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16 Famous People You Never Realized Are British

Some people wonder why British actors often play roles in American movies when there are much more Americans. We can say that British actors have proven their talents so that they can portray American characters in multiple films. That’s why the casting directors hire them and allow them to work on their British accents as well.

However, some British actors did a brilliant job in getting rid of their accents that so many people believe they are American. The American accent is considered one of the hardest to master since it has so numerous variations depending on which part of the USA the speaker comes from. Still, these British actors can do convincing American accents in their movies and TV shows.

Today, we have compiled a list of 16 famous people you might not know were British. Is there any favorite actor on the list below that surprise you? Let us know in the comment section. Now, scroll down and check them out!

#1 Aaron Taylor-Johnson – born in Buckinghamshire

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson rose to his stardom with his roles in KIck-Ass (2010) and its 2013 sequel. Aaron is also known for his character Pietro Maximoff in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

#2 Alfred Enoch – born in London

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Alfred Enoch is famous for his role in the original “Dr.Who” (BBC, 1963-), William Russell (Enoch’s father) worked regularly on the stage and screen. He made his first appearance on screen as Dean Thomas in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”.

#3 Christian Bale – born in Wales

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Christian Bale is an Academy Award-winning actor who starred in multiple movies, including “American Psycho,” “The Fighter,” and Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy.

#4 Cynthia Erivo – born in London

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Cynthia Erivo is not only an actress but also a singer and songwriter. Erivo received many accolades, such as a Daytime Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Tony Award. She also earned nominations for 2 Academy Awards and 2 Golden Globe Awards.

#5 Rosamund Pike – born in London

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Rosamund Pike made her acting debut as Miranda frost in the James Bond film and won the Best Supporting Actress award at The British Independent Film Awards.

#6 Kim Cattrall – born in Liverpool

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Kim Cattrall is best known for her role as Samantha Jone on HBO’s Sex and the City, which brought her 5 Emmy Awards nominations and 4 Golden Golden Globe nominations, winning the 2002 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.

#7 Henry Cavill – born in Jersey

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Henry Cavil rose to his stardom with his portrayal of Charles Brandon in Showtime’s The Tudors and DC comics character Superman in the DC Extended Universe, and also starred in numerous movies, such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E and Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

#8 Jamie Dornan – born in Northern Ireland

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James Dornan is formerly an actor who often plays solemn, steady characters. He has gained a BAFTA Television Award and a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

#9 Daniel Kaluuya – born in London

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Daniel Kaluuya found his success in the U.K hit series “Skins” before making it big in Hollywood with his Oscar-nominated role in “Get Out.”

#10 John Boyega – born in London

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John Boyega made his breakthrough with his role as Finn in “Star Wars.” He also won  remarkable awards, such as the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries

#11 Henry Golding – born in Malaysia to a British father

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Henry Golding is best known for his role as Nick Young in Crazy Rich Asians, Sean Townsend in A Simple Favor, and Tom in Last Christmas.

#12 Ruth Wilson – born in Ashford

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Ruth Wilson is globally known as mistress Alison Lockhart in “The Affair.”

#13 Will Poulter – born in London

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Will Poulter starred in the fantasy adventure film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader and the comedy film We’re the Millers which brought him a BAFTA Rising Star Award.

#14 Mischa Barton – born in London

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Mischa Barton is known for her role in “Lawn Dogs,” co-starring Sam Rockwell, the comedy “Notting Hill,” the thriller The Sixth Sense, and the indie crime drama “Pups”.

#15 21 Savage – born in London

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21 Savage is a rapper who became well-known after releasing 2 mixtapes in 2015.

#16 Naomi Watts – born in Kent

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Naomi Watts gained an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress with her portrayal in The Ring. After that, she received another Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in The Impossible.