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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Art

Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Baronet PRA (born Paris, 20 March 1836 - died 26 July 1919, London) was an English painter, designer, and draughtsman who served as President of the Royal Academy.

Former England Students and Durham University player also earned England Sevens honours in the 2004/5 campaign, plays for Newcastle Falcons...
Born: 8th Sep 1982

Bijan is an associate director at the National Theatre where his recent work as a director includes The Kitchen, Greenland, and Our Class.

Chloe Coker (nee Blackburn) (F. 1994-99) left Brighton College to study modern languages at Oxford University and then practised law for an American law firm in the city, where she specialised in fraud litigation. However, her life has now taken a very different path, which she recently wrote in to tell us about...

Lieutenant-Colonel Freddie Allen, who has died aged 92, won two DSOs in 1945 in the battles of the Ardennes and the Reichswald.

Menhaj Huda (born 1967, Bangladesh) is a British film director and producer of Bangladeshi descent.  After completeing a degree in Engineering at Oxford University, he embarked on a career in television.

Art

Philip was brought up in Le Havre, France and went to English boarding school at the age of 9. He met Gordon Taylor his first mentor at Brighton College who started him on a lifelong love of architecture and painting and sculpture . He went to Cambridge University to study architecture and quickly transferred to art school graduating from Chelsea School of Art.

As part of our commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of Brighton College, we are creating a series of Head Master profiles, covering every Head Master since the Second World War. William (Bill) Stewart was Head Master from 1950 to 1963, and would do much to set the tone for the College’s growth and development in the post-war years.

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.

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