Non-stereotypical British role models

Choose a British role model who inspires you. Consider those from ethnic minority backgrounds or those who you would generally expect members of the opposite sex to choose their profession. Let’s see how many we can think of! Write about your chosen role model. 

13 thoughts on “Non-stereotypical British role models”

  1. Emma Watson
    Emma Watson’s full name is Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson! Despite being British, she was born in Paris, France on April 15, 1990, so that makes her 27 years old. Her parents- Jacqueline Luesby, Chris Watson- are both lawyers. She has 1 sibling, Alexander Watson, and 3 half- siblings called Nina Watson (13), Lucy Watson(13), Toby Watson(14). Emma Watson also acted in one of my favourite movies, the Harry Potter series, she played Hermione Granger and this catapulted her to international fame. She is best friends with Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe (a.k.a. Harry Potter) and Rupert Grint (a.k.a. Ronald Weasley) after practically growing up with them on the Harry Potter set. She calls them her ‘brothers’. Emma thinks of her character Hermione Granger as a potential role model for young girls and as a female action hero who “rocks.” She was also named the ‘Highest Grossing Actress of the Decade’ by the Guinness Book of World Records. Her film work in the past decade has grossed over 5.4 billion dollars worldwide. In 2005, when she was 15, she was the youngest person to be featured on Teen Vogue Magazine. She has two cats named Bubbles and Domino. Emma admires Natalie Portman and Renee Zellweger for their willingness to take on challenging roles in film, even if they are not typically beautiful characters.

  2. Karren Brady

    Karren Brady is a respectable business woman, public speaker and CEO of Premier League football club- West Ham United. She is probably most well known from being in the program ‘ The Apprentice’ , working for Alan Sugar. She is inspiring to many girls and women because of her speeches such as:
    -How to get entrepreneurial spirit
    -How to be the best you can be
    -How to build a world class culture
    -How to turn a failing business into a world class brand
    -The top ten key ingredients you need to be a success

    One of her many jobs is the CEO of Premier League football club- West Ham United. This is ordinarily a male environment and her leadership has increased the clubs value to £800,000,000. One of her favorite quotes is ” You cant determine where you start in life, but you can determine where you end up”. She has won many awards , one being an OBE.

  3. Ed Sheeran
    Ed Sheeran is my chosen inspirational figure, because even though he was homeless for two years, that didn’t stop him from doing the thing he loves. He used to sleep under an arch next to Buckingham Palace or on London Underground trains. Ed also used to busk on the streets of London to get money for food. He became a singer and a songwriter, having written 15 albums (including his newest album, Divide,that isn’t on sale yet).Ed Sheeran was born on the 17th February 1991 (which makes him 26 years of age) in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England but brought up in Framlingham, Suffolk. Ed’s full name is Edward Christopher Sheeran. He has one brother called Matthew, his mother is called Imogen and his father is called John. From the age of four, Ed sang in the local church choir, learned to play the guitar and began to write songs in High School.Ed Sheeran is inspirational to me as from such a young age, he had dreams and went on to achieve them.

  4. Winston Churchill

    Winston Churchill was born on the 30th November 1874 and died on the 24th January 1965.He was a British statesman and also an officer in the British Army.His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was a charismatic politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer, where as his mother, Jennie Jerome was an American soliciate.Winston Churchill is a role model because he lead a British Army not to hurt, but to protect he would only kill to protect his homeland.He was Prime Minister in 1941 then lost the election in 1945 he became Prime Minister in 1951.

  5. Princess Diana

    Princess Diana always looked fabulous in her gowns, the public adored her in them. She was Prince Harry and Williams mum, sadly she died in a car crash. I think that she would be very proud of them both today because she did a lot of charity and they both have followed her footsteps. Diana did Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, The National Aids Trust and many more. She was born the 1st of July 1961 and died the 31st of August 1997, she was buried the 6th of September 1997. Her height was 1.78m. Her parents were named John Spencer and Frances Shand Kydd.

  6. Sarah-Jayne Mulvihill
    Sarah-Jayne’s birth name was Sarah-Jayne Poole. She was born on the tenth of June in 1973 in Canterbury, England and died on the sixth of May in 2006 (aged thirty-two) in Basra, Iraq. Serving the United Kingdom Royal Air Force, her rank was a flight lieutenant and she was in service since May, 1997 till her death in 2006. Sarah-Jayne was selected for office training in October 2001. She then graduated from the RAF College Cranwell in April 2002 and was commissioned into the Air Traffic Control branch. She changed branch in 2003 and after completing Flight Operations Officer Training, she was posted to RAF Northolt. In May 2005, she was posted to RAF Benson, Oxfordshire as the Flight Operations Officer with No.28 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, from there she was sent to Iraq. Mulvihill was married to another serving member of the Royal Air Force – Lee Mulvihill. Sarah- Jayne was now on her second deployment to Iraq. This was the war in which she died. She passed with four other members of a flight crew when their Lynx helicopter was shot down over Basra in southern Iraq. Her death made her the first British servicewoman to be killed in action for more than twenty years. Sarah-Jayne is now lived on by her parents, husband and brother.

  7. I have chosen Alan Sugar, he is a person who inspires me and lots of young people today. He was born in east London in 1947 and lived with his family in a council flat. He shows no matter what background you come from, if you are hard working, sensible with money and take some risks you can be successful. His first step was using his savings of £50.00 to sell car aerials and other electrical goods out the back of his van. Alan Sugar founded Amstrad in 1968, he has also been involved in football and owned the football club Tottenham Hotspur. Alan Sugar has bought lots of properties and still owns many of them.
    For several years Alan Sugar presents the television show “The Apprentice” for young people, inspiring them to create a business plan that he can invest in. The best business plan wins, I really enjoy watching this show and all the ideas of the business plans.

  8. Sir Mo Farah
    Sir Mo Farah was born on 23rd March 1983 in Somalia, Africa. His father, Mukhtar Farah, is British and Mo moved to England when he was 8. Mo went to Feltham Community and was very keen on sports, he also wanted to become a right winger for Arsenal. In 1996, Mo Farah finished ninth in the English schools cross-country championship. He was only 13. He won the event the next year. In 2006, Mo ran the 5000 metres in a time of 13 minutes 9:40 seconds. This was the second fastest time by a British athlete. On 19th August 2010, Farah ran the 5000 metres in 12:57:94. In doing so, he became the British record holder and the first British runner to break the 13 minute barrier•At the 2011 World Championships, he won two medals – Gold in the 5000 m and Silver in the 10,000 m.
    At the London Olympics in 2012, Farah won two Gold Medals. He won both the 10,000 m and 5000 m events.
    At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Mo Farah won Gold Medals in both 5000 m and 10000 m.

  9. Mo Farah:
    Mo Farah inspires me because he has come 1st in the olypics many times. He was born on the 23rd of March 1983 in Somalia, Africa. He went to Feltham community collage and he was very keen on sport related activities. His dream was to join Arsenal as a right winger. In 1996 he went to an English cross country and came ninth so he went the next year. Apparently, Mo Farah’s leg is one inch longer than his other leg, that is what some people say. Ryan Giggs and Muhammid Ali were his sport inspirations and he learned from them.

  10. Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad Ali was born on 17th January 1942,unfortunately on June 3,2016, he died from a Septic Shock.When he was born, he was called Cassius Clay but later on in his life, he changed his name.He is remembered an amazing boxer, he started his career as an amateur at an age of 12.He once went to prison for 5 years and was fined £10,000 for what he did. He was known as a great inspiration for many other people. He is now known as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century!

  11. Sir Mohammed Muktar Jama (Mo Farah), was born on the 23rd March 1983 he is a British distance runner. On the track, he mostly competes over 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, but has run competitively from 1500 metres to the marathon. The most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history, he is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in both the 5000 m and 10,000 m, and is the second athlete in modern Olympic Games history, after Lasse Virén, to successfully defend the 5000 m and 10,000 m titles.
    Born in Somaliland, Farah moved to the UK as a child. He was originally based in London and ran for Newham and Essex Beagles athletics club, training at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham from 2001 to 2011.
    He is the most decorated athlete in British athletics history, with nine global titles, and was the first British athlete to win two gold medals at the same world championships, although Dame Kelly Holmes had achieved the feat at an Olympic Games. His five gold medals at the European Athletics Championships make him the most successful individual athlete in championships history.

  12. Dawn French

    dawn was born in Holyhead,Wales on the 11th October 1957 and is now 59 years old. French has claimed that her self-confidence and self-belief stem from her father, who told her she was beautiful each and every day. She stated ,”He taught me to value myself and no matter what anyone said, I was the most beautiful and precious thing in his life. and that has inspired me to know I am what I am and nobody can change that.

    She studied at the central school of speech and drama in 1977, where she met her future comedy partner,Jennifer Saunders. French has co-witten and starred in her and Jennifers’ comedy series, French and Saunders which debuted in 1987. French’s biggest solo television role is a popular BBC comedy, Vicar of Dibly where she played Geraldine Granger, a vicar of a small village called Dibly.

    Dawn has appeared in nearly every comic relief for charity. In 2015 she did a Vicar of Dibly episode and punched Fiona Bruce, who was playing a vicar and in 2009 she played Rosie off Mamma Mia.

    Dawn French has appeared in a lot of programmes and done a lot of things for charity and her humour has inspired me a lot.

  13. Rachel Yankey – English Female Footballer

    Rachel Aba Yankey was born on November 1st 1979, which makes her 37 years old. She is a female English footballer who has played for England 129 times, which makes her one of the most capped female players. She has scored 19 goals since she make her England debut in 1997 and she is still playing today. The position she plays are left wing or forward / striker.

    Rachel was born in London, although, she is of Ghanaian descent (on her father’s side). When she was little, she began playing football as the only girl in a boys team. However, when she was eight, she shaved her hair off pretending to be a boy called ‘Ray’ (an acronym of her birth names). She was able to play in the boys team for two years before her real identity was discovered.

    Nowadays, when she is not playing or practising, Yankey works as a coach in schools teaching football to children. This includes hosting a CBeebies programme called Footy Pups!

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