‘Game of Thrones’ and other TV shows featuring famous musicians

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Last month, news broke that Coldplay drummer Will Champion would be joining the cast of HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones." Champion will appear during Season 3 in a role that remains shrouded in mystery. One thing is for certain: Champion will play a character who is also a drummer. Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody also scored a cameo appearance on "Thrones."

Of course, "Game of Thrones" is far from the first TV show that's actively sought out musicians to round out the cast. From animated shows to sitcoms, these fan-favorite shows all featured musicians-turned-actors.

"The Simpsons"

Over the course of its long history, "The Simpsons" has featured the vocal talents of many famous musicians. Most of the time, the musicians play themselves, as was the case with Elvis Costello, Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, and Brian Setzer. However, there are instances where musicians come on the show and play actual characters.

Michael Jackson played Leon Kompowsky in the episode "Stark Raving Dad," where he was credited as John Jay Smith. Funny enough, musician Kipp Lennon actually provided the singing voice for Leon. The character of Leon, of course, was a crazy guy who thought he was Michael Jackson.

Pop singer (and later actress) Mandy Moore played a character named Tabitha Vixx in the episode "Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play." Vixx was a pop star who was also married to a baseball player on the show.

"Raising Hope"

Pop megastar Katy Perry made headlines when she appeared as a guest star on an episode of "Raising Hope" earlier this year. Perry played Rikki, the guard assigned to Sabrina in jail. Normally quite beautiful, Perry was put into a bad curly wig and false mustache for the role.

"American Dad"

In the Season 7 premiere, Cee Lo Green appeared briefly as himself but later played the role of a talking hot tub. An EVIL talking hot tub, of course. The evil tub came alive after being struck by lightning and killing its original owner. It later escaped from a mental hospital. The episode went on to score an Emmy nomination.

"Sex and the City"

Way back in 2003, the episode "Boy, Interrupted" featured an appearance by former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (aka Ginger Spice). Halliwell played a character named Phoebe. Her role was very small and mostly consisted of running into Samantha Jones on the New York City streets and talking about how great it was to beat the heat at an exclusive pool. (Fun fact: David Duchovny played Carrie's love interest in the same episode.)

In 1999, Alanis Morissette had a small role as a lesbian named Dawn who kisses Carrie Bradshaw. Morissette has also had small acting parts on "Nip/Tuck" and "Weeds."

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