Describe A Popular Person

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a popular person.

You should say:

Who this person is?
What he or she is like?
Why you think this person is popular?
How this person influences the public?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer:


  • I think famous people play an integral/important role in our lives and every person has a favourite celebrity in their life whom they admire either secretly or openly.
  • Today, I would like to talk about a sportsperson who is very popular and has been a constant source of inspiration to me and millions of other people in our country.

Who this person is?

  • His name is Virat Kohli, and he is a cricketer.
  • He plays as a right-handed batsman.

Why you think this person is popular?

  • He is just 34 years old and also one of the youngest players to captain the Indian Cricket team.
  • Before giving up the captaincy, he led the Indian cricket team in all three formats of the game, i.e. One Day Internationals, Test Cricket and Twenty Twenty matches.
  • He is also ranked as one of the world’s most famous athletes by Forbes Magazine.
  • One of his greatest achievements was leading the Indian Under 19 team to victory in the World Cup tournament.
  • He Debuted (note the pronunciation – debued) for India when he was only 19 years of age, and since then, he has never looked back and broken a lot of records.
  • Currently, he has the second-highest number of International centuries in the game, just behind the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

What he or she is like?

  • From a personality perspective, he is an aggressive player with a winning attitude and a strong commitment to the game and his fitness.
  • One thing that a lot of people don’t know about Kohli is that he lost his father while playing a test match for his state team, but he still continued to bat, and only after he had saved his team from losing he went for the cremation of his father.

How this person influences the public?

  • Apart from sports, Virat Kohli also does a lot of charity through his foundation, which works for better education and healthcare of underprivileged children.
  • Recently, he was in the news for his marriage to famous Bollywood Actress Anushka Sharma.
  • They got married in Italy, and it was one of the biggest weddings of the year 2017.


  • I wish that he will win the 20-20 cricket world cup for India in 2023 and lead India to the number one spot in all formats of the game.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a popular person”.

1. What are the qualities of being popular? 
A popular person is one who is a people’s person. He should be friendly and approachable by people. He should be helpful and empathetic. He should be a good listener and try to lead by example.

2. Do you know any popular star who likes helping other people? 
Many celebs are attached to some charity organisations or are running their own NGOs. Salman Khan has his charity “Being Human’, which is doing a lot for Charity.

3. Do you think children should imitate their idols? 
It is not a question of whether they should. We have to realise that they will always imitate. So, the onus is on the celebs to be good role models and do what is good to be imitated.

4. What influence do popular stars have on teenagers? 
Teenagers want to be like their favourite celebs. They take them as their idol. They are influenced in both good and bad ways. If their popular star is endorsing any product then teenagers blindly want to buy that product even if they don’t need it. If their popular star is doing something good, such as helping the poor, teenagers also go out and do the same.

5. Do you think popular stars have more freedom or less freedom? 
I think popular stars have to lead a life, which is open to public. They cannot be themselves and enjoy life like commoners can. In that respect, their freedom is restricted.

Important Vocabularies:

1. Inspiration

the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative; a sudden brilliant or timely idea.

The artist found inspiration in the natural beauty of the landscape.

2. Achievements

a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill; an accomplishment.

Graduating from college was one of her greatest achievements.

3. Debuted

to make a first appearance in a particular capacity or role; to perform for the first time.

She debuted as a solo artist after leaving the band.

4. Aggressive

ready or likely to attack or confront; characterized by or resulting from aggression; assertive and forceful.

He had an aggressive playing style that often caught his opponents off guard.

5. Cremation

the disposal of a dead person’s body by burning it to ashes, typically after a funeral ceremony.

She chose cremation for her final disposition.

6. Underprivileged

(of a person) not enjoying the same standard of living or rights as the majority of people in a society; disadvantaged.

The charity works to improve the lives of underprivileged children.


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