The most surprising celebrity godparents revealed—and you’d never have guessed!

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Celebrity godparents may be commonplace in Hollywood, but given the deeply personal nature of selecting godparents for your child, it’s perhaps no surprise that a lot of them aren’t widely known by the public. Though it certainly seems to make sense that if you move in celebrity circles, your closest and dearest friends are often equally famous. 

When it comes to secret connections in Hollywood, it’s amazing how many celebrities are linked in one way or another. It's even been suggested that the Queen has some pretty shocking Hollywood connections

For godparents, people often choose those who they think will help positively influence their children’s lives. Now a new study by OnlineGambling.com has revealed some of the most surprising celebrity godparents that even the most dedicated celebrity fans might not have guessed.

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Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus

Country singing legends Dolly Parton and Billy Ray Cyrus are so close that the “Achy Breaky Heart” singer chose to make Dolly the godmother of his daughter, fellow singer Miley Cyrus. Dolly and Miley have collaborated together on several occasions throughout the years. 

Many Hannah Montana fans will be familiar with Dolly, who played the titular character Hannah’s on-screen godmother on the show several times between 2006 and 2010. Whilst Dolly’s recent third Christmas album, ‘A Holly Dolly Christmas’, had Miley as a guest on the track, 'Christmas Is'. 

Joan Collins and Cara Delevigne 

Dame Joan Collins has been friends with model Cara Delevigne's parents Pandora and Charles for decades and this loyal friendship meant that she was chosen as her godmother when she was born. And it seems that Dame Joan is a firm favorite as celebrity godparents go, as she reportedly has 13 godchildren overall! 

Jamie Lee Curtis and Jake Gyllenhaal

Perhaps best known for her role in the original Halloween movie, Jamie Lee Curtis is one brilliant godmother to have and it seems fellow actor Jake Gyllenhaal is the lucky godchild in question. It’s even been claimed that the actor credits her “unofficial godson” with convincing her to reprise her role in the new Halloween movie. Who’d have thought it?

Steven Spielberg and Gwyneth Paltrow 

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Even major celebrity fans may not have realized that Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore share a godfather! Both of these famous women have the world-renowned film director, producer and screenwriter Steven Spielberg as their godfather. With a godfather so accomplished in his fields, it’s perhaps no surprise that Gwyneth and Drew have both gone on to be acclaimed in theirs. 

Marilyn Manson and Lily-Rose Depp

Musician Marilyn has reportedly been close friends with actor Johnny Depp for many years and he was entrusted with being godfather to Lily-Rose Depp. Lily-Rose is an actor herself and is known for starring in 2019 historical drama, The King. 

Elton John and Brooklyn Beckham 

The British singing sensation is the godparent to fashion designer and former Spice Girls star Victoria and footballer David Beckham's oldest son, Brooklyn. Following on from this decision, it seems the couple felt that they’d made the perfect choice as they went on to make Elton John godfather to their second son, Romeo, too. 

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Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!