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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Formula One racing driver, winner of the 1988 Jim Clark Trophy... now owner of Brands Hatch race track.

Charles Fraser-Smith (26 January 1904 - 9 November 1992) was an author and one-time missionary who is widely credited as being the inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond quartermaster Q. During World War II, Fraser-Smith worked for the Ministry of Supply, fabricating equipment for SOE agents operating in occupied Europe. Prior to the war, Fraser-Smith had worked as a missionary in North Africa. After the war he purchased a dairy farm in Bratton Fleming, Devon, where he died in 1992.

Born: 19 August, 1936, in Banbury, Oxfordshire, the distinguished Old Brightonian, David Quayle (C. 1950-55), died on board a cruise ship off the coast of South Africa on 6th April 2010, aged 73.

Emma is an Entrepreneur, a Motivational Speaker, a Business Mentor, Author and Business Turnaround Expert.

A veritable force in motion picture advertising, video games, television and film, Kaveh has taken the industry by storm.

Sometimes credited as Thomas Charles Sanders II - he is the brother of actor George Sanders.

A loyal MP in the Thatcher years, now a tireless champion of good causes, most notably in the area of asylum and immigration... Keith Best attended Brighton College before attaining both his BA and MA in Jurisprudence from Keble College at Oxford.

Bijan is an associate director at the National Theatre where his recent work as a director includes The Kitchen, Greenland, and Our Class.

As part of the FA's 150 year celebrations, Paul Samrah was recently recognised by the FA for his close involvement with Brighton & Hove Albion. Paul was Chair of the campaign which after many years successfully secured planning permission for Brighton's American Express Community Stadium.

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