The Social Network star Justin Timberlake isn’t the only singer to make it big in movies. Nick Jonas and Harry Styles are also multi-talented stars.

Male singers who are also actors: Justin Timberlake starred in Quentin Tarantino's favourite movie 'The Social Network'. Source: Commons.Wikimedia
Male singers who are also actors: Justin Timberlake starred in Quentin Tarantino’s favourite movie ‘The Social Network’. Source: Commons.Wikimedia

According to Quentin Tarantino, The Social Network is hands down the best film of the decade. The movie rocketed ‘Rock Your Body’ singer Justin Timberlake to fame in acting. And it became pivotal in proving a point: Singers can also be great actors.

Justin Timberlake isn’t the only singer who has entertained with his acting chops. There are several other musicians, including Nick Jonas and Harry Styles who have also shined on the big screen. Lets explore these top picks for the male singers who are also brilliant actors.

Justin Timberlake

Singers who are also brilliant actors: Justin Timberlake has won accolades for The Social Network
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Singers who are also brilliant actors: Justin Timberlake has won accolades for The Social Network
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Rocking cornrows in a boy-band? Check. Starring in an Aaron Sorkin movie? Check. Winning awards for both? Check. Through his career spanning over 25 years, Justin Timberlake has achieved several milestones. The NSYNC heartthrob is also a prolific movie star. Justin Timberlake made his acting debut before Nick Jonas or Harry Styles. He proved himself as an actor in The Social Network, but it’s far from his only acting credit. Justin’s performance in Inside Llewyn Davis was also nothing short of impressive.

More recently, Timberlake has turned to voice acting. In 2016, he voiced the pessimistic Branch alongside Anna Kendrick in Mike Mitchell’s Trolls. Timberlake also repeated the act for the film’s sequel Trolls World Tour.

As of 2020, Justin Timberlake is the lead face for Fisher Stevens’ Palmer. The film is scheduled to hit cinemas later this year. But its release may see a delay due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from Timberlake, there are many pop-stars who have acted. Lets dive into the careers of Nick Jonas and Harry Styles.

Nick Jonas

Male Singers who are also brilliant actors: Nick Jonas has carved an acting niche with his roles in the Jumanji films.
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Male singers who are also brilliant actors: Nick Jonas has carved an acting niche with his roles in the Jumanji films.
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Like Justin Timberlake and Harry Styles, Nick Jonas is also a popular singer who also has a reputation in the cinema. Nick Jonas has now returned to music after being pressed by fans, but viewers hold his stage work fondly in their memories. During the peak of Jonas’ career, Nick was already balancing the act between music and TV. His show Jonas was a hit on Disney channel. The show’s reality counterpart, Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, was also popular among viewers.

Nick’s transition from a pop-star to a serious actor happened mainly on TV. His TV outings Scream Queens and Kingdom earned him praise. Nick Jonas is one of the few actors who launched his movie career after doing television. None of the other singers in this list, including Justin Timberlake and Harry Styles have done TV (apart from Justin’s four-episode stint as a mousketeer in The All New Mickey Mouse Club in 1993).

Nick Jonas also appeared in two Jumanji movies. And much like Justin Timberlake, Nick Jonas has also voiced characters in films. Recently, Jonas lent his voice for a role in UglyDolls. Nick’s latest venture, Chaos Walking, is currently in the post-production phase.

Harry Styles

Male Singers who are also brilliant actors: Harry Styles starred in the critical darling 'Dunkirk'
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Male Singers who are also brilliant actors: Harry Styles starred in the critical darling ‘Dunkirk’
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Aside from Nick Jonas and Justin Timberlake, the most recent singer to appear in a movie is Harry Styles. What is Harry Styles not doing in Hollywood? He is singing; he is dancing; he is making music videos, and he’s doing movies. Currently, the former 1D bandmate is breaking the internet with his flashy single ‘Watermelon Sugar.’

Harry Styles’ music never fails to become wildly popular. The same also goes for his one-and-only movie role. In 2017 Styles starred in Christopher Nolan’s war-piece Dunkirk. The critical darling racked-up accolades for its screenplay, direction, musical score and cinematography. Styles starred in Nolan’s career-best work in his acting debut. Thus making Styles a movie sensation overnight.

Harry Styles is one of the youngest singers to have acted in a blockbuster. Although he hasn’t done more films since Dunkirk, the movie was sufficient to establish him as a fine actor. Unlike Nick Jonas, Harry Styles has not done any major TV roles. He did a appear in an episode of iCarly, but no regular roles. Harry Styles has; however, helmed an autobiographical sitcom at CBS. Happy Together aired in 2018 and was cancelled after one season.

Nick Jonas, Harry Styles and Justin Timberlake are only a few names in the long list of singers who have acted. There are also many female singers who have appeared in movies. These include Cher, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga.