10 Celebrities who left high school to start a career in Hollywood

Everyone is well aware of the importance of education and earning a degree in order to have a successful professional life. However, there are several successful and notable celebrities who left school to pursue a career in film, television, modelling, and music. Hard work, natural talent, dedication, drive, and sheer luck helped them overcome their lack of education and be successful in their areas of interest.


Here are the top 10 celebrities including actors, actresses, musicians, producers, and models who dropped out of school before their rise to fame.

1 Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg is a famous and talented American actor, businessman, producer, model, and former rapper. Mark is undoubtedly highly talented and is well-known for his roles in the big movie hits “The Fighter” and “The Departed.” The actor did not receive his high school diploma until just this year. He left high school to start a career in Hollywood.

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2 Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne is a popular and successful Canadian-French singer and songwriter. At the age of 15, she dropped out of high school to record her debut album “Let It Go.” In an interview, she spoke about how the whole thing went down.

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3 Britney Spears

Britney Spears is a well-known and highly talented American singer and actress. Britney is popular for her beauty and superficial voice. The most interesting thing about Britney is that she appeared as a schoolgirl in her first hit single, “Baby One More Time,” but she actually never finished high school. She left school to pursue a full-time music course and never looked back after her first hit.

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4 Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz is a famous American actress, producer, and former model. She dropped out of high school to try her hand in modelling. It has been said that Cameron was not a good student, but she turned out to be successful because of hard work, dedication, and natural talent. Cameron started her career in modelling and then appeared in C-list films. She then performed B-list and finally appeared in several popular Hollywood movies. She has appeared in “Bad Teacher,” “The Mask,” “Knight and Day,” and several other films.

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5 Chris Rock

The multi-talented American actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter, and director Chris Rock dropped out in 10th grade. After he dropped out, he worked as a dishwasher and earned minimum wage. In an interview, Rock said when you drop out in 10th grade you will exactly get the same job he got.

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6 Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is one of the most famous and prolific American actors. His other credentials include production and music. Johnny also left school to pursue a career in the music industry. Now, Johnny Depp is one of the most successful actors and played a phenomenal role in the movies “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Into the Woods,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” to name a few. Depp won the Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award for best actor for his phenomenal roles and acting skill.

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7 Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is also one of the most popular American actors. He left high school during his senior years to start a career in acting. Cruise starred in several hit movies and won three Golden Globe Awards for his excellent acting skill and performance.

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8 Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe is a young English actor and is well-known for his character in the Harry Potter film series. Daniel left school at a very early age and made his debut in the entertainment industry at the age of 10. At age 11, he was cast as Harry Potter in the first Harry Potter film series.

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9 Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian is an American TV personality. Khloe openly admitted that she was not so good during her high school years. She left Catholic high school and pursued homeschooling instead.

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10 Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman is an Australian actress and film producer. She temporarily dropped out of high school before graduation to help her mother who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Nicole also worked as a massage therapist to support her family before she continued with her education.

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