Top 10 English Actors with the Best American Accent

Here are some English actors that you would never know that they were English in an American role.
The Top Ten
1 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

He can master every American or foreign accent thrown his way, with all the nuances of 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. 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 Perot and Bugs Bunny). He's insane, in a good way.

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. He has never used the same dialect twice in any of his movies. That's talent.

2 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.
3 Tom Wilkinson
4 Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is an English actor. Known for his versatility and physical transformations for his roles, he has been a leading man in films of several genres. He has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. Forbes magazine... read more

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

5 Idris Elba Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba OBE is an English actor, producer, musician and DJ known for playing drug trafficker Stringer Bell on the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther on the BBC One series Luther and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
6 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 let him. He is THE BEST.

7 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.

I didn't know he was English until I looked up his biography.

I had no idea Hugh Laurie was from the UK until I heard his Emmy award acceptance speech. It had me completely thinking he was from Urbana, Illinois.

8 Tom Holland Thomas Stanley "Tom" Holland is an English actor and dancer. Holland is known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and starring in the 2012 film The Impossible. He started his career in 2008 when he played the lead role named Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot The Musical on Broadway in... read more
9 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
10 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 movie version of "Emma" with Kate Beckinsale, in her born accent, and the version with Gwyneth Paltrow, you really see the difference between a bad fake British accent (Gwyneth Paltrow lacks authenticity in her British accent) and a real one. 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, which I love to hear, she's doing a great job sounding like an American.

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

The Contenders
11 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.

12 James McAvoy James McAvoy is a Scottish actor. He made his acting d├ębut 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.

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

13 Mark Addy
14 Jim Sturgess

Jim had no touch of English in 21. He is also superb with the Irish accent in Fifty Dead Men Walking.

In 21 (the first time I saw him), I would have never guessed he was from the UK.

15 Jamie Bamber
16 Ian McShane
17 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.
18 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.

19 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.
20 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.
21 Ed Westwick
22 Joely Richardson

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

23 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
24 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. He's best known for The Amazing Spider-Man films, and The Social Network (a film about the founding of Facebook),... read more
25 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.

He had an awful accent in Lara Croft, mediocre in Knives Out, but very good in Logan Lucky.

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