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10+ Actors Fans Forget Aren’t American

While most people go ahead and assume actors come mostly from the States, that’s actually not the case!

Hollywood’s home base might be in California, but these celebs come from all around the world!

They just happen to do a great American accent.

1. James McAvoy

Instagram | @jamesmcavoyrealdeal

Actual Country Of Origin: Scotland

Not only did I think he was American, but when I heard he wasn’t my mind went: “Oh that’s right, he’s British”.

Well, apparently not.

2. Andrew Lincoln

AMC

Actual Country Of Origin: England

He plays one of the most American men ever on TV (Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead), so it’s no surprise that fans thought he was American.

3. Charlize Theron

Instagram | @charlizeafrica

Actual Country Of Origin: South Africa

Yes, believe it or not, Charlize Theron actually spent most of her life in South Africa before she started touring the world as a model.

4. Christian Bale

DC

Actual Country Of Origin: Wales

We all thought for a while that Bruce Wayne was American, considering all the Americans that had played Batman before. But nope! He’s actually from the most English sounding place ever:

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

5. John Boyega

Disney

Actual Country Of Origin: England

We all saw him as a Stormtrooper in the new Star Wars and thought: “there’s no way he’s British!”

Then we saw the interviews for the movie and heard that beautiful accent.

6. Ed Westwick

Instagram | @edwestwick

Actual Country Of Origin: England

Chuck Bass? The most American socialite of all time? Then again, he was pretty darn classy in Gossip Girl.

You’d need to be British to be that classy.

7. Diane Kruger

Instagram | @dianekruger

Actual Country Of Origin: Germany

You know what? With a last name like Kruger, now we see it. But bet you weren’t thinking that when you watched Troy, were ya?

8. Tom Holland

Instagram | @tomholland2013

Actual Country Of Origin: England

He’s Spider-Man! Spider-Man, for god’s sake! One of America’s greatest heroes! But here’s a quick little aside, dear readers: he’s the second British Spider-Man!

Guess they’re just the best looking Peter Parkers.

9. Margot Robbie

Instagram | @margotrobbie

Actual Country Of Origin: Australia

Considering her breakout role was as a woman with a New Jersey accent in The Wolf Of Wall Street, we all expected her to be American!

10. KJ Apa

Instagram | @kjapa

Actual Country Of Origin: New Zealand

Yes, believe it Riverdale fans, one of America’s most iconic characters Archie Andrews, is played by someone from New Zealand. I almost feel cheated, to be honest.

11. Hugh Laurie

FOX

Actual Country Of Origin: England

We can all blame House for this one. It was one of his biggest roles, and it was definitely the one that brought him to the mainstream.

12. Keanu Reeves

Warner Bros.

Actual Country Of Origin: Canada

Haha! Gotcha, bet you thought he was going to be from some unknown country, but he’s from the USA’s colder neighbor.

13. Idris Elba

Instagram | @idriselba

Actual Country Of Origin: England

After watching The Wire, people were convinced that this guy was American, but nope, he’s British! So British they’re considering him to be the next James Bond!

14. Isla Fischer

Instagram | @islafisher

Actual Country Of Origin: Australia.

Many people are surprised to hear that Isla Fischer is not from the States, because she’s so good at doing an American accent. But that’s good acting for you!

15. Jim Carrey

Warner Bros.

Actual Country Of Origin: Canada

Bet you thought this brand of funny could only be homegrown in the good old USA.

Lots of people get it wrong about him!

16. Famke Janssen

20th Century Fox

Actual Country Of Origin: Netherlands

She played Jean Grey in X-Men so well you could have sworn that she was American.

But nope! She’s from the Netherlands, in fact. How fun!

17. Catherine Zeta-Jones

Instagram | @catherinezetajones

Actual Country Of Origin: Wales

Velma Kelly herself isn’t from Chicago at all! She’s actually from Wales! Well, good for you Wales! You have one of the greats from your country.

18. Aaron Taylor-Johnson

IMDb

Actual Country Of Origin: England

He was so good at playing a foul-mouthed American teenager that we thought there was no way he could be from anywhere else.

Apparently they have foul-mouthed teens in England, too.

19. Michael J. Fox

Universal Studios

Actual Country Of Origin: Canada

The man behind Marty McFly from Back To The Future is from the Great White North!

We should ask him what hockey team he goes for.

20. Gary Oldman

Instagram | @giseleschmidtofficial

Actual Country Of Origin: England

Thing is about Gary Oldman is that he’s such a talented actor he could be from anywhere and I would believe it.

But for those of you out of the loop, our man is from England.

21. Ryan Gosling

Warner Bros.

Actual Country Of Origin: Canada

We have a lot of stuff here in Canada. Maple syrup, moose, too much snow, and hockey players with missing teeth.

But one of Canada’s greatest exports is sexy Ryans.

Gosling is Exhibit A.

22. Ryan Reynolds

Instagram | @vancityreynolds

Actual Country Of Origin: Canada

And here is Exhibit B.

For you see, if there’s one thing Canadians can do right, it is making people named Ryan become good looking successful celebs.

23. Rachel McAdams

New Line Cinema

Actual Country Of Origin: Canada

Canada doesn’t just make celebs named Ryan.

We can also make their sappy, dramatic, romantic, beautiful break your heart every time you watch it, movie co-stars.

Actual Country Of Origin: England

There was no mention in Sex In The City of Samantha Jones being from London!

That could have added a whole new thread to the twisted web that is the SITC canon!

25. Karl Urban

Instagram | @karlurban

Actual Country Of Origin: New Zealand

Even if you couldn’t believe he wasn’t American, you’d still assume that Karl Urban was from England.

But you’d be very wrong (and he’d hate you for it, probably).

26. Lucy Punch

Paramount Pictures

Actual Country Of Origin: England

She has played a lot of creepy characters in her life but, at least from my experience, most of them have American accents!

What a twist!

27. Daniel Kaluuya

Marvel

Actual Country Of Origin: England

And we thought he was from Wakanda. What a shame to A) find out that he’s not and B) to see that Wakanda doesn’t actually exist.

28. Florence Pugh

A24

Actual Country Of Origin: England

Some of us know her from Little Women, others know her from Midsommar.

The fact of the matter is that we’re mostly surprised she’s from England.

29. Will Poulter

Actual Country Of Origin: England

What? This kid is from England? The guy who so masterfully has pulled off American accents in movies like We’re The Millers?

What a talented actor.

30. Portia de Rossi

Instagram | @portiaderossi

Actual Country Of Origin: Australia

With a name like that you’d think she’s an Italian American or something like that. But nope!

But she actually changed her name from Amanda Lee Rogers.

31. Katherine Langford

Instagram | @katherinelangford

Actual Country Of Origin: Australia

Yet another surprise Aussie. We knew her from 13 Reasons Why, and we assumed she was American from her very American accent in that show.

But nope!

32. Freddie Highmore

A&E Network

Actual Country Of Origin: England

And we end with one of America’s most famous fictionalized serial killers being played by an Englishman.

He did it really well though.

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