Cara Delevingne and the models turned actresses

The 22-year-old Paper Towns star isn't the first model to have swapped the catwalk for a film set...


Cara Delevingne is set to cement her standing as an actress, playing the female lead in Paper Towns, the new film from The Fault in Our Stars writer John Green. 


Not content with her “it girl” status and having the most famous eyebrows in the fashion industry, Delevingne is clearly keen to make it in show business.  Her film debut in Anna Karenina (2012) saw her sharing the screen with Jude Law and Keira Knightley, in albeit in a fairly silent role. And she’s since gone on to star in upcoming films The Face of an Angel, London Fields, Kids in Love, Tulip Fever and Pan as well as this year’s Sky Arts drama Timeless. 

But Delevingne is far from the first model to try her hand at acting… 

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).