30 Non-American Actors That Everyone Thinks Are American

Have you ever wondered about celebrity nationality? Some of your favorite actors actually have British, Irish, and other accents. Find out who!

Hollywood is the oldest film industry in the world (over 121 years old) and the largest in terms of revenue, producing several hundred films each year. What’s interesting to note, however, is that Bollywood (India’s film industry) is actually the largest in terms of the number of films produced and number of tickets sold. But did you ever realize how diverse celebrity nationalities are in the US?

According to SAG/AFTRA (the union that represents professional actors in the US), there are over 100,000 actors in the US, including some of our favorites. With such a large group, it should come as no surprise that they’re not all American. Some are the children of immigrants, some immigrated as children, and others came into the US as adults. Here are a few of our favorite non-American actors, that many don’t realize are foreign-born.

Guess the celebrity nationality for each person! Are you shocked?

1.) Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gossling

Celebrity Nationality: Canadian

Famous for: Blue Valentine, La La Land, The Notebook and Remember the Titans.

2.) Michael J. Fox

celebrity nationality Michael J. Fox
Celebrity Nationality: Canadian

Famous for: TV’s Family Ties, as well as movies including Back to the Future and Doc Hollywood

3.) Mila Kunis

celebrity nationality Mila Kunis

Celebrity Nationality: Ukrainian

Famous for: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Max Payne, The Book of Eli, Friends with Benefits, Ted

4.) Naomi Watts

celebrity heritage Naomi Watts
Celebrity Nationality: British

Famous for: Mulholland Drive, The Ring, Eastern Promises, The International

5.) Natalie Portman

Israeli celebrity Natalie Portman

Celebrity Nationality: Israeli

Famous for: Garden State, Jackie, Black Swan

6.) Alexander Skarsgard

Swedish celebrity Alexander Skarsgard

Celebrity Nationality: Swedish

Famous for: HBO’s True Blood

7.) Cary Grant

British celebrity Cary Grant

Celebrity Nationality: British

Famous for:  Grant was a classic American actor (even though he wasn’t American), starring in over seventy films including The Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby, and His Girl Friday.

8.) Charlize Theron

South African celebrity Charlize Theron

Celebrity Nationality: South African

Famous for: The Devil’s Advocate, The Cider House Rules, Monster, YoungAdult.

9.) Chris Hemsworth

Australian Celebrity Chris Helmsworth

Celebrity Nationality: Australian

Famous for: Thor, The Avengers Series, A Perfect Getaway

10.) Rachel McAdams

Canadian Celebrity Rachel McAdams

Celebrity Nationality: Canadian

Famous for: The Hot Chick, Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, The Family Stone

11.) Robert Pattinson

British celebrity Robert Pattinson

Celebrity Nationality: British

Famous for: The Twilight Series

12.) Christian Bale

Welsh celebrity Christian Bale
Celebrity Nationality: Welsh

Famous for: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, American Hustle

13.) Catherine Zeta-Jones

Celebrity heritage Catherine Zeta Jones

Celebrity Nationality: Welsh

Famous for: The Mask of Zoro, Chicago, America’s Sweethearts. Married to actor Michael Douglas, she also had one of the most expensive weddings of all time!

14.) Hugh Laurie

Celebrity nationality Hugh Laurie

Celebrity Nationality: British
Famous for: House, M.D.

15.) Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Celebrity Nationality: British

Famous for: The Wire, Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Prometheus, Pacific Rim

16.) Jamie Dornan

Irish celebrity Jamie Dornan

Celebrity Nationality: Irish

Famous for: 50 Shade of Grey, The Fall, Marie Antoinette

17.) Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves
Celebrity Nationality: Canadian

Famous for: Point Break, Speed, The Matrix

18.) Margot Robbie

Celebrity heritage Margot Robbie

Celebrity Nationality: Australian

Famous for: The Wolf of Wallstreet, I, Tonya, Suicide Squad

19.) Ed Westwick

British celebrity working in America Ed Westwick

Celebrity Nationality: British

Famous for: Gossip Girl, Son of Rambow, Chalet Girl, Romeo and Juliet, Last Flight

20.) Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam

Celebrity Nationality: British

Famous for: FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Green Street, Queer as Folk

21.) Kiefer Sutherland

kiefer sutherland

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Celebrity Nationality: British

Famous for: 24, Designated Survivor, The Lost Boys

22.) Oscar Isaac

oscar isaac

Celebrity Nationality: Guatemala

Famous for: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Triple Frontier, Ex Machina

23.) Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall

Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Celebrity Nationality: British

Famous for: Sex and the City

24.) Portia de Rossi

portia de rossi


Celebrity Nationality: Australian

Famous for: Arrested Development, Ally McBeal, Scandal

25.) Henry Cavill

henry cavill

Celebrity Nationality: British

Famous for: Man of Steel, Justice League, The Witcher

26.) Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis

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Celebrity Nationality: British

Famous for: There Will Be Blood, The Last of the Mohicans, Lincoln

27.) Jim Carrey

jim carrey

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Celebrity Nationality: Canadian

Famous for: Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Truman Show

28.) Will Arnett

will arnett

Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock

Celebrity Nationality: Canadian

Famous for: Arrested Development, BoJack Horseman, The Lego Movie

29.) Emily Blunt

emily blunt

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Celebrity Nationality: British

Famous for: Mary Poppins Returns, A Quiet Place, The Devil Wears Prada

30.) Seth Rogen

seth rogen

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Celebrity Nationality: Canadian

Famous for: Superbad, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up

Did you already know these actors weren’t American or did a few surprise you? Tell us in the comments!