Popular Indian celebrities who studied at UK universities


Meridean Overseas

Updated On 13 April 2023 & Read Time 4 minutes



Bollywood, India’s largest film industry, is a space for talent to shine. With more than 200 actors currently active, it continues to grow and evolve. The artists have many talents to supplement their acting skills such as singing, dancing, and more. For many, their ability to act is not the only qualification they possess, with a surprising number of Bollywood stars having attained degrees in the United Kingdom.


Here are some Indian celebrities who chose to pursue their higher education via study abroad

Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra, well-known actress who is also Priyanka Chopra’s cousin, obtained a triple honours degree in business, finance, and economics at Manchester Business School. Parineeti is famous for her acting and singing, having found her way into everyone’s hearts for her skilful portrayals of different characters. She has won several Filmfare awards including Best Supporting Actress and Best Female Debut.


In an interview, Parineeti revealed that she was always interested in academics as she was a bright child. She decided to pursue her triple degree in the UK because she aspired to be an investment banker. However, as soon as she returned to India, she entered the film industry. Beginning as a public relations consultant for Yash Raj Films, she went on to sign a deal with the company as an actress.

Soha Ali Khan

The youngest daughter of the renowned Pataudi family, Soha Ali Khan, has won awards for films in multiple languages, English, Hindi, and Bengali. Soha hails from an illustrious family with famous parents. For instance, her father and parental grandfather were both captains of the Indian cricket team. Her mother is none other than actress Sharmila Tagore. Her brother, Saif Ali Khan is a popular Bollywood actor as well. The Pataudi family are descendants of the Nawabs of the former princely state of Pataudi.


Soha values both acting and her education, as demonstrated by her pursuing her higher education in the United Kingdom. She studied modern history at Balliol College, Oxford, and further completed a master's in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan began his film career in 2012 and has since won the award for Best Actor multiple times. He belongs to a family of film directors, from his father to his brother. He has also been featured in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list several times. Choosing to work in the film industry before pursuing higher studies abroad, Varun worked as an assistant film director for Karan Johar. He later went on to study Business Studies at Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom.

Other Notable Indians

The United Kingdom’s higher education system is world-renowned and admired by people everywhere. Apart from Bollywood celebrities, many renowned Indian businessmen, writers, and TV anchors have also completed their education in the UK.


Have a look at some of the notable Indians who studied in the United Kingdom and came back to India to contribute to the country’s development.


  • Adar Poonawalla, the chief executive officer of the Serum Institute of India completed his studies at the University of Westminster, UK

  • Arnab Goswami, controversial news anchor, attained a Master’s in Social Anthropology from Oxford University, St. Antony’s College, UK

  • Girish Karnad, a nationally acclaimed writer, film director, and actor has completed an MA in philosophy, Political Science, and Economics as a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University, UK.


Overall, several notable people from across India have studied in the United Kingdom and brought that culture and their education back to the country. Hence, the United Kingdom has proven itself to be one of the best places to study.


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