One of the bestselling musicians of all time, Elton John is currently performing on his last ever tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road. But that doesn't mean that he's stopping making music. In October 2021, John released The Lockdown Sessions, a collaborative album that was his eighth to go to number one, and in September 2022 he collaborated with Britney Spears on duet Hold Me Closer.
Queen of country music Dolly Parton has been performing since she was a child, starting out by singing on local radio stations. She released her debut album Hello, I'm Dolly in 1967 and has gone on to write more than 3,000 songs across almost 50 albums. Her latest album Run, Rose, Run will be released in 2022 – and that's not the only project in the works. In collaboration with bestselling thriller writer James Patterson, Parton has also written a novel called Run, Rose, Run, which will be released at the same time as her album. She's also been working with Kelly Clarkson on a reworked version of the iconic hit 9-5, due to drop in September 2022.
Scottish actor Brian Cox made his theatre debut in 1961 and since then has gone on to star in major Hollywood films such as Braveheart, Chain Reaction, and The Bourne Identity. Cox is currently starring in HBO's satirical drama Succession and most recently appeared in the 2021 horror film Separation. As if that weren't enough, he's also got a flurry of upcoming projects ranging from voice acting to executive producing.
Dame Helen Mirren is Hollywood royalty. Mirren began her acting career in the late 1960s, and she continues to star in movies to this day, most recently in the action blockbuster Fast and Furious 9. Fans of Helen's work will also be able to see her in two new films before the end of 2022, White Bird: A Wonder Story and Shazam: Fury Of The Gods.
British musician Rod Stewart had already joined a number of bands before releasing his breakthrough album Every Picture Tells a Story in 1971. Since then, he's sold more than 250 million records around the world – and he hasn't stopped adding to his archive. Stewart has just released his 31st album The Tears of Hercules, and hasn't stopped touring - he has live dates lined up into 2023 including a Las Vegas residency.
The surviving members of the English rock band The Who, Roger Daltrey (pictured left) and Pete Townshend (pictured right), still continue to record and tour, despite both being in their late 70s. As the saying goes, rock 'n' roll never dies.
Diana Ross was crowned the 'Female Entertainer of the Century' by Billboard in 1976, but it's not just the 20th century that's brought her success. Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of The Supremes and released her first solo album in 1970. The recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the singer released her 25th studio album Thank You in 2021.
Diana even wowed the crowds at Glastonbury in 2022 where she pl;ayed the legendary Sunday afternoon slot.
Len Goodman began his career as a professional dancer, winning the British Championships despite only starting to learn at 19. He's since swapped his dancing shoes for a judge's chair. Goodman was the head judge on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing from 2004-2016, and has served as the head judge on ABC's Dancing with the Stars since 2005.
Creed Bratton has worn many hats over the years. As an actor, singer, and one quarter of the band The Grass Roots, Bratton has been working since the 1960s and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in The Office, in which he played a fictionalised version of himself. In 2020, he released a new album, appeared in an episode of sci-fi drama Upload, and lent his voice to the new Call of Duty video game.
Harrison Ford is one of Hollywood's greatest stars of all time thanks to his iconic roles in film series such as Indiana Jones and Stars Wars. The 79-year-old action man shows no signs of slowing down, and has recently been spotted around the UK filming scenes for the upcoming Indiana Jones flick. Ford is reported to have said that the role would "die with him" so there won't be any new actors trying to jump into Indy's boots any time soon.
The I Say a Little Prayer singer is still belting out hits in her 9th decade. Warwick shocked fans in 2020 when it was revealed she was The Mouse on the TV show The Masked Singer. Fans can look forward to the new documentary Don’t Make Me Over, in 2023.
The legendary singer-songwriter has enjoyed a music industry career spanning almost six decades and is now back out on the road. Impressively, the star also has a side-hustle in the form of his Heaven's Door whiskey brand.
Godfather star Al Pacino may be 82, but that didn't stop him from starring in two Oscar-nominated films in 2019 – The Irish Man and Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood. The acting legend has also appeared in House of Gucci with Lady Gaga in 2022. Despite hoax reports circuating about his demise in August 2022, Pacino is happily very much alive and well.
Famous for hits including It's Not Unusual, Sir Tom Jones also serves as a judge on the UK version of the talent show The Voice. Hopeful contestants are eager to snap him up as a mentor thanks to his almost six decades of experience in the music industry. He is on the road throughout 2022.
Ringo Starr looks decades younger than his 82 years. The former Beatle, who is thought to be the richest drummer in the world, could easily retire, but instead releases EP3, a new four-song collection in September 2022.
The author of The Handmaid's Tale and other bestsellers, who is 82, wrote her first book in 1961. She published the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments, in 2019, following the success of the TV series based on the former. Her most recent book, Burning Questions, was published in 2022, and she recently announced that she's working on a collection of 15 more stories called Old Babes in the Wood which is due for publication in early 2023.
Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola has brought the world iconic films such as Apocalypse Now and The Godfather, and he still isn't done with his craft. The 83-year-old is planning to write and direct a passion project movie in the coming years, Megalopolis. Production on the highly anticipated project started in August 2022, and reports say that Coppola is financing the film with $100 million (£85m) of his own cash.
The legendary star of stage and screen might be 83, but that didn't stop him from scooping up his second Best Actor award at this year's Academy Awards for his role in The Father.
Showing that he's not one to shy away from technology, the two-time Oscar winner has made headlines buying and selling NFTs. He unveiled a new NFT series called The Eternal Collection in 2022, a collaboration with Orange Comet that features digital images of Hopkins as archetype characters he's played during his career.
Jane Fonda is 83, yet radiates youth. The actress and activist recently wrapped filming for the final season of Netflix series Grace and Frankie, but fans don't need to fret as Fonda has a number of new projects in the works. In 2022, at the age of 85, she even announced a new campaign for activewear brand H&M Move, so she's not slowing down for anyone.
Even though he appears not to have aged at all over recent years, Morgan Freeman is actually 85. He's not giving up his day job though. Freeman starred in action thriller The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard and Paradise Highway in 2022, and has plenty more projects in the pipeline, including The Minute You Wake Up Dead and A Good Person, both scheduled for 2023.
Motor racing heavyweight Roger Penske may have retired from racing cars in 1965, but his career as a racing team owner is still ongoing. The 84-year-old is chairman and CEO of his eponymous company and has absolutely no intention of throwing in the towel. His strong work ethic has seriously paid off. Forbes reports Penske has a net worth of $2.7 billion (£1.9bn).
In a career that spans nearly 60 years, Canadian star Donald Sutherland is a true veteran of the acting profession. But the 87-year-old, who has been nominated for eight Golden Globe Awards, and won two for TV films Citizen X and Path to War, is showing no signs of slowing down, and was recently seen in TV series The Undoing alongside Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. He also starred in Moonfall alongside Halle Berry.
After finding fame as a child actor, Dame Julie Andrews made her film debut in Disney's Mary Poppins in 1964. A series of successful appearances followed, most notably as Maria von Trapp in 1965's The Sound of Music and the queen in The Princess Diaries. Andrews has also lent her distinctive voice to characters in Shrek, Aquaman and, most recently, the Netflix period drama Bridgerton.
Like many of her fellow dames, Maggie Smith has no time for retirement. The 86-year-old Downton Abbey star admitted in an interview that working helps her overcome feelings of loneliness. Dame Maggie has several film projects in the pipeline, including festive flick A Boy Called Christmas, releasing at the end of the year. Pre-production started in summer 2022 for a film version of Christopher Hampton's A German Life and fans await the imminent release of The Miracle Club, too.
Illustrious British actress Dame Judi Dench, who is also 87, considers retirement a rude word and wants to carry on working as long as she can to keep her mind sharp. Most recently, she's starred in the film Belfast alongside 50 Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan. Allelujah, a story about a geriatric ward, is expected in late 2022.
Italian actress Sophia Loren has been around since the Golden Age of Hollywood. The star once said in an interview, "That's terrible, the word retire. Never. Start always like it was the beginning of a long career." Her most recent project was the 2020 Italian film drama The Life Ahead.
One of the world's oldest working models, Carmen Dell’Orefice still parades down catwalks and appears in magazine editorials. Now 91, the American beauty appeared on the cover of American Vogue at the age of 15, so she's been modelling for an astonishing 75 years.
Actor William Shatner shows no signs of slowing down. He's become the oldest person to ever travel to space, blasting off in a Blue Origin craft. And he released a spoken word album, Bill, earlier in the year. If all that's not enough, Shatner has even expressed interest in reprising his role as Captain Kirk in the upcoming Star Trek film. He still rides horses five days a week, an activity he says gets him out of bed in the mornings, along with walking his two Doberman dogs.
Australia-born media mogul Rupert Murdoch has created a global empire of newspapers, and TV and radio stations. As chairman of Fox Corporation, which broadcasts America's Fox News and has the NFL contract, and News Corp, which owns titles such as the Wall Street Journal and The Times, Murdoch is a dominant force in the media and has weathered many storms along the way including a phone hacking scandal. After turning 90 this March he doesn't look to be slowing up anytime soon. While he has handed some control to his children, and son Lachlan (pictured on the left of his father) now runs Fox, the head of the family is still firmly in the driving seat for now.
He announced his divorce from Texan model Jerry Hall in 2022.
Clint Eastwood clearly has no desire to stop working. The actor and filmmaker directed The 15:17 to Paris movie adaptation that came out in February 2018, and he starred in The Mule, which was released at the end of that year. Returning to his roots, he's also set to star in the upcoming modern Western flick Cry Macho. In a recent interview, the five-time Oscar winner said that retirement wasn't an option after his father's experience: "All he ever dreamed about was retiring. And so he did, around 60. He didn't last very long." His next project will be narrating a wildlife documentary. Why On Earth, due for release in 2022, looks at our interactions with nature.
Legendary nonagenarian naturalist Sir David Attenborough, who shudders when he hears the word 'retire', continues to present nature documentaries for the BBC. There are rumours the BBC is looking to emulate the success of 2006's Planet Earth and its 2017 sequel Planet Earth II with another follow-up before Attenborough turns 100. And the pandemic has not held the 95-year-old broadcaster back as a documentary series Extinction: The Facts, which looks at the impact of impact of climate change on the planet, was released in 2020, and he started filming a new series The Green Planet in October 2020. It is set to hit TV screens in 2022.
Infamous for his hilarious attempt at a London accent in the original Mary Poppins movie, Van Dyke made a cameo in the sequel, which hit cinemas at the end of 2018. Last year he voiced a character in the US TV series Kidding. The 96-year-old actor has been working continuously since the 1940s.