10 celebrities you didn’t know have a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

  • British Gas apprentices go for gold
  • What a DofE Award could do for you
  • Dame Kelly Holmes – from DofE Award holder to Olympic champion


Looking to boost your job prospects? Or perhaps you simply love new challenges? Whatever you’re looking to achieve, a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) can give you the confidence and skills to do more than you ever thought possible.

Over the last 10 years, British Gas has helped over 2,200 of its apprentices to take the DofE Gold Award. This is great preparation for their future, equipping them with a stack of new skills and, of course, a stack of tales to tell from their DofE adventures.

Find out what our apprentices have in common with these 10 celebrities in this DofE hall of fame.


Nick Grimshaw, BBC Radio 1 presenter

He might have Adele on speed dial and a GQ Man of the Year award up his sleeve but one of Grimmy’s early life-defining challenges included a gruelling DofE Bronze expedition. 

headshot of Nick Grimshaw


Jim Rosenthal, TV presenter

He’s one of Britain’s best-loved sports presenters, pumping out punditry for eight World Cups. But it was his Gold DofE Award that gave Rosenthal his first sporting chance. 

Jim Rosenthal


Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic champion and entrepreneur

She might be better known for her double 2004 Olympics wins but her first run of success was her Silver DofE Award at school. Now a successful entrepreneur, she’s still got that winning streak.

Head and Shoulders shot of Kelly Holmes


Tim Campbell, entrepreneur and winner of The Apprentice

Arguably the most charming winner of The Apprentice to date, Tim Campbell fondly remembers achieving his Silver DofE Award.

Tim Campbell


Ben Fogle, TV presenter and adventurer

Always one for a life less ordinary, this self-confessed ‘wild man’ caught the exploring bug during his Silver DofE.

Head a shoulders shot of Ben Fogle


David Hempleman-Adams, explorer

He was the first man to reach the geographic and magnetic North and South Poles and has climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents; But David Hempleman-Adams got his first taste of adventure by achieving his Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Awards. Hempleman-Adams is now a Trustee for the DofE Charity

David Hempleman-Adams


Edwina Currie, Former MP, novelist and broadcaster

As a former member of parliament, Currie knows all about achieving against the odds. We’d wager that her Bronze DofE Award put her on the right track. 

Shot of Edwina Currie


Katherine Jenkins, classical-crossover singer

Well known as the striking soprano that put classical music back in popular demand, Jenkins is a Bronze and Silver Award holder. Oh, the sweet sound of success. 

Katherine Jenkins


Zoe Ball, BBC radio and TV presenter

Before she graced us with her legendary early morning breakfast show, Ball regularly took part in DofE expeditions. Maybe she and Nick Grimshaw should swap stories some time?

Zoe Ball


Liz McClarnon, Pop singer, dancer and presenter

Remember Atomic Kitten? Three girl-next-door lookalikes singing catchy pop tunes? Well, guess what? One third of the group, Liz McClarnon, once proudly took on a Bronze expedition.

Head shot of Liz Mclaron


Get future ready

To mark the DofE's 60th Anniversary, British Gas is the Headline Diamond Partner for the Skills for Work campaign, inspiring young people to achieve a DofE Award and gain invaluable skills for the future.

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