With news that a movie could soon be made about Nigel Farage and Brexit, here are seven politicians-come-actors.
According to the Telegraph, a Hollywood studio has reportedly signed a £60 million deal to make a series of films called the “Bad Boys of Brexit.”
Could the former UKIP leader even make a surprise guest appearance?
Here are seven politicians who also spend time in front of the camera.
1. Ronald Reagan
This Republican giant is perhaps the most famous actor who took some time from his career to enter the political scene. Reagan began his career in the entertainment industry, appearing in both film and television. The future president appeared in such films as “Dark Victory” (1939), “Knute Rockne, All American” (1940) and “Storm Warning” (1951).
He went on to serve as California’s 22rd governor (1967 – 1975) before going on to win two landslide presidential victories in 1980 and 1984.
2. Clint Eastwood
Like Reagan, Eastwood began in entertainment, but also took a break to serve his country, although in a much smaller capacity than Reagan. In 1986, he became Mayor of Carmel-by-the-sea, a position he held for just two years.
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Born in Austria, the star of the Terminator went on to serve as California’s 38th governor between 2003 and 2011. He continues to act to this day.
4. Glenda Jackson
Jackson was an active actress from the 1950s right up until her election to the House of Commons as a Labour MP in 1992 – she even won two Oscars. She served in the Commons right up until the 2015 general election after making the decision to step down, according to the Telegraph.
5. Tracy Brabin
Brabin was first elected for Labour and Co-operative in the Batley and Spen 2016 by-election, following Jo Cox’s tragic murder. She retained her seat at the 2017 general election and currently sits in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet. Before her political career, she appeared in British classics such as Casualty and Coronation Street, according to her IMDB page.
6. Fred Dalton Thompson
According to Politico, this United States actor and politician passed away in 2015. As an actor, he starred in “Law and Order”, and made appearances in films such as “Die Hard 2” and most recently “God’s Not Dead 2”.
This Republican served as a Senator from Tennessee between 1994 and 2003, acting both before and after his time in office.
7. Kal Penn
This Democrat currently plays a big role in “Designated Survivor”, a US show about a Housing and Urban Development Secretary who becomes president as a result of a terrorist attack killing the rest of the cabinet. Before this role, Penn appeared in numerous TV shows and films including “How I Met Your Mother” and “Van Wilder”. Between 2009 and 2011 Penn served as Barack Obama’s Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
He has been particularly active in politics, prompting the question, could he follow in the footsteps of Reagan and Schwarzenegger before him, and seek elected political office?