Eleanor Harding reported for the Daily Mail on our Leading People 2016 report.

Private school pupils are still disproportionately represented among Britain’s top actors and pop stars, according to a study.

Researchers from the Sutton Trust found that around 42 per cent of British Bafta winners went to an independent school, as well as 19 per cent of winners at the Brit Awards – which is taking place tonight.

The study also found that 67 per cent of British Oscar winners were privately educated – including Eddie Redmayne, a former Eton pupil, and Kate Winslet, who studied at Redroofs Theatre School.


Yesterday Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: ‘Our research shows that your chances of reaching the top in so many areas of British life are very much greater if you went to an independent school.

‘As well as academic achievement an independent education tends to develop essential skills such as confidence, articulacy and team work which are vital to career success.’

Read her full report here




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