10 sports stars who became actors

10 sports stars who became actors

Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff may not be the first name that springs to mind when you think of musical theatre – but that could be about to change. The former cricketer is to make his stage debut this autumn in a musical version of the Fat Friends TV show. Flintoff’s casting sees him follow in the footsteps of David Beckham, who was recently seen making a cameo appearance in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur film. Here are…

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8 stars you never knew had a twin

8 stars you never knew had a twin

The first two Despicable Me films were hugely successful at the box office – but the forthcoming third instalment finally reveals a long held secret. Gru – the loveable Steve Carrell-voiced character at the centre of the franchise – has a twin brother we never knew about. Dru has a lot more hair than his sibling and is considerably more cheerful – a personality trait which sometimes rubs his brother up the wrong way. But…

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London fire: Stars gather to record charity single

London fire: Stars gather to record charity single

Stars including Emeli Sande, Pixie Lott, and Stormzy have gathered to record a Grenfell Tower charity single. The cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s hit Bridge Over Troubled Water was organised by Simon Cowell. Other stars including Rita Ora and Leona Lewis recorded parts for the song on Saturday. Sande said: “It’s really inspiring to see people come together. It gives you hope in humanity.” ‘It’s an honour’ Cowell, who lives in the same London borough…

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9 stars who turned down great film roles

9 stars who turned down great film roles

John Lithgow as The Joker? It’s not as crackpot as it appears, as the star of The Crown was once in the frame to play the comic book supervillain. Correction: The lanky 71-year-old was actually tapped to play Batman’s cackling nemesis TWICE – first in a Joe Dante movie that never got made, and again in Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster. “My worst audition was for Tim Burton for Batman,” Lithgow revealed ahead of this year’s…

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10 stars you didn't know released an album

10 stars you didn't know released an album

Poldark returns to BBC One this weekend, with Eleanor Tomlinson reprising her role as the fiery Demelza. Yet the bodice-ripping Cornish drama isn’t the only thing on the actress’s plate. She is also set to release her debut album: A collection of “folk-ish” covers, according to her collaborator Anne Dudley. Who else has dabbled with a musical career? Kiefer Sutherland is another actor who dabbles with music. The 24 star will be at Glastonbury this…

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Ronnie Corbett: Stars honour 'remarkable' comedian at memorial service

Ronnie Corbett: Stars honour 'remarkable' comedian at memorial service

Stars including Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry and Rob Brydon have joined 2,000 people at a memorial service for comedian Ronnie Corbett. Corbett’s chair and four candles – famous from his sketch show The Two Ronnies – were placed at the front of Westminster Abbey. The entertainer died aged 85 last year. In an emotional tribute, Brydon said it was “truly one of the great pleasures” of his life to become friends with “this remarkable man”….

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Seven stars who refused to be body shamed

Seven stars who refused to be body shamed

Stories about “body shaming” are nothing new – but more and more celebrities are starting to fight back against the trend. Earlier this week, actress Chloe Moretz said she was “appalled and angry” over the marketing for her new animated Snow White film. A poster for Red Shoes & The 7 Dwarfs showed a tall woman next to a shorter, heavier version of herself. The caption read: “What if Snow White was no longer beautiful…

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Stars to join Ariana Grande for Manchester gig

Stars to join Ariana Grande for Manchester gig

Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry are among the stars who will join Ariana Grande at a benefit concert following the Manchester attack. The One Love Manchester show will raise money for those affected by the blast which left 22 dead. Take That, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell will also play at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground gig on Sunday. Grande is offering free tickets to fans who were at her Manchester Arena show on 22…

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