Best American Accent by An English Actor

Shakester
Here are some English actors that you would never know that they were English in an American role.

The Top Ten

1 Orlando Bloom Orlando Bloom Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom is an English actor. After having his breakthrough as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he rose to fame by further appearing in epic fantasy, historical epic, and fantasy adventure films.

With all my respect, his American accent is unconvincing (we can hear his Britishness through it all the time.) How he is #1? It's an accent contest, not a beauty one. - PicotiPicota

His American accent is terrible. - BeatlesFan1964

Elizabethtown (Drew Baylor), Main Street (Harris Parker). - tem

2 Gary Oldman Gary Oldman Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, musician, and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style, Oldman is one of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film, and television. He has received a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award: ...read more.

Gary Oldman is so good at accents that a guy on Amazon left a negative review of "Darkest Hour", stating that Churchill shouldn't be portrayed by an "American actor".

In fact, he can perfectly recreate any regional accent as well as accents from non-English speaking countries (Russia, Romania, Germany) and idiolects (like the unique Lee H. Oswald accent in JFK.) And he has never used the same dialect twice in any of his movies. That's talent.

THE master of accents. But how is Bloom's horrible American accent #1?

Best American accentS would be more accurate. He can do them all.

He can master every American or foreign accent thrown at his way, with all the nuances of it (speech speed, rhythm, cadence, and other details) and change it for each character he plays. His voice is always unique in each of his features, even if it's sometimes subtle. And when the character doesn't come from a specific place and era, he builds an accent based on real voices, like Jean-Baptiste-Emmanuel Zorg in "The Fifth Element" (a mix between Ross Perrot and Bugs Bunny). He's insane, in a good way. - PicotiPicota

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3 Hugh Laurie Hugh Laurie James Hugh Calum Laurie, is an English actor, writer, director, musician, singer, comedian, and author.

His accent is a "made-up" one, rather than something that exists. He adds some American features to his speech (hard R's, long vowels, etc.) to replace the English ones, which create something that sounds American, but can't be placed anywhere on a map, just like Bob Hoskins did before him. But he seems to do it well, given the number of positive comments I read about it across the web! - PicotiPicota

I had no idea Hugh Laurie was from the U. K. until I heard his Emmy award acceptance speech. Had me completely thinking he was from Urbana, Illinois. - howie115

he did good american accents in Black Adder and House - Flyingcobra

I didn't know he was English until I looked up his bio. - LadyLioness

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4 Christian Bale Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.

So amazing and most of his movies are down with an American accent and he does it so well, that's why his movies are so good and thank God he got an Oscar - roblist

Can even do a Batman voice with an American accent. That's something.

5 Kate Beckinsale Kate Beckinsale Kathrin Romary "Kate" Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is a British actress. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993) while still a student at the University of Oxford. She then appeared in British costume dramas such as Prince of Jutland (1994), Cold ...read more.

When you see the " Emma " movie version with Kate Beckinsale ( in her born accent ) and the " Emma " movie version with Gwyneth Paltrow,you really see the difference between a bad fake brit accent ( Gwyneth Paltrow sucks in her brit accent ) and a real brit. But this British actress doesn't sound fake on the other hand when she's doing an American accent.

For someone who's got a strong british accent like her ( I love to hear her brit accent ) she's doing a great job to sound like an American.

She nails it. Jim Sturgess kind of lost it a little bit in 21, in my opinion, but Kate rocked hers in Click. - ilovekelly75

6 James McAvoy James McAvoy James McAvoy is a Scottish actor. He made his acting début as a teen in 1995's The Near Room and continued to make mostly television appearances until 2003, when his feature film career began and he continued to work in both areas from then on.

Even when he slips into his original accent a few times, it was still one of the best from a non American

He's Scottish, but his English accent in Wanted was the best I've heard!

7 Daniel Day Lewis Daniel Day Lewis Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor. He holds both British and Irish citizenship. He has won 3 Academy Awards for Best Actor for My Left Foot, There Will be Blood, and Lincoln.

Not just American.. He can nail any accent! Just gotta let him. He is THE BEST

There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New York, - Shakester

8 Mark Addy

the dad on Still Standing - ilovekelly75

I loved the show still standing never guessed he was British

9 Jim Sturgess

Jim had no touch of english in 21. He is also superb with the Irish aceent in 'Fifity Dead Men Walking'.

21 (First time I've seen him and I would of never guessed he was from the UK. - Shakester

10 Jamie Bamber

The Contenders

11 Mark Strong Mark Strong Mark Strong is an English film and television actor. He is known for his role in the television series Our Friends in the North and films such as Syriana, RocknRolla, Body of Lies, The Young Victoria, Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood, Kick-Ass, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Green Lantern, Zero Dark Thirty, ...read more.
12 Ian McShane
13 Tom Hiddleston Tom Hiddleston Thomas William Hiddleston is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in Thor, The Avengers, and Thor: The Dark World.
14 Idris Akuna Elba

The Wire (Stinger Bell), American Gangster (Tango) - Shakester

15 Tilda Swinton Tilda Swinton Katherine Matilda "Tilda" Swinton of Kimmerghame is an Anglo-Scottish actress, performance artist, model, and fashion muse, known for both arthouse and mainstream films.

Her American accent wasn't very good at first but it's absolutely awesome now

16 Kate Winslet Kate Winslet Kate Elizabeth Winslet, is an English actress and singer. She is the recipient of an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, and three BAFTA Awards.
17 Robert Pattinson Robert Pattinson Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson is an English actor, producer, model, and musician. He started his film career by playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a 2005 fantasy film.
18 Ed Westwick
19 Joely Richardson

Nip/Tuck she has an American accent.
A Girl with a Dragon Tattoo she has an English accent.

20 Andrew Lincoln Andrew Lincoln Andrew James Clutterbuck (born 14 September 1973), better known by his stage name Andrew Lincoln, is an English actor. His first major role was in the BBC drama This Life, followed by roles such as Simon Casey in the Channel 4 sitcom Teachers and Mark in the Christmas-themed romantic comedy film Love ...read more.

CORAL! - PicotiPicota

21 Andrew Garfield Andrew Garfield Andrew Russell Garfield is a British-American actor. Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Epsom, Surrey, Garfield began his career on the UK stage and in television productions.
22 Vivien Leigh Vivien Leigh Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh and Lady Olivier, was an English stage and film actress.

She set the standard for the Southern accent in movies for decades. - PicotiPicota

23 Daniel Craig Daniel Craig Daniel Wroughton Craig is an English actor. Craig trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991, before beginning his career on stage.

Awful accent in Lara Croft,mediocre in Knives Out but very good in Logan Lucky. - Tia-Harribel

Logan Lucky

24 Joseph Finnes

Love him on flash forward. He is so charming. - Stitch013

25 John Barrowman John Barrowman John Scot Barrowman is a Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter and writer. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he moved to the United States with his family in 1975.
26 Theo James

Four from Divergent is a full on Brit! Check out the behind the scenes stuff. I couldn't even tell until I watched the

27 Lucy Punch

"Bad Teacher" (2012)

28 Jude Law Jude Law David Jude Heyworth Law (born 29 December 1972), is an English actor. He has received nominations for two Academy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and two British Academy Awards, winning one. In 2007, he received an Honorary César and was named a knight of the Order ...read more.

Hmmm... no. His American accent is always mixed with his native one. Sorry. - PicotiPicota

29 Henry Cavill Henry Cavill Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill is a British actor. He began his career with roles in the feature adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo and I Capture the Castle.
30 Stephen Graham

As Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire - Billyv

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