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10 celebrities you didn’t know had degrees

We went on the lookout for celebrities that have graduated and moved onto pastures new!

Started a degree and now realised that this might not translate easily into a career? Or started your degree and realised 1 year in that you are simply bored of the subject? You’re not the only one!

Some of our favourite celebrities are now on a completely different career path than they originally intended.

Neurosurgeon to comedian? Electrical engineering to actor? This list of famous celebs with degrees will make you realise that a degree could lead to anything.

Chris Martin

Chris Martin Degree

University: University College London

Degree: Ancient World Studies

The lead singer of Coldplay actually met his bandmates in his first year at university in 1996!

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman Degree

University: Harvard University

Degree: Bacholors in Psychology

The Star Wars & Black Swan actress completed her degree in 2003 while being an actress at the same time!

Dexter Holland

Dexter Holland Degree

University: University of South California

Degree: Masters in Molecular Biology

Dexter Holland is the lead singer of the band the Offspring. He actually abandoned a PhD to focus on The Offspring which turned out to be a good choice!

Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler

University: New York University

Degree: Masters In Fine Art

You wouldn’t think that this comedy actor would have a degree and he actually once dedicated a song to a dinner lady at the university!

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner University

University: University of Illinois

Degree: Bacholors in Psychology

Number one ‘playa’ Hugh Hefner was surprisingly not much of a ladies man at university but we are sure he honed his skills over time.

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrel University

University: University of South California

Degree: Bacholors in Sports Broadcasting

Possibly one of the funniest men alive (in our opinion) went to university… Who woulda’ thought?

Harry Hill

Harry Hill Degree

University: University of London

Degree: Neurosurgery

We wonder what Harry Hill watched on TV while he was a student? One thing’s for sure, we’re not sure if we’d let him carry out surgery on us.

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson University

University: Newcastle University

Degree: Electrical Engineering

Mr. Bean has a degree! It shows the genius of Mr. Atkinson that he can play a range of characters and of course entertain us during the Olympic opening ceremony.

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria University

University: Taxas A&M University

Degree: Kinesiology (Study of human movement)

Not just a pretty face! We must admit that this one surprised us.

Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen University

University: University of Cambridge

Degree: History

A lot of people already know that this man is an absolute genius. Although it appears pretty simple at first glance his comedy is actually very clever.


The important thing to remember is that if you have a degree in any subject, this shows that you have had the determination and diligence to study a subject for a number of years which makes up a great amount of the skills an employer will be looking for in a graduate position.

Have any celebrities graduated from your university? Let us know in the comments below…

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