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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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.

Born: July 3, 1906, St. Petersburg, Russia Died: 1972 - Oscar winning actor renowned for playing mostly villains and charming heels.

Vera (born 6 November, 1982) is a Ukrainian-born British actress. She trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Born Jesse John Gold in 1932 in Stamford Hill, north London, the son of a milliner he moved to Brighton in 1939 with his family.

Jamie Thomson (H. 1972-75), author, games designer and all round creative gem recently won the Roald Dahl Prize for his wonderful book "Dark Lord: Teenage Years". Born in Iran, Jamie then grew up in Brighton where he met one of his co-authors Mark Smith (B. 1972-77) at school at Brighton College. He graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in politics and government.

Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company and barrister specialising in commercial, business and financial law... Skilful advocate who led the takeovers and mergers panel and then served for ten challenging years as chairman of NatWest.

Duncan Watts is a serial entrepreneur, operating mainly in the leisure sector. He recently sold his most recent venture, Rocket Restaurants, and is about to embark on a number of new enterprises. He lives in London with his wife Anna, and his daughter Isabella.

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

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)

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