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Notable Alumnae

Founded in 1876 by the Girls’ Day School Trust, South Hampstead High School has always been dedicated to providing an outstanding education for young women. Many of our alumnae have excelled in their chosen fields, and we are proud to have been part of their journey.

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Dupsy Abiola
Entrepreneur
Barrister, entrepreneur and businesswoman.
Katya Adler
BBC Europe Editor
Award-winning journalist.
Naomi Alderman
Novelist and broadcaster
Novelist, executive television producer and game writer.
Helena Bonham Carter CBE
Actor
Award-winning actor, made a CBE in 2012.
Baroness Cohen of Pimlico
Lawyer
British lawyer, politician and award winning crime fiction writer.
Rosa Curling
Human Rights Lawyer
Director and founder of Foxglove, a human rights legal firm.
Amanda Dewinter
Author
Best selling author and Chair of Governors at South Hampstead High School.
Tracey Dovaston
Lawyer
Acclaimed Finance Lawyer.
Dr Ellen Farrer
Doctor
One of the first women to qualify as a medical doctor.
Lilah Fear
Professional Ice Dancer
2023 European silver medalist and a five-time British national champion.
Baroness Lynne Featherstone
Politician
Politician, businesswoman and Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords.
Lara Feigel
Professor
Professor of Modern Literature and Culture at King's College, London.
Victoria Fox
Advertising and Marketing Leader
CEO of marketing consultancy AAR; advocate for women’s equality.
Abi Gewirtz
Psychologist
Child Psychologist and Author.
Adela Gooch OBE
Adviser and Journalist
Award winning journalist, writer, strategist and coach.
Saira Hameed
Endocrinologist
Consultant and Endocrinologist at Imperial.
Dame Professor Carolyn Hamilton DBE
Barrister
Barrister specialising in children’s rights.
Osiro Imoedemhe
Psychologist
Sport and Exercise Psychologist.
Naomi Ishiguro
Writer
Author.
Marion Janner OBE
Campaigner and Entrepreneur
Founder of Star Wards mental health charity.
Glynis Johns
Actor
Actor, dancer, musician and singer.
Miriam Karlin
Actor
Actor and activist.
Diana Kennedy MBE
Writer
Award winning cookery writer and environmental activist
Ann Kirk BEM
Retired
Holocaust Educator
Jenny Kleeman
Journalist, Author and Broadcaster
Accomplished TV and Radio presenter, and author.
Suzy Klein
Radio and TV Presenter
Radio and TV Presenter for the BBC.
Dame Angela Lansbury
Actor
Actor and singer, with a career spanning eighty years.
Reina Lawrence
Lawyer and Politician
The first female councillor in London and one of the first women in England to achieve a Law degree.
Joanna MacGregor CBE
Pianist
Concert pianist, conductor, and composer; Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, and a professor at the University of London.
Laura Marks CBE
Social Activist
Social Activist, writer and policy advisor.
Harriet Mathews CMG OBE
Director General
Director General, Africa and the Americas, at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.
Mathilde Milwidsky
Musician
Acclaimed Violinist.
Professor Jenny Mindell
Professor
Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology.
Lauren Mishcon
Writer, Broadcaster, Doula
Pregnancy and childbirth expert.
Aries Moross
Graphic Designer
Graphic designer, artist, illustrator and art director.
Noor Nanji
BBC Broadcast Journalist
Business Correspondant and Cultural Reporter.
Datshiane Navanayagam
Journalist
Broadcaster and journalist.
Baroness Neuberger DBE
Rabbi
The second woman in the UK to be ordained as a Rabbi; member of the House of Lords.
Sophie Newton
Chief Operating Officer
Award winning leader in workplace equality in the technology sector
Lindsey Noakes
Social Entrepreneur
Co-founder of Gather - An award winning pioneer in global sanitation.
Winifred Ortweiler BEM
ARP Warden WW2
Awarded the BEM for bravery
Sophie Pedder
Political Commentator
Global Political Commentator.
Karen Pollock OBE CBE
Chief Executive
Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust
Margaret Quass OBE
Educationalist and Activist
Educationalist and activist.
Devika Rani
Actor
Actor in Hindi films during the 1930s and 1940s.
Netta Rheinberg MBE
Cricketer
English cricketer, journalist and administrator.
Gemma Rosefield
Musician
Professional Cellist and Performer.
Jordan Scott
Filmmaker and Photographer
Filmmaker and photographer.
Karin Shmueli
Professor
Professor of Magnetic Imaging Physics.
Dr Grace Spence Green
Doctor
Hospital doctor and activist.
Rachel Sylvester
Political Journalist
Award-winning political journalist.
Chloe Tartan
Technology Lead
Sustainable finance and women in STEM ambassador.
Jennifer Temkin CBE
Lawyer and Professor
Criminal Justice Lawyer and Legal Process Professor.
Despina Tsatsas
Producer
Theatre Producer and Director.
Dr Jess Wade BEM
Physicist
Physicist at Imperial College London; equality campaigner.
Laura Watkins
Psychologist
Consultant cognitive psychologist.
Fay Weldon CBE
Author
Author, essayist and playwright.
Olivia Williams
Actor
Award-winning actor.
Sula Wolff
Child Psychiatrist
Pioneering child psychiatrist.
Negeen Yazdi
Film Development
Senior Vice-President for Film Development.
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