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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.
Rita Ora Fifty Shades Freed

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

Fun Fact: Elton was one of a few celebrities 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: The legendary drummer isn't the only musical connection - Hook was actually almost a musical itself. The most famous previous adaptations (Disney's animated version and the Broadway show) were both musicals, so Spielberg had the same thing in mind for his version. Several songs had been written for it before the idea was scrapped, but the tunes were later incorporated into the score.
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 - it didn’t stop him from continuing to film and writing the song Brown Sugar between takes.

5. Gwen Stefani - Aviator (2004)

Fun Fact: Martin Scorsese wanted to cast Stefani in the film after seeing her Teen Vogue cover on the side of a bus shelter. ‘He's like, “Who's that girl? Let's get her!” I had Leonardo DiCaprio tell me the whole story in Martin Scorsese's voice, so it was pretty bizarre,’ Stefani told MTV.

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 cancelled 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.