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Barts alumnus Graham Chapman qualified in Medicine in 1962. He formed the comedy group Monty Python’s Flying Circus with his contemporaries John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam in 1969. The BBC TV series was an instant hit.

Bruce Dickinson (History, 1979), lead singer of 1980s heavy metal band Iron Maiden, is also a published author of two comic novels, a fully qualified airline pilot and an Olympic standard fencer.

The actor Sean Gilder (History and Geography, 1985) is most famous for his role as Paddy Maguire in Channel 4's series Shameless. He also appeared as Styles in all of ITV's Hornblower episodes.

Actor Clare Price (English, 1993) is an accomplished actress, having performed with major companies including the RSC and the National Theatre.

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