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The 10 best pop star cameos in film

Not content with conquering the music world and selling millions of records, these top pop stars have shed the microphone and taken to the big screen as well. Have you spotted each of these ten surprising cameos or did you blink and miss them?

1. Rita Ora – Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

Fun fact: Rita Ora was actually named after Rita Hayworth - her grandfather, Besim Sahatçiu was a film director who was very into the silver screen siren.

Get your tickets to see Rita alongside Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Freed now.

Rita Ora Fifty Shades Freed

2. Elton John - Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Fun Fact: Elton was one of a few celebrities who were approached to be in the first Kingsman film (David Beckham and Adele were supposedly also asked) but passed. When he saw the finished film he kicked himself - then jumped at the chance to be in the sequel.
Elton John Kingsman: The Golden Circle

3. Phil Collins – Hook (1991)

Fun Fact: Steven Spielberg originally wanted to make the movie in 1983 with Michael Jackson playing Peter Pan. Although he’d always wanted to play Peter Pan, Michael, who famously named his ranch Neverland, wasn’t keen on the idea of a grown-up Pan who’d forgotten who he really was.
Mick Jagger Ned Kelly

4. Mick Jagger – Ned Kelly (1970)

Fun Fact: Less of a cameo and more of a lead role, Mick Jagger played Aussie gangster Ned Kelly in 1970. During filming, Jagger’s hand was injured by a misfiring pistol. Bad news for a guitarist - didn’t stop him from continuing to film and writing the song Brown Sugar between takes.

5. Cheryl Cole – What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)

Fun Fact: The film is named after the top selling pregnancy guide What To Expect When You’re Expecting, which is supposedly read by 93% of women who read a pregnancy book.

6. David Bowie – Zoolander (2001)

Fun Fact: Even to this day, Ben Stiller can’t believe that the legendary David Bowie agreed to be in his film. In 2016, he tweeted along with the film and wrote, “Can’t believe David Bowie actually did this. We were all in shock.”
David Bowie Zoolander

7. Ian Brown – Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)

Fun fact: Ian Brown got this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo because his girlfriend was friends with director, Alfonso Cuaron. Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood also pop up in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as members of the wizarding band The Weird Sisters.

8. Ed Sheeran – Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

Fun Fact: Bridget Jones's Baby isn't Sheeran's first foray into acting. He also played Sir Cormac in five episodes of the historical drama The Bastard Executioner in 2015 - never heard of it? It was canceled after a single season.
Ed Sheeran Bridget Jones's Baby

9. Sting – Quadrophenia (1979)

Fun Fact: Sting is really into the Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake. Not only did he buy the film rights, he has also named pets, a racehorse, a company and one of his daughters after characters from the books.

10. Chris Martin – Brüno (2009)

Fun Fact: Sacha Baron Cohen's character Brüno later hooked up with Bono and Chris Martin for a mock Band Aid single in 2012.