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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OB Jake Henry has signed a professional rugby contract with Plymouth Albion.

PAUL LEWIS was born into a family of professional musicians in Brighton, England, in 1943. As a child he was fascinated by history and ancient buildings, reluctantly learning the piano from the age of nine. At twelve he saw the Shakespeare films of Laurence Olivier with Walton's music and immediately realized he had to be a composer. He purposely avoided all formal training, choosing instead to leave school at fifteen and enter music publishing to find out how the music business worked from inside.

One of the most enduring mysteries of the Cold War - who killed Commander Lionel "Buster" Crabb? - may finally have been solved.

Born Jesse John Gold in 1932 in Stamford Hill, north London, the son of a milliner he moved to Brighton in 1939 with his family.

Nominated by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (A. 1966-71) - Born: 15 August 1954, Brighton, UK., highly successful films include 1971's "Friends" and "The Abominable Dr. Phibes".

Sussex's Joe Gatting set out to follow in his father's footsteps in football but instead ended up following his illustrious uncle Mike Gatting's cricketing ways.

Charles Fraser-Smith (26 January 1904 - 9 November 1992) was an author and one-time missionary who is widely credited as being the inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond quartermaster Q. During World War II, Fraser-Smith worked for the Ministry of Supply, fabricating equipment for SOE agents operating in occupied Europe. Prior to the war, Fraser-Smith had worked as a missionary in North Africa. After the war he purchased a dairy farm in Bratton Fleming, Devon, where he died in 1992.

Television Producer & Director - Nic was a dayboy at Brighton College Junior School between 1955 and 1960, and at Brighton College, Hamden House, from 1960 until 1966. A student at Brighton College of Art, he then studied Television Production at Ravensbourne College of Art before starting work in 1968 as an assistant director in commercials, then feature films, including The National Health, Billy Two Hats and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Comedian, author, escort to fridges in Ireland... doesn't ride skateboards, apparently. Tony Hawks is a TV and radio comedian and bestselling author.

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