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11 famous actors who graduated from college

May 28, 2014 17:52 IST

11 famous actors who graduated from college

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Earlier this week, actor Emma Watson received her bachelor's degree from Brown University. We look at some of the few highly educated celebrities who went on to become successful actors. 

At a time when young guns drop out of school and college to pursue their true calling, Emma Watson set up a shining example by completing her education.

The 24-year-old British actor graduated from Brown University on Sunday, May 25.

Watson who shot to fame with the Harry Potter series had taken a break from school to focus on her film career only to return and complete her graduation.

She took a break from school to focus on her film career only to return and complete her graduation.

Watson completed a five-year Bachelors in English Literature from the Ivy League institution.

Want to know which other successful actors have a graduation degree? Read on...

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Image: Emma Watson graduated from Brown University on Sunday.
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Preity Zinta

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Himachal Pradesh born Preity Zinta studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary boarding school in Shimla.

She enrolled at St Bede's College in Shimla from where she graduated with an English honours degree.

Later, she pursued a post graduate programme in criminal psychology.

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Image: Preity Zinta
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Renee Zellweger

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Academy award winning actor and producer Renee Zellweger completed her schooling from Katy High School, Texas, United States.

The American artist graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English.

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Image: Renee Zellweger
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Vidya Balan

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Indian actor Vidya Balan is among the very successful actors in Hindi cinema who hold a graduation degree.

The National award winning actor completed her schooling from St Anthony Girls' High School in Chembur, Mumbai.

She completed her graduation in arts majoring in sociology from St Xavier's College, Mumbai.

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Natalie Portman

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Academy award winner Natalie Portman completed her schooling from Charles E Smith Jewish Day School and the Solomon Schechter Day School in Glen Cove, New York.

She graduated from Syosset High School in Syosset, Long Island in 1999.

Later, she pursued psychology at Harvard University alongside her acting career.

She received her bachelor's degree in psychology in the year 2003.

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Hugh Grant

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Golden Globe recipient Hugh Grant is one of the few actors who studied on a scholarship at school and college.

Grant had won the Galsworthy scholarship which enabled him to enrol at New College, Oxford.

The actor graduated from Oxford University in England with an arts degree in English literature.

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Image: Hugh Grant
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Emraan Hashmi

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Emraan Hashmi who started his film career as an assistant director has studied animation and graphics.

The actor has completed his graduation from Sydenham College, Mumbai.

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Denzel Washington

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Denzel Washington who was born in Mount Vernon, USA went to Texas College, Tyler, Texas, USA.

He graduated with a degree in Drama and Journalism from Fordham University in 1977. 

The Academy award winning actor also attended the graduate school at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco to perfect his acting skills before pursuing a professional career in films.

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Image: Denzel Washington
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Soha Ali Khan

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Indian actor Soha Ali Khan completed her schooling from The British School in New Delhi.

She studied modern history at Balliol College, Oxford University.

Khan is also one of the rare actors in Hindi cinema who has a Masters degree in International Relations.

She completed her post graduation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

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Sandra Bullock

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Oscar award winning actor and producer Sandra Bullock studied at Washington-Lee High School in the US.

In 1982, after completing her graduation, she attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

She received a degree in dramatics in 1986.

Recently she was invited to Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans to address the graduating class of 2014.

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Brooke Shields

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American actor Brooke Shields studied at the New Lincoln School until eighth grade.

She went on to complete her high school from The Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey, in 1983.

After class 12, Shields enrolled herself at Princeton University from where she pursued her bachelor's degree in French literature.

The model turned actor completed her graduation in 1987.

 


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