Famous Queen Margaret University Alumni
With top rated teachers, a hand in several areas of cutting edge research, and a rich, cultural history, it is no surprise that Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh, Scotland will have produced quite a few famous alumni. The surprise, therefore, may lie with the direction said alumni chose to take after finishing their studies at one of the U.K.'s finest schools. With a variety professions under their belts, the following graduates may or may not be familiar to people worldwide, but are definitely a defining presence in their chosen fields.
Most recognizable would be the actors who received degrees from QMU and then went on to become actors starring in everything from sitcoms on BBC to major motion pictures in Hollywood.
Born on July 10th, 1980, Bryan graduated from Queen Margaret University with a BA in acting and went on to star in many shows, specials and educational segments airing on BBC; Ancient Greece, Sea of Souls, CBeebies and Rab C Nesbittto name a few. Bryan also played roles in various stage productions such as My Romantic History, Houghmagandie pack, A Virgin's Guide to Rocky Horror and productions of more well know titles such as Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Born on August 9th, 1973, McKidd graduated from Queen Margaret University where he studied drama after dropping out of the University of Edinburgh. McKidd is probably most recognizable as Owen Hunt in the lifetime series Grey's Anatomy or as Poseidon, the much resented father of Percy Jackson in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, but he is definitely a fan favorite as the unexpected voice of Lord MacGuffin in Disney's Brave. Having acted in his fair share of BBC shows, McKidd also, surprisingly, may be known in the gaming community, as he lends his voice to two Call of Duty video games.
Whether they are delivering the nightly news, or our favorite gossip, some of the most recognizable people of our time are ones we see every evening. Here are a few QMU grads who went on to become a household name.
Born on December 23, 1977, Baker studied drama at Queen Margaret University and went on to tour England with Disco group Disco Inferno before going on to work for BBC. During his stint with the BBC, Baker has worked on shows such as Blue Peter, Countryfile, and The One Show, while also guest presenting on A Song For Europe and City Hospital. Baker also works tirelessly to raise money for children in need.
Taking QMU's focus on the international community one step further, Hirst graduated from Queen Margaret University with a BA in Communication Studies and went on to become the first foreign correspondent with the largest news organization in Russia. Hirst has given speeches at Queens University Belfast and to the Scottish parliament, and has even produced a documentary that has been shown in 85 countries.
In order to represent and speak well for ones constituents, a well rounded and knowledgeable background, though maybe not required, can certainly provide a helping hand.
Born on September 8th, 1970, Matheson graduated from Queen Margaret University with a BS in Occupational Therapy before going on to receive a BA and postgraduate diploma in Applied Social Sciences. Matheson joined the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and served with Minister for Justice and Minister for Rural Development until 2004. Matheson served on many committees and in 2014 was named Cabinet Secretary for Justice.
A world renowned school with top notch teachers and leading research facilities, Queen Margaret University has produced some well known and respectable alumni.