Have you ever been perusing the internet or reading a magazine (yes, they are still printed and sold in stores) and discovered that an actor you love isn’t American? That their ability to imitate an American accent is so good, you never guessed they were a native of another country? This happens to me so often, I’m beginning to think I have no ear for accents at all. And that I should just assume that the most talented actors are bred in the U.K. Here are some people I didn’t know were British…
Gillian Anderson: I watched every single episode of The X-Files every single week and never knew she was a Brit. Only within the past couple of years did I finally clue in.
Damian Lewis: first saw him in Dreamcatcher, then every gorgeous, heart-wrenching episode of Band Of Brothers and most recently in the smartest show currently on TV, Homeland. Never knew he was British until TWO DAYS AGO, when I finally watched the latest Graham Norton Show which has been in my DVR for 5 days.
Catherine Zeta-Jones: okay, I haven’t exactly been following her career but I have seen a few of her films, so when I read recently that she was born in Wales, it surprised me that I never heard it before. Now that I know it, though, it seems stupid that I hadn’t guessed already. There’s something distinctly European about her.
Andrew Lincoln: as in Rick Grimes, the lead character in that show I watch every Sunday night, The Walking Dead. How did I not know this???
Who surprised you?