Notable OBs

The history of the College would be non-existant without the stories of its alumni who were educated and grew up within its walls. It is people who make the College what it is today, and we are proud to share with you a few stories below of what our alumni have achieved throughout the College's 172 year history. 

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Chloé Zhao is an award winning Chinese film-maker best known for her work in independent American cinema.

Born: 28th July 1935, died: 30th August 2009, aged 74 - formerly Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd - the charismatic BBC Radio 1 DJ and television chat show host.

Starting initially as a journalist in the UK, Sophia (www.twitter.com/teamgloria_) wrote about art, fashion, media and technology for The Independent newspaper, The Guardian, Time Out (London), Black + White (Studio Magazines in Australia), Out (NYC), International Broadcast and Screen International. Sophia then went digital, leading digital media ventures for Hearst's U.K. operations (The National Magazine Company Ltd.) from 1999 to 2001.

William Leith is a journalist who has written about subjects as diverse as cosmetic surgery, Palestine, Hollywood directors, and drugs. His first book, The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict, was published by Bloomsbury in August 2005... nominated by James Brenan (S. 1972-77)

Art

Nicholas Allan is the author/illustrator of over thirty children’s books.

Our warmest congratulations to Hannah Jones (W. 2005-07 who uses the stage name Hannah Wilder), for her leading role in the film 'Strings' which won the Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Festival last night (Sunday, December 9).

Sussex's Joe Gatting set out to follow in his father's footsteps in football but instead ended up following his illustrious uncle Mike Gatting's cricketing ways.

Art

Born: 16th February 1919, Liverpool, England Died: 2000, energetic artist who drew a debonair police hero for the Eagle comic, and created Albert RN, the dummy hero of a famed wartime escape.

In addition to being a busy civil rights lawyer, women's rights campaigner, wife and mother, Meera Samanther has kindly agreed to be our OB Ambassador in Malaysia.

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