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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Born: 25 May 1888, Croydon, Surrey. Died: 15 March 1969 - British actor, scriptwriter and playwright. Malleson is probably most familiar as the genteel hangman of Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) or as Canon Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest (1952).

Daniel Peltz, former British Land director and founder of retail property investor London Freeholds, has won rave reviews for his second novel.

Flight Lieutenant William Walker, who has died aged 99, was shot down in his Spitfire during the Battle of Britain and wounded. Late in his life, having become the oldest surviving pilot of the Battle, he wrote poetry in memory of his fellow aircrew.

Loren O'Dair (Wi. 1997-2002) was a music scholar at Brighton College. She studied Drama and Theatre Arts at Birmingham University and then completed her professional acting training at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

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”.

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.

Gabrielle left Brighton College in 2003 and went on to train at Identity Drama School. She then went on to win a place at the world renowned Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York. She has since starred in Feature Films 'Shank', 'Men Don't Lie' and soon to be released 'Demons Never Die'. She will also be starring as one of the leads in a new film 'Freshers'.

Jamie Thomson (H. 1972-75), author, games designer and all round creative gem recently won the Roald Dahl Prize for his wonderful book "Dark Lord: Teenage Years". Born in Iran, Jamie then grew up in Brighton where he met one of his co-authors Mark Smith (B. 1972-77) at school at Brighton College. He graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in politics and government.

Born: July 3, 1906, St. Petersburg, Russia Died: 1972 - Oscar winning actor renowned for playing mostly villains and charming heels.

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