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    Updated on Sep 25, 2020. Posted on Sep 22, 2020

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

    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 us! Who knew she is actually an NYC native? I think I was letting my appreciation for Stardust cloud my judgement.

    What you know her British accent from: Stardust, Stage Beauty.

    Where she's actually from: New York, United States.

    12. Pierce Brosnan

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    Admittedly, Pierce Brosnan kind of does his own thing when it comes to his voice in films, but did you know he's actually Irish?

    What you know his British accent from: the James Bond films, The Thomas Crown Affair, Dante's Peak.

    Where he's actually from: Born in County Louth, Ireland, but grew up in County Meath, Ireland.

    13. Julianne Moore

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    Why does Julianne Moore have such strong British energy? Perhaps it's because her late mother was Scottish? Julianne has a British citizenship in her honour!

    What you know her British accent from: A Single Man, The End of the Affair.

    Where she's actually from: North Carolina, United States.

    14. Cillian Murphy

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    Cillian hides his smooth Irish brogue pretty well – so well in fact that a lot of Peaky Blinders fans don't even know he's not a true Brummie!

    What you know his British accent from: Peaky Blinders.

    Where he's actually from: Cork, Ireland.

    15. Mia Wasikowska

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    Mia had a pretty successful phase as a go-to period drama heroine, which is perhaps why people often mistake her for a Brit!

    What you know her British accent from: the Alice in Wonderland films, Jane Eyre.

    Where she's actually from: Canberra, Australia

    16. Karl Urban

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    Some might not rate his "cockwi" accent as Billy Butcher, but I was pretty sold that Karl was a Brit. Who knew!?

    What you know his British accent from: The Boys, The Lord of the Rings films.

    Where he's actually from: Wellington, New Zealand.

    17. Timothée Chalamet

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    There's something so British about Timmy's face, I just can't explain it! Alas, he's a New Yorker through and through (with a dual French citizenship).

    What you know his British accent from: The King.

    Where he's actually from: New York City.

    Is there anybody I've missed? Shout out the celebs you thought were British but aren't below!

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