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Cambridge’s Most Famous Residents

by granitewordpress
28 March 2017 · 5 min read
Cambridges Most Famous Residents

The historic city of Cambridge has been home to many famous residents over the years, from those born and bred in the city to those that fleetingly passed through the iconic university. The list is expansive and accomplished. From Nobel Prize winning scientists to famous actors from Cambridge, this beautiful location has attracted the talented in their droves. Here are some of the Cambridge’s Most Famous Residents.

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018). English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

No list of notable Cambridge residents would be complete without Stephen Hawking. The world renowned theoretical physicist, widely recognised for this book, A Brief History of Time, began working as a graduate at Cambridge in the 1960s. He is the founder and current director of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the university.

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie (11 June 1959). English actor, director, musician, comedian, and author.

Having recently graced our screen in the award winning, The Night Manager series, celebrated actor Hugh Laurie called Cambridge his home while studying at the beautiful Selwyn College. He even competed in the iconic Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson (15 April 1959). Britain’s most acclaimed actresses and screenwriter, best known for her portrayals of enigmatic women.

Educated at Newnham College, University of Cambridge, where she was part of the theatrical group, Emma Thompson is well deserving of a spot on the list of Cambridge’s most famous residents. As a highly acclaimed and Academy Award winning actress, Emma’s featured in a host of films that have become modern and cult classics, including Love Actually and Saving Mr Banks.

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry (24 August 1957). English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist.

English comedian, actor, writer and presenter Stephen Fry is a national treasure. Securing a scholarship for Queens’ College, Cambridge, meant the city was home as he studied English literature. He was even part of the drama group, Footlights and met future acclaimed actor, Hugh Laurie there.

Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882). English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution on November 24, 1859.

Known for his contributions to the science of evolution, it was actually at Cambridge that celebrated biologist, Charles Darwin was encouraged to pursue his passion for natural science. You can find a statue of Darwin in the grounds of Christ’s College depicting the celebrated scientist as a student.

Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough
Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough (29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014). English actor, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and politician. Former President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Actor and filmmaker, Richard Attenborough is best known for his role in the film, Jurassic Park. Born in Cambridge in 1923, he later played a role in the Second World War in the Royal Air Force before building up his stellar acting career. Richard’s talents don’t just lie on screen though he’s often recognised for his prowess behind the camera too.

Ian McKellen

Sir Ian Murray McKellen (25 May 1939). An English actor.
Awards – 6 Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, 2 Saturn Awards, 4 Drama Desk Awards, and 2 Critics’ Choice Awards, also received 2 Oscar nominations, 4 BAFTA nominations and 5 Emmy Award nominations.

Another renowned English actor to hail from the University of Cambridge. With work spanning from Shakespearean plays to the popular Lord of the Rings franchise, Ian McKellen has enjoyed an extensive career and picked up numerous awards for his talents. As part of Cambridge’s famous Marlowe Society, he featured in 23 plays.

Alan Turing

Alan Turing
Alan Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954). English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist.

Recognised for his role in the Second World War as a codebreaker, computer scientist, mathematician and cryptanalyst, Alan Turing studied at Cambridge. Recently portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the acclaimed film, The Imitation Game, there’s also a plaque fixed in King’s College to commemorate his pioneering work.

Olivia Newton John

Olivia Newton John
Olivia Newton John (26 September 19). An English-Australian singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and activist & four-time Grammy award winner.

Grease is the word in Cambridge, the birth place of actress, Olivia Newton John who played the iconic role of Sandy in the film. Despite emigrating to Australia while still a child, she spent some of her formative years among the stunning buildings of Cambridge.

Jeremy Irvine

Known for his roles in Great Expectations, War Horse, and Now is Good, Jeremy Irvine was born and raised in Cambridgeshire. The budding actor has already secured an impressive range of roles and is set to become one of the recognised actors that have called Cambridge their home.

Over the year’s many famous actors from Cambridge have made the city their long time home. It’s not just the performing arts that flock to the city though, the long list of notable residents also includes a wealth of scientists and other significant individuals.