7 Best ‘Top Gear’ Guests

Under the reckless control of Clarkson and company, Top Gear rose from a fairly boring car show into a phenomena. Not only could real gearheads stay glued to the screen, even people who had little interest in cars found the show enthralling. One of the best things about the various episodes was the parade of celebrity guests. Some admittedly were better than others, but the following seven were the absolute best.

Amber Heard


While she had a history of doing teen movies and zombie flicks, Amber Heard wasn’t all that popular until she was a guest on Top Gear. Okay, being Johnny Depp’s wife helped as well, but her time in the ring with Clarkson was something to remember.

Heard didn’t flinch as the banter heated up, even when Clarkson told her that he was picturing her naked. Not many could keep a straight face in that situation, but Heard was able to then deliver a fairly good lap time in the Reasonably Priced Car segment. Her roots as a rough-and-tumble Southern girl came through in that moment, showing that she’s more than just a pretty face.

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Cameron Diaz


It’s rare that Top Gear would have a big time Hollywood star on the show, so getting the likes of Diaz was a big deal.

Many assumed that the blonde bombshell would bomb out on her lap time, but she surprised pretty much everyone by doing great, breaking the old record for celebrities who have gone around the show’s test track. In fact, there was talk of a conspiracy that her lap time was fixed. Considering that under Clarkson, Top Gear absolutely thrived on controversy, the drama made Diaz’s appearance all that much better.

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Tom Cruise


Wherever Tom Cruise goes, trouble’s not that far behind. While you might hate the guy for his lunatic behavior, at the same time there’s no denying that Cruise has guts, even if it does come with an arrogant bravado. After all, he did strap himself to a plane that actually took off from a runway for the filming of the new Mission Impossible movie. How many stars would do that?

For his Top Gear segment, Cruise really put on a show, popping a wheelie and blowing away the record celebrity lap time, even edging out Cameron Diaz by a mere second. He got people talking about Top Gear, stirred the pot, and reminded everyone once again what made the BBC show so great.

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