Singers turned actresses

From Rihanna to Beyonce, via Taylor Swift


We give you the 11 most memorable singers turned actresses, owning it on record and screen. 

Taylor Swift

Sci-fi drama The Giver has a cracking cast – Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and the inimitable Tay Tay.

If we weren't already convinced Taylor was made for the big screen, her latest video for new single Blank Space see's her doing a great impression of a scorned, knife-wielding maniac (watch it here)



Madonna’s most celebrated cinematic turn was in 1996‘s box office smash musical Evita, belting out Andrew Lloyd Webber tunes in her role as the most loved and hated woman in Argentina.

Britney Spears

There are so many reasons why we love Crossroads: the questionable outfits, the impromptu musical reprises, teenage Zoe Saldana, the Kim Cattrall cameo. Oh, and the Sheryl Crow car scene might be the most uplifting thing ever.



Our favourite Icelandic songstress won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Lars Van Trier’s musical epic Dancer In The Dark.

Jennifer Lopez

We’ve laughed with her, we’ve cried with her; From Maid In Manhattan to The Back-Up Plan, Jennifer Lopez’s cinematic back-catalogue is the guilty pleasure that won’t stop giving.


Before she became Mrs Carter, Beyoncé racked up an impressive roster of acting credits. Most notably, she played one third of Motown girl group The Supremes in 2006’s Dream Girls.

Dolly Parton

Not just an anthem for office workers, 9 to 5 also accompanied a film of the same name starring Dolly Parton. She’s also excellent alongside Julia Roberts and Sally Field in Steel Magnolias.


Where do we start with Cher? Mermaids, The Witches of Eastwick and more recently Burlesque – basically all the essentials for a serious movie collection.

Barbara Streisand

The only woman on our list to have won an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy and a Golden Globe for her acting efforts. Who could forget her Academy Award nominated performance opposite Robert Redford in The Way We Were?

Janet Jackson

Janet is probably best known for her supporting role in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, opposite Eddie Murphy

Mariah Carey

You’d be forgiven for not recognising Queen Carey in her role as welfare caseworker Ms.Weiss in urban drama Precious.


Ri-Ri made her acting debut just two years ago with a cameo in action film Battleship. The Unapologetic singer will also lend her voice to DreamWorks animated film Home next year.

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