Former famous Alumni’s you didn’t know went to your University – Part 2

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University of Bristol

1. Derren Brown

This is a pretty cool alumni of the University of Bristol. Derren Brown is an English Illusinist, mentalist, trickster, hypnotist, painter, writer, and sceptic. He is best known for his appearances on TV in series Trick of the mind and trick or treat. Since his first show Derren Brown: mind Control which was featured in 2000, he has become increasingly best known for his mind-reading acts.

He has also written a number of books for magicians and the generally public. Brown has never claimed to possess any supernatural powers and instead credits his methods to magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection, and showmanship. He is also known for his acts which expose faith healers and mediums as fakes.

2. James Blunt

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James Blunt is an English singer-songwriter. He secured a recording contract with Atlantic Records and Custard Records. He first rose to fame with his debut studio album Back to Bedlam, before his single “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye my Lover” gave him worldwide fame. The album sold over 11 million copies Worldwide and topped the UK album charts, as well as achieving number 2 in the US. Jame’s second album in 2007, All the Lost Souls, top the charts in over 20 countries and produced the hit “1973”

Not surprisingly he has received a number of awards, including two Brit Awards, winning Best British Male in 2006 and two MTV video Music Awards. Two Ivor Novello Awards and five Grammy Award Nominations.

James has achieved a lot since his time at the University of Bristol. In 2012 he announced he was taking a break from music and hasn’t since released any new music, as much as we want him back on our radios we understand he’s made his millions now.

3. Simon Pegg

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Simon Pegg is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and film producer. He is best known for co-writting and staring in Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and comedy series Spaced. He has also impressively been in Mission: Impossible film series, Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, plus the Adventures of Tintin.

A very impressive collective of films and series, he certainly has made it big since attending the University of Bristol

University of West England

1. Russell Howard

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Russell is an English Comedian, television presenter, radio presenter and actor. He is best known for his TV shows Russell Howard’s Good News and The Russell Howard Hour. He has also appeared on Mock the week.

He has won a number of awards including “Best Compere” at the 2006 Chortle Awards and was nominated for If.comedy awards for his 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show. However it all started at the University of West England where he studied Economics… that must have helped with his future career..

2. David Drew

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David is a British Labour politician who was an MP for Stroud from 1997 to 2010. He then regained his seat in 2017. He was awarded a master in education from the University of West England.

3. Peter Reed

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Peter is now a retired British Olympic Rower who won three gold medals. He earnt gold in the Men’s Coxless four at 2008, Olympics 2012 and then Gold in the Men’s eight at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. If that isn’t enough he’s won five gold medals and three silver medals in the World Championships.

Cardiff University

1. Huw Edwards

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Huw is a welsh journalist, presenter and mostly known for his news rounds. He is the BBC News lead presenter for major breaking news in the UK. He presents BBC News at Ten.

You’ll recognise his welsh voice from anywhere and it all started as a former alumni of Cardiff University.

2. Nathan Cleverly

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Another Welsh former alumni of Cardiff University graduating in BSc Mathematics in 2010. Nathan Cleverly is a former professional boxer competing from 2005 to 2017. He held the WBO title from 2011 to 2013 and the WBA (Regular) title from 2016 to 2017. If that isn’t enough he held multiple regional light-heavyweight championships, including the European, British and Commonwealth titles between 2008 and 2010.

He achieved the European, British and Commonwealth light heavyweight boxing champion and the WBO light heavyweight world champ all by the age of 23. Not to mention completing his Maths degree, a pretty impressive guy.

3. Siân Lloyd

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Siân is best known as a weather girl on ITV, as well as being engaged to Lembit Öpik a politician for the Liberal Democrats for a short lived 2 years. That political talk must have got boring.

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