Movie Stars Who Have Made the Move to TV

Being a movie star is just as glamorous as being a television star! Each year, the Emmy Awards are filled with more and more movie stars, with A-listers making the turn from film to TV. Here are some of the noteworthy stars who’ve transitioned to the small screen:

Meryl Streep

The three-time Oscar winner (and 21-time nominee!) officially signed on to appear in HBO’s Big Little Lies as Mary Louise Wright, the mother of abusive Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgard).

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Helen Mirren

Mirren is set to be the star of HBO’s upcoming four-part miniseries Catherine the Great. “I am very excited by the possibility of embodying a woman from history who grabbed and then wielded great power,” she told Variety about the role.


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Reese Witherspoon

After starring in films for 26 years, the actress not only took on a leading role in HBO’s Big Little Lies, but is also a producer on the series.

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Anthony Hopkins

Most known for his role as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, the legendary actor moved over to television in 2016, landing a main role in Westworld.


Winona Ryder

In 2016, Ryder took on her first ever major TV role when she signed on to Netflix’s Stranger Things. She was nominated for both a SAG Award and a Golden Globe for her role as Joyce Byers.

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John Travolta

While Travolta starred in the ‘70s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter, the majority of his career focused on film. Then in 2016, he returned to TV to play Robert Shapiro on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.


Zach Galifanakis

Most recognize Galifianakis from The Hangover movies, but he also plays a rodeo clown in FX’s Baskets.


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Drew Barrymore

At only 7 years old, Barrymore became a child star in E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982. Since then, she’s starred in dozens of films. In 2017, she took on a role as a zombie in the Netflix comedy Santa Clarita Diet.

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Orlando Bloom

The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean alum currently stars in the Netflix anthology series Easy. He’s also working on Carnival Row, an upcoming TV series.

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Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin

Both Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin made their names in Hollywood starring in films, but they’re already on season 4 of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie!

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Geena Davis

When Fox brought the epic film The Exorcist to TV, the Thelma & Louise star made a move over to TV to play Angela Rance. 


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