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13 Celebrities Who Have a Surprising Academic Background

We tend to think that celebrities’ main job is to be in the spotlight, and their education is often directly linked to their primary job, like acting, singing, etc. But it turns out this isn’t always the case. Some celebrities happen to be well-rounded people whose scope of interests and skills can be extensive. And we’ve found some famous folks who also have a surprising academic background.

Adam Sandler has a bachelor’s degree in acting.

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Meghan Markle has a bachelor’s degree in theater and international studies.

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Shaquille O’Neal is not only a famous athlete, but he also has a doctorate in education.

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Sacha Baron Cohen is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and has a history degree.

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Dwayne Johnson has a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in criminology and physiology.

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Emma Watson graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.


Kourtney Kardashian could become an actress because she has a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts.

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Lisa Kudrow is best known for her role as a clueless yet funny blonde named Phoebe on Friends, but the actress has a bachelor of science degree in psychobiology in real life.

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Rebel Wilson is not only a great comedian but also has a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of law degree.

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Dolph Lundgren has a master’s degree in chemical engineering.

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Miuccia Prada is not only a fashion designer. She also has a Ph.D. in political science.


Benedict Cumberbatch is a Master of Arts in classical acting.

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Cole Sprouse is not only an actor, but also an archeologist. He even unearthed a mask of Dionysus on a dig in Bulgaria while studying in college.


Whose academic background surprised you the most?

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