Top 10 celebs without A-levels: Including Richard Branson, Alan Sugar and Robbie Williams
admin | Monday, 2 September 2013 | 1628 Total Views
Worried about failing your A-levels? Don’t – as a number of hugely successful individuals have all managed to build top careers without top marks.
We look at a top ten of celebrities who have no A-levels to their name.
10 – Nicola Roberts
Pop babe Nicola has achieved music success both as part of Girls Aloud and as a solo artist. She has embarked on projects involving fashion, and also created a successful make-up brand for girls with pale skin. But does she have A-levels? Nope. She left school after sitting her GCSEs. Pale, pretty – and smart in her own way.
9 – Joey Essex
Towie star Joey is often viewed as being a little dim – and his school grades would probably back that up (he got a U in drama and a D for wood tech at GCSE – and no A-levels), but there has to be some form of intelligence behind that dopey grin. The reality hunk runs his own fashion line and a successful boutique store, so while studying might not have been his thing business acumen must come naturally to him. Fusey (or something).
8 – Dougie Poynter
The youngest member of McFly, Dougie was sitting his GCSEs while the band were writing their debut album, achieving a few grades in his final school year. But while he didn’t go on to sit his A-levels, he has gone on to achieve much more. He’s rocked out on stage and on records as part of the band, co-written/created a best-selling children’s book series with bandmate Tom Fletcher, won I’m A Celeb… and also has a couple of fashion labels under his belt. He’s also experienced in the trade of lizards.
7 – Cheryl Cole
School was never Cheryl’s thing. She would rather bunk off to hang out with OAPs (as detailed in her 2012 autobiography) than bother with studying. And while she left school with pretty much nothing to show for it, Chez has gone on to achieve huge wealth and fame. A member of Girls Aloud, a successful solo artist, an X Factor judge, and a face of L’Oreal. Cheryl really is worth it – even without the grades.
6 – Robbie Williams
Bad boy Rob was predicted reasonable grades for his GCSEs – but went on to fail every single one. But academia’s loss was pop music’s gain as he joined Take That soon after and has never looked back. He has toured the world with the band, is one of the most successful solo artists in British music history, and also runs a fashion line. All without a single A-level.
5 – Kate Moss
Being signed at the age of 14, we may never know if Kate Moss expected to enjoy the success she has had (‘never complain, never explain’ seems to mean she never really speaks at all…), but the petite supermodel has certainly had the world at her feet. With campaigns around the world for the biggest fashion houses – and more endorsement deals than you can shake a stick at (Carphone Warehouse – really!?) – she’s shown you don’t need A grades to conquer the world.
4 – Simon Cowell
X Factor boss Uncle Si dropped out of school after securing O-levels (old-school GCSEs) in English Language and Literature (and another one in Sociology a year later) before he embarked on setting up a music empire – starting with a job in the mail room of EMI and working his way up. He is now one of the most powerful people in pop. And without an A-level to his name.
3 – Sir Richard Branson
Proving how far you can go without having official school qualifications, Richard Branson has been knighted for his advances in business through his Virgin empire. Impressive work for a Sir who suffered in education due to severe dyslexia. The tycoon stands as a great role model for those with learning difficulties and how far they can go.
2 – Sir Philip Green
Cunning businessman Sir Philip Green showed flare from a young age. Quitting school at 15, he first set up a shoe importing company before establishing a jeans importing company with a £20,000 loan. That investment has paid off as he is now head of a global fashion empire – and reportedly worth £3.3billion.
1 – Lord Alan Sugar
Not just a Sir but also a Lord, Alan Sugar has risen to huge wealth and power – despite only ever having one GCSE. Playing a long game, he went from a sales assistant in a green grocer to the head of a global trading business. The Apprentice hard man is also said to be worth £770million. Sweet! Who needs school grades to achieve dreams?