Top 10 Christians in Hollywood

When the tabloids and paparazzi feed off of celebrity scandals that involve sex tapes, affairs and other immoral behavior, it’s easy to think that all celebrities have abandoned their values. But these 10 celebrities have proven that success, money and fame don’t have to equal a depraved lifestyle. They continue to pray, attend church, and support religious and social causes while working on top TV shows, Broadway productions and films.

  1. Denzel Washington: Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington is one of the most powerful and respected actors and directors in Hollywood. The son of a Pentecostal minister, Washington is still married to his first wife, Pauletta, continues to go to church at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, and was named second on Belifnet’s "Most Powerful Christians in Hollywood" list.
  2. Martin Sheen: Martin Sheen was born Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez in Dayton, OH, to an Irish immigrant mother and Spanish immigrant father. Raised a Roman Catholic, Sheen changed his name in honor of the Catholic archbishiop and theologian Fulton J. Sheen. When he was a teenager, Sheen worked alongside Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker movement and continues to support social justice and political campaigns today. When President Barack Obama was running for office, Sheen appeared in a series of videos in which he discussed his Catholic faith and his support of Obama.
  3. Patricia Heaton: Patricia Heaton is most famous for playing Debra Barone, the wife of Ray Ramone, on Everybody Loves Raymond. But the Ohio native and Emmy-award winner is also a longtime church goer. Heaton was raised Catholic but now attends the Evangelical Presbyterian Church with her husband of 19 years and their children. She is a supporter of pro-life groups and is even an Honorary Chair for the Feminists for Life group. Heaton considers herself a conservative Christian and credits Bible study groups with helping her develop her own sense of spirituality.
  4. Adriana Lima: Adriana Lima is a Victoria’s Secret and Maybelline model who has worked for designers and brands like Versace and Keds, and appeared on the cover of magazines like GQ, Elle and Cosmopolitan. But despite her sexy, glamorous image, the Brazilian-born Lima is a conservative Catholic who revealed to GQ in 2006 that she plans to stay a virgin until she is married.
  5. Angela Bassett: Golden Globe winning actress Angela Bassett has appeared in successful TV shows and films since the 1990s, including Boyz n the Hood, What’s Love Got to Do With It, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and ER. Bassett, who was born in New York City and raised in St. Petersburg, FL, now attends West Angeles Church of God in Christ and told the LA Times that "loving God is like my being black…it’s my culture. It’s not something I put on or take off or show more. You just communicate that in the way you live your life."
  6. Nicole Kidman: Academy Award winning actress Nicole Kidman is also one of the highest paid and most respected actresses in Hollywood today. In the 1990s, she broke out in films like Days of Thunder and continues to make films that are successful among critics and at the box office. Raised in Australia as a Catholic, Kidman married Catholic-turned-Scientologist Tom Cruise and experimented with his religion, as well as Buddhism, during their marriage. In 2006, however, Kidman experienced a "spiritual homecoming" when she married country singer Keith Urban in a Catholic ceremony in her childhood parish.
  7. Evangeline Lilly: Lost actress Evaneline Lilly was born and raised in an Evangelical Christian family. She taught Sunday school for eight years, and while she has been described as a tomboy with a potty mouth, Lilly has also revealed that she was hesitant to pursue acting because she didn’t want people to pay attention to her looks or sexuality. Now, Lilly seems to have accepted her fame but continues to pursue her faith.
  8. Christy Turlington: Supermodel Christy Turlington dominated the 1990s with Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and others as the top models of the decade. She worked on campaigns for Maybelline, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, and more, and also famously supports PETA’s anti-fur cause and other eco-conscious projects. Turlington was raised Catholic and continues to practice Catholicism, though she also has a fundamental interest in yoga and Eastern religions. The author of Living Yoga: Creating a Life Practice, Turlington also received a bachelor of arts from New York University in Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy.
  9. Kristin Chenoweth: Tony winning actress Kristin Chenoweth has starred in numerous Broadway productions and appeared on TV shows like The West Wing and Pushing Daisies. Chenoweth, who was raised in Oklahoma as a Southern Baptist after being adopted, sang for her local church and at church conventions before breaking onto Broadway. Now, Chenoweth attends a non-denominational church when she is in California, and when she is in New York, she attends a United Methodist Church. In 2005, Chenoweth released a Christian music album called As I Am but has cultivated a controversial image within some conservative Christian circles, for believing that God accepts homosexuals.
  10. Miley Cyrus: Miley Cyrus is one of the most famous and successful teenage stars of all time, thanks to her work on the Hannah Montana franchise, which includes albums, a TV show and a feature length film. The sixteen year-old mega celebrity is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and has been raised in a Christian family. Cyrus openly talks about her faith and family and regularly attends church.