TV, film and theatre

  • Simon Pegg

    Simon Pegg (BA 1991)

    Simon is an actor and comedian, whose credits include The World's End, Star Trek, Paul, Run Fatboy Run, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and cult television show, Spaced.

  • Derren Brown

    Derren Brown (LLB 1994)

    Illusionist Derren's television shows have included live Russian Roulette, motivating a shy man to land a packed passenger plane and successfully predicting the results of the National Lottery.

  • David Walliams and Matt Lucas

    David Walliams (BA 1992) and Matt Lucas (1993-1995)

    David and Matt are both writers, comedians and actors. Together, they created the comedy sketch show, Little Britain,  that won numerous BAFTA awards in 2004 and 2005.


  • Andrew Shore (BA 1974, Hon DMus 2014) 

    Operatic baritone and pioneer for making opera available and accessible to the general public. This year he was awarded an honorary doctor of music. Image credit: Ede and Ravenscroft


Susan Engel (BA 1956)
Actress who has starred in many popular TV series, including Doctor WhoMidsomer Murders and Inspector Morse.

Tim Corrie (BA 1963) 
Former Chair of BAFTA, and founder of United Agents

Tim Pigott-Smith (BA 1967, Hon DLitt 2008)
Actor and director whose credits include Remains of the Day and Bloody Sunday

Vicki Ooi (PhD 1970)
Vicki was one of the earliest directors to introduce western plays in translation to the Hong Kong stage and after over 20 years in the industry, has won a number of theatre awards, served on the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and published widely on theatre and cultural policy research.

Jeremy Brock MBE (BA 1970)
Actor, producer, writer and director whose credits include Mrs Brown (for which he won The Evening Standard Best Screenplay award), Casualty and Holby City (co-creator). Jeremy won a BAFTA in 2007 for his screenplay adaptation of The Last King of Scotland.

Kevin Elyot (BA 1973) (1951-2014)
Award-winning playwright and screenwriter, whose works include Coming Clean, Killing Time and My Night With Reg.

Geoff Posner (Cert 1973)
TV producer and director known for Not the Nine O'Clock News, The Young Ones and Victoria Wood As Seen On TV.  

David Bamber (BA 1976)
Actor whose credits include RomePride and Prejudice, My Night with Reg (Olivier Award 1996), and Valkyrie.

Alex Cox (Cert 1977)
Film director whose credits include Repo Man and Sid and Nancy.

Dave Riddett (Cert 1978)
Cinematographer with Aardman Animations, who has worked on Creature Comforts, Chicken Run, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and A Matter of Loaf and Death.

Greg Doran (BA 1980, Hon DLitt 2011)
Artistic Director, Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2003, Greg won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement of the Year for his Jacobean season at the Swan Theatre.

Charlotte Attenborough (BA 1981)
Actress whose credits include Jane Eyre, Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady and Jeeves and Wooster.

Caroline Goodall (BA 1981) 
Actress whose credits include Schindler's List, Hook, Cliffhanger, Disclosure, White Squall and The Princess Diaries.

Martin Wenner (BA 1981)
Actor whose credits include In Suspicious Circumstance, Poirot and Born and Bred.

Simon Curtis (BA 1982)
Film director and producer whose credits include My Week with Marilyn and the BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford.

Roger Guyett (BSc 1982)
Won a BAFTA for visual effects on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Also known for his work on Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001).

Michael Winterbottom (Cert 1983)
Director whose credits include 9 Songs, 24 Hour Party People, The Claim, Wonderland, Welcome to Sarajevo and Jude. Michael won the first Alexander Walker Special Award at the Evening Standard film awards in 2004.

Andrew Ruhemann (BA 1985)
Won an Oscar for Best Animated Short in 2011 for his short film, The Lost Thing, based on an illustrated book by Shaun Tan.

Nikki Penny (BA 1986)
Nikki was an Executive Producer on Gravity, as well as Visual Effects Producer for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeny Todd, Troy and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Chris Moll (BA 1987)
Former Executive Producer of iFeatures, a film-making initiative supported by the BBC, the BFI and Creative Skillset. 

Coky Giedroyc (Cert 1987)
TV and film director, who was nominated for a BAFTA in 1997 for her TV drama, The Virgin Queen. Has also directed TV adaptations of Wuthering Heights, Oliver TwistFear of Fanny and Carrie's War.

Mark Ravenhill (BA 1987)
Playwright, and former Writer in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. His work includes the plays Handbag (Evening Standard Award) and Mother Clapp's Molly House, Update & Approve
and TV sitcom, Vicious.

Matthew Warchus (BA 1988, Hon DLitt 2010)
Theatre director whose awards include the Globe's Most Promising Newcomer Award (1994) for Much Ado About Nothing at the West End, the Evening Standard Best Director award (1996) and Olivier nominations for Henry V, Volpone and Art and Hamlet (1996). In 2015, Matthew will take over from Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director of The Old Vic.

Emily Watson (BA 1988, Hon MA 2003) 
Actress whose credits include Miss Potter, Separate Lies, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Gosford Park, Angela's Ashes, Hilary and Jackie, The Boxer, Metroland, Breaking the Waves and War Horse.

Sarah Kane (BA 1992) (1971-99)
Playwright whose work included Blasted, Phaedra's Love and Crave.

Asitha Ameresekere (BA 1993)
Film-maker and writer who won a Best Short Film BAFTA for his short film, Do Not Erase.

Ben Morris (MEng 1993, Hon DEng 2011) 
Creative Director of Industrial Light & Magic, currently working on visual effects for Star Wars Episode VII. Won an Oscar and a BAFTA for The Golden Compass. Also known for his work on Gravity, Troy, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Gladiator.

Peter Bridges (MEng 1998) 
Sound and communications engineer who won a Television Craft BAFTA in 2013 for leading the sound team in BBC Sport’s coverage of the London Olympics 2012.

Andrew Shore (BA 1974, Hon DMus 2014) 
Operatic baritone and pioneer for making opera available and accessible to the general public. This year he was awarded an honorary doctor of music.

Joe Armstrong (BA 2000)
Joe has appeared in Robin Hood and Between the Sheets. During 2015, he will be performing in the sell-out tour of theatre show, Constellations.

MyAnna Buring (BA 2001)
Actress whose credits include the concluding pair of Twilight films, ITV's Downton Abbey and BBC One's Ripper Street.

John Heffernan (BA 2003)
Has worked with the English Touring Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and appeared in a number of TV productions, including Luther, Ripper Street and Dickensian.

Pearl Mackie (BA 2008)
Actor who has recently been named as Doctor Who's new assistant, after appearing in BBC One's Doctors, and in the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  

Kate Lamb (BA 2009)
Actor in the BBC's Call the Midwife. Kate also spent six months in Europe and the Far East with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company.

Charlotte Ritchie (BA 2011) 
Actor best known for starring in Fresh Meat, Siblings and Call the Midwife.

Will Poulter (2012-13)
Actor whose filmography includes The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,  The Maze Runner and The Revenant.