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10 Foreign Actors That Might Have You Fooled

Updated on July 18, 2013

Growing up I always had a fascination with actors that could turn an American accent on and off. It seemed to be a skill among foreign actors that truly signified that they were good actors. What better way to judge them than by how well they can fool you into thinking that they are actually American? Here’s a few current actors that you may or may not know, with great American accents.

Ryan Kwanten

Ryan Kwanten got his start in 1992 in his homeland with series like A Country Practice and Spellbinder. Originally born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Ryan shows off his accent skills in the series you may be familiar with called True Blood. He plays the role of Jason Stackhouse, some most would call a self-absorbed womanizer.

Idris Elba

You may have seen Idris flaunting his American accent in This Christmas, The Wire and while playing alongside Beyonce in Obsessed where he played her debonair husband. Idris is originally born in Hackney, London, England. He has been on the acting scene since 1994.

Simon Baker

Simon Baker is from Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. He got his career jump started in 1987. His American-accented acting shows up in his now hit TV series, The Mentalist. A series about a consultant for an investigation agency, that uses his quirky keen senses to solve cases. He also plays as a sexy gardener in Something New alongside Sanaa Hamri.

Henry Cavill

This dashing British actor is from Jersey, Channel Islands which is located between the UK and northern France. He's the newest flavor of Superman portrayers with dark hair and hero physique to boot. His accent is definitely nowhere to be seen in this role. His acting skills have spanned since 2001.

Matthew Rhys

From the popular series Brothers and Sisters, Matthew Rhys’ Welsh accent can’t be traced. His first acting role began in 1997. He can also be found minus his Welsh accent in a newer series called The Americans. He plays alongside Kerry Russell as a KGB agent.

Hugh Laurie

Most know him by his cane-reliant role on House as a sourly sarcastic brilliant doctor that has what it takes to figure out the next disease with a cure that stumps even the most studied of doctors. His birthplace is Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. He has been in a number of acting roles. Did you also know he was an accomplished musician as well? His main focus is on jazz and blues. Check this out:

Charles Hunnam

I mean wow! I never would have guessed this one. You probably know Charlie Hunnam from his Sons of Anarchy role as Jax. He plays a hard core biker in a world full of guns, bar fights and lots of other insanities. Unlike his biker role, Charlie is from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He has been in a number of roles since 1989. He’s probably also pretty well known for his fit physique by most. They probably never made time to even notice he had an accent.

Eamonn Walker

A former Oz star, Eamonn Walker tossed aside his London, England, UK accent portraying a convict. I was shocked by this one as well. He also played in the Golden Globe nominated movie, Cadillac Records as a blues singer, Howlin’ Wolf. And get this, he did the singing himself as well. He made his acting debut back in 1983 playing a punk rocker in a musical called Labelled with Love.

Sam Palladio

Sam Palladio is probably the newest talent on this list with his acting career starting in 2010. Some will know him for his role on the series Nashville, where he ditches his Pembury, Kent, England accent for a more southern drawl. He does quite well at it. Well enough to have this Texan fooled. Here he stars as a singer/songwriter. Something he also does outside of his acting profession.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

You may have seen Chiwetel in movies such as Salt, 2012 or Redbelt. All movies, I might add that he ditched his Forest Gate, London, England accent in. His acting career took off in 1995 and he has truly made himself a name in showbiz.

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I’m sure you’ve heard that not everything is what it seems when it comes to the big screen. With these fine actors that expression rings true. It’s almost hard to tell these days where an actor is from just by gauging his accent on film. Like I said before, isn’t that the point? To make you believe the character is real and not someone pretending to be someone else. Obviously these actors don’t find it hard to manipulate their own native accents. In fact, they make it seem downright easy. Who knows, maybe it is. But doesn’t it sound cool?


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      NiaG 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I know. They do so well don't they? I saw a movie today with Eamonn Walker in it and I just shook my head because there was not a trace of his accent in it. Thanks for stopping by Elias! Have a good day.

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Interesting hub , Nia. I was aware of some of the actors in your list but i didn't know that Ryan Kwanten was Australian. Perhaps it was his True Blood role as a Southerner that made it hard to believe. Yet as an actor that is one's job :)

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      NiaG 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks amandajoyshapiro! I think I was most shocked by Charlie Hunam. And his personality seems sooo different from his character. In doing this hub I listened to the actor's accents and he seems so happy-go-lucky in his interviews. I didn't really like Sons of Anarchy but maybe he'll turn me around. :0) Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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      amandajoyshapiro 4 years ago

      Great Hub! I knew about Hugh Laurie and Henry Cavill, but had no idea about Simon Baker and Idris Elba.

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Yes, you may call me MOS. I don't like Man of Strength, but couldn't change it. I love stopping by, the scenery is so lovely.

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      NiaG 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      You're a nut MOS, may I call you MOS? It's funny cause I started to put Christopher Waltz but didn't. I'll probably do an actress list next. There were a few that I came across while doing the list for this. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Nia,

      This is another interesting hub, I tip my cap to you, young lady. Of the actors on the list, I was mostly fooled by Hugh Laurie. Ill never forget when I heard him speak as himself, my jaw hit the floor. He played an American so well on House. He didn't make the list but I like Christoph Waltz. He's German but was excellent in Django. I enjoy Chicago Fire, so I was really fooled by Eamonn Walker. He does a good job as the fire chief. You know I'm going to vote this all the way UP!