Frank Sinatra's performance in From Here To Eternity has been voted the best ever acting performance by a musician.

Ol' Blue Eyes was renowned for his voice but performances in On The Town, The Manchurian Candidate and Ocean's Eleven marked him as a fine actor.

However it is the music legend's turn in 1953's From Here To Eternity that has been labelled the greatest ever acting role by a musician in a poll carried out for

A panel of HMV's experts labelled the performance "the most important singer/actor role ever".

The role "revitalised Sinatra's career and put him back at the top of the showbiz world," they added.

Elvis Presley's "young, mean and dangerous" Jailhouse Rock role was praised while Eminem's work in 8 Mile was labelled "incredibly naturalistic".

Other acting performances by musicians included Ice Cube's role as Doughboy in Boyz N The Hood, Bjork's acclaimed work in Lars Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark and Justin Timberlake's promising contribution to Alpha Dog.

The top ten acting performance by musicians are:

1 From Here To Eternity – Frank Sinatra
2 Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
3 8 Mile – Eminem
4 Boyz N The Hood – Ice Cube
5 Desperately Seeking Susan – Madonna
6 Dancer In the Dark – Bjork
7 Performance – Mick Jagger
8 The Man Who Fell To Earth – David Bowie
9 Purple Rain – Prince
10 Alpha Dog – Justin Timberlake

01/08/2008 00:02:01