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70 Celebs Who Prove Leos Belong in the Spotlight

They’re just meant to be famous, okay???

Headshot of Erika W. SmithBy Erika W. Smith
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Is there any zodiac sign more suited for fame than Leo? The fifth sign of the zodiac is known for charisma, love of the spotlight, a warm heart, and gorgeous hair. Leos truly thrive when all eyes are on them—if you have a Leo friend, they’re probs obsessed with their Instagram or TikTok follower count, they’re the star of the group chat, and they love a surprise party.

But while Leos are charismatic AF and, yes, have a bit of an ego, they’re also loyal friends who want to make sure their crew shines too. As fire signs, Leos are extremely passionate, and as fixed signs, they’re natural leaders. They’re ruled by the Sun, and like that big ball of fire, they’re hot, bright, and full of energy…and they tend to think everything revolves around them. To be fair, though, sometimes it does! Leos will take charge of a group project and then suggest you livestream the presentation for all their fans. Yeah, all Leos have fans—even if they’ve never released a hit single or appeared on a 30 Under 30 list, it’s only a matter of time before they find the spotlight they were born for.

There’s no shortage of celeb Leos (born between July 23 and August 23, FYI), and they dominate a wide range of fields. What do Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Jenner, Meghan Markle, Barack Obama, and Madonna have in common? They’re all Leos, of course! Here are a few more of these celeb lions to inspire you or your Leo pal.


Jennifer Lopez: Born July 24, 1969

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Jennifer Lopez is the definition of a Leo. From the way she commands the spotlight to her gorgeous mane of hair, she embodies this sign's traits to a T.


Ben Affleck: Born August 15, 1972

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Yes, J. Lo's other half is also a Leo—proving that Leo/Leo couples are the most powerful power couple you can get.


Meghan Markle: Born August 4, 1981

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The Duchess of Sussex seems at home in the spotlight, sure, but her passion for activism and philanthropy is also a Leo trait. Meghan first became an activist at age 11 when she sent letters objecting to a sexist commercial—and got it changed.

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Kylie Jenner: Born August 10, 1997

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Kylie’s been famous since she was a little kid—how Leo is that? The billionaire seems to be proud of her star sign, selling an aptly named Leo Matte Lip Kit.


Dixie D'Amelio: Born August 12, 2001

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Dixie once said, "I don't know much about [my zodiac sign], but from things people told me, they say I'm very Leo-ish."


Daniel Radcliffe: Born July 23, 1989

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Famous around the world before you graduate from middle school? Sounds like a Leo. Fun fact: With a July 31 birthday, Harry Potter is also a Leo.

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Chris Hemsworth: August 11, 1983

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Of course Thor is a Leo! What other sign would he be????


Andrew Garfield: Born August 20, 1983

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Andrew Garfield is a big astrology fan, and has previously said that as a Leo man, he loves compliments.


Viola Davis: Born August 11, 1965

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After Viola Davis won her first Emmy, her daughter dressed up as her mom for Halloween. There’s no better way to honor a Leo!

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Elisabeth Moss: Born July 24, 1982

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The Handmaid’s Tale star has won two Golden Globes, two Emmys, and two Critics’ Choice Awards, NBD.


Mick Jagger: Born July 26, 1943

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The Rolling Stones front man proudly rocked a Leo T-shirt back in the ’60s. Onstage, of course.


Sandra Bullock: Born July 26, 1964

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Only a Leo could star in both Miss Congeniality *and* Bird Box.

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Maya Rudolph: Born July 27, 1972

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Maya Rudolph totally exemplifies Leo’s warm yet hilarious-AF sense of humor.


Helen Mirren: Born July 26, 1945

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Trust a Leo to win an Oscar for playing the Queen!


Vivica A. Fox: Born July 30, 1964

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Fact: Leos make the best talk-show hosts and actors.

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Terry Crews: Born July 30, 1968

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From Old Spice commercials to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it’s clear Terry is a Leo.


Joey King: Born July 30, 1999

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She made her big-screen debut at age 7, so Joey is used to the spotlight.


Paul Wesley: Born July 23, 1982

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Paul Wesley is a Leo Sun, but he relates more to his Cancer Rising. "I know that Leo's love their hair and I also know that Leo's tend to be the loudest in the room. I'm not really that, and I think it's because I'm a bit of a blend of Leo and Cancer. The Cancers are a little more subdued. I think I've inherited a lot of those traits from my Cancer energy," he told InStyle.

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Jason Momoa: Born August 1, 1979

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So the stereotype that Leos have gorgeous lion’s-mane-like hair isn’t always true…but in this case, it is.


Bill Skarsgård: Born August 9, 1990

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Yes, Pennywise is a Leo.

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Erika W. Smith
Senior Astrology Editor

Erika W Smith (she/her) is the current Senior Astrology Editor at Cosmopolitan. In her 2+ years at Cosmo, she's worked on everything from editing weekly horoscopes, to reporting on how astrology influences album release dates, to launching The Cosmo Tarot. Before joining Cosmopolitan in 2020, she was a writer and/or editor for Refinery29, HelloGiggles, and BUST magazine. Her book Astrosex: How to Have the Best Sex According to Your Star Sign was published in 2021. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @erikawynn. 

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