Five models turned actresses

Didn't know TV chef and presenter Lorraine Pascale used to walk the catwalk? What about these other models following careers on screen...

Five models turned actresses
Written By
Isabelle Aron

Former model Lorraine Pascale swapped the catwalk for cake baking as a TV chef. Now, she’s putting down the mixing bowl and trying her hand at presenting in BBC2’s Fostering & Me with Lorraine Pascale. But which other models have ditched the runway for a career on screen?

Cara Delevingne

Not content with her “it girl” status and having the most famous eyebrows in the fashion industry, Delevingne is turning her attention to acting. Her film debut in Anna Karenina (2012) saw her sharing the screen with Jude Law and Keira Knightley, albeit in a fairly silent role. This year, she’s set to star in the Amanda Knox-inspired film, The Face of an Angel.

Lily Cole

Despite having booked her first Vogue cover aged 16, Cole says acting has always been her passion. After starring in the remake of St Trinians, Cole’s second major outing was in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, alongside Heath Ledger in his last ever role. She’s also tackled the small screen, appearing in an episode of Doctor Who as a deadly Siren.

Tyra Banks

After her modelling days but before she began her never-ending search for America’s Next Top Model, Banks starred alongside Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She played Smith’s on-screen girlfriend, which sparked a brief real-life romance between the two. She also appeared in Coyote Ugly playing out the well-worn cliché of a law student funding her studies by dancing in a bar.

Milla Jovovich

Headhunted as a model at age 11, Jovovich made her acting debut only a year later in Two Moon Junction (1988). Her breakthrough role came in The Fifth Element (1997), playing Leeloo – the orange-haired and scantily clad humanoid woman. Jovovich went on to star as the heroine in Resident Evil – a role she will reprise for the sixth instalment next year.

Halle Berry

Long before she was a bond girl or Catwoman, Berry was a beauty pageant queen turned fashion model. Once she tired of the modelling scene, she scored her debut film role in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever (1991), playing a crack addict. In 2002, with over decade of experience under her belt, she became the only African-American woman to win an Oscar for best actress in Monster’s Ball (2001).

See Fostering & Me with Lorraine Pascale at 9:00pm on BBC2

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