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I'm not an American, but I play one on TV

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Englishman Hugh Laurie is the poster boy for this category.
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Aussie Yvonne Strahovski plays American spy Sarah Walker. Fun fact: her native language is Polish!
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British Ed Westwick plays Manhattan's teenage tycoon Chuck Bass.
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New Zealander Melanie Lynskey plays wacky Malibu neighbor Rose on 2.5 Men. Catch her using (I presume) her native accent in "Heavenly Creatures."
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Aussie Alex O'Laughlin is Hawaiian cop Steve McGarrett in the remake.


Not his first American role, by the by...
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Doctor Owen. Kevin McKidd, also of 'Journeyman' is a Scot.
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I don't watch this "Psych" ripoff :) but the other fake psychic detective Patrick Jane is played by Australian Simon Baker.

Welsh Owain Yeoman plays Wayne on the show, too.
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People who added this item 1466 Average listal rating (825 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.4
Both Anna Torv (Olivia) and John Noble (Walter) play Americans but are from Down Under.

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People who added this item 2211 Average listal rating (1323 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
Stephen Moyer (UK) puts on a Southern accent, as does Anna Paquin (who is Canadian AND a New Zealander, apparently) as Bill and Sookie.


Swede Alexander SkarsgÄrd plays a former Viking, now in America.
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Swedish sex symbol Joel Kinnaman does his best Kurt Cobain impersonation in this top-notch drama.
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Delicious Brit Andrew Lincoln plays Sheriff Rick.

Also starring Lennie James, who hails from the UK.
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Aussie Toni Collette plays several American-accented personalities in the Showtime dramedy.
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Matthew Rhys (Welsh) plays American Kevin Walker on this show,

As does Rachel Griffiths,(Sarah Walker) who also appeared on...
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...as Brenda Chenowith.
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Det. McNulty played by Dominic West (England)

Stringer Bell played by Idris Elba (England)

Tommy Carcetti played by Aidan Gillen (Ireland)
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People who added this item 666 Average listal rating (383 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
Captain Jack's John Barrowman was born in Scotland, and supposedly uses a Scottish accent at home. He uses the one he picked up living in America on the show, though.
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People who added this item 505 Average listal rating (330 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
Gabrielle Anwar (Fiona) started the series with an Irish accent, which I guess was pretty bad even though she is British. Now they have her sport an American one all the time.
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People who added this item 1595 Average listal rating (971 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.7
Brit Jamie Bamber puts on an American accent as Lee Adama.
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People who added this item 571 Average listal rating (361 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
James Callis is English; he plays time-traveling Dr. Grant on this show.
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People who added this item 232 Average listal rating (134 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.7
British Paul Blackthorne was American Harry Dresden. Interestingly, American Terrence Mann played a Brit in this show.
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People who added this item 325 Average listal rating (216 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
One of my favorite characters of all time is Det. Charlie Crews of California, played with a terrific American accent by dreamy Damian Lewis.
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Aussie Rose Byrne is American Ellen Parsons.
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British-born Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller played Chicago bros Linc and Michael on this show. Both guys were raised outside Britain, however.

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The iconic role of Sarah Connor was played by British-by-way-of-Bermuda Lena Headey.
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People who added this item 234 Average listal rating (147 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.7
Brit Michelle Ryan played the titular American bionic unit in this pointless remake.

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People who added this item 637 Average listal rating (451 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.7
Englishman Linus Roache gamely tried on an American accent in the latter years of this program.
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People who added this item 1461 Average listal rating (1132 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 8
John Mahoney, who played Martin Crane, is actually British, though it's his TV sons who have the affected accents on this show.
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People who added this item 1401 Average listal rating (926 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Starred British Joely Richardson and Aussie Julian McMahon as Americans.

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My favorite transvestite, Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver both hail from the UK, and they played American grifters in this show.

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Title lawman Eli Stone is played by Scottish Jonny Lee Miller.
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People who added this item 1275 Average listal rating (781 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.4
All-American pie waitress Chuck is played by British Anna Friel.

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Alan Dale, who played an Englishman on LOST, is actually a Kiwi. He played the American patriarch of the Meade family on UB.

Dale also played an American VP on "24".
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Portia de Rossi is from Australia; she plays Veronica on BoT. She was also an American on "Arrested Development" and "Ally McBeal", but I like this show better. She rocked on 'Ted.'
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Dublin-born Jason O'Mara played NYPD Det. Sam Tyler in this unnecessary remake of the far superior original program.

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Irish Glenn Quinn did such a good job at a midwest accent on Roseanne that people thought his actual accent, used on "Angel" was fake.
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People who added this item 789 Average listal rating (410 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.7
Al Swearingen's Old West accent was a little shaky - put it down to the character played by Ian McShane was a more recent immigrant from Old Blighty.
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Packed with Brit actors playing American, including Damian Lewis and Jamie Bamber, but also:
Shane Taylor (Doc Roe)

also:Peter Youngblood Hills (Shifty Powers)
Nicholas Aaron (Popeye Winn)
Dexter Fletcher (Sgt. Martin)
Robin Laing (Babe Heffron)
Rick Warden (Harry Welsh)
Matthew Leitch (Tab Talbert)
Marc Warren (Blythe)
Peter O'Meara (Lt. Dike) - Irish
Stephen Graham (Mike Ranney)
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Fully 2/3 of the team were not born on the American Mainland. Those sporting the US accents were Brit Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Viv...

Aussies Poppy Montgomery as Sam and Anthony LaPaglia as Jack.

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People who added this item 639 Average listal rating (401 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 8
Here's Lennie James (UK) again, playing Hawkins, another American.
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People who added this item 414 Average listal rating (251 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.7
The aforementioned Alex O'Laughlin and Sophia Myles (British) play Americans in this show.
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"Full Monty"-er Mark Addy played the All-American slob on this show.

(He's now back to being British on "Game of Thrones," as is...
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...Dane Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played an American-accented immortal on this show.
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Rufus Sewell is British, though his character wasn't.
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Aussie Emilie de Ravin got to speak in her native accent for LOST, but as Tess she had to speak American.
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Jewelry purveyor and British person Jane Seymour portrayed the old-west Doc.
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People who added this item 1484 Average listal rating (1041 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.7
Lucy Lawless dropped her Kiwi accent to play action-heroine Xena.
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People who added this item 542 Average listal rating (379 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.4
Danny John-Jules played the Cat with an American Accent. Sadly, I have never seen this show.
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Bad witch Faye is played by Aussie Phoebe Tonkin.
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Here's Jason O'Mara again, this time as the father figure in the time-traveling family drama "Terra Nova."

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Joe Anderson, who hails from the UK, stars as American Lincoln Cole in this show.
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In the past couple years, there seemed to be a rash of Brits and Australians and others copping an American accent (unnecessarily, in some cases) to play characters on American TV. According to a documentary, in 2008 one-third of all piloted American TV series had British people in a starring or main supporting role. Most of the shows on this list were on the air at the same time!

Here are some of them.

(Not rated in order of accent's effectiveness.)

Suggestions welcome; I'm still working on it. Note: I'm really looking at main characters, not guest spots, and trying to put in one picture per actor, even though some play more than one American role.

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