Notable Alumni

Manor Hall has a number of alumni that have gone onto high profile positions in society after leaving the University of Bristol, a selection of which is provided below:

Dr Jennifer Bate OBE

The acclaimed international organist Dr Jennifer Bate OBE was a resident in Manor Hall in the 1960s and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University in 2007. She is also a Patron of the Manor Hall Association.

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE

Former President of the Royal College of Physicians Professor Dame Carol Black DBE was JCR President and Sub-Warden of Manor Hall during the 1960s. She is the current Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge and was recently recognised as one of the most powerful women in the UK. She is also a Patron of the Manor Hall Association.

Jemima Goldsmith

The journalist and campaigner Jemima Goldsmith was a resident in Manor Hall in the 1990s. She is now the Associate Editor of New Statesman and the European Editor-At-Large for Vanity Fair.

Mark Ravenhill

The controversial playwright and journalist was a resident in Manor Hall in the 1980s. He is now the Writer in Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company and frequent journalist in The Guardian.

Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek

The zoologist and TV presenter Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek was a resident in Manor Hall in the 1980s and received her PhD in Zoology in 1997.

David Walliams

The popular actor, author and television presenter was resident in Manor Hall in the 1980s. His comic partner, Matt Lucas, was resident in nearby Goldney Hall.

Matthew Warchus

The director and dramatist Matthew Warchus was resident in Manor Hall in the 1980s. He is the current Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre London, directed West End and Broadway musical Matilda and his recent film Pride was met with critical acclaim. He is the Patron of Manor Amateur Dramatics.

Emily Watson OBE

The Academy Award nominated actress Emily Watson OBE was a resident in Manor Hall in the 1980s. She is known for her work in Angela’s Ashes and Gosford Park. She recently appeared in The Book Thief and The Theory of Everything.