Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Just how does she do it? Model Lily Cole collects a DOUBLE first class from Cambridge (that's the highest possible honour)

Doubling her success: Lily Cole has achieved a double first class degree in History of Art from Cambridge University

Most jet-setting supermodels barely have time to do their own make up let alone sign up for a full-time university course.

But Lily Cole proved it is possible to juggle a successful modelling career with a degree by picking up double first honours in History of Art from Cambridge University.

In doing so the 23-year-old achieved the highest possible honour in her degree course - an esteemed honour from one of the country's top universities.

The millionaire model was scouted at the age of 14 and has since modelled for top designers around the globe.

Her assignments have included work for all the leading fashion houses including Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Louis Vuitton.

In recent times she has switched her focus towards the world of acting appearing in BBC1 sci-fi show Doctor Who and Terry Gilliam's fantasy movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus with the late Heath Ledger.

A tough act to follow: Lily Cole plays the daughter of Dr Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) in Terry Gilliam's fantasy flick

Model turn: Lily has modelled for many of the world's top fashion houses

It was during her revision schedule when Miss Cole filmed scenes for her debut in Doctor Who, in which she appeared as a man-killing monster called Siren.

'Lily is really pleased with her result and has been smiling ever since she heard the news,' said a student at the university.

Adding: 'Not many students get double firsts and she has done exceptionally well as she had a huge work load outside university too.'

Multi-tasking at its best: The model juggled her studies with a hectic modelling schedule and still managed to achieve the very highest level on her degree

Throughout her time at the university she has thrown herself into college life, cycling to lectures, spending time with her fellow students after class and even modelling in the student newspaper.

Last term she combined her university life and acting career by starring as the lead role in The Seagull play at the ADC Theatre.

The model, who is said to be worth £6million, has said that she plans to concentrate on an acting career after graduating this summer, with forthcoming roles in There Be Dragons and The Moth Diaries.

In a recent interview she stated: 'Acting is something I’ve done since I was six years old, performing for my mum and my family in the living room, and I do it because my heart’s in it.

'I’ll always try to follow my heart into things I love, and modelling is not something I’m dreaming of pursuing forever.”

Lily is now said to be planning a holiday to celebrate her finals’ result.

She also scored straight As in her A-levels, gaining top grades in English, philosophy and ethics, and politics at Latymer Upper School in West London.

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