Hollywood has quite a fair share of Brits whom most of us don’t know. Some of these British celebrities you’ve probably only heard speak with American accents, thus we are pretty sure you never thought they hail from Great Britain. Especially Hollywood has had a long love affair with specifically British boy actors. And this tradition has seemed to ramp a notch with time throughout. If you just take a glance back of the past years, you most likely find a British celebrity rather than a homegrown celebrity in most of the recent hit movies and TV shows. But we have also since some beautiful British actresses also taking the spotlight in recent years in Hollywood. You could even see the Brits taking some top spots in the list of Most Beautiful Hollywood actresses and celebrities. In this article we present to you the Top 20 British celebrities dominating in Hollywood you probably didn’t know were British
These British actors have surprised people as they are able to drop their British accents when taking up roles in Hollywood. Just like famous American celebrities that have taken up British accents for roles they have played such as Peter Dinklage, Gillian Anderson, James Marsters etc.
1. Rowan Atkinson (#1 Most Popular British Celebrities )
- Birth Location : Consett, County Durham – England
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson CBE is without a doubt one of the most popular British celebrities. With his different roles on a range of movies Rowan Atkinson is without a doubt one of the greatest British celebrities of all time
2. Kit Harrington (#2)
- Birth location : Acton, London – England
Christopher Catesby Harington popularly known as Kit Harrington and even more popularly known as Jon Snow. Kit was born on the 26th December in Acton London.
Kit rose to prominence through his role as Jon Snow in the blockbuster TV series Game of Thrones. Even though Kit is known to be a B-list celebrity, he is definitely on his way to make it to the A-list. Kit is definitely one of the biggest and rising British celebrities in Hollywood.
3. Idris Elba (#3 Brits in Hollywood)
- Birth location : London Borough of Hackney, London – England
Idris Elba is one of the biggest British born celebrities in Hollywood. He is literally one of the Brits that made a huge impact on Hollywood.
Idrissa Akuna Elba OBE was born on the 6th of September 1972 in London. Idris has played many major roles on the silver screens of Hollywood. Some of his major appearances are his roles in Thor and its sequels as Heimdall. He also starred in Pacific Rim (2013), Beasts of No Nation (2015), for which he received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and Molly’s Game (2017). In 2016, he voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia, Shere Khan in the live action/CGI adaptation of The Jungle Book, Fluke in Finding Dory, and played the role of Krall in Star Trek Beyond.
4. Emma Watson (#4 British celebrities )
- Raised in : Oxfordshire – England
Emma Watson is one of the most famous British celebrities out there. She is British icon. Emma has become an idol to many fans not only because of her acting career but also her impressive and bold activist work.
5. Emilia Clarke (#5)
Birth location : London – England and grew up in Oxfordshire, England
Emilia Clarke without a doubt is one of the most famous British actresses out there now. Emilia had her breakthrough role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO epic fantasy television series Game of Thrones.
She has featured in several movies in Hollywood a well. Some of the most iconic movies/TV series Emilia Clarke has starred in are as follows;
- Game of Thrones
- Terminator Genisys
- Me before you
- Last Christmas
6. Hugh Laurie (#6)
- Birth location : Blackbird Leys, Oxford – England
If you didn’t know Dr Gregory House on the TV series “House” is British. James Hugh Calum Laurie CBE famously known as Hugh Laurie in short is one of the top British born celebrities in Hollywood.
7. Christian Bale (#7)
- Birth location : Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire – Wales
Christian Bale that had the priviledge of playing the role of Batman is one of the most famous British celebrities in Hollywood. Christian Charles Philip Bale was born on 30 January 1974 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, to English parents—Jenny James, a circus performer, and David Bale, an entrepreneur and activist
8. Henry Cavill (#8)
- Birth location : Jersey, Channel Islands
Unfortunately even Superman is British.
9. Tom Holland
- Birth Location : London borough of Kingston upon Thames
Well hate to break the news to you Anericans ! Even the new spiderman Tom Holland is British
10. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (#9 Hottest Brits in Hollywood)
- Birth location : Plymouth, Devon – England
Rosie Huntington who replaced Meghan Fox in the Transformers movie baffled everyone. She is literally one of the British celebrities that took Hollywood by storm. Her beauty and charming figure left everyone surprised.
Rose Huntington Whiteley was born on the 18th of April 1987 in Plymouth, England. In 2010 Rosie got into a relationship with Actor Jason Statham. In January 2017 the couple got engaged
11. Tom Hardy (#10)
- Birth location : Hammersmith, London – England
Tom Hardy is one of the British celebrities in Hollywood that most didn’t know he was British. His accent is very similar to the American accent.
Hardy was born on the 15th of September 1977 in Hammersmith, London. He is one of the top leading British celebrities in Hollywood. Tom Hardy has so many major appearances under his belt. Hardy has appeared films as Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), RocknRolla (2008), Bronson (2008), Warrior (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Lawless (2012), Locke (2013), The Drop (2014), and The Revenant (2015), for which he received a nomination for an Academy Award. In 2015, he portrayed “Mad” Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road and both Kray twins in Legend. He has appeared in three Christopher Nolan films: Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) as Bane, and Dunkirk (2017) as an RAF fighter-pilot. He starred as Eddie Brock / Venom in the 2018 anti-hero film Venom
12. Tom Hiddleston
- Birth location : Westminster, London
Thomas William Hiddleston most famously known for his character ‘Loki’ in the Marvel Universe is one of the most talented British celebrities out there. Tom’s ability to curate his accent according to the given character amazes fans. This is why most fans don’t know that he’s British
13. James Corden (#11)
- Birth location : Hillingdon, Greater London – England
James Kimberley Corden maybe the celebrity that 99% of people didn’t expect to be British. Who would’ve expected a British celebrity to host the most famous talk show in US and Hollywood. Well he is a brit.
He is considered to be one of the most famous and influential British celebrities in Hollywood. He has appeared in films, including Gulliver’s Travels (2010), Into the Woods (2014), Kill Your Friends (2015), Peter Rabbit (2018) and its 2020 sequel (in which he voiced the title character), Cats (2019), and The Prom (2020), where he received his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
14. Sean Connery (#12)
- Birth location : Edinburgh – Scotland
Sean Connery, SIR SEAN CONNERY is one of the most iconic British celebrities that has ever lived. He was the first person to play the role of the coveted James Bond. Sir Sean starred in seven James Bond movies starting from 1962 – 1983. He is considered to be one of the most famous British celebrities of all time.
Sean starred in several Hollywood movies such as The Untouchables, The rock, First knight etc. Read the full list of movies Sean starred in HERE.
15. Sacha Baron Cohen (#13)
- Birth location : Hammersmith, London – England
Sacha Noam Baron Cohen is one of the most famous English comedians of recent times. He is well reupted for his creation and portrayal of the fictional comical characters of Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno Gehard, and Admiral General Aladeen.
Cohen is one of the most funniest and famous British celebrities in Hollywood. Some of the most iconic films Cohen has acted/produced are;
- The Dictator
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
16. Keira Knightley (#14)
- Birth location : Teddington, London – England
17. David Tennant (#15)
- Birth Location : Bathgate, West Lothian – Scotland
18. Stephen Fry (#16)
- Birth location : Hampstead, London – England
19. Daniel Kaluuya (#17)
- Birth location : Camden Town, London – England
20. Ed Sheeran (#18 British Celebrities)
- Birth location : Halifax, West Yorkshire – England