On Friday night, athletes from around the world will gather in London to kick off the Games, which won’t officially begin until the Olympic Flame is lit at the end of Opening Ceremonies.
As per tradition, many famous faces have taken part in carrying the Olympic Torch in the lead up to Friday’s big lighting. They include: Rupert Grint, of Harry Potter fame; singer John Legend; and Black Eyed Peas’ member will.i.am.
They now join a number of celebrities who have done the honor for previous Games — everyone from Tom Cruise to Goldie Hawn.
To help celebrate the beginning of the 2012 Olympics in London, Celebuzz has put together a gallery of 12 famous faces who have carried the torch for their country.
Click through it out, above, then be sure to watch NBC’s full coverage of the Olympics, beginning Friday evening.