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Notable Alumni in the Arts

image of Amanda BurtonAmanda Burton Diploma in Theatre


image of Steve CooganSteve Coogan Diploma in Theatre

Actor, Impressionist and Comedian

image of Burn GormanBurn Gorman BA (Hons) Theatre Arts (Acting)


image of Bernard HillBernard Hill Diploma in Theatre


image of Jeff HordleyJeff Hordley BA (Hons) Theatre Arts (Acting)


image of Gethin JonesGethin Jones BSc Geography and Economics

TV and Radio Presenter

image of Liz KesslerLiz Kessler MA Creative Writing

Children’s Fantasy Writer

image of John Alexander McGeochJohn Alexander McGeoch BA Fine Art

Guitarist (deceased)

image of Peter SavillePeter Saville BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Graphic Designer & Art Director Co-founder of Factory Records

image of Liam SpencerLiam Spencer BA (Hons) Fine Art


image of Debra StephensonDebra Stephenson BA(Hons) Theatre Arts (Acting)


image of Marsha ThomasonMarsha Thomason BA English Studies


image of Julie Walters CBEJulie Walters CBE Diploma in Speech and Drama


Sarah Burton OBE Art Foundation Course. Doctor of Arts.

Creative Director at Alexander McQueen

John Bishop BA (Hons) Social Science

Comedian, Actor, Writer

Heather Ackroyd BA (Hons) Combined Arts (Theatre Studies and Visual Arts)

Visual Artist

Michael Brennand-Wood BA Embroidery

Textile Artist, Curator

Jacqueline Brown BA 3 Dimensional Design

Professor of Ceramics, Frostburg State University

Cerrie Burnell Acting

TV Presenter, CBeebies

Johnny Capps Diploma in Theatre. MA Communication Design

TV Producer

Terry Christian Art & Design

TV and Radio Presenter

Ossie Clark Fashion and Textiles, Manchester School of Art

Fashion Designer (deceased) Known as being one of the icons of the 1960s and 1970s

Sue Cleaver School of Theatre


Tony Davidson Design and Communication Media, Manchester Polytechnic

Executive Creative Director, Wieden & Kennedy London

Dr Sherril Dodds BA (Hons) Creative Arts, MMU Cheshire

Chair for Department of Dance at Temple University, Philadelphia

Jenny Eclair

Comedian, Actor and Novelist

Ian Finlay Manchester Polytechnic School of Architecture

Principle, Ian Finlay Architects

Ryan Gander BA (Hons) Interactive Art


Professor Malcolm Garrett BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Graphic Designer Joint Creative Director of Applied Information Group, Applied Information Group. Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, London. Royal Designer for Industry

Kevin Gopal BA (Hons) Humanities (Politics and Philosophy)

Editor, The Big Issue In the North

John Griffin Theatre School

TV Producer

Graeme Hawley BA (Hons) Theatre Arts (Acting)


Thomas Heatherwick BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design

Designer, Maker, Heatherwick Studio

Zoe Henry BA (Hons) Theatre Arts (Acting)


Paul Henshall BA (Hons) Theatre Arts (Acting)


Tom Hingley English

Singer, Inspiral Carpets

Mick Hucknall BA(Hons) Fine Art

Singer, Song-writer, Simply Red

Peter Hudson MA Industrial Design

VP Global Innovation at Converse

Linda Jasper MBE BA (Hons) Contemporary Arts

Executive Director, Youth Dance England

Louise Johnson BA (Hons) English with Life Science, MMU Cheshire

Head of Creative, UTV Radio GB Ltd

Emma Kearney School of Theatre


Matthew Kelly

TV Presenter

Kevin Kennedy School of Theatre


Noreen Kershaw Theatre School

Actor and Director

Helen Larder MA Creative Writing


L S Lowry

Artist (deceased)

John Mayall

Blues Musician

Lindsey McAlister OBE BA (Hons) Creative Arts

Founder and Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation

Andrew Miller Creative Writing


Kei Miller MA Creative Writing

Writer and Poet

Karen Nicol BA (Hons) Embroidery

Embroidery Designer

Eamonn O’Neal BEd, MSc

Managing Editor, M.E.N. Media, Radio and TV Presenter, BBC Radio Manchester

Martin Parr Creative Photography & Honorary Degree

Documentary Photographer, Photo Journalist and Collector

Melissa Porter BA (Hons) Retail Marketing

TV Presenter

Dick Powell

Co-founder and Director of product design consultancy Seymourpowell Ltd

Peter Purves

Actor and TV Presenter

David Quinn Graphic Design

Bird Artist

David Rankin BA (Hons) Fine Art


Gruff Rhys BA (Hons) Fine Art

Musician Super Furry Animals and Neon

Gwendoline Riley BA English Studies. MA Creative Writing


DJ Semtex Human Communication


Sir Anthony Sher KBE

Actor, Novelist and Painter

Jethro Skinner Acting


Mark Springer BA Theatre Arts


Linder Sterling Graphic Design

Artist, Performance Artist and Musician

Louise Stones

Presenter, Signal Radio

Raj Talwar BSc Business Information Technology

Managing Director of Rare (Fashion)

Kerrie Taylor BA (Hons) Theatre Arts (Acting)


David Tazzyman BA (Hons) Design for Communication Media

Illustrator Mr Gum children’s books

John Thomson Diploma in Theatre


David Threlfall Diploma in Theatre


Aitor Throup BA (Hons) Fashion

Fashion Designer

Alastair Waite BA Fashion

Head Designer, Next Plc, Menswear

Mark Whitelaw BA (Hons) Drama

Director, Duckie, London

Helen Yardley BA (Hons) Printed and Woven Textiles

British Designer