Why your No.1 child is more likely to be No.1 in the charts

Most rockstars probably think they were born to strut the stage.

And it seems they are right.

A first-born child is three-and-a-half times more likely to become a rockstar than their brothers and sisters, a study has found.

Middle siblings are said to stand the highest chance of becoming Prime Minister, with a distinct talent for politics, while the youngest child is most likely to become an actor.

Mick Jagger
Tony Blair

Rock star Mick Jagger was the eldest child while Tony Blair was a middle child

The findings, arrived at by mathematical analysis, suggest the order in which children are born can determine their later career paths.

Statistician Dr Geoff Ellis found three quarters of rockstars are either the eldest or only children with examples of first-borns including Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Van Morrison, Elton John and Eric Clapton are all only children, who are typically energetic, ambitious individuals who crave attention.

Younger children are more likely to become actors, like Julia Roberts, the study found

Younger children are more likely to become actors, like Julia Roberts, the study found

By contrast the youngest child is twice as likely as older brothers or sisters to become an actor, the statistics found, with examples including Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Kevin Spacey and Daniel Day Lewis.

The youngest in a family are often risk-takers, attention seekers and hardworkers with a good sense of humour.

Middle children meanwhile have a 67 per cent higher chance of becoming Prime Minister than any of their siblings.

David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair are all middle children as were former prime ministers Anthony Eden, Neville Chamberlain and David Lloyd George.

The research also found that political leaders generally come from larger families with between three and six children.

This upbringing typically gives them diplomatic, ' peacemaking' personalities - although they tend to have a competitive streak.

The study also concluded that only children are the least likely to become self-made millionaires and that sibling rivalry could be the driving force behind many successful entrepreneurs.

Statistician Dr Geoff Ellis, who carried out the research mark the launch of UKTV Gold's Outnumbered series one, said he found there was only a 1 per cent chance of the relationship between personality type or career path and order of birth being a coincidence.

He also claimed there was only a one in a thousand chance of the link between rockstars and oldest children being a fluke.

He studied 100 well-known figures including 20 rockstars, the last 20 British prime ministers, along with the last 20 winners of best leading actor and best leading actress BAFTA awards.

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