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Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents


If you’re like me, I love a good accent! Whether it be British or Australian or Irish or Scottish or whatever, accents are absolutely heaven. Speaking of accents, have you ever wondered which TV actors portraying characters with American accents actually originate from a different country?  Well, here are 17 actors that not only hail from different parts of the world, but are also extremely talented individuals who do a fantastic job of hiding their accents.

1. Matthew Rhys
Origin: Wales
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
He’s known for playing Kevin Walker on ‘Brothers & Sisters,’ and he currently is getting rave reviews for portraying Phillip Jennings on ‘The Americans.’ As good as Matthew Rhys is at playing an “American,” he originates from Wales. I have to admit, I prefer that accent!

2. Yvonne Strahovski
Origin: Australia
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
Despite making headlines as Hannah on HBO’s hit ‘Dexter,’ Yvonne Strahovski will always have a special place in ‘Chuck’ fans hearts as Sarah Walker. Well, another reason to adore the blonde bombshell is for her Australian vernacular.

3. Owain Yeoman
Origin: Wales
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
He is adored for playing CBI Agent Wayne Rigsby on ‘The Mentalist,’ but Owain Yeoman is also recognized for - yes, his good looks - but also that Welsh accent. I wonder what it would take to have Yeoman slowly phase out his American accent on the show?

4. Rose Byrne
Country of Origin: Australia
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
To me, Rose Byrne will always be Alex from ‘Wicker Park.’ Remember that movie starring Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger? Most recently, the Aussie actress is recognized for her latest major TV role as Ellen Parsons on FX’s ‘Damages.’

5. Idris Elba
Country of Origin: England
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
Idris Elba isn’t afraid to let that British accent shine on BBC’s Luther, but when he starred as Charles Miner on ‘The Office’ or Russell “Stringer” Bell on ‘The Wire,’ Elba kicked the accent to the curb.

6. Anna Torv
Origin: Australia
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
Aussie Anna Torv will always be loved for playing Olivia Dunham on ‘Fringe,’ alongside Joshua Jackson and John Noble. Who is ready to see Torv once again shine on the small screen? Raise your hand high!

7. Simon Baker
Origin: Australia
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
I know it’s hard to pay attention to Simon Baker’s voice as Patrick Jane on ‘The Mentalist,’ especially with that smile, but next time you see him in an interview check out Baker’s Australian accent. Can you say hot stuff?

8. Toni Collette
Origin: Australia
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
From ‘United States of Tara’ to ‘The Sixth Sense’ to ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ Toni Collette has played some great roles, both on TV and on the big screen without her awesome Australian accent. You can see Collette continue to show off her American accent this fall on CBS’ ‘Hostages,’ alongside Dylan McDermott.

9. Alex O’Loughlin
Origin: Australia
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
Two words: Australian and abs. Yep, that pretty much explains Alex O’Loughlin. Of course there is more to the actor than that, as he has made a name for himself as former Navy SEAL and current investigator Steve McGarrett on ‘Hawaii Five-0.’

10. Gabrielle Anwar
Origin: England
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
Who would have thought Gabrielle Anwar originates from England? The ‘Burn Notice’ actress is definitely not shy to the acting world and has been appearing on the small and silver screens for quite some time now.

11. Kevin McKidd
Origin: Scotland
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
Let’s take a moment to stare at Kevin McKidd’s gorgeousness. Okay, now that that’s done, let’s talk about how much hotter his ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ character (he plays Dr. Owen Hunt) would be if he showed off that thick accent!

12. Rachel Griffiths
Origin: Australia
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
She’s appeared in so many American TV shows and movies, it’s quite hard to believe she’s Australian. From ‘Six Feet Under’ to ‘Brothers & Sisters’ to ‘Camp’ to ‘My Best Friends Wedding,’ Griffiths has truly made her mark in the acting world.

13. Andrew Lincoln
Origin: England
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
It might come as a surprise that Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on ‘The Walking Dead,’ actually comes from England. Before appearing on the hit zombie series, Lincoln was busy showing off his British side in the best romantic comedy aka ‘Love Actually’!

14. Tammin Sursok
Origin: South Africa
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
Tammin Sursok plays the deeply hated blind girl Jenna Marshall on ABC Family’s ‘Pretty Little Liars.’ Well, she’s definitely not anything like her character in real life. I guarantee your opinion of her will change as soon as you hear her South African vernacular.

15. Damian Lewis
Origin: England
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
He has won award after award for portraying U.S. Marine and Congressman Nicholas Brody on ‘Homeland,’ but in real life Damian Lewis has won hearts for that English accent. Can he please win more awards, so we can hear that accent during his acceptance speeches?

16. Archie Panjabi
Origin: England
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
Emmy-winning actress Archie Panjabi plays mysterious in-house investigator Kalinda Sharma on ‘The Good Wife.’ She never let’s her British accent shine on TV, but she sure did in everybody’s favorite soccer movie ‘Bend It Like Beckham.’

17. Ed Westwick
Origin: England
Invasion of the Accent: TV Actors with Adept American Accents
I purposely saved the best for last: Ed Westwick. Sigh. He’s just so dreamy, especially as Chuck Bass on ‘Gossip Girl.’ When I first watched the show, I had no idea he was from England. Once I heard him in an interview, I loved him even more.

Which actor are you most surprised to learn has an accent?


Anonymous

Message Posted On Sep 23rd, 2013, 1:31 am
I second the Hugh Laurie comment!!
mike1616

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Message Posted On Aug 3rd, 2013, 6:41 pm

I was a little shocked to see that 14. Tammin Sursok was not Australian after all. I have heard her talking off camera and I would not have thought she was  from South Africa, because that is quite a distinctive accent and hard to descise. There are 2 names that should be on this list and I was supprised to see them missing. 1st is Elisabeth Taylor and the 2nd is Sean Connery. both have done American accents in the past and both have strong natural accents from there homelands. But as an Aussie, I must say I am proud that so many of my countrymen are making there mark in the entertainment industry, GO AUSSIES, OIE, OIE, OIE  ;-)

lordkinbote

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Message Posted On Aug 2nd, 2013, 5:07 pm

Also, lest we forget Robert Taylor who plays the lead character in "Longmire" being from Australia also, doing a pretty good Wyoming accent to my ears.  But, then again I'm a Chicago city boy, so what would I know about Wyoming? ;-)  I never would've known he wasn't American if I hadn't looked up the show during its first season.  Sometimes accents can just...feel authentic and that's the mark of a person who's good with accents, like Tatiana Maslany on "Orphan Black."  Her British accents feel authentic to me and I've seen good and no so good British accents before.  Don't like to rag on people's not so good accents though 'cause they can be tough to do.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 31st, 2013, 11:41 pm
Grant Bowler & Tony Curran in SyFy's "Defiance." I'd never have guessed they weren't American until I heard an interview featuring both of them. And Diane Kruger is doing an absolutely terrific job as an El Paso detective in FX' version of "The Bridge" -- and consider that English isn't even her FIRST language!!!
PaulMcG UK

Message Posted On Jul 31st, 2013, 5:49 pm
Gabrielle Anwar tried to be Irish in the first episode of 'Burn Notice' as her back story was she was ex-IRA. One, you are never ex-IRA and two her accent was bloody awful. Thanks to anonymous about Joel Kinnaman from 'The Killing' I never knew he was Swedish, he is great as a Eminem wannabe.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 26th, 2013, 5:26 am
nobody is mentioning john noble? i was shocked when i first heard him interviewed because of his native accent.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 26th, 2013, 1:46 am
hugh laurie??????
dave_edi2009

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Message Posted On Jul 25th, 2013, 9:57 pm
Archie Panjabi played a Brit in The Fall with Gillian Anderson also playing a Brit.
wildcard

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Message Posted On Jul 25th, 2013, 7:56 pm

You also forgot Charlie Hunnum, who play Jackson Teller in Sons of Anarchy

Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 25th, 2013, 1:09 pm
Also Matt Passmore From The Glades had to include him as he is from my hometown in Brisbane Queensland, Australia :) Same with Jacinda Barrett Actress and Wife of Gabriel Macht (AKA Harvey Spector from Suits) he has spent many a time here in Brisbane :)
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