There’s plenty of rockstar cameos out there, if you look hard enough…
1Paul Weller on Sherlock (2017)
For example, the Modfather himself popped up as a dead ‘Viking’ in the series four finale of ‘Sherlock’ last night. He was spotted lying on the floor of Sherlock’s home of 221B Baker Street during a montage at the end of the episode.
2Marilyn Manson on Eastbound And Down (2013)
Did you by any chance catch a made-down Marilyn Manson on Eastbound And Down in 2013? Oh my days!
3Peace on Made In Chelsea (2014)
Harry Koisser said that they were ‘concerned’ about playing on the programme: “When we were invited to play at a party on […] Made In Chelsea, we were briefly concerned about the consequences of our actions. What if they didn’t like earth music? What if our earth fans found it confusing? What if we let it slip about the outside world?”
4Flaming Lips -Beverly Hills 90210 episode (1995)
There can be few sights stranger than a pre-greying Wayne Coyne rattling through ‘She Don’t Use Jelly’ in the company of the likes of Tiffany Amber Thiessen and Ian Ziering. “It’s not Michael Bolton” says Ziering, bizarrely. No, it isn’t.
5Lady Gaga – Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt praised Lady Gaga’s performance in the forthcoming Sin City sequel, saying she “nailed it”, despite his misgivings about the casting of a pop star. “She had her character down, and she was like a total pro, and did a great job, I was really impressed,” he said.
6Gavin Rossdale – The Bling Ring (2013)
This wasn’t the British singer’s first appearance in a movie but here’s hoping it’s his last. His band were called Bush though Gavin’s acting far more resembles the trunk part of the tree. Wooden, you get me?
7Anthony Kiedis – Point Break (1991)
The Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman took his one line from Point Break – “that would be a waste of time” – and gesticulated wildly as if to say “Look! It’s me! Give me acting work!” By the way, he was rubbish.
8Michael Jackson – Men in Black II (2002)
The King of Pop popped up on a screen to tete-a-tete with a disgruntled Rip Torn, delivering his three lines and showing huge promise. Obviously being RIP himself these days put paid to developing his acting career further.
9Justin Timberlake – Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Timberlake’s acting credentials are pretty respectable for a guy who was once in ‘N Sync, and while his turn in the latest Coen Brothers movie doesn’t particularly stand out, the folky Mulligan and O’Hare beard he grew for the role certainly does.
10Geri Halliwell – Sex and the City episode (2003)
The Spice Girl’s fleeting cameo in the hit show features her bumping into Samantha briefly in a New York street. The critics roundly slated poor Geri predictably enough, with the Daily Mirror suggesting, “Halliwell looked like a baked bean that had been microwaved.”
11Bruce Springsteen – High Fidelity (2000)
Bruce offers John Cusack relationship advice as he plucks at a telecaster in this adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel of the same name. And if you Boss tells you to do it, you’re going to do it, right?
12David Bowie – Zoolander (2001)
Bowie has actually starred in a lot of movies, some smashing, some best forgotten. His turn as himself in Zoolander is a hoot. Watch and enjoy and become dewy-eyed remembering a time when David Bowie would appear as himself, or appear at all for that matter.
13Justin Bieber – CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2011)
Bieber played a babyface bomber in a recent episode of CSI and proved his acting wasn’t as bad as his recent behaviour. Beliebers beware, Justin gets filled full of lead.
14Justin Hawkins – Telstar (2009)
The Darkness singer took on a cameo playing the late politician Screaming Lord Sutch in a movie about the fascinating life of Joe Meek (but unfortunately written and directed by Nick Moran, quite a disappointment). Justin’s “talents may lie elsewhere” said The Guardian.
15Tom Jones – Mars Attacks (1996)
The Welsh warbler makes a heroic cameo in an otherwise poorly received Tim Burton caper, with aliens trying to blast Tom’s terrapin face off as his tonsils rip through ‘It’s Not Unusual’.
16Tone-Lōc – The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
The ‘Funky Cold Medina’ rapper turns up in this strange comedy, starring Andrew Dice Clay as a Rock ‘n’ Roll Detective. Other cameos include Sheila E, Morris Day, Milli Vanilli’s hair extensions and a Koala Bear.
17Chris Martin – Bruno (2009)
The Coldplay singer mixes it with the big boys when Sacha Baron Cohen’s character assembles an all-star musical cast for a charity single. Bono, Elton, Sting, Snoop and Slash also send themselves up.
18Morrissey – Coronation Street (70s)
Moz recently revealed in his autobiography that he was an extra on his beloved soap, filmed riding a bicycle. Amusingly he wrote: “Even if you don’t blink at all you will miss me.”
19Damon Albarn – Face (1997)
The Blur singer filmed the gangster flick with Ray Winstone and Robert Carlyle, and the latter later sniffly stated that “popstars shouldn’t act, just like actors shouldn’t sing”. So we’re guessing he’s no fan of Robson and Jerome either then.
20George Harrison – Life of Brian (1979)
The ex-Beatle appears for all of ten seconds in a red robe during a crowd scene in the brilliant 1979 Monty Python comedy. He had every right as executive producer, without Harrison’s Handmade Films it might never have been made.
21Alice Cooper – Wayne’s World (1992)
An obvious one for no points whatsoever! Altogether now, “we’re not worthy!”
22Bryan Ferry – Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
In Neil Jordan’s excellent tale of a young transgender foundling leaving a small Irish town for the bright lights of London, Bryan Ferry plays a creepy, curb-crawling spiv done up in a whistle. Good to see he avoided typecasting.
23Robbie Williams – EastEnders (1995)
The Take That singer appeared briefly in the Queen Vic supping a pint. He claimed to be a big fan of the show, and we’ll stay with the past tense here as nobody is a big fan of EastEnders anymore. Are they?
24Gary Glitter – Spice World (1997)
If Spice World wasn’t unsavoury enough for you before, did you know Gary Glitter appeared briefly but was cut out following his arrest? There are plenty of other cameos that made it in that the actors probably wish had been chopped out too now.
25Björk – The Simpsons episode (2013)
Many musicians have appeared on The Simpsons but it was still a surprise when a recent episode relocated to Iceland, as Homer went in search of Carl Carlson. Björk made a cameo, as did fellow Icelanders Sigur Rós.
26Ian Brown – Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004)
Ian Brown pops up for a fleeting moment reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time whilst stirring his tea in a magical way like a wizard. Look ma, no hands!
27Elvis Costello- Delirious (2006)
In this Steve Buscemi movie, Elvis as himself runs the gamut of emotions in just a short space of time, concluding with the singer threatening Buscemi’s character for persistently taking his picture at a party. He’s quite good actually!
28Mark E Smith – 24 Hour Party People (2002)
The Fall singer appears as a punter in 24 Hour Party People while Sam Riley, who went onto to play Ian Curtis in Control appears as a younger version of The Fall singer in the Michael Winterbottom movie, also about Curtis. Confused? You probably should be.
29Chris Low – Neighbours (1995)
The silent one in the Pet Shop Boys made a loquacious cameo on Ramsay Street back in the 90s, a walk on part… or rather a drive-on part. Low turns up in his sports car asking Helen Daniels and Marlene Kratz directions to the nearest recording studio!
30Boy George – The A Team (1986)
Never was there a weirder episode of The A Team than the one Culture Club turned up in, at a time when the band and the show had both pretty much jumped the shark. File under: car crash TV.
31John Lennon – Tommy (1975)
Is it or isn’t it? John Lennon, or someone who looks just like him, is seen sitting in a car for a split second during The Who’s ‘I’m Free’ in Ken Russell’s acid nightmare-cum-rock opera, Tommy. Lennon’s uncredited but don’t let that assuage any mystery…
32Britney Spears – How I Met Your Mother episode (2008)
Britney showed she had comic timing when she made a brief cameo as a receptionist in How I Met Your Mother. Now running into its ninth season, the title suggests a question you wish you’d never asked.