12 celebrities you didn’t realize were British | Celebrity News | Show biz & TV
You might be surprised to learn that some of these 12 celebrities have British heritage or have made Britain their home. These are 12 surprising celebrities who are British, including one who was born in a London tube station. How many did you know they were British?
1 – Kim Cattrall
Perhaps most famous for her iconic role as Samantha in the Sex and the City franchise, Kim Cattrall was actually born in Liverpool in 1956.
The star only lived in Liverpool for three months as a baby before her family moved to Canada.
In 2009, Kim appeared in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? in which she traced her family, discovering that her grandfather was a bigamist.
2 – Jamie Dornan
Currently featured on the BBC’s The Tourist, many people know Jamie Dornan for his role as Christian Gray in the Fifty Shades of Gray films.
Due to his famous role, many thought Jamie was American like Christian Gray, but Jamie is from Northern Ireland.
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3 – Elisabeth Taylor
Screen siren Elizabeth Taylor was one of classic Hollywood’s most famous stars, but the actress was born in Hampstead, London.
Taylor was born in London in 1932, but as her parents saw World War II approaching the UK, they moved to California in 1939.
She already had American citizenship through her parents, both Americans.
4 – Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer has such a dramatic birth story that she could feature in an episode of his talk show.
Springer was born at Highgate Tube Station when it was used as a bomb shelter during WWII.
His mother was in hiding from the German bombing raids when her son Gerald (Jerry) was born.
The Springer family lived in East Finchley, North London, until Jerry was four when they immigrated to New York.
5 – Christian Bale
A method actor and star of American Psycho and The Dark Knight, Christian Bale has received critical acclaim for his ability to become his characters, often undergoing dramatic physical transformations.
Bale’s performances are so compelling that some may not realize the actor is British.
Bale was born in Wales in 1974, his family later moved to Bournemouth.
6 – Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland’s Canadian parents were both actors working in Britain at the time of Kiefer’s birth.
The 24-year-old singer and his twin sister Rachel Sutherland were born in Paddington in 1966 and hold dual British and Canadian citizenship.
7 – Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts often plays Australian and American roles, but this actress grew up in Kent, South East England and Wales.
Naomi was born in Shoreham, Kent, in 1968.
Her mother was an antique dealer and stage designer, and her father was a sound engineer for Pink Floyd before he died when Naomi was only seven years old.
When she was 14, her family moved to Sydney, Australia.
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8 – Henri Cavill
Superman actor Henry Cavill achieved international fame when he donned the famous red cape for the role of Superman in the 2013 film Man of Steel.
Playing such an iconic American role, many assume that Cavill is also American, but he is from Jersey in the Channel Islands.
9 – Sacha Baron Cohen
Borat actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is a master of different accents, adopting a variety of voices to bring his comedic creations to life.
When he’s not in character, this 50-year-old actor is a Londoner.
Her mother was born in Israel, where her German Jewish grandparents immigrated.
10 – Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell is best known for her portrayal of Agent Peggy Carter in the hit Avengers movie series.
This British actress was born in London but holds dual Anglo-American nationality because her father is American.
Although many of her first roles have been on British television, many believe Atwell has been American since she moved to Los Angeles in 2015.
11 – Mischa Barton
OC star Mischa Barton was born far from Orange County, London, England.
Barton’s mother is Irish, so the actress has dual Irish-British citizenship.
Barton’s family lived in the UK until she was five when they moved to New York.
12 – Charlie Hunnam
Watching him perform his famous role of Californian Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy, you would never guess Charlie Hunnam’s native Geordie accent.
Hunnam was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1980, and his family later moved to Melmerby in Cumbria.
Hunnam was also briefly cast for Jamie Dornan’s acclaimed role as Christian Gray in the film Fifty Shades, but stepped down due to scheduling conflicts.