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Russell Brand is A-level celebrity

Russell Brand and Dizzee Rascal are going from being A-list to A-level stars.

The comedian turned revolutionary and the chart-topping rapper will be studied as part of the English A-level syllabus from September 2015.

Exam board Oxford, Cambridge and Royal Society of Arts (OCR) proposed plans to include evidence given by Russell to a Commons select committee inquiring into drugs and an interview Dizzee did with Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman as part of the new syllabus.

The plans have now been approved by exams regulator Ofqual.

Dizzee said in his interview with Paxman, on the night Barack Obama was voted President of the US: "I don't think he could have done it without hip-hop."

Paul Dodd, OCR's head of GCSE and A-level reform, said Ofqual did not see their inclusion as an issue, as they were put on the syllabus to allow students to study different forms and styles of language.

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