At Millfield, we are extremely proud of what so many Old Millfieldians have gone on to accomplish. Many have become extremely well-known in their fields; in this post, find out more about 10 high-profile individuals that you may not realise went to Millfield!
Ted Dwane (1997-2002; Joan's Kitchen)
Ted is one of the founding members of Mumford & Sons, a British folk band formed in London in 2007. They are most well-known for their hits, ‘I Will Wait’, ‘Little Lion Man’ and ‘The Cave’. In the band, Ted plays the double bass, bass guitar, drums, guitar and provides backing vocals.
Rose Leslie (2000-2005; Warner)
Rose is an actress, best known for playing Ygritte and Gwen Dawson in award-winning TV series’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Downton Abbey’. She rose to fame after winning the Best Acting Performance Award at the British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards for her work on the TV movie, ‘New Town’, in 2009, and is married to fellow ‘Game of Thrones’ actor, Kit Harrington.
Jonathan Warburton (1971-1976; Millfield)
Jonathan is the Chairman of Warburtons, a British baking company founded in 1876. It is a family-owned business and has 4,500 employees across the UK. Jonathan has held the position of Chairman since 2001 – he has overseen their transition into a national brand and set out their vision to become Britain's Favourite Baker.
Adwoa Aboah (2005-2010; Southfield)
Adwoa is a model and activist. She has appeared on the covers of prestigious fashion publications, including Vogue, was voted Model of the Year in 2017 and was named British GQ's ‘Woman of the Year’ in the same year. Adwoa has modelled for various well-known brands, including Calvin Klein, DKNY, H&M, Versace and Topshop. She has also founded several organisations, including ‘Gurls Talk’, which aims to support young women, and a ‘#CreativeTogether’ initiative to connect people using creativity and combat lockdown anxiety. This saw her listed as one of the most influential Black British people across all industries, in 2020.
John Sergeant (1957-1962; Kingweston)
John is a journalist and political correspondent. He joined Millfield in 1957, when his father came to the school as a teacher and, in 2002, he won the OM of the Year Award. In one of his school reports, Boss Meyer wrote that he thought his conduct “impressive”. At Millfield, John was a top debater and chess player. During his career, John was a special correspondent all over the world, specialised in political reporting from Westminster, presented a wide variety of news programmes and appeared on several TV shows.
Chutima Durongdej (2002-2004; Abbey)
Chutima is a beauty pageant competitor and winner. In 2009, she participated in the Miss Universe Pageant in the Bahamas, where she was crowned Miss Photogenic. She also achieved third place in the national dress category.
Nicollette Sheridan (1980-1981; Kernick)
Nicollette is a television and film actress, best known for playing Edie Britt on TV series, ‘Desperate Housewives’. She also played Paige Matheson in the soap, ‘Knots Landing’, Alexis Carrington in ‘Dynasty’, and has featured in several films, including ‘The Sure Thing’, ‘Noises Off’ and ‘Spy Hard’.
Sophie Dahl (1988-1990; Edgarley)
Sophie attended Millfield Prep School from 1988-1990. She is an author and the granddaughter of Roald Dahl. In 2003, she wrote Sunday Times bestseller, ‘The Man with the Dancing Eyes’, an illustrated novella, followed by her first novel, ‘Playing with the Grown-ups’, in 2007 and, her first children’s book, ‘Madame Badobedah’, in 2019. She has also written two cookery books, presents cookery shows on the BBC and is an editor for well-known fashion publications, including British Vogue.
Simon Mawer (1964-1967; Shapwick)
Simon is a critically acclaimed novelist and OM of the Year, 2010. His novels include ‘The Glass Room’ and ‘The Girl Who Fell From The Sky’. ‘The Glass Room’ was nominated for the 2009 Man Booker Prize, narrowly missing out on first place.
Lily Allen (1996-1997; Edgarley)
Lily attended Millfield Prep School in 1996-97. She is now a singer and songwriter, with several award-winning albums, including ‘Alright, Still’ and ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’. Her songs have reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, she has received nominations at the Grammy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards and, at the 2010 Brit Awards, she was crowned best British Female Solo Artist.
Find out more about our other Notable Alumni at Millfield here.