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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Dennys Valentine Jack McDonald Hobley - born: 9th June 1917, Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, died: 30th July 1987a leading BBC Radio personality from the 1930's - 1960's.

The Old Brightonians Golf Society is going from strength to strength and has had a great year - including some giant-killing in the Halford Hewitt Cup...

Rose Elinor Dougall (born 13 March 1986, W. 1999-04) is an English singer, songwriter and musician best known for being a member of "The Pipettes".

As part of our commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of Brighton College, we are creating a series of Head Master profiles, covering every Head Master since the Second World War. William (Bill) Stewart was Head Master from 1950 to 1963, and would do much to set the tone for the College’s growth and development in the post-war years.

Head of England Women's Cricket, Clare is a former England cricket captain. At the age of 30, she was awarded the OBE after leading England to their first Ashes win in 42 years. Clare retired from playing for England in 2006 with over 100 international caps and having led the side for 6 years.

Following much encouragement from the music department during her time at Brighton College, Nina now continues to write music for film and television.

Born: 22nd January, 1934, London, Graham Kerr is an internationally known culinary and personality, award-winning author, master of metaphorical speaking and has been an established television personality since 1959.

Author and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, 2005, Segun Afolabi is the author of the short story collection “A Life Elsewhere” and the novel “Goodbye Lucille”.

Tamzin played Georgiana Darcy in Joe Wright's 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice whilst still at Brighton College and has more recently played Katherine Howard in Showtime's The Tudors. She was last seen on our screens in January, in a wonderful adaptation of The Tale of Edwin Drood.

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