You might be surprised to learn that some of these 12 celebrities have British heritage or call Britain home. These are 12 surprising celebrities who are British, including one who was born in a London Underground station. How many did you know were Brits?
1 – Kim Cattrall
Perhaps most famous for her iconic role as Samantha in the Sex and the City franchise, Kim Cattrall was actually born in Liverpool in 1956.
The star only lived in Liverpool for three months as a child before her family emigrated to Canada.
In 2009, Kim appeared on an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? in which she traced her family, discovering that her grandfather was bigamous.
2 – Jamie Dornan
Currently starring in BBC’s The Tourist, many people know Jamie Dornan for his role as Christian Gray in the Fifty Shades of Gray films.
Due to his famous role, many assumed that Jamie was American like Christian Grey, but Jamie is originally from Northern Ireland.
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3 – Elizabeth Taylor
Screen siren Elizabeth Taylor was one of classic Hollywood’s most famous stars, but the actress was born in Hampstead, London.
Taylor was born in London in 1932, but when her parents saw World War II approaching the UK, they moved to California in 1939.
She already had American citizenship through her parents, who were both Americans.
4 – Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer has such a dramatic birth story, it could be featured on an episode of his talk show.
Springer was born in Highgate tube station while it was being used as a bomb shelter during World War II.
His mother was hiding from the German bombings when her son Gerald (Jerry) was born.
The Springer family lived in East Finchley, North London, until Jerry was four when they emigrated to New York.
5 – Christian Bale
A method actor and star of American Psycho and The Dark Knight, Christian Bale has won critical acclaim for his ability to become his characters, often undergoing dramatic physical transformations.
Bale’s performances are so compelling that some may not realize the actor is British.
Bale was born in Wales in 1974, his family later moved to Bournemouth.
6 – Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland’s Canadian parents were both actors working in Britain at the time of Kiefer’s birth.
The 24-year-old singer and his twin sister Rachel Sutherland were born in Paddington in 1966 and hold dual British and Canadian nationality.
7- Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts often plays Australian and American roles, but this actress grew up in Kent, south-east England and Wales.
Naomi was born in Shoreham, Kent in 1968.
Her mother was an antique dealer and theater designer, and her father was a sound engineer for Pink Floyd before he died when Naomi was just seven years old.
When she was 14, her family moved to Sydney, Australia.
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8 – Henry Cavill
Superman actor Henry Cavill rose to international fame when he donned the famous red cape for the role of Superman in the 2013 film Man of Steel.
Taking on such an iconic American role, many assume Cavill is also American, but he hails from Jersey in the Channel Islands.
9 – Sacha Baron Cohen
Actor and comedian Borat Sacha Baron Cohen is a master of different accents, adopting a range of voices to bring his comedic creations to life.
When not in character, this 50-year-old actor is a Londoner.
Her mother was born in Israel, where her German-Jewish grandparents immigrated.
10 – Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell is best known for her portrayal of Agent Peggy Carter in the hit Avengers film series.
This British actress was born in London but holds dual Anglo-American nationality because her father is American.
Although many of her early roles were on British television, many believe Atwell to be American since she moved to Los Angeles in 2015.
11 – Mischa Barton
OC star, Mischa Barton was born far away in Orange County, London, England.
Barton’s mother is Irish, so the actress has dual Irish and British nationality.
Barton’s family lived in the UK until the age of five, when they moved to New York.
12 – Charlie Hunnam
Watching him play his famous role as Californian Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy, you’d never guess Charlie Hunnam’s native Geordie accent.
Hunnam was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1980, and his family later moved to Melmerby in Cumbria.
Hunnam was also briefly cast in the acclaimed role of Jamie Dornan as Christian Gray in the film Fifty Shades, but pulled out due to scheduling conflicts.