37 Celebrity Godparents You Had No Idea About, From Taylor Swift to Kate Moss

When it comes to choosing godparents, people often pick those closest to them to inspire and provide guidance to their child. So it's no surprise that most celebrity kids end up with very big stars influencing their upbringing. Steven Spielberg is godfather to a pair of huge stars, Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow, and Nicole Richie's got two superstar godfathers of her own. Michelle Williams's daughter, Matilda Ledger, calls Jake Gyllenhaal and Busy Philipps her honorary parents, while Courteney Cox looked to BFF Jennifer Aniston to take the role of godmother to her daughter, Coco Arquette. Meanwhile, Jaime King's son Leo's godmother is none other than Taylor Swift, and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's youngest child, Lilibet, is the goddaughter of Tyler Perry.

While having a famous godparent isn't exactly the same as being a nepo baby, the two are generally connected, and there's obviously a ton of overlap between nepo babies and stars who have famous godparents. Ultimately, though, there's something unique and special about having a godparent.

See more sets of surprising celebrity godparents, including Elton John, Hugh Grant, and Lady Gaga, ahead.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made waves in January 2023 when they revealed that one of their daughter Lilibet's godfathers is none other than . . .

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Tyler Perry. Harry, Markle, and Perry grew close when Harry and Markle moved into Perry's mansion after they lost their royal security protections in 2020. Perry is now godfather to the couple's youngest child.

In 2021, Perry starred in the movie "Don't Look Up," which also features another famous godparent . . .


Meryl Streep! The megastar was close friends with the late Carrie Fisher, who made her the godmother of her daughter, Billie Lourd, per E! News.

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Streep is far from the only legend to have a famous godchild, of course. Miley Cyrus's godmother is none other than Dolly Parton; they share a close bond that includes performances and plenty of sweet photos together.

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Meanwhile, Jeremy Allen White and Addison Timlin may have separated (along with countless other couples) in 2023, but their daughter Ezer has a famous godmother in Dakota Johnson, who is close friends with both White and Timlin.

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After Nicole Richie was adopted by her superstar dad, Lionel, he named his longtime friend and collaborator Michael Jackson as her godfather, per NBC News. Michael is just one close family friend that was bestowed with the title of Nicole's godfather. The other is. . .

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. . . Quincy Jones! The legendary music producer worked with Michael as well as Nicole's dad, Lionel, on many of his hits throughout the '80s, including "We Are the World." Nicole has remained close with Quincy's daughters, Rashida and Kidada, since she was young.

Another celebrity godparent with a Michael Jackson connection is. . .

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Macaulay Culkin! The former child star and "Home Alone" actor had been close friends with Michael since he was a kid, and Culkin is the godfather to. . .

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All three of Jackson's kids: Prince, Paris, and Michael Jr., per E! News. Fun fact: as Paris was born in 1998, Culkin was the same age as she was in 2020 when he became her godfather.

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When Courteney Cox gave birth to her daughter Coco Arquette in 2004, she asked her "Friends" costar (and real-life BFF) Jennifer Aniston to be the baby's godmother.

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British actor Simon Pegg is the godfather to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's 19-year old daughter, Apple. Gwyneth's also got a famous godfather of her own, and his name is . . .

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. . . Steven Spielberg! The iconic film director is close friends with Gwyneth's parents, Blythe Danner and Bruce Paltrow, and was named as her godfather when she was born. Spielberg also has another A-list actor to call his goddaughter: Drew Barrymore. He helped Barrymore land her breakout role in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" at just 7 years old, and in 2023, Barrymore called Spielberg "the only person in my life to this day that ever was a parental figure."

In addition to her famous godfather, Barrymore's also got a legendary godmother in. . .

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. . . Sophia Loren. Cited as one of Barrymore's earliest role models, the Italian actor was a close friend of Barrymore's other godmother, Anna Strasberg (wife of famed acting coach Lee Strasberg). Strasberg would bring young Barrymore to Loren's ranch outside LA, where Barrymore, who came from a famous acting family, would spend summers with Loren's sons.

Barrymore may have two incredibly famous godparents, but she also happens to be a godparent to. . .

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. . . Frances Bean Cobain. Barrymore was incredibly close friends with Frances's mom, Courtney Love, around the time she was born (her dad is the late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain). In a 2007 interview with Jane magazine, Barrymore spoke of her goddaughter, saying, "Courtney and I have not seen each other in a while, so I haven't had the pleasure of being in Frances's life for a few years. That's a great loss for me, and I hope to reconnect with her."

Barrymore later enlisted one of her close celebrity pals to be godmother for her youngest daughter, Frankie. . .

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. . . Cameron Diaz! Barrymore gave Diaz, whom she met at age 16, the title of godmother to her baby girl, Frankie, after her birth in April 2014, per E! News. Barrymore revealed the news in her 2015 book, "Wildflower."

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Tim Burton and ex-wife Helena Bonham Carter named their close friend and collaborator Johnny Depp as the godfather of their oldest son, Billy, per E! News.

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Zoë Kravitz has a famous godmother in Oscar winner Marisa Tomei, who starred on the '80s sitcom "A Different World" with Kravitz's mom, Lisa Bonet, per Vogue. Tomei is actually godmother to all three of Bonet's children, including daughter Lola Iolani Momoa, and son Nakoa-Wolf, who she shares with ex-husband Jason Momoa.

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Jaime King and Jessica Alba have been friends for years, so it's no shock that King chose Alba to be the godmother of her son, James Knight Newman, per E! News. In 2014, Alba was right there alongside King at baby James's blessing along with the little one's celebrity godfather, who is . . .

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Topher Grace! Grace, seen here with King and her husband, Kyle Newman, was named as James's godfather shortly after his birth in October 2013. King announced her second pregnancy in February 2015 and soon gave the godmother title to . . .

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. . . Taylor Swift! King announced the exciting news in an adorable snap on Instagram, featuring the singer touching King's growing baby bump. Swift has since had lots of sweet bonding moments with Leo Thames Newman, who was born in July 2015.

Keep reading for more popular musicians who happen to be godparents.

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When Elton John and his husband, David Furnish, welcomed their son Zachary in 2011, they asked Lady Gaga to act as his godmother. The couple confirmed the news in an interview with Barbara Walters that year, saying, "When you get to the real person under there, there's a real simple person under there who loves her parents." Gaga has clearly done a good job with the role, as John and Furnish also gave her the title for their second son, Elijah, who was born in April 2013.

John may be the ultimate godparent himself, as he's been bestowed with the title by 10 close friends including John Lennon, Elizabeth Hurley, and. . .

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. . . Victoria Beckham. The fashion designer and former Spice Girl, along with husband David, appointed John as the godfather of their two older sons, Brooklyn and Romeo. The two Beckham boys also have a famous godmother in model Elizabeth Hurley.

If you're wondering who David and Victoria's daughter, Harper, and their youngest son, Cruz, have as a godmother, keep reading.

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Victoria chose her famous friend Eva Longoria as godmother to her daughter, Harper, and son Cruz. In 2019, Longoria celebrated Harper's baptism by sharing an Instagram post and writing, "What an honor to serve as Godmother to the sweetest little girl in the world! Love you #HarperSeven." Marc Anthony also was named as Harper and Cruz's godfather, per People.

Victoria's husband, David Beckham, also happens to be a godparent to the son of his close friends . . .

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. . . David Gardner and Liv Tyler! Beckham and Gardner have been close friends for years, and Tyler and Gardner welcomed their son, Sailor, in February 2015 and wasted no time in naming the former soccer star as his godfather.

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After giving birth to her son Damian in 2002, Elizabeth Hurley gave the godfather role to none other than ex-boyfriend Hugh Grant, despite the fact that they split amicably in 2000, per Vanity Fair. Hurley was clearly feeling generous with the title, as Grant is just one of numerous godfathers to Damian, whose father is businessman Steve Bing. Other stars with the job include Elton John, Denis Leary, and the late Heath Ledger.

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Jamie Lee Curtis is the godmother of Jake Gyllenhaal — the actor is close friends with Jake's parents, director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner. In addition, Jake himself is also a godparent to the child of two celebrities. . .

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. . . Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger's daughter, Matilda. Jake costarred with both Williams and Ledger in 2005's "Brokeback Mountain," and made the most of his responsibilities to help care for little Matilda after her dad's untimely death in 2008.

Another close friend of Williams was chosen as Matilda's godmother, and it's. . .

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. . . Busy Philipps. Williams and Philipps costarred together on "Dawson's Creek" and have remained close ever since. Williams gave her BFF the honor of being godmother to little Matilda, per Vogue, and Philipps, who has two daughters of her own, bestowed another actor with the title for her eldest girl, Birdie Silverstein. Can you guess who it is?

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Lizzy Caplan, who starred alongside Philipps in the bygone series "Freaks and Geeks," is the celebrity godmother of Busy's daughter, Birdie.

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Jennifer Lopez chose her longtime friend Leah Remini as the godmother of her twins, Max and Emme, whose father is Marc Anthony.

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Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, are godparents to Madonna's older son, Rocco Ritchie.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie asked U2 frontman Bono to be the godfather of their twins, Vivienne and Knox.

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Kate Moss and Sadie Frost have been close for years, and when Frost and ex-husband Jude Law welcomed their daughter Iris in 2000, they chose the supermodel to be the baby girl's godmother, per The Guardian. Per Glamour, Moss returned the favor a year later when she named Law and Frost as godparents of her teenage daughter Lila Grace, whose father is editor Jefferson Hack.

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Victor Garber and Jennifer Garner have remained close since starring as father and daughter in "Alias" (he even officiated her 2005 wedding to ex-husband Ben Affleck!) When Garner gave birth to her older daughter Violet later that year, she turned to her longtime friend Garber to be the baby's godfather, per E! News.

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Former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Alyson Hannigan and her husband, Alexis Denisof, are godparents to the show creator Joss Whedon's son Arden, per Us Weekly.


Bryce Dallas Howard is married to actor Seth Gabel, who is childhood friends with Josh Gad. When Bryce and Gabel welcomed their son Theo in 2007, they named Gad as his godfather, per Us Weekly. Bryce, the daughter of famous director Ron Howard, also has a famous godfather. . .

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. . . Henry Winkler! That's right, The Fonz is Bryce's godfather. Winkler and Ron Howard starred on "Happy Days" together back in the '70s and '80s, and have remained close ever since. Per People, Winkler was named as Bryce's godfather when she was born in 1981.