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Kicked Out: 16 Famous Faces Who Were Expelled From School

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Even the great and the good are sometimes expelled from school

Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

The legendary Romantic poet attended Eton College, where he refused to take part in fagging and was mercilessly bullied. Despite giving electric shocks to his tutor and blowing up a tree with gunpowder, he was not actually expelled. That came later, when he was sent down from Oxford for scandalising the place with his atheistic writings.

 

Albert Einstein

 

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Nothing clever about the great man’s behaviour. Initially suspected of being ‘retarded’, he was eventually expelled for the effect his bad attitude was having on classmates.

 

Keith Allen

 

PA NEWS PHOTO 31/5/98  COMEDIAN KEITH ALLEN POSES WITH THE LEAGUE TROPHY AT ARSENAL F.C.'S HIGHBURY GROUND IN LONDON FOR THE  "FIFE 98" A CHARITY FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT ORGANISED BY THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY IN AID OF THE LORD MAYOR OF LONDON APPEAL

PA NEWS PHOTO 31/5/98 COMEDIAN KEITH ALLEN POSES WITH THE LEAGUE TROPHY AT ARSENAL F.C.’S HIGHBURY GROUND IN LONDON FOR THE “FIFE 98” A CHARITY FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT ORGANISED BY THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY IN AID OF THE LORD MAYOR OF LONDON APPEAL

 

Expelled from Brentwood boarding school school at the age of 13, then sent to borstal two years later, where he ‘had a great time’.

 

Lily Allen

 

Lily Allen in 2006

Lily Allen in 2006

 

Like father, like daughter. Expelled from an impressive selection of the country’s most expensive schools, usually for drinking, smoking, and ‘doing things that I shouldn’t have been doing with boys that I shouldn’t have been doing’.

 

Humphrey Bogart

January 14th - Died on this Day - 1957

 

Expelled from the prestigious Phillips Academy, although there are differing versions of this. Reasons given include throwing the headmaster (or a groundsman) into a lake, smoking and drinking, low academic performance and insulting the staff.

 

Cary Grant

Actor Cary Grant as he arrives in New York City aboard the Queen Mary liner.

Actor Cary Grant as he arrives in New York City aboard the Queen Mary liner.

 

Expelled from Fairfield Secondary and Higher Grade School for climbing a wall into the girls’ toilets with a friend.

 

Salvador Dali

 

 

Closeup of painter, Salvador Dali on July 4, 1936. (AP Photo)

Closeup of painter, Salvador Dali on July 4, 1936. (AP Photo)

Expelled from the Academy of Art in Madrid for ‘disturbing the peace’ and criticising one of the professors. In his opinion none of the staff was qualified to judge his work.

 

BOY GEORGE

 

Expelled aged 15 from Eltham Green, where he truanted regularly. ‘My parents had no idea, because I used to intercept all the teachers’ letters,’ he recalled. ‘In the end they sent around 55 letters, so my mum finally found out I hadn’t been to school for seven weeks.’

 

Willem Dafoe

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‘I was expelled from school for making a pornographic film,’ he said. ‘I was just a young boy in Wisconsin; anything to get out of there.’

 

Snoop Dogg


 

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Expelled at the age of 10 from Southern Cleveland Elementary School in California, for indecent exposure.

 

Courtney Love


 

OSCARS

Nothing Earth-shattering: expelled for smoking and truanting.

 

Richard Branson


Richard Branson

According to Branson’s own version of events, he was attending Scaitcliffe boarding school when, aged 13, he was caught sneaking out of the bedroom of the headmaster’s 18-year-old daughter: ‘The headmaster rang my dad and said to come and pick me up the next day. So I wrote this suicide note to someone I knew would open it immediately and go straight to the headmaster.’

Meanwhile he went to a nearby cliff-top, at which point the note was found, and he accepted the headmaster’s offer of a beating instead of expulsion.

 Kevin Spacey

 

 

Kevin Spacey poses at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 16, 2004.

Kevin Spacey poses at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 16, 2004.

Kicked out of Northridge Military Academy for hitting a classmate on the head with a tyre.

 

Guy Ritchie


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Expelled from Stanbridge Earls School at the age of 15. He says it was for drug use was the reason, although his father says it was for ‘cutting class and entertaining a girl in his room’.

 

Amy Winehouse

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Famously expelled for piercing her nose… or was she? Her former headmistress, Sylvia Young, says this is a myth, although she was disruptive and did insist on wearing prohibited earrings. ‘I feel sad that Amy thought she’d been expelled,’ said Sylvia. ‘I would never have expelled her.’

 

Jackie Collins


Jackie Collins in 1957

Jackie Collins in 1957

 

The Queen of the bonkbusters was expelled, at 15, from Francis Holland School for truancy, smoking, and selling copies of her own dirty limericks.

 

Lewis Hamilton


SPAIN FORMULA ONE

When a fellow pupil at John Henry Newman School was attacked by a gang, Lewis was mistakenly identified and expelled. He was later reinstated and received an apology from the authorities.