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We're used to seeing these Hollywood A-listers starring on the silver screen but you'll never guess just how many began their careers in Z-list soap operas before hitting the big time. You'll never guess which Hollywood stars used soap operas to kickstart their career.
Easily one of his sexiest roles to date - Doctor Doug Ross. When he left the soap we were heartbroken... until he starred in so many films an we just can't get enough. Picture: REX
Did you know that this half of Brangelina started out as a soap star? Here he is playing a reoccurring character, Randy in 'Dallas'. He was aptly named - Randy was a sex driven teenager! Picture: YouTube
You may know Orlando Bloom for his starring roles in 'Pirates Of the Caribbean' and 'Lord Of The Rings' but before he made it big in Hollywood, the Irish actor had small-time part in British hospital soap, 'Casualty'. During the mid nighties he played a builder called Noel who was injured on a construction site. Picture: Youtube
All three of the Hemsworth brothers have appeared in the soap but it was Chris' character Kim Hyde that lasted three years! Picture: Home and Away
Long before Ricky was 'Livin' La Vida Loca' as a Grammy Award-winning artist, he was busy acting in popular US drama 'General Hospital' from 1994-1996 in the role of Miguel Morez, a sexy latin singer. How ironic? Picture: Photoshot
Demi hasn't always been the Hollywood stunner that she is today. Prior to her roles in film such as 'Striptease' 'G.I Jane' and 'Ghosts', she starred as Jackie Templeton in 1982, a sassy journalist who would go to great lengths to get an exclusive story. Picture: Photoshot
It may seem strange but Kevin was no stranger to TV dramas when he starred as Timothy Werner in 'Guiding Light' as he had already appeared in fellow US drama 'Search For Tomorrow'. Nevertheless Kevin's role as a troubled teen helped to kickstart his career and his long CV has even warranted a game in his honour 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon', by which any Hollywood star is linked to the actor in some way. Picture: Photoshot
All of the cheating, lying and scheming Eva Longoria did from 2001 to 2003 playing Isabella Brana on 'The Young and the Restless' certainly must have given her god practise for the role of Gabrielle Solis on 'Desperate Housewives'. Isabelle Brana Picture: Photoshot
Back in the day, when Tommy Lee actually had hair, he played TV's hunky Dr Mark Toland in 'One Life To Live' from 1971-1975. Jones portrayed a moody man married to a frigid wife. The situation served up lots of drama, until finally, he was murdered by a woman while he was running from the law. Picture: Photoshot
Meg Ryan's role in the popular US drama from 1982 to 1984 undoubtedly prepared her for what would be a string of roles in hit rom-com films. The blonde-beauty portrayed Betsey Stewart, who was found herself tangled up in a love triangle when her stepfather disapproved of her relationship with Steve Andropolous and she was forced to marry the unscrupulous Craig Montgomery instead. However true love did prevail when Betsy left Craig and married Steve in May 1984 but it all ended in tears!
Long before Julianne became an Hollywood veteran, after bursting onto the scene as Amber Waves in the film 'Boogie Nights', she played the dual roles of half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes on 'As the World Turns.' In fact, her 1985-1988 soap opera stint won her a Daytime Emmy. Impressive! Picture: Photoshot