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Tyson Fury holding up his medals

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller high achievers

This term we asked Travelling Forward about what they want to be or do when they grow up and their responses were varied, brilliant and thought-provoking – “boxer”, “roofer”, “carer”, “nail technician”, “hairdresser” and “definitely not a ballerina!!” were just a few of the ambitions we’ve talked about. We have so many future superstars among us with lots of different skills and qualities.

To help inspire you, we’ve put together a list of high-achieving people from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community and how they have made an impact on the world.

Remember, if you can dream it, you can be it!

Charlie Chaplin

You may not have known about Charlie Chaplin’s Romani roots, but this silent filmstar from the glory days of the Hollywood silver screen, proudly tells us in his autobiography that both his mother and father have Romani heritage.

Jimmy Connors

In 2000 this brave man was unlawfully evicted from his home in Leeds. He courageously challenged the decision from the European Court of Human Rights and after 4 years won his case, which meant that Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are recognised as a protected group of people whose culture and ways of life must be respected.

Tyson and Paris Fury

This power couple were thrust into the sporting spotlight because of Tyson’s success in the boxing ring, but together they have built a business empire, released books and Paris has her own career as a panellist on “Loose Women” and as an influencer.

Pablo Picasso

Arguably the most celebrated artist and sculptor of the 20th Century, Picasso was exceptionally proud of his heritage, and even used this as inspiration in some of his works, “Gypsy in front of Musca” is one of his most beautiful paintings.

Sean Connery

That’s right! 007’s great-grandfather, James Connery, was an Irish traveller from Co. Wexford. Sean was the first actor to portray the international man of mystery, James Bond, on film.

A collaboration with Travelling Forward

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