17 Celebs Who I Fully Thought Were British But As It Turns Out, I’m Wrong


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Timothée just has a British face idk.

1.

Gillian Anderson


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Gillian’s family moved around a lot when she was younger, which is reflected in her ability to play both American and British parts so convincingly!

What you know her British accent from: The Fall, Bleak House, Sex Education.

Where she’s actually from: Born in Chicago, United States. Grew up between Michigan and London.

2.

Elizabeth Debicki


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You may have thought Liz was gold-standard-Maggie-Smith British based on her previous roles, but she grew up in the Southern Hemisphere, don’t you know!

What you know her British accent from: Tenet, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Vita and Virginia.

Where she’s actually from: Born in Paris, France, but grew up in Melbourne, Australia.

3.

Embeth Davidtz


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Known for taking on many an English-sounding role, in part due to her natural RP voice, Embeth is another actor from south of the Equator.

What you know her British accent from: Matilda, Bridget Jones, The Hole.

Where she’s actually from: Born in Indiana, United States, but grew up in South Africa.

4.

Eva Green


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The sultry Parisian originally had quite a thick French accent (see The Dreamers), but recently she’s taken on a number of English-sounding roles with aplomb!

What you know her British accent from: Casino Royale, Camelot, Penny Dreadful, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Where she’s actually from: Paris, France.

5.

Lee Pace


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Lee has spoken numerous times on being mistaken for a Brit, but he’s actually American and uses his normal speaking voice in Pushing Daisies.

What you know his British accent from: The Hobbit, Ceremony, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

Where he’s actually from: Oklahoma, United States. Grew up in Texas.

6.

Peter Dinklage


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Many have praised Peter’s accent as GOT’s Tyrion Lannister, which has probably served to confuse people of Peter’s real nationality. He’s a US citizen, but doesn’t he sound better as a Brit?

What you know his British accent from: Game of Thrones, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Avengers: Infinity War.

Where he’s actually from: New Jersey, United States.

7.

Anya Taylor-Joy


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Scream queen Anya has had a really interesting career trajectory and somehow gives off major British vibes, but she’s actually Argentine-American.

What you know her British accent from: Emma, The Witch, The Miniaturist.

Where she’s actually from: Miami, United States. Grew up between Buenos Aires and London.

8.

Sean Astin


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Sean famously took on the role of Samwise Gamgee, employing a broad West Country English accent. I’m from there originally, and I can tell you it’s not half bad!

What you know his British accent from: The Lord of the Rings series.

Where he’s actually from: California, United States.

9.

Ruth Negga


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Ruth’s Irish accent is often swapped out for American or English dialects on screen, so you may have thought she was a Brit, but she’s actually not!

What you know her British accent from: Misfits, Secret State, World War Z.

Where she’s actually from: Born in Ethiopia, grew up in Limerick, Ireland.

10.

Natalie Portman


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Natalie really had moment back in the early noughties playing those beautiful English roses – weird though, since she is actually Israeli-American!

What you know her British accent from: The Other Boleyn Girl, V for Vendetta, Your Highness.

Where she’s actually from: Born in Jerusalem but grew up in the U.S.

11.

Claire Danes


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I could’ve sworn Claire was one of…



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