JK Rowling

JK Rowling

In order to progress in our careers we must be willing to take a chance. These famous women have taken a chance to get ahead in their careers.

JK Rowling

JK Rowling is one of the most well know authors. Her most famous titles are the Harry Potter books, which have sold over 325 million copies worldwide.

The books were massively popular and there was demand to turn the first instalment, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone into a film. In 2001 the first film adaptation was released.

JK Rowling took a chance by turning her books into film versions, but it certainly paid off as eight movies later it is the highest grossing film series of all time.

Margret Thatcher

Politics is often seen as a man’s business but, one woman changed the face of politics and made it more accessible for women. As part of the Conservative party Margret Thatcher’s first post was as a junior minister for pensions.

When the Conservatives were defeated by Labour in the 1974 General Election, Thatcher challenged Former Prime Heath for the leadership of the party, and won. 

Thatcher took a chance in a very male dominated world to become leader of the Conservative party, something which definitely paid off when she became Prime Minister in 1979. Thatcher was the longest running head of state of the 20th Century and is the only female Prime Minister there has been.


Beyonce shot to fame in the 90’s as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child. The band are one of the most successful girl bands of all times and have won many awards, including Artist of the Year at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards, and their track ‘Independent Women part 1’ featured in the film version of Charlie’s Angles.

Beyonce took a risk and went solo, releasing her debut album Dangerously in Love in 2003.

Her third album I Am...Sasha Fierce helped Beyonce earn six Grammys in 2010, breaking the record for the most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night.

Beyonce also went on to win 16 Grammy Awards, 12 MTV Video Music Awards, a Billboard Millennium Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and as a solo star she has sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl enjoyed being in the spot light from an early age. As a child she enjoyed dancing, and took part in the Royal Ballet’s summer school at the age of 9, she was also in TV commercials and won modelling competitions.

In 2002 Cheryl took a chance and auditioned for Popstars: The Rivals, in order to progress in her music career. Cheryl won a spot in the band Girls Aloud as a result of the show.

Now Cheryl has enjoyed a successful career both as part of the band and as a solo artist. She also gained national popularity when she became a judge on The X Factor.

World’s biggest bingo winner

Soraya Lowell is the biggest bingo winner in the world, winning a massive £1.2million. Soraya from Hamilton, Lanarkshire hit the jackpot in 2008 on the last number of the game.

She did not keep all the money to herself and immediately split her winnings with neighbour, Agnes O’Neill. Soraya did not give all her money away and in 2009 she and husband Frankie bought an ice cream van.

Speaking about her new wealth in 2008 she said: “It’s easy to say what you’re going to do with the money before you win it. But in reality it’s tough”. Why not try and win big yourself at a Gala Bingo club or online at www.galabingo.com