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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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.

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

William Leith is a journalist who has written about subjects as diverse as cosmetic surgery, Palestine, Hollywood directors, and drugs. His first book, The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict, was published by Bloomsbury in August 2005... nominated by James Brenan (S. 1972-77)

Ritchie is best remembered for being a three time medalist at the 1908 London Olympics. At the Games he won a gold (men's singles), silver (men's doubles) and bronze (men's indoor singles) medal. In 1908 and 1910 he and Tony Wilding won the doubles in Wimbledon.

John Richardson Mainwaring Simmons (1902-1985), office systems pioneer and company director, was born on 18 March 1902 at 52 Ward Place, Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo, Ceylon, the third child of Sydney Mainwaring Simmons (1870-1955), clerk in holy orders, and his first wife, Beatrice Margaret Reynolds (1869-1907). Died: 1985.

James Duncan Hamilton - Formula One racing driver, winner of the 1953 Le Mans race.

Dennys Valentine Jack McDonald Hobley - born: 9th June 1917, Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, died: 30th July 1987a leading BBC Radio personality from the 1930's - 1960's.

The Old Brightonians are sad to report that Peter Gareth Mayle (Ha. 1952-56) - author of many bestsellers including "A Year in Provence" and "Wicked Willie", has died after a brief illness in a hospital near his home in the south of France.

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'.

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