A lot of YouTubers have broken out into the mainstream with headlines, books, and even some TV and radio shows. But a tough market for anyone to get into is the movie business; and even some of the most famous people on the internet won’t ever be able to land a leading Hollywood role.
But that doesn’t mean that plenty of our favourite creators haven’t had a shot at the movies – in fact, there are more YouTuber cameos out there than you realise. Here’s just a few of our faves:
Gracie Francesca in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
One of a few familiar faces in the Harry Potter franchise, Gracie (to the right of Hermione) did some extras work as a Hogwarts student a few times. Here we see her anticipating an offer to dance from one of the boy students!
John Green in The Fault In Our Stars
Alright, maybe he did write the book, but they just couldn’t keep John off the TFiOS set. His cameo as the father of a curious little girl talking to Hazel was cut from the final version of the movie, but it only seemed appropriate that he wound up in Indianapolis airport…
Flula Borg and Pentatonix in Pitch Perfect 2
More of a “really important role” than a cameo, Flula’s performance as the leader of Das Sound Machine and his chemistry with nearly every character meant he deserved every second of screentime. Plus, a capella rockstars Pentatonix as the Canadian competitors was something truly special!
Anna Akana in Ant-Man
Remember that “super-fine writer chick” that Luis was talking about in Ant-Man? You’d be forgiven if you missed that it was Anna since everything was moving so quickly. Plus, who expected to ever see a YouTuber in the Marvel Cinematic Universe??
Bertie Gilbert in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Bertie’s big break came from the back of his shiny blonde head making an appearance in the epilogue of the whole Harry Potter series. Sadly his face never appeared onscreen, but just a touch of the Potter magic has been enough to bless him with an epic career.
Dan & Phil in Big Hero 6
In the UK edit of Disney’s futuristic superhero epic, Dan & Phil make a special appearance as the voices of Male Technician 1 and Male Technician 2! It’s probably the first time two relatively unnamed characters have had such a huge fandom…
Bo Burnham in Hall Pass
And the award for Most Under-utilised Comedy Genius In A Movie Ever goes to… Hall Pass! Bo Burnham’s 10-second appearance as a bored bartender was significantly more interesting than the entire plot of this movie – and he didn’t even make a joke.
Zoella in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
It’s official: a YouTuber’s true right of passage is to be in Harry Potter. Okay, so we see only a fraction of her head behind Ron Weasley as she pulls her chair in, but Zoe’s got some great stories to share about her time on set – including an interesting one about going out with Seamus Finnegan!
Joe Sugg, Caspar Lee and Epic Rap Battles Of History in The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water
Did you think that verbal smackdown from the time-travelling dolphin king sounded a little familiar? You’d be right in guessing it was an ERB production! Both Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD loaned their voices to The Spongebob Movie – and in the UK edit, Joe and Caspar appear as two of the seagulls!
Harley Morenstein in Tusk
If you didn’t catch Kevin Smith’s horror-comedy Tusk, then you’ll have missed out on Epic Meal Time‘s Harley as a hairy and hilarious Canadian border patrol officer. He schools Justin Long’s character on the “Cana-do’s and Cana-don’t’s”, and believes America invented sadness. Fair.
Troye Sivan in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Troye didn’t just have a bit-part in the questionably popular X-Men prequel – he was frickin’ Wolverine! As a young Logan (or “James”), Troye gets to have a proper feral meltdown, and wield some pretty savage-looking bone claws – oh, and he basically kills a guy like three times his size. NICE.