20 Celebrities You Didn’t Realize Had Accents

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EE British Academy Film Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals
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Riz Ahmed

I’m embarrassed to admit that it took a really long time to realize that our collective boyfriend, Riz Ahmed, is in fact English. You’d never know this from his role on Girls or The Night Of but his real accent is English. The more you know!

 

2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards  - Red Carpet
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Toni Collette

Genuinely shook about this one. Her role in Hereditary is so jarring, so wounded, so terrifying…and she was faking an American accent that whole time? Yup, Collette is Australian. Wow.

 

Aviron Pictures' Los Angeles Premiere Of 'A Private War' - Red Carpet
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Jamie Dornan

That’s right: Christian Grey is secretly Irish. (He’s from a town called Holywood – one “l” – in Northern Ireland.) I’m very comfortable with this information.

 

FOX's Teen Choice Awards 2018 - Red Carpet

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KJ Apa
If your Riverdale knowledge is limited to the show and does not include the ravenous consumption of each actors’ social media and interview appearances, then you might be surprised to learn that Apa is actually from New Zealand, cute Kiwi accent and all.

 

Women In Film 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards Presented By Max Mara And Lancome - Arrivals
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Katherine Langford
The 13 Reasons Why star may have a convincing as heck American accent on the show, but Langford is secretly Australian.

 

The Olivier Awards With Mastercard - Inside
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Alfred Enoch
Perhaps you watched Enoch on How To Get Away With Murder and forgot that he was also Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter films (glow up!)—in that case, you might not have realised that he’s been suppressing his English accent on the show.

 

Celebrity Sightings At 2017 Toronto International Film Festival
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Charlie Hunnam
The Sons of Anarchy babe is also an American accent faker. He’s from Newcastle in England. Yeah, he’s that hot and he has an accent. Swoon.

 

24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals
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Yael Stone
Stone’s amazing New York accent on Orange Is the New Black is so convincing that you may not realize she’s hiding a genuine Australian accent. That’s good acting!

 

 

Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 10th Annual Governors Awards - Arrivals
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Rosamund Pike
Speaking of great acting, Pike has been an American in a lot of movies and shows. But it’s a ruse: She’s English.

 

25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals
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Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie is a total chameleon in her roles, but her actual accent is Australian. Jeez, there are a lot of secret Australians running around Hollywood.

 

2018 British Academy Britannia Awards presented by Jaguar Land Rover and American Airlines - Inside
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Damian Lewis
The Billions and Homeland star hasn’t used his real-life English accent much on-screen at this point, but when he does now you’ll know to expect it.

 

'Vice' Press Conference - 69th Berlinale International Film Festival
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Christian Bale
There he is! Remember how confused everyone was earlier this year, when Bale went to accept his Best Actor Golden Globe for Vice and he had an accent? Yup he was born in Wales to English parents, so he definitely doesn’t sound American.

 

 

Michael Douglas Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
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Catherine Zeta-Jones
I don’t know why it took so long to realize how frequently Zeta-Jones masks her actual Welsh accent. Maybe it’s because she’s just that good.

 

 

55th New York Film Festival - 'The Square'
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Dominic West
The star of HBO’s The Affair may have the Brooklyn dad accent down, but he’s actually English.

 

 

Masterpiece Photo Call
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Ruth Wilson
And the other half of The Affair’s leading duo is also hiding a British accent. Jeez, were no Americans available, HBO?

 

 

85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
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Daniel Day Lewis
Daniel Day Lewis is one of the most lauded actors of his generation, so it makes sense that his methodical character studies would effectively hide his real English accent.

 

 

Celebrities Visit Build - May 23, 2018
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Simon Baker
Wait, what? The Mentalist? The guy Andie cheats on her boyfriend with in The Devil Wears Prada? That guy was Australian?! Well then. My entire understanding of the world just changed. It’s fine, I’m fine.

 

 

2019 Winter TCA Tour - FOX - Arrivals
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Stephen Moyer
I understand that True Blood star Moyer is in fact English, but he will always have Bill’s sexy Southern drawl to me and there’s nothing he can do to change my mind. Sorry, Stephen Moyer!

 

 

Celebrities Visit Build - August 15, 2018
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Rose Byrne
Byrne can play anything—she absolutely slayed it as a meek British curator in the supremely underrated Juliet, Naked—but she’s actually Australian.

 

'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' U.S. Premiere

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Henry Cavill
Superman is British! Did we know this? Is this okay? I think it’s okay.

Source: MarieClaire.com

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