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44 Actors Who Are So Good At American Accents, People Were Shocked To Find Out They Were Fake
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44 Actors Who Are So Good At American Accents, People Were Shocked To Find Out They Were Fake

We asked the BuzzFeed Community which famous actor they were truly shocked to learn isn’t American. Here’s what they said:

1. Millie Bobby Brown

Warner Bros. / Universal / Everett”I knew him from Skins, but his performance and American accent were so good in everything else, I totally forgot he was English.”

—niallh459ac7a2b

Where you know his American accent from: Get Out, Widows, Queen & Slim, Judas and the Black Messiah

Where he’s actually from: London

4. Hugh Jackman

20th Century Fox / Everett

“I didn’t know Hugh Jackman was Australian until much more recently than I would like to admit. I grew up watching the X-Men series and later saw The Greatest Showman, and it never even occurred to me that he wasn’t American! Not even Les Miserables gave it away!”

—eivor1612

Where you know his American accent from: The Greatest Showman, the X-Men movies

Where he’s actually from: Sydney

5. Toni Collette

A24 / Lionsgate / Everett

“I’ve never seen any of her Australian roles, and didn’t realize she wasn’t American until I saw it in a BuzzFeed article. She’s done so many projects with an American accent, and she sounds so natural in all of them.”

—danae9

Where you know her American accent from: Knives Out, Hereditary, Unbelievable, United States of Tara, Little Miss Sunshine, In Her Shoes

Where she’s actually from: Sydney

6. Florence Pugh

Sony Pictures Releasing / A24 / Everett

“I first saw her in Midsommar and fell in love with her! Then I followed her on Instagram and watched some of her stories and was totally caught off guard when she started speaking with a British accent. Her American accent is flawless.”

—Lauren Garafano

What you know her American accent from: Little Women, Midsommar

Where she’s actually from: Oxford, England

7. Tom Holland

Walt Disney Studios / Everett Collection

“I was completely convinced he was American until I started watching some interviews. I was absolutely blown away by the fact that his accent was fake! I saw a video once where he spent the whole time switching back and forth between his regular British accent and his American accent, and it was wild to see how easy it is for him to turn it on and off.”

—julescayer

Where you know his American accent from: The Spider-Man and MCU movies, The Devil All the Time, Uncharted

Where he’s actually from: Kingston upon Thames, England

8. Alfred Enoch

Abc / Everett Collection

“He has the most spot-on American accent. It’s spotless.”

—pengbee1227

Where you know his American accent from: How to Get Away with Murder

Where he’s actually from: Westminster, London

9. Charlie Cox

Netflix

“His American accent is especially impressive when he also has to focus on challenging fight scenes.”

—ams2308

Where you know his American accent from: Daredevil

Where he’s actually from: East Sussex, England

10. KJ Apa

Jack Rowand / The CW / Everett Collection

“I saw a few videos online where he spoke with a Kiwi accent and got SO confused because I first saw him on Riverdale.” 

—Sarah Wainschel

What you know his American accent from: Riverdale, A Dog’s Purpose, and The Hate U Give

Where he’s actually from: Auckland, New Zealand

11. Alan Cumming

Dimension Films / CBS / Everett

“He has a verrrrrry believable American accent.”

—adityaaswaminathan

Where you know his American accent from: The Good Wife, Spy Kids, Instinct

Where he’s actually from: Aberfeldy, Scotland

12. Melanie Lynskey

Showtime / Hulu / Everett

“The biggest celeb who tricked me (since I’d never heard her real accent until a recent interview) was Melanie Lynskey! She has such a great American accent!” —sheap

“I’ve seen her in so many things, but I just recently found out she’s a Kiwi!!! I had no idea. She gives absolutely no hints in her accent that she’s not American. I was totally floored.”

—elliedarling12

What you know her American accent from: Yellowjackets, Up in the Air, Two and a Half MenTogetherness, Candy, Don’t Look Up

Where she’s actually from: New Plymouth, New Zealand

13. Daniel Ezra

The CW / Everett

“He plays a teenager who grew up in LA, but he’s actually British. I was shocked the first time I heard him speak in real life.”

—stephaniem41f4d4b63

Where you know his American accent from: All American

Where he’s actually from: Birmingham, England

14. Joseph Quinn

Netflix

Suggested by itzelgm1018

Where you know his American accent from: Stranger Things

Where he’s actually from: London

15. Tom Payne

Fox / AMC / Everett

“It wasn’t until I Googled him to see what other projects he had been in that I discovered he was British. When I tell you I was SHOOOOOK!”

—laidedahunsi

Where you know his American accent from: Prodigal Son, The Walking Dead

Where he’s actually from: Chelmsford, United Kingdom

16. Idris Elba

NBC / HBO / Everett

“Idris Elba’s Baltimore accent is so incredibly good. I watched the entirety of The Wire before I ever knew he was British!”

—keziahunter45

Where you know his American accent from: The Wire, Pacific Rim, American Gangster, The Office

Where he’s actually from: Hackney, London

17. Henry Cavill

Warner Bros. / Everett Collection

“I had no clue he was British for the longest time. I even had to double-check before posting this because I was still second-guessing myself.”

—ashmed812

“I honestly thought that he was American because he played Superman in Man of Steel and had a very convincing American accent, but nope!! Man is British!”

—graciea02

Where you know his American accent from: The Justice League series, Mission: Impossible — Fallout

Where he’s actually from: St. Helier, Jersey, British Isles

18. Antony Starr

Amazon Prime

“His character on The Boys is a spoof of Marvel’s golden boy Captain America, and he’s supposed to represent the USA, so I always forget the actor is actually from New Zealand. He nails the American accent!”

—hiitsnicetomeetyou

Where you know his American accent from: The Boys

Where he’s actually from: Auckland, New Zealand

19. Camila Luddington

ABC / Everett

“This is the only celeb who shocked me. I always forget she’s not American! Her accent caught me so off guard in an interview!” 

—puppydogpals

What you know her American accent from: Grey’s Anatomy

Where she’s actually from: Berkshire, England

20. Jesse Spencer

NBC / Fox / Everett

“I recall being absolutely flummoxed when I found out he’s an Aussie and heard him speak in his regular voice! His American accent is flawless. 👌🏻”

—jenniferb179

Where you know his American accent from: House, Chicago Fire

Where he’s actually from: Melbourne, Australia 

21. Will Poulter

Hulu / New Line Cinema / Everett

“I first saw him in The Maze Runner, where he put on an American accent, and I didn’t realize until I saw him in Son of Rambow that he’s English! He’s actually from London.” 

—Costcoffee

What you know his American accent from: DopesickWe’re the Millers, MidsommarThe Maze Runner series

Where he’s actually from: Hammersmith, London

22. Robert Sheehan

Netflix / Everett

“I just binge-watched The Umbrella Academy, then decided to watch some of his other works and found out that he’s actually Irish. His American accent is so good, I never would’ve guessed!”

—marie-francel

Where you know his American accent from: The Umbrella Academy

Where he’s actually from: Port Laoise, Ireland

23. Rose McIver

Netflix / The CW / CBS / Everett

“I always thought she was American because she’s good at hiding her real accent in iZombie and Netflix’s A Christmas Prince series. I watched a video on YouTube where she recapped the movie and was surprised to hear her thick Kiwi accent.” —s4bb472acb

What you know her American accent from: GhostsA Christmas Prince series, The Lovely Bones, iZombie

Where she’s actually from: Auckland, New Zealand

24. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Apple TV+ / Disney+ / Everett

“I didn’t find out she was actually English for the longest time.”

—daynam4b6e28fa3

Where you know her American accent from: LokiBlack Mirror, The Morning Show

Where she’s actually from: Oxford, England

25. Ella Purnell

Netflix / Showtime / Everett

Where you know her American accent from: Yellowjackets, Sweetbitter, Army of the Dead

Where she’s actually from: Whitechapel, London

26. Liv Hewson

Showtime / Netflix / Everett

Where you know their American accent from: Yellowjackets, Santa Clarita Diet, Let It Snow, Bombshell

Where they’re actually from: Canberra, Australia

27. Karl Urban

New Line Cinema / Paramount / Everett

“Karl Urban always gets me. He’s been in so many movies using an American accent that when he was in The Boys, I had to keep reminding myself that that’s his real accent.”

—lillette2012

Where you know his American accent from: Xena: Warrior Princess, The Lord of the Rings movies, Star Trek

Where he’s actually from: Wellington, New Zeland

28. Christian Bale

Lionsgate / Warner Bros. / Everett

“The first thing I saw him in was Newsies way back in the early ’90s. I had no idea he was Welsh. Since then, some of his most famous roles have been with his American accent, but I forget every time that he’s not really American.”

—lindaelliott

Where you know his American accent from: American Pyscho, The Dark Knight trilogy, Vice, The Fighter, Newsies

Where he’s actually from: Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales

29. Katherine Langford

Netflix / Everett

“Her American accent is really good in everything she’s in, and I was so shocked when I found out she wasn’t American.” —a48b5

What you know her American accent from: 13 Reasons Why; Knives Out; and Love, Simon

Where she’s actually from: Perth, Western Australia

30. Andrew Garfield

Sony / Netflix / Everett

“It’s been a long time since someone shocked me but I think the last was Andrew Garfield. I really did think he was American AND Latino after The Social Network.”

—sunchick116

What you know his American accent from: The Social Network, Tick, Tick…Boom!, The Amazing Spider-Man movies, Hacksaw Ridge, Under the Banner of Heaven

Where he’s actually from: Epsom, England

31. Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

What you know his American accent from: Kick-Ass, Nocturnal Animals, and A Million Little Pieces

Where he’s actually from: Buckinghamshire, England

32. Jacob Elordi

HBO / Netflix / Everett

What you know his American accent from: Euphoria, The Kissing Booth series

Where he’s actually from: Brisbane, Australia

33. Cynthia Erivo

Focus Features / 20th Century Fox / Everett

“I saw her in The Color Purple on Broadway, and she was so fantastic. Then I did a deep pe and watched a few interviews with her, and I was so surprised to learn she’s English.”

—Spencer Althouse

Where you know her American accent from: The Color Purple on Broadway, Harriet, Widows, Bad Times at the El Royale

Where she’s actually from: Stockwell, London

34. Sarah Snook

HBO / Everett

“The first time I found out that Sarah Snook is actually Australian, my jaw dropped on the floor. She is so believable as Shiv and, of the Roy siblings, if I had to guess which one wasn’t actually American it would never have been her!”

—Jen Abidor

What you know her American accent from: Succession, Steve Jobs, and Black Mirror

Where she’s actually from: Adelaide, Australia

35. Hugh Laurie

Fox / Everett Collection

“You cannot talk about this without mentioning the master, Hugh Laurie. He sounds so American, and it’s even said that the creator of the House, upon seeing Hugh’s audition tape, commented about Hugh being a true American, not realizing that he is British. The only thing more amazing than Hugh’s American accent is the fact that he never won an Emmy for the role.”

—gidgetgadget

Where you know his American accent from: House

Where he’s actually from: Blackbird Leys, Oxford, United Kingdom

36. Keiynan Lonsdale

Katie Yu / CW Network / Everett Collection

What you know his American accent from: Love, Simon; The Flash; Divergent series

Where he’s actually from: Sydney

37. Eamonn Walker

Nbc / Everett Collection

“I just learned through a BuzzFeed comment a couple months ago that he wasn’t American. The man had me fooled this whole time.”

—pepperopigeon

Where you know his American acent from: Oz, Chicago Fire

Where he’s actually from: London

38. Charlie Heaton

Courtesy Netflix / ©Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection

“I didn’t know he was British until I watched an interview with him. His American accent is sooooooo good.”

—a_disgruntled_pelican

What you know his American accent from: Stranger Things and New Mutants

Where he’s actually from: Leeds, England

39. Rose Byrne

Universal / Apple TV+ / Everett

“I also always forget that Rose Byrne is Australian. She’s so convincing in Bridesmaids that I assumed she was American!”

—books_baking_broadway

Where you know her American accent from: Bridesmaids, Physical, Like a Boss, Mrs. America, Instant Family

Where she’s actually from: Balmain, Australia

40. Maia Mitchell

Abc Family / Everett Collection

Suggested by b4c9f9

What you know her American accent from: Good Trouble, The Fosters, Teen Beach Movie

Where she’s actually from: Lismore, New South Wales, Australia

41. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Columbia / Fox Searchlight / Everett

Suggested by taylorowens

What you know his American accent from: 12 Years a Slave, Z for Zachariah, and Salt

Where he’s actually from: Forest Gate, London

42. Isla Fisher

Walt Disney Co. / Everett Collection

“I only found out like a week ago that Isla Fisher is Australian. I always thought she was American!” —b481d76f3c

What you know her American accent from: Wedding Crashers, Arrested Development, Confessions of a ShopaholicNow You See Me

Where she’s actually from: Born in Muscat, Oman, but grew up in Perth, Western Australia

43. Kevin McKidd

ABC / Everett

Suggested by tracyellysabethcrawford

What you know his American accent from: Grey’s Anatomy, Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief

Where he’s actually from: Elgin, Moray, Scotland

44. And finally, Kate Winslet

Paramount / HBO / Focus Features

“Kate Winslet’s American accent is flawless. She even nailed the Delco accent in Mare of Easttown.”

—pepperopigeon

Where you know her American accent from: Titanic, Mare of Easttown, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the Divergent movies

Where she’s actually from: Reading, United Kingdom

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Did any of these surprise you? Now, in the comments, tell us which actors YOU were surprised to find out weren’t actually American.