (1843 – 1911), Liberal statesman

William Knox D'Arcy (1849 – 1917), entrepreneur

Sir Guy Francis Laking (1875-1919), art historian and Keeper of the London Museum

Sir K. A. C. Creswell (1879 – 1974), architectural historian specialising in Egyptian Islamic architecture

A. A. Milne (1882 – 1956), author and journalist

Hussein Ala (1883-), Prime Minister of Iran

Henry Tizard (1885 – 1959), scientist and inventor

Sir Adrian Boult (1889 – 1984), conductor

Edgar Adrian (1889 – 1977), scientist and Nobel Prizewinner

Oliver Lyttelton, 1st Viscount Chandos (1893 – 1972), Cabinet Minister during World War II, chaiman of the National Theatre Board


[edit] 20th century

Gregory Dix (1902-1952), liturgical scholar

Patrick Hamilton (1904 – 1962), novelist and playwright

Sir John Gielgud (1904 – 2000), actor and director

Sir John Aitken ( 1910 – 1985), Conservative newspaper owner

H. A. R. "Kim" Philby (1912 – 1988), agent who defected to USSR 1963

Professor Sir Richard Doll, CH FRS (1912 – 2005), epidemiologist

Sir Richard Stone (1913 – 1991), Nobel prizewinner

Angus Wilson (1913 - 1991), novelist

Norman Parkinson, (1913 - 1990), photographer

Sir William Deakin ( 1913 – 2005), historian and literary assistant to Winston Churchill

John Freeman (b. 1915), Labour politician, broadcaster, diplomat and television chairman

Sir Andrew Huxley FRS (b. 1917), scientist

Cecil Gould (1918 – 1994), art historian

Brian Urquhart (b. 1919) UN undersecretary-general and pioneer of peacekeeping

Sir Peter Ustinov (1921 – 2004), actor, writer and director

Michael Flanders and Donald Swann (1922 – 1975 and 1923 – 1994), performers, writers and musicians

Michael Havers (1923 – 1992), lord chancellor

Neville Sandelson (1923 – 2002), founder member of the SDP

Richard Wollheim (1923 – 2003), philosopher

Michael Hamburger (b. 1924), literary critic

Colin Turnbull (1924 – 1994), anthropologist

Tony Benn (b. 1925), politician

Peter Brook (b. 1925), theatre director

Anthony Sampson (1926 – 2004) , author, founder member of the SDP

Sir Crispin Tickell (b. 1930), environmentalist, diplomat and academic

Nigel, Lord Lawson (b. 1932), former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer

Anthony Howard (b. 1934), journalist

Sir Roger Norrington (b. 1934), musician

Simon Gray (b. 1936), playwright

William Cookson (1939 – 2004), literary critic

Julian, Lord Hunt,(b. 1942), climate change authority and Labour peer

Peter Bottomley (b. 1944), Conservative politician

Peter Asher and Gordon Waller (b. 1944 and 1945), musicians

Andrew, Lord Lloyd-Webber (b. 1948), musician and producer

Martin Amis (b. 1949), novelist

Stephen Poliakoff (b. 1952), playwright

Michael Attenborough (b.1952), theatre director

Chris Huhne (b. 1954), Liberal Democrat politician

Adam Mars-Jones (b. 1954), novelist and critic

Nigel Planer (b. 1955), novelist and actor

James Robbins (b.1955), BBC diplomatic correspondent

Tim Gardam (b. 1955), journalist and educator, former director of Channel 4

Tim Sebastian (b. 1956) , television correspondent and interviewer

Andrew Graham-Dixon (b. 1956), broadcaster and art historian

Dominic Grieve (b. 1956), Conservative politician, shadow Attorney-General

Robin Griffith Jones (b. 1956), senior Anglican

Dominic Lawson (b. 1956), journalist

Shane McGowan (b. 1957), musician

James Lasdun (b. 1957), novelist

Timothy Winter (b. 1960), islamic scholar

Imogen Stubbs (b. 1961), actress

Matt Frei (b. 1963), foreign correspondent for BBC News

Ian Bostridge (b. 1964), tenor singer

Helena Bonham Carter (b. 1966), actress

Noreena Hertz (b. 1967), economist and author

Gavin Rossdale (b. 1967), musician and actor

Julian Anderson (b. 1967), composer

Nick Clegg (b.1967), Liberal Democrat politician

Ruth Kelly MP (b. 1968), former Education Secretary

Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish (b. 1968 and 1969), TV performers and journalists

Marcel Theroux (b. 1969), novelist

Louis Theroux (b. 1970), broadcaster

Tobias Hill (b. 1970), poet and novelist

Dido Armstrong (b. 1971), musician under the name of "Dido"

Paul Roffman (b. 1972), actor

Martha Lane Fox (b. 1973), dot.com entrepreneur

James Reynolds (b. 1974), Middle East correspondent for BBC News

Conrad Shawcross (b. 1977), artist

Christian Coulson (b. 1978), actor

Benjamin Yeoh (b. 1978), playwright

James Brandon (b. 1980), journalist

Alice Eve (b. 1982), actress

Mica Penniman (b. 1983), musician under the name "Mika"

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Well I never, Mika at the same school as Dido, Gavin Rossdale and Helena Bonham Carter no less. My only claim to fame is being in the same class as Tony Gardiner, the guy from "My Parents Are Aliens" (Brian, the dad) and "Lead Balloon" (Michael, the cafe owner).

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