Beyonce made her film debut in 2001 with Carmen: a Hip Hopera, a musical film made for MTV , produced by Robert Townsend. She co-starred along side Mekhi Pheifer, Mos Def, Wyclef Jean, Rah Digga and others. The film is a loose adaptation of the Broadway musical, Carmen Jones.
Beyonce followed up in 2002, starring as Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers in Goldmember, the third installment in the comedy spy series, Austin Powers. Foxxy Cleopatra is an old flame of Powers who is an under cover FBI agent posing as a disco singer.
The Fighting Temptations, a romantic-comedy-drama musical was released in 2003. Beyonce played the role of Lily, a lounge singer and love interest of Cuba Gooding Jr’s character. The pair were tasked with reviving the small town gospel choir ahead of a competition.
Bey took a 3 year film break after The Fighting Temptations, her next movie role would come in 2006 with the comedy The Pink Panther. She played the role of Xania, a pop star and suspect in the murder of her boyfriend.
Bey was all over the big screen in 2006, her second film of that year was Dreamgirls adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name. She played the role of Deena Jones, lead singer of the musical group The Dreamettes/The Dreams. She starred along side Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Fox, Eddie Murphy and Anika Noni Rose
Cadillac Records, the biopic film released in 2008 explores the musical era from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, chronicling the life of the influential Chicago-based record-company executive Leonard Chess, and the musicians who recorded for Chess Records. Beyonce played the role of Etta James
Obsessed was Beyonce’s first non-music related film. Released in 2009, the thriller starred Beyonce, Idris Elba and Ali Larter as the crazy obsessed woman who had a thing for Beyonce’s husband.