It’s mostly thought of as a breeding ground for the privileged, especially for children being groomed for politics. The school has produced 19 prime ministers so far, including our current one. And when David Cameron announced his first front bench team as leader of the opposition 13 of them had gone to Eton.
But what of the other privileged kids? What else do they end up doing? And do you know who they are? - Let’s see.
Bond aficionados will know this, but the casual cinema-goer may be surprised to learn James Bond went to Eton. And was expelled for having sexy times with one of the school’s maids. The details of this appeared in the book You Only Live Twice. It’s less surprising when you realise Ian Fleming went to Eton himself. And basically wanted to be Bond.
Pic: David Henshaw
Eccentric TV history and science botherer and Self Assessment tax deadline reminder, Adam’s on screen enthusiasm for pretty much everything gives him something of an everyman quality. It neatly masks the fact he is a direct descendent of King William IV and a second cousin of David Cameron
Pic: Jeremy Hardy
Humph wielding his weapon in the middle of the other Cluers
The original chair of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, trumpeter and band leader Humphrey Lyttelton was a passionate left-winger. His father was also a live-in Housemaster at Eton, so he got to go. After school he got employed at Port Talbot Steelworks which solidified his political views. He turned down a knighthood. He was, by every account, an absolutely top chap.
Bill’s life flashes in front of his eyes as he interviews boyband Rixton earlier this year
Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant and current BBC Breakfast sofa ranger, Bill Turnbull went to Eton before heading to Edinburgh University. He told the Daily Mail “I remember my school days being not that luxurious. When it got cold, I had to wear a coat.” Bless.
Aside from the world dominating House he’s often known for playing comedy upper class twits. It’s quite possible Hugh Laurie based at least some of the characters on people he went to school with.
Posh sounding “eat every bit of the animal except for when I’m being a vegetarian” rustic chef, Fearnley-Whittingstall lives entirely of the land. And all those TV programmes and books he does
This Eton educated singer did write a song called Thatcher F*cked The Kids, but in a long interview with The Guardian says he regretted doing so. He also tried to backtrack several years of fairly loony sounding rightwing views he had aired in the press. He ended saying “I’m just not particularly leftwing.” But what of the current Prime Minister and old school alumni? He told NME “David Cameron is a twat. […] I wouldn’t vote for that c*nt.” - so at least that’s clear.
Eton has a 400 seat, fully equipped theatre. No doubt Loki off of The Avengers honed honed his skills there. (And also Patrick Macnee - Steed from the original Avengers off the telly in the 60s went to Eton too).
And Brodie off Homeland.
And McNulty off The Wire.
And some character in Les Miserables. Haven’t seen it. Not going to see it.
He’s a Sir now, thanks to his medal winning rowing skills. It was the school’s 2,000m lake which hosted the 2012 Olympic rowing regatta, so it’s not surprising that old boys from the school might have a bit of an advantage in the sport. Hugh Laurie rowed in the Oxford/ Cambridge Boat Race too.
Yes, adventurer and Chief Scout Bear went to Eton. Where he was presumably referred to by his actual name, Edward Grylls.
Part of a scheme that sponsors new voices in online media, it will feature a Youtube “content creator” (we think that means she makes videos for the internet) as well as familiar Erinsborough faces, alive *and* dead - including DREW KIRK.
You remember Drew Kirk - he worked in the garage and then married Libby and then fell off a horse and died. Then he came back as a sort of boring dream ghost. And how HE’S A ZOMBIE!
The work of dead matriarch Helen Daniels, of course. Never forget how bad at painting she was.
The misogyny in the film industry exists on all levels, from casting choices to the writing of female characters, and a lot of work needs to be done, but where should we start?
With unnecessarily gendered interviews, maybe?
You know the ones. The fascinating questions about diets, the patronising tone…We’re definitely quite tired of it, but it’s nothing compared to how unimpressed these actresses are:
Hey, while you were all distracted by the referendum, some real news happened: pic.twitter.com/pU7uL9QYfa— Chris Coltrane (@chris_coltrane) September 19, 2014
York’s Apple retailer, “Yeh you’re sure there aren’t any groups with that name?” “None, call it that.” pic.twitter.com/5kk8FlR1Yi— Sophie Gadd (@sophie_gadd) September 19, 2014
UPDATE - there are in fact 23 branches with this name across the country. Wow. Really.