MULTIMILLION pound mansions, flashy cars and wardrobes full of designer clobber - the life of a celebrity is certainly enviable.

But before rising to superstardom, many had regular - and in some cases very irregular - jobs.

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This week Spider-Man star Tom Holland, 25, revealed he trained as a carpenter before making it as an actor, and teased potentially returning to it in the future.

The Londoner, who's estimated to be worth £13million, has considered a two-year hiatus, 14 years after landing his first acting role.

He said he would gladly trade treading the boards for turning those boards into tables in a bid to escape fame.

“I might not come back, I might go away and get married and have kids and just disappear for the rest of my life,” he told Total Film magazine.

Here we reveal other celebs who started out in very different professions to where they ended up.

Harry Styles - Baker boy

Harry Styles worked as a baker and according to his former manager he charmed customers

Harry Styles is the most successful of the One Direction boys since their split in 2015 and is estimated to be worth £60million.

However, during his teenage years, things weren’t so glam for the Watermelon Sugar singer.

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From the age of 14, he worked at a W Mandeville bakery in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire - and he proved a big hit with customers.

Harry, now 27, was described as “the most polite member of staff” to have ever worked there by his former boss Simon Wakefield.

“Customers really took a shine to him,” he told the Daily Mail. 

By 2010, aged 16, schoolboy Harry was on £6 an hour, but he sacked it off to make some real dough on The X Factor.

Sean Connery - Milkman & coffin builder

The late Sir Sean Connery had a number of normal jobs including serving in the Royal Navy

He breathed life into the James Bond film franchise and was named the world's sexiest man.

But before he was famous, Sir Sean Connery held down a number of different jobs.

From the age of nine the Scottish star - who died aged 90 last year - worked as a milkman, getting up at the crack of dawn to do his rounds before school to help his impoverished family pay the bills.

He took on other jobs including a newspaper round, a butcher’s assistant and even a coffin builder.

Sir Sean enrolled in the Royal Navy before being discharged due to disability and found work as a life model and eventually an actor, making his film debut in Lilacs in the Spring in 1954.

In his 1993 biography Sean Connery: The Untouchable Hero, ex-colleague Jimmy said: “It’s as well he made it as an actor – he’d not have made it as a milkman.”

Adam Woodyatt - Butcher 

Adam Woodyatt planned to return to the butcher's shop if acting didn't pan out

EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt is the soap’s longest-serving character and has totted up more than 3,200 episodes since first appearing in 1985.

During that time, his character Ian Beale has worked in a fish and chip shop, run several businesses and was even the landlord of The Queen Vic.

Adam, 53, signed up the soap at 16, but had a backup plan prepared if it didn't work out.

“I was working at a butcher’s shop before I came here, I was thinking that if it didn’t work out then at least I could go back to cutting meat,” he told the Radio Times.

“I just wanted to earn money, which does sound very Ian Beale, doesn’t it?”

Jon Hamm - Porn set-dresser

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He famously portrayed smooth-talking Don Draper in Madmen but back in the day Jon Hamm, 50, had a much less glamorous job.

While appearing on an episode of The Big Date – a show similar to Blind Date – in 1996, he shared an insight into his life as a struggling actor.

“I was actually at that time working as a set dresser for Cinemax softcore porn movies,” Jon told Vanity Fair in 2014.

He was required to ...move furniture around naked people... and described it as “soul-crushing” and one of the ...lowest points... in his life.

Jon earned “a couple of hundred bucks a day” during the two-week gig and said there was ...nothing tasteful about it”.

Tan France - Flight attendant 

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Style icon Tan France, 38, is best-known for transforming drably dressed mens' wardrobes on Queer Eye – but in his younger years he worked as a flight attendant.

He served passengers on Britannia Airways in the early Noughties and said he found it particularly difficult to deal with “drunk, rowdy people”.

The then-19-year-old’s job was made worse by some holidaymakers making racist comments after 9/11 and referring to Asian people as ...terrorists....

In his 2019 memoir Naturally Tan, he recalled the difficulties and admitted he quit two months into the six-month role.

Brad Pitt - Chicken shop mascot 

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Brad Pitt is one of the most respected stars in Hollywood, but even he struggled to make ends meet early in his career.

One particular gig saw him dress up as a chicken to promote the restaurant El Pollo Loco - and the 57-year-old said he felt “no shame”.

When grilled about it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he replied: “Man’s gotta eat!”

However, Brad revealed passersby weren’t too friendly and said he ...got flipped off a lot....

The response led TV host Ellen to joke: “So the bird got the bird?”

Helen Mirren - Fairground worker

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Dame Helen Mirren, 76, knew she wanted to be an actress from the age of six and throughout her career has played everything from an assassin in Red to The Queen.

But during her youth, she worked at Kursaal amusement park in Southend, Essex, where she tried to encourage customers onto rides.

She described the role as a “blagger” during a 2007 interview with the Daily Mail.

Years later she studied to become a teacher to keep her parents happy. But after appearing as Cleopatra in a 1965 National Youth Theatre production, she was snapped up by the Royal Shakespeare Company - and the rest is history.

Danny DeVito - Corpse hairdresser 

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Before landing his big break as an actor, Danny DeVito used to cut hair at his sister Angie’s beauty salon in New Jersey.

He admitted he was “kind of embarrassed” at first but soon realised he was surrounded by 35 women “each one better looking than the other”.

But his sister had “a very particular kind of clientele” – mainly “old ladies” – and some arranged for him to give them a nice hairdo when they died.

He recalled: “I used to go in there... the mortuary, it's a little morbid; anyway, there she would be, it was only women's hair I did and it was usually 'a ' really old lady....

Danny, 77, said it wasn’t as sad as it sounded during a 2010 episode of Lopez Tonight.

“She didn’t talk back. She didn’t say, ‘Oh, I don’t like the way that hair’s curled’,” he joked.

Victoria Beckham - Dancing sperm

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Victoria Beckham, 47, shot to superstardom as Posh Spice in 1994 and has since forged a fashion empire that helped her amass a reported £334million fortune.

But during the Eighties, the fashionista appeared in a BBC sex education programme called Body Matters.

As part of the paid gig, she dressed up as a giant sperm and flitted around on roller skates. 

Christopher Walken - Lion tamer

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Like many teenagers, Christopher Walken was eager to earn his own money at 16 - but his profession was a little less traditional than others.

He worked in a circus, and their “big act” was putting on a performance with a “dozen big cats”.

During some of the shows he would take on the role of amateur “lion tamer” and worked with one of the animals.

In 2015, Christopher, 78, told Indiewire: “He would send them all out at the end and just leave this one old girl.

“I would come in with my whip and I’d go like that and she’d sit up – but she was really more like a dog”.

Kate Winslet - Sandwich maker

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Before earning millions in films including Titanic and The Reader, Kate Winslet worked behind a deli counter.

She served sandwiches while waiting for her big break break in acting.

It was while making a pastrami butty at The County Deli in Reading when she found out she landed one of the main parts in the 1994 film Heavenly Creatures.

“It’s very hard to make a good living from acting, certainly when you’re starting out,” Kate, 46, told That Gaby Roslin Podcast. 

Gerard Butler - Lawyer 

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Gerard Butler, 52, always dreamed of becoming an actor but never thought it was possible so trained as a lawyer.

But as a student he drank excessively and told the Independent how he used to smash glass bottles against his head as a party trick at Glasgow University.

Gerard's problems spilled over into his work as a trainee civil lawyer in Edinburgh, and he was fired after a week.

His acting career began when he was approached by actor Steven Berkoff in a London coffee shop. He cast him in a stage production of Coriolanus, and the rest is history.

Hugh Jackman - Children's party clown 

Hugh Jackman revealed he used to being a clown - but said he wasn't very good at all

Hugh Jackman worked as a children’s party clown during his younger years but confessed to being “really bad at magic”.

The X-Men star, 53, used to put on a Coco the Clown outfit but had ...no tricks” to perform.

He shared a photograph of himself in the old costume on Twitter, which consisted of a pink and black patterned suit and typical clown make-up.

“I remember a six-year-old standing up at a party saying, ...Mummy this clown is terrible, he doesn't know any tricks' – and he was right,” Hugh told The Daily Beast. 

Ashton Kutcher - Castrating bulls

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Before landing his big break on That 70s Show in 1998, Ashton Kutcher had “a lot of very blue-collar jobs” - and they made him appreciate how much “easier” his life is now.

He described “collapsing from physical exhaustion” after gruelling manual work including on a cattle ranch, as a kitchen dishwasher and skinning deer at a butchers.

While working on the ranch, Ashton, 43, had one particularly nasty task to prevent the bulls from breeding, which he described as “the craziest thing”.

“They kinda cut the nuts on the bulls… so I’ve cut nuts before, it’s very unpleasant to watch,” he told First We Feast.

Another of Ashton’s odd jobs was “sweeping Cheerio dust” at a cereal factory to help pay for his biochemical engineering studies.

Megan Fox - Banana suit dancer

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Brad Pitt and Victoria Beckham weren't the only ones to have dressed up in odd costumes during their younger years.

Megan Fox, 35, revealed the “only real job” she ever had was at a smoothie shop in Florida.

She worked mainly on the till but once a week someone had to act as a promoter for the store.

“Usually on Fridays, someone had to dress up as a piece of fruit and go and stand out by the highway,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2012.

...I was the banana, a giant banana!...

Taylor Swift - Pest control

Prior to topping the charts, Taylor Swift removed bugs from Christmas trees

The US songstress has had seven number one hits but before becoming a musician she had a job that would make most people squirm.

She grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, and because she was too young to cut down trees, she was issued with an odd task.

The 31-year-old was in charge of removing praying mantis pods from the trees, and one festive season it didn’t go to plan.

“I forgot to check one time and they hatched all over these people’s house. And there were hundreds of thousands of them,” Taylor Swift told Jay Leno in 2008.

“They had kids and they couldn’t kill them because that would be a bad Christmas.”

Mick Jagger - Mental hospital porter

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Prior to his spending five decades with the Rolling Stones, frontman Mick Jagger worked at Bexley Mental Hospital.

He reportedly earned four pounds and 10 shillings per week, which is around £80 in today's money.

Ex-band member Bill Wyman claimed Mick, 78, was a porter and carried luggage in the biography Stone Alone: The Story Of A Rock ‘N’ Roll Band.

Dad-of-eight Mick worked there while studying at the London School of Economics. It's believed his experience inspired hits including 19th Nervous Breakdown.


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