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10 Celebrities Who Are Smarter Than We Think

Anokhi Buzz Anokhi DIY Entertainment & Gossip Sep 29, 2015


Some people think that acting is all a celebrity can do, but this is far from the truth. In fact, there are a number of Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities who actually have degrees in subjects other than drama!

When you think of celebrities, whether in Hollywood or Bollywood, you think of someone who may not have done more than study drama — and who possibly left school at the end of high school with no further qualifications. Well, that's where you're wrong. Below, we've listed celebrities who have not only finished high school but also gone on to receive a degree as well. 

Imran Khan

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This super-cool nephew of legendary actor Aamir Khan isn't just a pretty face. Imran has a degree from the renowned New York Film Academy.
Ken Jeong

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After studying pre-med at Duke University and getting an MD at the University of North Carolina, the Knocked Up and Hangover star was actually working as a doctor during the day and doing standup comedy by night until he was picked for his role in Knocked Up.
Vidya Balan

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This successful actress made her Bollywood debut in the film Parineeta in 2005. But before that, Vidya got herself a bachelors degree in sociology from St. Xavier's College and then received a masters degree from the University of Mumbai. 

Elizabeth Banks

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Elizabeth Banks studied at the University of Pennsylvania and was a sister in Delta Delta Delta. She was then known as Liz Mitchell, and she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in communications. She also met her husband, Max Handelman, while studying there.


John Abraham

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If this hunk had known he would go on to be a top Bollywood actor and open up his own production company, he may not have spent so much time getting himself a degree in economics from Jai Hind College and a masters degree in management sciences from the Mumbai Educational Trust.
Lisa Kudrow

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Friends is one of the most popular TV shows, and it still airs on channels around the world. People of all ages have watched the triumphs and tribulations of the six friends, and Lisa Kudrow played one of them. As far as her character goes, you wouldn't think that the actress behind Phoebe would have a degree in anything but comedy! However, Lisa actually studied to be a scientist. Kudrow studied psychobiology, also known as behavioural neuroscience, before taking on the role as Phoebe in  Friends.
Parineeti Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra's younger cousin has proved that even if your cousin is a successful Bollywood actress and your ambition is to follow in her footsteps, you should have a good grounding underneath you. Parineeti studied at the Manchester Business School and has a triple honors degree in business, finance and economics.

John Legend

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John Legend may have a successful music career, but he actually started off studying English at the University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis on African-American literature. The Grammy winner gave a Penn's commencement address last year, which he also delivered at the Kaplin University in 2009.


Ritesh Deshmukh

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A lot of people won't know this about Ritesh, but before entering Bollywood, he actually studied architecture and environmental studies at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute. He then went on to work with a firm in New York City, where he joined the Lee Strasburg Theater Institute. 


Tommy Lee Jones

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This legend of an actor — ironically known for playing cops and tough guys in Hollywood — got his degree from Harvard, where is studied English and played on the varsity football team. By coincidence, he was roommates with former Vice President Al Gore.

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Vallisa Chauhan

Vallisa Chauhan


Vallisa Chauhan (@vallisatheadventurer) currently presents the breakfast show on U.K's Sunrise Radio. She has scripted and produced a full feature film called "Those 4 Walls" and is currently writing three more scripts. She has a keen interest in travelling and films and tries to fit in both as muc...


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