Singers turned movie stars

Is Adele set to turn her hand to acting? If the rumours are true, she'll be joining an illustrious group of musicians who've taken to the big screen, including Bob Dylan, Lenny Kravitz, J-Lo, Beyonce and Rihanna

Rumour has it that award-winning singer Adele is to make a cameo appearance in Matthew Vaughn’s new spy film, The Secret Service.


It’s believed the songstress, known for singing about love and heartbreak, will turn villain for the film based on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ novel.

Hollywood royalty is already in attendance, with Colin Firth, Sir Michael Caine and Samuel L Jackson starring.

No pressure then.

Of course, Adele isn’t the first singer to try her hand at acting and she won’t be the last. Check out some of the music stars who’ve made the move to the big screen…


Who would have thought little Jenny from the block had so many talents? From hit records to landing a judging role on American Idol, J-Lo’s also racked up a healthy looking IMDB page, with entries ranging from the critically acclaimed rom-crime Out of Sight, co-starring George Clooney, to the less critically-acclaimed Maid in Manhattan. Here she is taking on Jane Fonda in Monster in Law…

Justin Timberlake

Well, he brought sexy back with his music, so having conquered that arena, Timberlake turned to the film business. The former ‘N Sync star has voiced a Shrek character, turned lover for Friends with Benefits and techy businessman for the Social Network. Here Timberlake plays Prince Charming with a well-timed flash mob.

(Warning: contains swearing)


Beyonce (Getty)

In 2002 Beyonce swapped high-energy dance routines for a stint as Foxxy Cleopatra in the Austin Powers movie Goldmember. Since then she’s gone on to star in Dreamgirls, The Pink Panther and, most recently, voiced Queen Tara in animation hit Epic. Here’s Beyonce in all of her golden glory…

Britney Spears

Britney’s film Crossroads (not to be confused with the British soap) is about a girl trying to break into the music industry, so the apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree. But it’s the first time she’s fronted her own movie. The singer has since popped up in TV shows How I Met Your Mother and Will & Grace. See Britney in Crossroads here:


It’s safe to say Rihanna totally rocks her part in this year’s star-filled movie This Is the End. It may be little, it may be short, but she packs a mighty punch. Literally. Check it out:

Mick Jagger

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger’s been a character in The Simpsons, he’s popped up as an unnamed bank employee in The Bank Job and an unnamed solider in a bar in Enigma. But as Luther in Man from Elysian Fields, Jagger had a whole new skill to master – brushing off being laughed at after proposing.

Bob Dylan

Dylan wrote the score for 1973 western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, but also took on the role of a man known simply as Alias. Fourteen years later he was the star of the show, if not exactly stretching himself, as aging rocker Billy Parker in Hearts of Fire. Dylan got a bit of stick for appearing uninterested during press conferences, but with guitar in hand and a pretty actress in front of him he seems pretty perky to us.

Snoop Dogg

With 57 acting credits under his belt, including Scary Movie and Starsky & Hutch, Snoop Dogg hasn’t been shy of the camera. Well, as he so aptly puts it, Snoop knows some people who know some people…

Lenny Kravitz

As if The Hunger Games trilogy wasn’t packed full of enough stars, it called on singer Lenny Kravitz to play the role of fashion advisor Cinna. As confidant to Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss, responsible for that glowing dress, Kravitz will also appear in the second installment, Catching Fire.

See Kravitz getting to know J-Law here:

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah, aka Dana Owens, has been pulling together an impressive batch of movie appearances. From a marriage counselor in What Happens in Vegas to a fierce sports rep in Valentine’s Day, Her Majesty has made her presence known in the movie business. Her silky smooth voice also brought to life Ice Age’s female mammoth Ellie…

Keith Richards

Another Rolling Stone to try his hand at acting, Keith Richards took on the role of Captain Teague in Pirates of the Caribbean, lending a clue to his on-screen son Jack Sparrow’s (aka Johnny Depp) iconic mannerisms.

Gwen Stefani


Swapping crop tops and big boots for delicate gowns and, well, Leonardo DiCaprio, Stefani proved her acting prowess in 2004’s The Aviator as blonde bombshell Jean Harlow.