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Old 13-02-2013, 18:57
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Ben Affleck from much derided actor to highly praised film director
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Old 13-02-2013, 19:46
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Harry Hill - from doctor to comedian!
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Old 13-02-2013, 21:23
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Murray Walker went from Advertising exec to F1 Commentator.
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Old 13-02-2013, 21:41
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Lauren Laverne - indie pop singer in Kenickie, to TV presenter, to fashion writer.
Bryan Adams - dull but successful pop singer to fashion photographer.
Tom Ford - in-demand fashion designer to film director.
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Old 13-02-2013, 22:04
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Ruby Wax- Comedian to psychotherapist
Lembit Opik- MP to stand-up comedian
Ciccolina- Hardcore pornstar to MP
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Old 13-02-2013, 22:19
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Arnold Schwarzenegger - body-builder to actor to governor of California to actor again. (surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet!)
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Old 13-02-2013, 23:05
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Richard Coles pop star (The Communards) to CoE vicar

Simeon Sakskoburggotski Tsar of Bulgaria (1943-46) and pretender to the Bulgarian throne (1946-present day) to Bulgarian Prime Minister (2001-2005)
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Old 13-02-2013, 23:09
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Richard Coles pop star (The Communards) to CoE vicar
Thanks I never knew this, really like him on Saturday live
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Old 13-02-2013, 23:19
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Jo Brand was a mental health nurse before she became a stand up comedian.
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Old 13-02-2013, 23:24
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Hate to say it but Victoria Beckham, she is doing pretty well in the fashion world now

Mark Wahlberg AKA Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch
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Old 13-02-2013, 23:25
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Actors who became MPs

Glenda Jackson and Andrew Faulds

Michael Cashman (Eastenders) has been a Labour MEP since 1999

Richard Franklin (Capt Mike Yates in Doctor Who) has attempted to become an MP four times, each time with a different party
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Old 13-02-2013, 23:42
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Jo Brand was a mental health nurse before she became a stand up comedian.
I read somewhere that Frankie Boyle used to be a teacher.
Ashley Banjo studied physics before Diversity became famous.
Mark Cavendish used to be a competitive ballroom dancer.
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Old 13-02-2013, 23:54
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Hate to say it but Victoria Beckham, she is doing pretty well in the fashion world now

Mark Wahlberg AKA Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch
Doing pretty well by giving her name to stuff that she has nothing to do with designing that is

Mark's older brother Donny also went from music New Kids On The Block into acting, most notably Band of Brothers and Blue Bloods
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Old 13-02-2013, 23:59
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& on a similar theme - punk spearhead, supposed anti-establishment icon Johnny Lydon now a property magnate & the face of Country Life butter!
...and appearing on I'm A Celebrity (although he didnt last long before quitting)

Ben Elton - from shiny lefty 'Mrs Thatch' down with the establishment stand up, to a lovely safe early evening comedy on BBC1 with Ronnie Corbett
(I didn't explain that very well but hope you know what I mean!)
He is also a author and a writer of West End musicals

Pamela Stephenson from comedy actress to clinical psychologist

Will Smith from rapper, to sitcom star, to movie actor, back to rapper, back to movie actor
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Old 14-02-2013, 03:53
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Billie Piper - from teen pop singer to acclaimed actress.
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Old 14-02-2013, 04:40
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Kim Wilde, 80s pop star to landscape gardener.

Kylie Minogue, Australian soap actress to successful pop star.

Gordon Ramsey, failed Scottish footballer to Michelin star celebrity chef and restaurateur.
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Old 14-02-2013, 05:19
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Ronald Regan made a pretty big jump!
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Old 14-02-2013, 07:08
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Natalie Cassidy. From decent little actress to professional yoyo dieter and gobshite.
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Old 14-02-2013, 11:20
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Doing pretty well by giving her name to stuff that she has nothing to do with designing that is

Mark's older brother Donny also went from music New Kids On The Block into acting, most notably Band of Brothers and Blue Bloods
He was pretty good as the disturbed young man who shoots Bruce Willis at the start of The Sixth Sense - nice to see him doing well.
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Old 14-02-2013, 11:43
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Chris Collins, college lecturer to Frank Skinner, Stand up Comedian
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Old 14-02-2013, 12:35
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Andrea Bocelli from lawyer to opera singer.
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Old 14-02-2013, 23:32
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Cilla Black - From cloakroom attendant to sucessful singer to even more sucessful tv presenter.
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Old 14-02-2013, 23:51
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Gene Simmons and Sting were both teachers before becoming world famous musicians, as was writer Stephen King.
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Old 15-02-2013, 00:07
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As we saw on The Big Reunion tonight Mariama (sp?) from The Honeyz became a midwife after leaving the band originally.

Craig Young of Deuce (90s pop band) went to America and became an actor. Lisa of the same band is now a make up artist on the likes of Strictly.

Didn't Simon Cowell start off as a mail room boy at a record company or was that someone else?
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Old 15-02-2013, 00:09
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Natalie Cassidy. From decent little actress to professional yoyo dieter and gobshite.
One of the saddest "re-inventions" I can think of, to be honest.
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