10 Celebrities Who Went To Bristol Uni: Loads Of Them Are Comedians!

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:00 20 February 2015

Bristol medical student Emily Macdonagh and Peter Andre.

Bristol medical student Emily Macdonagh and Peter Andre.


Can the uni you go to determine if you achieve celebrity status at some point in your career? Here are 10 famous Bristol graduates who have done just that

David Walliams (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images).David Walliams (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images).

David Walliams

Studied: Drama

The BAFTA winning comedian, actor and author shot to fame with Matt Lucas in Comedy show Little Britain. Also a successful children’s author, his book Awful Auntie was the biggest selling children’s book in the UK for 2014. Not one to make a quiet entrance, Walliams arrived at the February 2015 auditions of Britain’s Got Talent (for which he has been a judge since 2012) carried by four topless men clad in gladiator attire.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Photo by Paul McConnell/Getty Images).Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Photo by Paul McConnell/Getty Images).

Simon Pegg

Studied: Theatre, Film and Television

Star of cult-comedy show Spaced, Pegg has written and acted a number of roles in his career – from Shaun of the Dead and Hot fuzz to Run, Fatboy Run! The actor counts other celebs among his pals - frequent co-star Nick Frost is a friend in real life and was the Best Man at Pegg’s wedding. The nerd icon is also godfather of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter, Apple. In 2015, Pegg began working on the screen play for the third Star Trek film.

Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images).Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images).

Jemima Goldsmith

Studied: English

Formerly known as Jemima Khan, the Bristol graduate famously converted to Islam when she married Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan in 1995. Associate editor of New Statesman and European editor-at-large for Vanity Fair, Jemima also supports Hacked Off, which campaigns for independent press regulation.

Derren Brown.Derren Brown.

Derren Brown

Studied: Law and German

The hypnotist and illusionist has been on our screens since 2000. Known for his baffling television shows, in which he appears to control the general public or, as in Apocolypse, make them believe they’re on a zombie filled planet, following a meteor strike! In addition to his television work and live shows, Brown is patron of the Parrot Zoo Trust, a parrot rescue charity.

Peter Andre and Emily MacdonaghPeter Andre and Emily Macdonagh

Emily Macdonagh

Studied: Medicine

Although she may be famous for being engaged to Katie Price’s former husband, ‘Dr Emily’ is sure to be destined for big things in future. The celeb, who completed her medical studies in January 2015, also has a daughter with Peter Andre – the pair are set to get married in 2015.

Matt Lucas and David Walliams (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images).Matt Lucas and David Walliams (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images).

Matt Lucas

Studied: Drama

Creator of Vicky Pollard’s “yeah but no but” catch phrase, Lucas caught the public’s attention – shooting to popularity with the cross-dressing sketch show, Little Britain. The Shooting Stars actor will be appearing alongside Johnny Depp as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, for the second time, in feature film Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass – released 2016. The two-time BAFTA winner has also written and starred in new BBC silent comedy Pompidou for 2015.

Emily Watson (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images).Emily Watson (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images).

Emily Watson OBE

Studied: English

Oscar-nominated and BAFTA winning actress has starred in many films from Hilary and Jackie to Gosford Park – winning multiple awards for both. With a career that began on the stage with the RSC, now, Watson is set to star in 2015 film Everest alongside Kiera Knightly and Jake Gyllenhall.

Comedian Marcus BrigstockeComedian Marcus Brigstocke

Marcus Brigstocke

Studied: Drama

Known for his political satire, the comedian has starred in numerous television comedy shows including Have I got News For You, Argumental and Live at the Apollo. If you want to see him in action, Brigstocke will be appearing in Somerset at the Wedmore Arts Festival in July 2015.

Julia Donaldson

Studied: Drama and French

If you haven’t heard of Julia Donaldson, you’ll definitely know her most famous character, The Gruffalo. But this children’s author is no one-trick pony – she’s had 184 works published including plays and school books for children. In 2011–2013 Donaldson held the role of Children’s Laureate, in which she was superseded my Malorie Blackman.

Chris Morris

Studied: Zoology

The acclaimed satirist, writer and actor is best known for hugely controversial Ch4 show Brasseye – the news-spoof series, the Special Edition of which reportedly received 3000 complaints. The writer of television comedy Nathan Barley, feature film Four Lions and radio show Blue Jam – Morris has also received two BAFTAs, among many other awards.

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