It is a common claim made by many that celebrities join the industry of the famous because they were unsuccessful in their earlier plans. But many celebrities prove how wrong this claim is with their shocking and qualified resumes.

1. Rowan Atkinson: Everyone knows Mr. Bean, the hilarious and ignorant loner played by Rowan Atkinson. The character Mr. Bean was developed by Atkinson. But that’s not his smart side, in fact, the actor studied at Newcastle University and Oxford University. The education helped him earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

2. Conan O’Brien: The amazing host for The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien is one smart cookie. He studied at Harvard University and majored in American History. The University has a parody magazine called The Harvard Lampoon. Conan was elected as the President of the magazine twice.

3. David Duchovny: The hunky actor from The X Files and Californication has an amazing educational background. He attended Collegiate School in Manhattan on a scholarship and graduated valedictorian of his class. David then studied Bachelor of Arts in Literature at Princeton University. The actor then received a fellowship to attend Yale and earned his Master’s degree in English Literature. It did not stop there for David, he then went on the pursuit for his doctorate.

4. Natalie Portman: The Black Swan star once said she would rather be smart than a movie star. Portman kept up this claim and succeeded in being a brilliant actress. She graduated from Harvard in psychology and then took graduate courses at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She speaks six languages and has been published in scientific journals twice.

5. Mayim Bialik: Who can forget The Big Bang Theory, the show about nerds. Sheldon’s girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler was a much loved character as she was a quirky female version of Sheldon. Mayim plays a neurobiologist in the show and in real life is a neuroscience graduate. Mayim studied at UCLA even though she was accepted at both Yale and Harvard so she could be close to her family. She went on to study for a doctorate in neuroscience. The brilliant actress went back to UCLA in 2007 to get her Ph.D. in neuroscience.

6. April Bowlby: Many may remember April by her role as Kandi in Two and A Half Men. April’s role as Kandi was a clueless and bubbly woman who played Alan’s wife. The actress is much smarter than she looks and talks on the show. April studied French, ballet and marine biology at Moorpark College.

 

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