These famous siblings went to your university

Imi Fellon 8 April 2022
Three siblings holding hands in front of a sunset

Sibling Day is a time to celebrate your brothers and sisters. Here’s a list of famous siblings that went to your uni.

Sibling Day falls on April 10th this year. From the terrible to the talented, here are some siblings of famous people who went to UK universities and have their own careers worth celebrating.

Isobel Waller-Bridge

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is an accomplished TV director who went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has an impressive range of shows under her belt, from comedy to drama. Best known for directing the latest James Bond film, she also directed Killing Eve and the award-winning show Fleabag, where she also played the main character. She also happens to have a musically gifted sister.

Isobel Waller-Bridge is a composer and artist who studied at the University of Edinburgh and King's College London. Isobel wrote the score for Fleabag and the comedy film Emma, among other things. This sisterly duo is not to be messed with.

Gemma Styles

Everyone knows Harry Styles, the former frontman of One Direction who then reached new creative heights with his solo work. But not everyone knows about his talented sister, Gemma Styles.

Gemma has a degree from Sheffield Hallam University and now runs a popular blog where she talks about everything from mental health to activism. 

Piers Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party from 2015 to 2020, is known for his socialist politics and ‘For the Many, not the Few’ campaign slogan. He was a vocal critic of the Iraq war and consistently campaigned for nuclear disarmament. Despite galvanising the UK’s youth during his time as leader, the 2019 election saw the worst defeat for Labour since the 1930s.

Jeremy’s brother Piers is infamous for very different reasons. Piers Corbyn studied physics at Imperial College London in 1968, before going on to become a vocal anti-vaxxer, climate sceptic and anti-lockdown campaigner. 

Pippa Middleton

Most of us remember Pippa Middleton as the sister of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, who married Prince William. Kate met William while studying for an Art History degree at the University of St Andrews. Her younger sister Pippa also attended a Scottish University, undertaking English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.

She now has a budding journalistic career, having written articles for the Spectator, Waitrose, and even Vanity Fair.

Vanessa Bell

Virginia Woolf was a political theorist and key figure in feminist literature. She established herself with novels and essays like To the Lighthouse and A Room of One’s Own, which highlights women’s disenfranchisement in literature and academia. 

Her sister, Vanessa Bell, studied painting at the Royal Academy of Arts, and is now known for her post-impressionist work. You can view some of Bell’s paintings in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Like Virginia, Vanessa was part of the Bloomsbury Group, a collective of young academics, artists, and intellectuals. As well as their academic and creative pursuits, the group embraced sexual liberty and promiscuity. Who said getting a degree wasn’t sexy?

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Imi Fellon 8 April 2022