21 Celebrity Shockers: We’re British!

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With celebrities popping up everywhere and from every corner of the globe, it can be hard to tell who’s from where just by looking at them.

Accents can be put-on and roles are often misleading. Here are our top 21 celebrities that you didn’t know were British, some of which are a massive surprise.

1. Andrew Lincoln

Seeing as Walking Dead features British born Lennie James, we thought we’d award our number one spot to British actor and leading man Andrew Lincoln.

After enjoying massive success in British sitcoms and dramas, Andrew made the move to Hollywood when he landed his massive role in AMC’s hit show. He got his big break playing Egg in the BBC drama This Life, and is famous across the ocean for playing Simon on the BBC Channel 4 sitcom Teachers and Mark in the British romantic comedy Love Actually.

He was born Andrew James Clutterbuck on September 14, 1973 in London to an English civil engineer and South African nurse of English descent. He grew up in Hull, but his family later moved to Bath when he was 10 years old. There, he attended the Beechen Cliff School. It was precisely at Beechen Cliff that a young Andrew, at fourteen years old, stepped on stage for the first time. He played the Artful Dodger in a school production of Oliver Twist.

Although he’s become world famous for his work on the Walking Dead, Andrew actually admitted to not watching the show:

“The original reason is the fact that I don’t actually enjoy looking at myself… And also because of the directorial choices that possibly, because I’ve done it, make you go, “Oh, there’s a take that blah-blah-blah.” But mainly because I did it for a while, I watched it, and it’s a self-conscious thing of watching myself and going, “Oh I like it when I do that. That’s kind of cool.”

“Oh, I don’t like it when I do that.” And that defeats the object of what I want to do as an actor, which is to try and be in the role and not be self-conscious. I watch great actors, great actors that I admire beyond all things and I see them replicate, and it’s very hard not to. I don’t want to do that. I just want to leave myself alone as much as I can. It breaks the spell, it breaks the magic somewhat.”

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