Celebs’s GCSE results revealed – from Ant and Dec's spookily similar grades to Gemma Collins's fail

IT'S that fateful time of year again – students across the country will receive their GCSE results after two years of hard work.

It can be a stressful time for many, especially if your results don't match up to your expectations.

Luckily, there are loads of famous faces who have been in the same situation and went on to achieve great things, eventually becoming some of the UK's most beloved stars.

These are the big names who didn't pass their GCSEs with flying colours but went on to be successful anyway and a host of celebs who achieved outstanding results.


From starting in The Only Way is Essex to advertising everything form plus-size clothing to low-price holidays, Gemma Collins has plenty of strings to her bow.

But the bubbly TV personality didn't reach the same level of success at school.

She left school at 16 with a U in GCSE maths – but the grades didn't faze her.

Gemma told You: "I remember sitting in the exam room for my maths GCSE and thinking, 'I’m going to be famous, I don’t need maths. What I really need is to go down Romford High Street and buy new shoes.'"


The Geordie duo have been almost inseparable since their childhood and their similarities run deep, even down to their GCSE results.

The pair managed to get an identical amount of GCSEs – five in total.

More bizarrely they also received exact the same grades – three Bs and two Cs.

Despite securing the same number of qualifications, Dec told Radio Times: "I think we have different academic strengths. I’d be better at numbers and logic — he hates stuff like sudokus, which I like, to pass the time on journeys."


The former Girls Aloud singer has had dozens of chart-topping hits, but before she became a glamorous singer and TV star, Cheryl had a 'tough' upbringing in Newcastle.

Mum-of-one Cheryl left school with no GCSEs but didn't let her lack of qualifications hold her back, choosing instead to pursue a career in music and dance instead.

In a Huffington Post blog in 2012, Cheryl said: "For those who did well with their GCSEs, or even managed to just scrape by, their world is about to change.

"Maybe they're about to take up a place at college to study their chosen subjects, or maybe they have their dream job lined up. Either way it's a time for celebration."


This Morning host Holly was privately educated at the posh Burgess Hill Girls School.

Holly, who has been open about her dyslexia, was diagnosed with the condition before her GCSEs.

She discovered that she couldn't read anything on white paper.

The TV favourite said: "I got really distracted by the white runs of spaces in between."

"Which is brilliant in telly because scripts are always printed on coloured paper – never had a white script in my life.

"I was quite concerned when I first started using autocue… But as long as I've read it all once, and I know what's coming, it's fine."

Holly has never divulged her exact grades, but went onto psychology at university.

She then landed TV gigs hosting ITV Saturday morning kids' show Ministry of Mayhem.


Before he became one of the nation's favourite heartthrobs in the 90s, Robbie Williams was less successful in his academic pursuits.

Robbie, who is now worth £85 million, left school with no qualifications – but probably didn't feel too terrible about it at the time as he was offered a place in boyband Take That on the same day.

The Mail on Sunday revealed a dossier signed by the singer that said his other career prospects might involve 'sales, social work or hotel management' if he didn't pursue music.


Before he created some of the most successful singing competitions ever, including The X Factor, Pop Idol, America and Britain's Got Talent, Simon flunked his school exams.

The music industry mogul, 60, has just one O Level, which is equivalent to a GCSE.

He got his first big break by working in the mailroom at his dad's record label, EMI, before being promoted to talent scout and crawling his way to the top.


Former X Factor winner Olly Murs admitted he wasn't a straight A student at school.

His highest grades were a B in English and a C in art.

He received Ds in PE, maths, geography, graphic products, French and English literature, and an E for science.

Olly told his Twitter followers: "Wow it’s GCSE results today! Don’t be scared, Don’t be worried!

"These results will not define you as a person or predict your future! To make you feel better check mine out if you believe you can achieve!”


Scarlett Moffatt is a beloved television star with presenting credits including the National TV Awards, a best-selling fitness DVD and two books under her belt.

But during her schooldays, Scarlett struggled to get the grades she wanted.

In 2016, she tweeted: "Good luck everyone! Don’t panic, it took me 3 attempts to finally pass Maths to get into University. Just don’t give up!"


And even members of the Royal Family aren't exempt from endless revision and exam stress – but just how well did they fare in their GCSES?

While most students in the UK are encouraged to take at least five subjects for their Year 11 exams, Prince William finished school with an impressive 12 GCSES.

The second-in-line to the throne studied at Eton College from Year Seven and stayed at the school for his A-Levels, where he achieved an A in geography, A in History of Art and C in Biology.

Prince Harry followed in his brother's footsteps by also attending Eton College – but wasn't quite as academic.

The Duke of Sussex still took 11 GCSEs and went on to achieve a B in Art A-Level and a D in Geography.

Unlike his brother, Prince Harry decided not to go to university and joined the Army after finishing school and took tours of Afghanistan.

The Duchess of Cambridge completed her GCSEs with flying colours when she was a student at Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

Like her brother-in-law, Kate achieved 11 GCSEs.

In her A-Levels, A* student Kate bagged an A in Maths, an A in Art and a B in English, before graduating from St Andrews University with a 2:1 in History of Art.

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