International Actors Who Play Americans

by faradaygrean | created - 26 Apr 2016 | updated - 06 Jun 2016 | Public

A list of actors that master the American accent, or at least Canadian...

1. Hugh Laurie

Actor | House M.D.

Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for ...

House

2. Andrew Lincoln

Actor | The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln is a British actor. Lincoln spent his early childhood in Hull, Yorkshire before his family relocated to Bath, Somerset when he was age 10. He was educated at Beechen Cliff School in Bath, and then the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His father is a civil engineer...

The Walking Dead

3. Christian Bale

Actor | The Dark Knight

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries ...

4. Lauren Cohan

Actress | The Boy

Lauren Cohan is a British-American actress and model, best known for her role as Maggie Greene on The Walking Dead (2010) and recurring roles on The Vampire Diaries (2009), Supernatural (2005), and Chuck (2007). After her film debut on Casanova (2005) as Sister Beatrice, she starred in the sequel ...

The Walking Dead

5. Lennie James

Actor | The Walking Dead

Lennie James was born in Nottingham to Trinidadian parents, and grew up in South London. His mother, Phyllis Mary James, died when he was 12. Lennie and his older brother went into a council children's home. When he was 16 he was fostered with a social worker who had two older children, and they ...

The Walking Dead

6. David Morrissey

Actor | The Other Boleyn Girl

David Morrissey started acting at Everyman's Youth Theatre in Liverpool, where he was born and raised. He made an auspicious debut in One Summer (1983), a series about two Liverpool runaways. Following a degree at RADA, he worked with the theatre company Cheek By Jowl. He has also worked at theatre...

The Walking Dead

7. Cliff Curtis

Actor | Sunshine

Cliff Curtis was born in Rotorua, New Zealand, on July 27, 1968.

He is of New Zealand Maori descent (with Ngati Hauiti and Te Arawa tribal affiliations). He enrolled at the New Zealand Drama School, and then the Teatro Dmitri Scoula in Switzerland.

After returning to New Zealand from Europe, he was ...

Fear the Walking Dead

8. Frank Dillane

Actor | In the Heart of the Sea

Frank trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (R.A.D.A.), graduating in 2013.

As a child he played Christopher Henderson in 'Welcome to Sarajevo' (Channel 4/Miramax/Dragon Pictures) directed by Michael Winterbottom. Aged sixteen Frank played Tom Riddle in 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince...

Fear the Walking Dead

9. Alycia Debnam-Carey

Actress | Into the Storm

Alycia Jasmin Debnam-Carey was born on July 20, 1993. She is an actress from Australia. She grew up in Sydney, and graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in 2011 where she was a percussionist. In 2010, in partnership with the Berlin Philharmonic, she and around 40 other musicians...

Fear the Walking Dead

10. Michelle Ang

Actress | Fear the Walking Dead

Michelle is already well known around the world from her work as a regular cast member on the Australian show "Neighbours", "Outrageous Fortune" and the hit teen show "The Tribe".

She won "Best Actress in A Feature Film" at the New Zealand Film and Television Awards 2011 for "My Wedding and Other ...

Fear the Walking Dead

11. Nicole Kidman

Actress | Moulin Rouge!

Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas.

Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and ...

12. Bradley James

Actor | Underworld: Blood Wars

British-American actor, Bradley James, won his first role on the BBC pilot Dis/Connected. Show creators were so impressed with his work that they would go on to cast him as the young King Arthur in the hit show Merlin (2008) which aired on BBC & NBC. Of the eventual cast, James was the only cast ...

Damien-

13. George MacKay

Actor | Captain Fantastic

George MacKay was born 13 March, 1992 in Hammersmith, London, England, to Kim Baker, a costume designer, and Paul Christopher MacKay, a stage/lighting manager. His father is Australian.

At the age of ten, George was scouted to audition for a role in the family feature, Peter Pan (2003). He quickly ...

11.22.63- I really thought he was southern!

14. Daniel Webber

Actor | The Punisher

Daniel (Peter) Webber was born on the 28th of June, 1988 in the city of Gosford, New South Wales, Australia. His mother's name is Vick Webber, his father is Peter Webber, who ran a Tree Removal company for 20 years. He has an older sister Kylie Webber and a younger sister Sarah Webber. Daniel first...

11.22.63- Even though I think he's sounds like a hearing impaired person...

15. Kathryn Prescott

Actress | Skins

Kathryn Prescott (born 4 June 1991 in London, England) is an English actress best known for her role as Emily Fitch in the double BAFTA-winning teen drama Skins (2007). Prescott was born in Palmers Green, London, and is six minutes older than her twin sister Megan Prescott. Prior to professional ...

16. Colin Farrell

Actor | The Lobster

Colin Farrell is one of Ireland's biggest stars in Hollywood and abroad. His film presence has been filled with memorable roles that range from an inwardly tortured hit man, to an adventurous explorer, a determined-but-failing writer, and the greatest military leader in history.

Farrell was born on ...

The Phone Booth-

17. Toni Collette

Actress | Little Miss Sunshine

Toni Collette is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress, best known for her roles in The Sixth Sense (1999) and Little Miss Sunshine (2006).

Collette was born Toni Collett (she later added an "e") on November 1, 1972, in Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is the first of three...

18. Jamie Bamber

Actor | Battlestar Galactica

Jamie Bamber was born on April 3, 1973 in Hammersmith, London, England as Jamie St John Bamber Griffith. He is an actor and producer, known for Battlestar Galactica (2004), Law & Order: UK (2009) and Marcella (2016). He has been married to Kerry Norton since September 20, 2003. They have three ...

Battlestar Galactica

19. Hugo Weaving

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the ...

20. Idris Elba

Actor | Beasts of No Nation

An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped...

21. Charlie Hunnam

Actor | Sons of Anarchy

Charles Matthew Hunnam was born in Newcastle, England on April 10, 1980, to Jane (Bell), a business owner, and William Hunnam, a scrap metal merchant. At 18 years of age, he made a guest appearances in the popular TV series Byker Grove (1989).

He gained fame in Britain thanks to his television role ...

22. Naomi Watts

Actress | Mulholland Dr.

Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and...

Insurgent

23. Kate Winslet

Actress | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut...

Divergent Reading, Berkshire, England, UK

24. Alan Cumming

Actor | The Anniversary Party

Alan Cumming was born on January 27, 1965, in Aberfeldy, Scotland, to Mary (Darling), an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming. His family lived nearby in Dunkeld, where his father was a forester for Atholl Estate. The family (including his brother, Tom) moved to Fassfern near Fort William,...

The Good Wife Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland, UK

25. Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Actress | Without a Trace

Marianne Jean-Baptiste was born on April 26, 1967 in London, England as Marianne Raigipcien Jean-Baptiste. She is an actress and director, known for Without a Trace (2002), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Spy Game (2001). She has been married to Evan Williams since 1997. They have two children.

Blindspot London, England, UK

26. Sullivan Stapleton

Actor | 300: Rise of an Empire

Sullivan Stapleton was born on June 14, 1977 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for 300: Rise of an Empire (2014), Animal Kingdom (2010) and Gangster Squad (2013).

Blindspot Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

27. Rose Byrne

Actress | Spy

Rose Byrne was born in Balmain, Sydney, Australia. She is the daughter of Jane, a primary school administrator, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher.

She landed her first role in a movie, Dallas Doll (1994), when she was 15 years old.

Since then, Rose has appeared in a ...

X-Men: Apocalypse Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

28. Emma Ishta

Actress | Stitchers

Emma Ishta is an Australian actress known for Stitchers (2015-2017), I Smile Back (2015), and Manhattan Love Story (2014). She studied as a vocalist at the Queensland Conservatory of Music until her modeling career brought her to Sydney, Paris, London, and eventually New York. She is married to New...

Stitchers Brookfield, Brisbane, Australia (actually a Canadian show, but still)

29. James McAvoy

Actor | Filth

McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 11. He ...

Wanted Glasgow, Scotland, UK

30. Dominique Provost-Chalkley

Actress | Wynonna Earp

Dominique Provost-Chalkley was born in Bristol, England. She is an actress, known for Wynonna Earp (2016), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and The Curse of Buckout Road (2017).

Wynonna Earp Bristol, South West England

31. Dominic Cooper

Actor | The Devil's Double

Dominic Edward Cooper was born and raised in Greenwich, London, England. His mother, Julie (Heron), is a nursery school teacher and a keen theater-goer. His father, Brian Cooper, is an auctioneer. They divorced when Dominic was age 5. His maternal great-grandfather was film enthusiast E.T. Heron, ...

Preacher Greenwich, London, England, UK

32. Ruth Negga

Actress | Loving

Ruth Negga was born on January 7, 1982 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is an actress and producer, known for Loving (2016), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) and World War Z (2013).

Preacher orn in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Raised in Limerick, Ireland



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