Ah, to live in an American bubble and to think that all celebrities have flat American accents. This, of course, is patently untrue, and yet I'm still always so surprised when I hear an actor or celebrity speak In real life and not on the screen to hear a wonderful diversity of worlds. American accents are boring! Here are 17 stars who have tricked us all into thinking they're from the good ol' US of A.

Naomi Watts

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She might have fooled you in The Ring, Mulholland Drive, The Impossible, or any of the other films she’s starred in since she moved to America, but don’t get it twisted: Naomi Watts is bonafide British.


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Even though I always KNOW in the back of mind that RiRi is from Barbados, I’m still always pleasantly surprised to hear her sultry voice. The Rihanna Navy is here for that Barbadian accent.

Hugh Laurie

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The doctor is IN. Hugh Laurie does such a meticulous and magical American accent as Dr. House, you almost forget he’s British (unless you love A Bit of Fry and Laurie , like I do).

Rose Byrne

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Beautiful Bridesmaids actor and soon-to-be Broadway star Rose Byrne does an excellent American accent, but she actually hails from down under in Australia.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

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One of the most intriguing of unexpected celebrity accents is Catherine Zeta-Jones graceful Welsh lilt. Suits her grace and glamour perfectly.

Gerard Butler

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Stupidly, ruggedly handsome Gerard Butler had a vague British accent in 300 (as all characters in historical epics, sigh), but IRL he’s got a strong Scottish one.

Damien Lewis

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That’s right, everyone, Homeland’s original soldier turned terrorist turned Claire Danes lover Agent Brody is not American after all. Damien Lewis is British through and through!

Eric Bana

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Bana of chiseled jaw seems wholly American in films like The Time Traveler’s Wife, but this dude is SUPER Australian. He was even the star of a comedy series in Australia, Full Frontal.

Charli XCX

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This fierce little “Boom Clap” singer is taking America by storm, but she really hails from England.

Henry Cavill

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Our newest, superest of men, Henry Cavill, is BRITISH! Looks like Clark Kent has more than one secret identity.

Andrew Garfield

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Speaking of superheroes, Spiderman Andrew Garfield (and lucky boyfriend of Emma Stone) is also from England. Looks like all our superheroes are un-American.

Idris Elba

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Elba’s run on The Wire as Stringer might make you think he’s American through and through, but he’s British, too.

Toni Collette

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Toni Collette made her way into our hearts as a brilliant American mother figure in Little Miss Sunshine and The Sixth Sense, but she’s actually from Australia!

Sam Claflin

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Resident hottie of The Hunger Games Finnick Odair is American, but Sam Claflin is decidedly British. Still sexy either way.

Daniel Day Lewis

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Master of accents Daniel Day Lewis is British at heart, even though he’s created masterpieces like Lincoln’s accent and the terrifying Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York. He’s a crazy genius.