Olivia Colman and Joanna Lumley join celebs to reveal childhood dreams

Olivia Colman has revealed she wanted to be a nurse when she was a child, while Dame Joanna Lumley has opened up about her childhood dream of becoming Prime Minister.

As part of a new guide dog campaign, many famous faces have recalled their childhood career aspirations.

Oscar winner Colman, 48, told the vision loss charity: “I thought I was going to be a nurse. When you are little, dreaming of what you will be when you grow up is an exciting rite of passage.

“It’s great that Guide Dogs is supporting and empowering children with visual impairments to achieve their dreams.”

Dame Joanna, 76, revealed she had a variety of different career aspirations growing up.

“I wanted to be prime minister, brain surgeon, famous explorer and pirate,” she said.

“But then I discovered that as an actress it was pretty easy to be all of those things — plus a queen, a wicked aunt, a tiger lily, a singing cow, a ghost, and a rag doll. Hey diddly dee! An acting life for me!”

Guide Dogs commissioned a study into what children with visual impairments want to be when they grow up, after a reported 75% of visually impaired adults are unemployed.

The charity launched its Every Dream Matters campaign in hopes of providing tools and inspiration to children with visual impairments who fear their disability is preventing them from finding their dream job.

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Joanna Lumley announced that she hopes to become Prime Minister (Joanna Lumley/PA)

TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham said he dreams of becoming a Thunderbirds pilot, while MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace wanted to join the Royal Navy.

A number of celebrities who took part in the campaign have shown that they have successfully achieved their childhood dream.

Broadcaster and journalist Eamonn Holmes said: “I’ve wanted to be a broadcast journalist since I was 10 years old.

“This has been fueled by seeing the (Northern Ireland) troubles unfolding around me and being covered on television. I always had this mission in me to explain.”

TV chef and presenter Matt Tebbutt said: “I toyed with the idea of ​​joining the RAF as a boy but my real passion has always been food. And that passion started on a family holiday in northern France.”


Olivia Colman revealed she wanted to be a nurse when she was a child (Image: Olivia Colman/PA)

Several stars have spoken of their childhood desire to pursue adventurous ambitions, including TV presenter Nick Knowles, who wanted to be an explorer, and celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, who said, “I wanted to be an astronaut or a bear wrestler!”

Countdown star Susie Dent said: “I had two very different aspirations – to be a poet, to sit in a remote part of the countryside and write lyrics, and to be the other hotel manager, as we always do when we’re lucky enough to be there A family I never wanted to leave!”

Broadcaster and comedian Paul O’Grady revealed a more unusual childhood dream – to work in a dry cleaning business.

He said: “When I was very young I wanted to work behind the counter at a dry cleaner’s, then I wanted to be a secret agent and if they didn’t want me it was a toss-up between being a chemist or working at Chester Zoo.”

– The Guide Dogs, Every Dream Matters campaign supports children with visual impairments to fulfill their dreams through a range of ongoing services.

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