Keira Knightley and the stars we didn’t know could sing

Damian Lewis, Daniel Craig, Robert Downey Jr and co prove there's more than just acting on their CVs…

Actress Keira Knightley says her turn as a singer in forthcoming musical romantic drama Can a Song Save Your Life was a one-time thing.


“I literally was given the songs for this about a week before we started shooting. We had to go straight into the studio, and I had never sung before and I had to just kind of try and figure it out,” Keira told E! Online.

“I’m not going to do it again, that was it. No, no, no, that was my one and only.”

Sadly, we’ll have to wait to hear Keira in action but luckily she isn’t the only hidden singing talent among the Hollywood elite. Check out these cheeky crooners…

Damian Lewis

As if Damian Lewis wasn’t already cool enough (he’s the star of hit drama Homeland, he’s been mentioned in a Jay-Z rap song) he can also sing.

Seemingly in a moment of impulsive musicality, Lewis hopped on the piano in the green room of Jonathan Ross’s chat show. A quick rendition of Elvis Presley’s All Shook Up and he signs off with some extra ‘dude’ points.

Anna Kendrick

Known for starring in hit films Twilight and What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Anna Kendrick showed off her singing talent in the recent teen hit Pitch Perfect. Not only is her song Cups (When I’m Gone) set to be released as a single, Kendrick can merrily perform the song with just a cup and a microphone. If asked nicely by David Letterman anyway… 

Jeremy Renner

Well, well, who knew Jeremy Renner had such a set of pipes on him? He may be seemingly walking to his doom in death row drama Love Comes to the Executioner, but that doesn’t mean a round of Don McLean’s American Pie isn’t in order. 

Robert Downey Jr

Turns out Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr is that guy. Yes, that guy who harmonises Happy Birthday. Here he is at Comic Con 2009 giving a shout-out to co-star Jon Favreau’s son Matt. 

Daniel Craig

Yes, James Bond can hold a tune. We’re both shaken and strangely stirred. Here he is singing There’s a Goldmine in the Sky on the soundtrack for Infamous (in which he also stars). 

Gerard Butler

An oldie but a goodie. Here’s Gerard Butler recording The Music of the Night as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. A far cry from his recent high-action escapades in political hit Olympus Has Fallen. 

Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin

OK, if you’ve seen Rock of Ages, you’ll already know exactly what this bit is. A double whammy of actors giving their singing talents a good airing…