8 Surprisingly Smart UK Celebrities

January 20, 2014

1. Emma Watson

New York Premiere of "Gravity"

This incredibly beautiful and talented actress is also surprisingly very intelligent. Watson attended Brown University and is still working to attain her degree. Though many may believe that her being admitted was a product of her fame, Watson was able to get admitted on intelligence alone. Watson took a 2 year hiatus before returning to finish her degree.

2. Kate Beckinsale

2013 Vanity Fair

Though many would first be overwhelmed by her beauty and talent, Beckinsale is also exceedingly intelligent. She attended Oxford University where she mastered French, Russian, and German and has even won awards for her writing. Beckinsale is certainly beauty and brains. Beckinsale is incredibly smart and has proven time and again that she has everything that anyone could want.

3. Laura Shields


Laura is both a model and an actress but that is not all. She received a degree in chemical engineering from Leeds University and has a reported IQ of 158 that is nearing Einstein territory. This beautiful actress has both brains and beauty and her degree and IQ are proof enough of that. This stunning actress hasn’t let her intelligence pigeon hole her in any of her roles or work.

4. Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Hugh is not only a talented actor but also incredibly intelligent. Hugh has a B.S. in Anthropology from the Selwyn College, Cambridge University.

5. Monty Python

Monty Python reunion photocall held at the Corinthia Hotel

These incredibly funny men are known for their slapstick comedy and witty repartee. On top of that however, they are also incredibly smart. Terry Jones and Michael Palin met at Oxford University while John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle all met at Cambridge.

Graham Chapman actually completed his training as a doctor making him legally a doctor. This makes this troupe far more than funny, but also incredibly smart.

6. Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant

This incredibly handsome actor was given scholarships to two universities; he participated in academic activities while at the Latymer Upper School. He then attended Oxford and graduated with a degree in English Literature and upper second class honors. This charming actor is far from just a pretty face and has a brain to back it up.

7. Thandie Newton

Los Angeles Premiere of 'Rogue' at Arclight cinemas  Featuring: Thandie Newton Where: Los Angeles, California, United States

This stunning actress was given a scholarship to the Arts Educational School in Tring, Herdforshire. After attending this performance arts school Newton attended Cambridge University where she studied Anthropology and attained her degree and her status as an incredibly smart individual.

8. Colin Firth

The Railway Man UK premiere held at the Odeon West End - Arrivals

This incredibly talented actor is not only capable of turning heads with his astounding acting abilities but also with his intelligence. Firth is fluent in Italian, a language that is not all that easy to master.