9 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Politicians

Who knew these celebs had their fingers in so many pies?

9 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Politicians

by Emma Lowther |
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Celebrity and politics have been crossing paths for years. From Oprah Winfrey to Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, this year has already offered up a an array of stars who want to set up shop in The White House.

Whether you're all for it, or you're against it, I bet you weren't aware that these famous faces have already made it (or are trying to make it) in the cut throat world of politics.


Debrief Celebrities turned politicians

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Best loved for his Terminator films and even his bodybuilding days, Arnie dropped it all to become the Governor of California from 2003-2011.

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Clint Eastwood

Who knew the bad boy of Hllywood was Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea in California from 1986-1988. He was even appointed to the California State Park and Recreation Commission in 2001.

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Al Murray

Al Murray and his alter-ego The pub landlord are both well known in the world of comedy.But did you know he was from the lovely village of Stewkley?

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Kal Penn

Best known for his starring role in the *Harold and Kumar *films, he also guest starred in comedies like _How I Met Your Mother. and New Girl._He was an advocate for the Obama campaign and in 2009 accepted a position as Associate Director of White House Public Engagement, for the Obama administration.

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Jerry Springer

Jerry, Jerry!Before his roaring success on America's most controversial TV show, he served as Mayor of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1978 as a Democrat.

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Cynthia Nixon

We all know her as the high flying Miranda Hobbes from *Sex and the City *but in March 2018 she announced she would run for Governor of New York City

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Lord Michael Cashman CBE

Lord Michael Cashman played Colin Russell in Eastenders in the late 80's. He was responsible for the first gay kiss on British TV during this time. Since then, he founded the LGBT rights charity Stonewall, became a member of the European Parliament as a Labour spokesperson for human rights. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2014.

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Tracy Brabin

Soap star Tracy has appeared in all your faves, including Coronation Street, *Eastenders *and Casualty. In October 2016, she was elected as MP for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire, following a by-election after the murder of Jo Cox. She's a member of the Labour Party.

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Sonny Bono

One half of Sonny and Cher was the Mayor of Palm Springs between 1988-1992. He was also congressman for California until his death in 1998.

This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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