How Merseyside’s biggest stars did in their GCSEs and A Levels

Students around the country have been left elated or dejected by their exam results this month, or just thrown into confusion by the government’s handling of the situation.

While it's true, impressive exam results are one way to get on in life, they are far from the only way.

Some of the region’s most successful people have also experienced the feeling of opening grades which haven’t gone their way.

From Emmy award winning actors and Champions League winning sports stars to some of the most popular names in music – they've all had the experience of a nerve-wracking results day to contend with before their careers took off.

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While some famous of the region's most famous sons and daughters did well in their GCSEs and A-levels, others worked their way to the top without being so naturally suited to formal education.

Here are some of our celebs who haven't done too badly for themselves, regardless of what happened on results day.

Jodie Comer

Jodie Comer hails from Childwall

One of the stars of the hit TV show Killing Eve and now a global star in her own right, Jodie Comer’s career has seen incredible success over the past few years.

Things didn’t always run so smoothly for the brilliant actress who attended St Julie's Catholic High School in Woolton.

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Jodie originally wanted a career in music but was thrown out of a girl band after she missed rehearsals, she revealed in an article on Mirror Online.

However, she went on to win a competition at the Liverpool Drama Festival and a couple of months later she auditioned for a part in a Radio 4 drama.

The actress now receives plaudits for her acting but she admits to failing her drama exam at school.

She said: “This is really embarrassing. For my drama GCSE I got an A* in my practical and I got a U [ungraded] in my written! I would have liked to have been more disciplined, maybe.

“I’m disciplined now but in a different way.”

Steven Gerrard

Fernando Torres celebrates with Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Albert Riera after scoring for Liverpool against Manchester City

The Liverpool FC legend always had football on his mind in the classroom, even as a youngster at St Michael’s Primary in Huyton.

The mum of one of his classmates recalled how he was a quiet, private student but transformed into someone else entirely as soon as he saw a football pitch.

He received one C, six Ds and two Es in his GCSE exams, before the promising young talent took on a summer of work experience at Melwood.

It was not glamorous at first – pumping up balls, scrubbing floors – but it was the start of incredible things to come

Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney shared fond memories of his "dear friend"

The Beatles legend might be one of the greatest artists in pop history, but he failed his A-Level in art, according to Philip Norman’s biography.

His education career looked promising as a boy when he passed the tough 11-plus exams to get a place at the Inny – the prestigious Liverpool Institute High School for Boys.

He did manage to pass his English literature A-Level though, which was enough to get him to teacher-training college.

But he then managed to persuade his unimpressed parents he did not want to go to college after all – because his band had been offered gigs in Hamburg.

The rest is music history.

Melanie Chisholm (Mel C)

Melanie C during the 63rd Annual Ivor Novello Songwriting Awards at Grosvenor House in London, 2018. Wire

Perhaps forever known as Sporty Spice, Melanie has gone on from her breakout success with the Spice Girls to forging a successful solo career and achieved a platinum debut album.

Having co-written 11 UK Number one’s, more than any other female artist in chart history, she remains the only female performer to top the charts as a solo artist, as part of a duo, quartet and quintet – so remember this, it could come up in a pub quiz.

And it’s not just music that Melanie excelled in.

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She left Fairfield High School in 1990 with 10 GCSEs. And that’s not all.

Mel went on to study for a diploma course in dance, singing, drama and musical theatre at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts in Sidcup, Kent.

During college, she replied to an advert in The Stage newspaper, asking for girls to apply for a new girl group, later to become the Spice Girls.

She left college just short of completing her three-year course and gained teaching qualifications in Tap and Modern Theatre Dance with the ISTD.

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Coleen Rooney

Coleen Rooney

Coleen Rooney has repeatedly shown her smarts from hitting out at tabloid headlines about her private life and appearance to enthralling the nation in the 'WAG-atha Christie' saga.

And it’s not only on Instagram or dealing with the media that Coleen has shown her smarts – the former St John Bosco Arts College pupil left school with 10 GCSEs, including an A* for Performing Arts.

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