10. Natalie Portman
A globally admired film star, Natalie Portman is just as academically revered as well.
Yes she’s got an Oscar, a Bafta and two Golden Globes, but she’s also a Psychology Graduate out of Harvard and she’s fluent in Hebrew.
At Harvard, she contributed to a paper entitled ‘Frontal Lobe Activation during Object Permanence: Data from Near-Infrared Spectroscopy’, which is hard to say, let alone write.
Portman once famously said. ‘’She would rather be smart, than a movie a star’’.
As it turns out, she is doing a seriously good job at being both.
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9. Conan O’Brien
Primarily known as America’s longest working late night talk show host, before being a celeb interview ‘supremo’, Conan O’Brien was also busy racking-up intelligence at Harvard University.
An athemed literature and history graduate, O’Brien was president of the Harvard lampoon comedy magazine while he studied.
His career as a writer was set out from an even earlier age though. He graduated high school as Valedictorian in 1981., having won national awards for a short story of his titled ‘To bury the living’.
8. Jodie Foster
A Film star with a thing for foreign languages. Jodie Foster actually attended a french school language prep-school during childhood.
Consistently described as a gifted child, she could read at the age of three and is at least competent at most major european languages.
In 1985, foster graduated Magna Cum Laude out of Yale University despite the fact that she was already a movie star by then.
Too often, child stars suffer a well documented fall from grace but for Foster it was less self-inflicted scandal and much more schooling.
7. Lisa Kudrow
A surprisingly smart celeb given the role she’s most famous for, the real life Lisa Kudrow is very different to her Phoebe Buffay from ‘Friends’ alter ego.
While Phoebe is the definition of ditsy, Kudrow has a highly academic history.
Before starting out as an actor, she worked for eight years on her father’s medical staff during which time she developed particular expertise in the field of headaches and why we have them
Her brother is also a neurologist. Perhaps, cleverness just comes naturally to the Kudrows.
6. Rowan Atkinson
An actor who is rumoured to have listed his profession as Engineer on his passport, Rowan Atkinson can do that because he has a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from Oxford
which is something that is almost impossible to believe considering his internationally acclaimed forays into ‘goofball’ comedy.
Most notably as ‘salad slapstick’, Mr Bean and chaotic secret serviceman Johnny English.
A frequent political commentator and activist as well as an automobile enthusiast, it turns out that beneath that famous Turkey, there’s a marvellous mind.
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5. James Woods
Well known for playing the villain, James Woods was anything but bad at school.
The Casino Nixon and Hercules actor smashed his SAT’s apparently even achieving a perfect 800 on the verbal portion.
He enrolled in a linear algebra course at UCL while he was still in high school and eventually studied political science at MIT.
Probably even more impressive than all of that however, Woods boasts an IQ score in the 180’s which is almost 50 points higher than the approximate entry level for Mensa.
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4. Mayim Bialik
Mayim plays a neural biologist on tv, and she has a PhD in neuroscience in real life.
Mayim Bialik is a role versus reality match unlike anything else in the industry.
After gaining fame as a child star on ‘Blossom’, Bialik was brought back into the public eye when she starred as super smart Amy Farrah Fowler, on the geek comedy tv series ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
Just a few years before her debut on the show, Bialik finished her studies, gaining particular note as a specialist on obsessive compulsive disorder in adolescents – It’s no wonder her on-screen brain is so believable.
3. John Cleese
Widely listed as one of the great comic geniuses of all time, John Cleese was overflowing with more academic artistry as well.
A graduate from Downing College Cambridge, he was instrumental in making the university’s ‘footlight club’ a prime breeding ground for British comedy.
In terms of his actual studies, Cleese left with a law degree, but possibly his most important achievement at Cambridge, was his befriending Graham Chapman.
Beside the group of other highly educated blokes, the duo would go on to pen Monty Python, one of the most surreal success stories ever shown on tv.
2. Dolph Lundgren
The on-screen epitome of an all action hero. There are considerable brains to back-up Lundgren’s brawn.
Best known for playing Russian Boxer Ivan Drago in Rocky 4, Lundgren may look like a meathead on screen, but he’s actually a master of chemical engineering, graduating from the university of Sydney in 1982.
Before that, the Swedish actor had already accumulated a chemistry degree from Washington State, and a degree in chemical engineering from Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology.
Dolph Lundgren’s intelligence is an international affair.
1. Brian May
Having earned fame and fortune as lead guitarist in Queen, Brian May attained an Astrophysics PhD from Imperial College in 2007. After cutting short his original studies in the mid 70’s.
Since then, he’s co-authored twice with Sir Patrick Moore Chris Lintott on ‘Bang’, the complete history of the universe and ‘The Cosmic Tourist’.
In 2015, he was also introduced as a science team collaborator at NASA.
He’s a specialist Zodiacal dust, although that’s not what Freddie Mercury was famously referring to.