What did celebs get in their A-levels?

These celebrities understand your pain...

The revision, the breakdowns, the aching arm after a two-hour exam. As A-level results day approaches, it’s hard to imagine celebrities going through this too.   

If you think no A-lister could understand how hard you’ve worked over the last two years – you’d be surprised at the number of British celebs with pretty impressive A-level results.

There are, of course, a few famous faces who flunked their A-levels but succeeded via other avenues.

If the diversity of grades on this list proves anything, it’s that A-level results are not the be-all and end-all. They are a great steppingstone, but if exams or academia just aren’t your thing, there are many other routes available.  

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Emma Watson bagged As in English literature, geography and art while starring as Hermione Granger.  

If juggling a lead role and your A-levels sounds impossible, don’t forget that rather than sitting in a classroom of thirty students, Emma had access to private, and probably very expensive, tutors to guide her through her exams.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Another Harry Potter actor we’ve seen grow up on our screens, Radcliffe achieved As in his AS-levels but decided not to pursue education any further.

He found school difficult, saying “I am not somebody who will learn best when you tell me to sit down and be quiet and sit still. I learn by talking back and engaging in conversation and walking around.”

Luckily, he didn't have to spent much time in school and enjoyed being tutored on the set of Harry Potter as this helped him discover “the joy of learning for learning’s sake."

Prince Harry

Prince Harry

Harry’s GCSEs were never released to the public, but he secured a B and a D grade in art and photography A-level at Eton College.

He said: “exams were always a nightmare, but anything like kicking a ball around or playing PlayStation – or flying – I do generally find a little bit easier than walking.”

Instead of going to university like his brother, Harry played to his strengths and joined the army.

Tom Daley

Tom Daley

Tom Daley finished his A-levels the same year he won bronze at the London Olympics. He got an A* in photography and As in Spanish and maths. Sounds like a pretty successful year.

His diving career began at age twelve, so Daley is used to juggling academics with sport. He took his GCSEs in batches to fit his schedule and still came out with eight A*s.

Hayley Hughes

Hayley Hughes

When the Love Island contestant was asked for her opinion on Brexit, Hayley claimed she didn’t know what it was and asked: “does that mean we won’t have any trees?”.

The blunder put her in the headlines but many wondered if it was a publicity stunt due to her impressive A-level results. Hayley got BBB in health and social care, science and ICT. 

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

Outperformed by Hayley, Stephen Fry didn't turn up for two of his exams and failed his A-levels on his first attempt.

After a stint in prison for stealing a credit card, Fry retook his A-levels and got an A in English and a B in French.  He also passed the Cambridge entrance exam and was offered a scholarship.

Now famous for his intellect, Stephen Fry shows that one bad exam season does not have to mean the end of your academic career.

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom

The world discovered Orlando Bloom’s A-level grades when his mum sent a copy of his CV to national newspapers. She wanted to remind them of his achievements in a bid to stop gossip about his love life.

The film star achieved AAC in art, photography and religious studies.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour leader has two E grade A-levels.

Talking to the Guardian, Corbyn said he was more interested in “peace issues. Vietnam. Environmental issues” than school. He “followed his own course of study in that sense”.

Corbyn proves that focusing on your passions can land you a top job. 

Jon Snow

Jon Snow

The journalist and news presenter also struggled with academics.

In his first attempt, he got a C in English but failed his other subjects. A year later he achieved a D in economics and an E in law.

He said he “was really chuffed I got any A-levels at all, I was a complete dunderhead”. Still, his grades were good enough to land him a place studying Law at the University of Liverpool.

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