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You’ve probably heard of actor/director Hugh Grant and comedian and ‘The Office’ star Ricky Gervais, but did you know that these two celebrities have a degree in medical biology? What other famous faces have followed in the footsteps of these A-listers? Here are five celebrities with a degree in medical biology.
After studying English literature at Oxford University, Hugh Grant switched gears and enrolled in a medical biology course at Bart’s Hospital in London. He later dropped out before completing his studies but not before appearing in a landmark medical research project which discovered the role of proteinase inhibitor 9 (PI-9) in white blood cells.
Ricky Gervais may be best known for his roles in ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras’, but before he found fame as an actor and comedian, he graduated from UCL with a degree in philosophy and physiology. His interest in medical research led him to study for a master’s degree in biological anthropology at Leicester University, where he researched the role of cortisol in stress reactions. He later abandoned his studies to pursue a career in comedy.
You probably know her best as the leading lady from The Holiday, but did you know that Cameron Diaz has a degree in medical biology? Diaz enrolled in a pre-med program at California State University, though she eventually dropped out to pursue acting full-time. Still, that didn't stop her from using her knowledge of medical biology later in her career; in 2009 she starred in the medical drama In Her Shoes.
Lisa Kudrow is best known for her role as Phoebe Buffay in the popular sitcom Friends, but did you know that she has a degree in biology from Vassar College? Kudrow originally planned to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a doctor but gave up on that dream after realising that she didn’t have the stomach for blood or gore! These days, she uses her knowledge of science to inform her acting choices and has even hosted shows like National Geographic’s Explorer.
Best known for his starring role on Fox's long-running medical drama "House," Hugh Laurie has a real-life background in medicine; he graduated from the prestigious Selwyn College, Cambridge with a degree in medical biology. He even worked as a doctor for several years before becoming an actor, though he has said that he found it difficult to connect with his patients and ultimately decided that acting was his true calling. These days, Laurie uses his platform to raise awareness about various health issues; he is a patron of the UK charity Bloodwise, which funds research into blood cancer.
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