Worst To Best: Music Stars Turned Movie Stars

Geri Halliwell

The Music Star: The naughty ginger one in ‘90s girl group the Spice Girls, and obviously a key fixture in the movie Spice World . Geri dumped the group after their second album and had a go at a solo career – not to mention more acting. The results included an interminable performance in an episode of Sex And The City .

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “What I got is what I need, And I know it's good enough for me”

Jessica Simpson

The Music Star: A pop-star-turned-reality-star-turned-movie-star-turned-fashion-designer, Simpson’s had so many careers she should be about 80. She’s not acted since 2008 when she made a cameo appearance in The Love Guru . Prior to that she appeared in Blonde Ambition , Employee Of The Month and The Dukes Of Hazzard . None of them any good.

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “There'll be no going back from here, I'm scared it'll lead to tears…”

Britney Spears

The Music Star: Was launched into the pop world aged 16, had a successful career as a squeaky-clean popstress before having a very public meltdown. She seems back on track now, though her sole acting credit remains Crossroads . Best stick to the music, love.

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “Everything is still a blur…”

Michael Jackson

The Music Star: The controversy-plagued, tragic figure of pop soared great heights during the ‘80s with the likes of ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Thriller’, but his frequently odd behaviour turned him into a recluse during the latter part of his life. He played Scarecrow in The Wiz , himself in Moonwalker , and made a cameo as Agent M in Men In Black II.

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us…”

50 Cent

The Music Star: An ex-drug dealer who went on to musical acclaim with albums Get Rich or Die Tryin' , and The Massacre. The former went eight times platinum. Played himself in comedy Morning Glory , acted in Righteous Kill , Streets Of Blood and lost loads of weight for All Things Fall Apart .

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “50 cent in the house, bad news whenever 50 around it’s bad news…”

Ringo Starr

The Music Star: Obviously, drummer in The Beatles (he replaced Peter Best) who provided lead vocals on ‘Octopus’s Garden’ and ‘Yellow Submarine’. Film credits include Son Of Dracula, Caveman and Michael Caine comedy Water .

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “As we live a life of ease, Every one of us has all we need…”

Roger Daltrey

The Music Star: The founder and lead singer of The Who, Daltrey went into acting after the band’s break-up in 1982. He made over 30 films, including the less-than-great likes of Buddy’s Song, The Comedy Of Errors and Vampirella .

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career:
“Freak out! Freak out!”


The Music Star: A no-nonsense pop mogul who’s struggled to keep up with the furious pace she set in the ‘80s and ‘90s as one of the most adored popstrels ever. On screen, Madonna’s failed to find similar success, with flops Swept Away and Body Of Evidence eclipsing the decent Evita and Desperately Seeking Susan .

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “Papa don’t preach, I’m in trouble deep…”


The Music Star: After snatching up two BRIT awards and five Grammies, Rihanna’s making a concerted effort to put a dent in the movie world, having just appeared in blockbuster epic Battleship . She’ll next be seen in comedy End Of The World opposite Seth Rogen.

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “I drink to that…”

Pete Doherty

The Music Star: Co-fronted The Libertines and formed indie band Babyshambles. Despite that, he’s more recognisable as a regular tabloid fixture. His most high profile movie role will be opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg in this year’s Confession Of A Child Of The Century , which hits UK screens in December. He’s also just filmed a small role in Rock And Roll Fuck'n'Lovely .

Lyric That Reflects Their Film Career: “I am the rain, Held in disdain, Lotions and potions just add to my fame…”

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.