Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from Tom Cruise due to worries that her daughter Suri would be sucked into the Church of Scientology, according to TMZ.

Cruise has long been a high-profile member of the religion, which has been linked with a number of celebrities who insist that Scientology works.

Even so, the group has been dogged by accusations that it "preys on the vulnerable" and breaks up families.

Mike Rinder, an Australian Scientologist who was formerly chief spokesperson of the group left the church in 2007 amid a wave of revelations criticising the group for being physically and emotionally abusive.

Speaking out against Scientology in an interview with the BBC and CNN, he claimed he had been repeatedly beaten, controlled, and and lied to by senior Scientology members.

Scientology is officially recognised as a religion in the United States, meaning that it is tax exempt, a status that was challenged in Belgium and France, where it is has sometimes been classed as a "cult".

Despite this, there are many famous faces which have been linked with the institution. Jason Lee, from My Name is Earl and Giovanni Ribisi, married to model Agnes Deynn and known for playing Phoebe's younger brother in Friends, are among the Scientologists you may not have heard about.

Take a look at some more celebrity who have been linked with Scientology below (they include Bart Simpson... well the woman who voices his character at least).

Did you know these celebrities were scientologists?


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  • John Travolta

    Famed actor, star of films such as Grease and Saturday Night Fever

  • Linda Blair

    Best known for playing possessed child Regan in The Exorcist

  • Kirstie Alley

    The former star actress, who starred in the Look Who's Talking? films alongside fellow Scientologist Travolta

  • Christopher Masterson

    Best known as the tearaway oldest brother Francis in the brilliant Malcolm In The Middle

  • Lisa Marie Presley

    Lisa Marie Presley, former wife of Michael Jackson and only daughter of Elvis

  • Peaches Geldof

    One of Bob's daughters flirted with the group, studying their practices a few years back

  • Juliette Lewis

    The madcap singer, actress, activist is another famous Scientologist

  • Jason Lee

    The My Name Is Earl star and former skateboarder

  • Danny Masterson

    Formerly of That 70s Show, actor Masterson now DJs on the side

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson's voice follows the Scientologist practices

  • Sonny Bono

    The politician, actor and husband of Cher took courses but remained a Catholic on all official documents

  • Giovanni Ribisi

    The actor best known for his roles in Saving Private Ryan and as Phoebe's brother Frank in Friends, Ribisi married Agyness Deyn last month