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Before They Were Famous: 10 Surprising British Celebrities’ Jobs

They’re often pictured on a private beach in far flung places such as Bora Bora looking glamorous and impossibly beautiful, or on a red-carpet dripping with dazzling jewels and shimmering gowns. But life wasn’t always so easy for this list of UK celebrities. If you think your mind-numbing hours spent waiting tables at the local trattoria or temping at the stuffy solicitors’ office down the road means your life is over before it’s even begun, think again. This list of jobs held by high profile celebs in their days gone by will give you hope.

1. Victoria Beckham

Clothes designer and former Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham once took part in a BBC sex-education programme called ‘Body Matters’. She was required to dress up as a sperm and wear roller skates.

2. Orlando Bloom

Actor Orlando Bloom, who made his name in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, used to have a job on a clay pigeon site loading trap machines for shotgun- wielding sportsmen.

3. Mick Jagger

The iconic Rolling Stones rockstar worked as a porter in a Bexley psychiatric hospital. At one point, he also worked as an ice cream salesman. However, he didn’t get enough satisfaction from either of these jobs and the rest is history.

4. Jeremy Clarkson.

Before he became a journalist the controversial Top Gear presenter sold… Paddington Bears for a living.

5. Simon Cowell

X-factor king Simon Cowell is an example of someone who has gone “from the log cabin to the White House”, metaphorically speaking. He worked his way up to the top, starting from being a post boy at the record label EMI.

6. Michelle Keegan

The Coronation Street actress worked in Selfridges in Manchester’s Trafford Centre shopping mall and then later as a check-in agent at Manchester airport.

7. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

The super-wealthy singer and X factor judge once waited tables in her native Newcastle.

8. Helen Mirren

British ‘national treasure’ Helen Mirren wanted to be an actress since the age of six, and she clearly got her wish. Before she hit the big time, however, she worked as a ‘blagger’, responsible for attracting customers to amusement parks.

9. Agyness Deyn

This striking supermodel worked in a fish and chip shop in Ramsbottom, UK. Fortunately, working in this environment didn’t spoil her chances of becoming one of the world’s top ‘supermodels’.

10. Sean Connery

The Bond actor had a number of surprising jobs: milkman, nude model, bricklayer, lifeguard and … coffin cleaner. He even took part in a Mr Universe contest in 1950, and came an impressive third.

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