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Notable alumni

Nick Barratt, genealogist. Studied History.

Rory Bremner FKC, Scottish impressionist, playwright and comedian. Studied French and German.

Anita Brookner CBE FKC, novelist and art historian. Studied History.

David Bruce, composer, currently commissioned to write a new piece for clarinet & string quartet for the Carnegie Hall. Awarded a PhD in Composition in music, under the supervision of Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

Douglas Carswell, MP for Clacton. Studied postgraduate History.

Josh Cooper (1901-1981), English cryptographer. Studied Russian at King's & was later member of the Government Code & Cipher School.

Mike Dash, Welsh writer, journalist and researcher (who did a "...particularly obscure PhD thesis, entitled British Submarine Policy 1853–1918" in War Studies, then in the School of Arts & Humanities). Dash worked for 20 years as contributing editor and publisher of the journal Fortean Times.

Alain de Botton FRSL, writer, philosopher, television presenter and entrepreneur. Studied Philosophy.

Maureen Duffy FKC, poet, playwright and novelist - her novel Capital includes oblique but unmistakable references to King's. Studied English.

Anne Dudley, English composer and pop musician. Studied Music.

Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire. Studied German & Portuguese.
Greer Garson (1904-1996) CBE, actress. Studied French.

Jonathan Gill, member of the British boyband JLS.

Aiysha Hart, British actress named 'one to watch in 2013' by The Independent. Studied English.

Susan Hill CBE FKC, English author of fiction and non-fiction. Studied English.
Garry Kilworth, fantasy and historical novelist. Studied English.

Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), novelist, author of The Water-Babies.

Hanif Kureishi, playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker, novelist and short story writer. Studied Philosophy.

Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough. Studied English.

Alice Martineau (1972-2003) was an English pop singer and songwriter, studied English.

Dianna Melrose, British diplomat, ambassador to Cuba. Studied French and Spanish.

Michael Morpurgo OBE FKC, author, poet, playwright and librettist. Studied English and French.

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth. Studied History.

Daniel Peltz FKC, Chief Executive of London Freeholds plc, an alumnus of King’s, a supporter of the College and a member of the World questions | King’s answers Campaign Board.

Elizabeth Smart (1913 - 1986), Canadian poet and novelist. Her book, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, detailed her romance with the poet George Barker. Studied Music.

Victoria Solomonidis FKC, Minister Counsellor (Cultural Affairs), Embassy of Greece, London & UK Representative of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture.

Anne Somerset, writer of well regarded historical books, the first being The Life & Times of William IV. Her acclaimed biography was on Elizabeth I was published in 1991. Studied History.

Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West since 1997. Studied History.

Paddy Tomkins QPM, appointed Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland by Royal Warrant in March 2007. Studied History.

Jane Tranter, English television executive. Studied English Literature.

Desmond Tutu FKC, former Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Laureate. Studied Theology

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