Describe a famous person you know who is from your country


In part two of the IELTS speaking exam, you may be asked to describe a famous person. You will of course be given a minute to think about your answer & make some notes. Then you have two minutes to talk. But what things should you say? How should go attempt to describe a famous person?

Let’s discuss those issues in this article.

Cue Card: Describe a Famous Person

You will be given a cue thẻ with information that you must address in your speech. Before attempting to answer, you must make sure you fully understand the question and all the things you have khổng lồ talk about. Don’t rush in and start speaking about any famous person. (Check out our lesson on describing a sportsperson.)

Here are some of the variations on the topic of describing famous people:

Describe a famous person in your country.……………………………………. You’d like to meet.……………………………………. You admire.……………………………………. You are interested in.

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There are plenty of other options. Make sure you pay attention to lớn the second part and make reference to it, & of course talk about all the points you are required khổng lồ mention. To vày this successfully, you must make appropriate notes.

How to lớn Make Notes

In the IELTS speaking demo part 2, you don’t have much time to make notes, so you must vày it efficiently. Don’t attempt to lớn write any full sentences. Just note down ideas và vocabulary. These should help you to structure your talk và remember any important words. Don’t write down anything unnecessary or it will just cost you valuable time.

Note-taking is quite a personal process & you should vì chưng whatever works best for you. This might mean doing a mind-map, or perhaps writing an ordered list. Maybe you lượt thích to sketch ideas or associate words. Whatever helps you remember is fine. Just be sure to write quickly as you only have one minute.

Once your notes are written, you should be ready khổng lồ talk. Work through your notes slowly and calmly, elaborating on each point slightly. You only have lớn talk for 1-2 minutes, so don’t worry. The biggest mistake students make at this point is talking too fast and finishing in less than a minute. Practice speaking from notes at trang chủ to counteract this stress.

Answering the Question

By now you should have chosen a person you wish to lớn describe, analyzed the question lớn decide what you need lớn say, và written some appropriate notes. Therefore, it is now time to lớn start speaking. Here’s an example question & answer lớn help you:


Tell us abouta famous person you would lượt thích to meet.

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You should say:

who is he/ shewhy vị you want lớn meet him/ herwhy he/sheis famous

and explain what would you vì if you meet him/ her.

Sample Band 9 Answer

A famous person I’d lượt thích to meet is Bryan Cranston. He’s an American actor who is best-known for his role as Walter white in the famous TV show, Breaking Bad. Actually, Bryan Cranston has appeared in many TV shows & movies, including a really funny show that he did before Breaking Bad called Malcolm in the Middle. However, I think for most people he’s always going to lớn be identified with the character of Walter White, the chemistry teacher who turned into a drug dealer. His performance in that show was so iconic that he will forever be remembered not just by fans but anyone who knows anything about American TV.

I want khổng lồ meet him not just because he’s a great actor but also because I’ve heard him give so many interviews and he seems lượt thích a really great guy. He has amazingly funny stories khổng lồ tell và he always gives so much of his time & energy to lớn his fans. I don’t really know what I’d vì if I met Bryan Cranston because I’ve never actually met a famous person before. However, I’d probably shake his hand và tell him I really admire his work on screen & on stage. If he was willing lớn talk, I’d ask him about making Breaking Bad and I’m sure he’d have some wonderful stories to lớn tell me.


Here is a clip of me giving the above sample answer. You can try to lớn copy my style of speech.



In the above speech, I’ve addressed all the points from the cue card, although not necessarily in order. I first said who Bryan Cranston is & then explained why he is famous, before moving on to why I want khổng lồ meet him and what I would do in that situation. This seemed to me a more natural structure & easier lớn talk about. If you talk randomly on different points without connecting it in your head, you will find it harder khổng lồ talk for a long time.

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I’ve highlighted some useful language in bold, which I will explain below:

“who is best known for” – this is a great way to lớn explain the greatest accomplishment of a famous personeg “who is best known for her hit song, ‘Shake it Off"”eg “who is best known for his masterpiece, ‘Animal Farm"”“iconic” – essentially, this just means very famous – ie a person who has become an icon“not just because…. But also” – this structure is a good way khổng lồ introduce multiple reasons for somethingeg “I like him not just because he’s a good guy but because he seems really interesting.”


It’s really important in the IELTS speaking kiểm tra part 2 that you prepare your answer. You should make some useful notes khổng lồ help you talk, và then speak slowly và calmly, elaborating upon your notes as you speak. When describing famous people for IELTS, remember khổng lồ include some appropriate adjectives & adverbs for descriptive purposes, và always give reasons và examples to lớn justify your statements. This will boost your IELTS speaking score significantly.