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23rd Nov '17 4:27:39 AM Fireblood
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* Nepalese-Ukrainian actress Amrita Acharia, who played the Dothraki handmaiden Irri on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' for two seasons, describes herself on her Twitter page as "ambiguously foreign".

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* Norwegian actress of Nepalese-Ukrainian actress origin Amrita Acharia, who played the Dothraki handmaiden Irri on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' for two seasons, describes herself on her Twitter page as "ambiguously foreign".



* Over his long and illustrious career, the Welsh Creator/AnthonyHopkins has portrayed Brits, Spaniards, New Zealanders, Americans, Greeks, Germans, and even a black guy... ''twice''. In ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' he and fellow welsh person Creator/CatherineZetaJones play Mexicans, father and daughter.
* Music/VanessaHudgens has a part Native American, part Irish father and a Filipino mother, with also Chinese and Spanish ancestry, and has been cast in mainly Hispanic roles, and as being from a fictional east asian country much like Thailand in ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}''. In an interview she said that she had auditioned for the role of Esmerelda in an amateur production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame because "[[https://youtu.be/Ev2ToILLMTk?t=1m53s I've got her ethnic looks going on]]".

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* Over his long and illustrious career, the Welsh Creator/AnthonyHopkins has portrayed Brits, Spaniards, New Zealanders, Americans, Greeks, Germans, and even a black guy... ''twice''. In ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' he and fellow welsh Welsh person Creator/CatherineZetaJones play Mexicans, a father and daughter.
* Music/VanessaHudgens has a part Native American, part Irish father and a Filipino mother, with also Chinese and Spanish ancestry, and has been cast in mainly Hispanic roles, and as being from a fictional east asian East Asian country much like Thailand in ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}''. In an interview she said that she had auditioned for the role of Esmerelda in an amateur production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame because "[[https://youtu.be/Ev2ToILLMTk?t=1m53s I've got her ethnic looks going on]]".



* Creator/BenKingsley was born in England of an English mother and Indian father. His roles have included several Jews (of various nationalities) as well as many other Middle Eastern characters, Indians ([[Film/{{Gandhi}} one of which]] was his breakout role and won him an Oscar), Americans, Russians, Italians, at least one Frenchman ([[Film/{{Hugo}} Georges Méliès]]), a [[Film/EndersGame Maori]], and an Egyptian (Potiphar). In ''Film/IronMan3'', he plays a Middle Eastern terrorist [[spoiler: who's really a British actor who looks foreign enough to pretend to be a vaguely-Asian person, lampshading this trope.]]

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* Creator/BenKingsley was born in England of to an English mother and Indian father. His roles have included several Jews (of various nationalities) as well as many other Middle Eastern characters, Indians ([[Film/{{Gandhi}} one of which]] was his breakout role and won him an Oscar), Americans, Russians, Italians, at least one Frenchman ([[Film/{{Hugo}} Georges Méliès]]), a [[Film/EndersGame Maori]], and an Egyptian (Potiphar). In ''Film/IronMan3'', he plays a Middle Eastern terrorist [[spoiler: who's really a British actor who looks foreign enough to pretend to be a vaguely-Asian person, lampshading this trope.]]]] In fact, many people have assumed he's Jewish due to the number he played, though Kingsley corrected them that no, so far as he knows that isn't the case (his mother was born out of wedlock and did not talk about her background, so it's possible but unconfirmed).



* Creator/IanMcShane has a rather swarthy olive-complexion meaning he doesn't look out of place as more Mediterranean roles and he can also do a fine Russian accent such as in Series/TheWestWing and as Mr Bobinsky.

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* Creator/IanMcShane has a rather swarthy olive-complexion olive complexion, meaning he doesn't look out of place as more Mediterranean roles and he can also do a fine Russian accent accent, such as in Series/TheWestWing and as Mr Mr. Bobinsky.



* Creator/ZacharyQuinto is an American of Irish and Italian ancestry. His characters have been Iranian, Greek, and his most famous role is a half-human [[Film/StarTrek alien]]. That said, the alien is also half-American and possibly of Irish ancestry,[[note]]"Grayson", the alien's human mother's surname, is either Scottish or Irish[[/note]] and his ''[[Series/{{Heroes}} second]]''-most famous role had him play an American who also may have been of Irish ancestry[[note]]"Gray" could be from anywhere in the British Isles.[[/note]]

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* Creator/ZacharyQuinto is an American of Irish and Italian ancestry. His characters have been Iranian, Greek, and his most famous role is a half-human [[Film/StarTrek alien]]. That said, the alien is also half-American and possibly of Irish ancestry,[[note]]"Grayson", the alien's human mother's surname, is either Scottish or Irish[[/note]] and his ''[[Series/{{Heroes}} second]]''-most famous role had him play an American who also may have been of Irish ancestry[[note]]"Gray" ancestry.[[note]]"Gray" could be from anywhere in the British Isles.[[/note]]



* Creator/OmarSharif was Egyptian, but so well established as an international actor that nobody questioned his ability to play practically any nationality. His most famous role was in ''Film/DoctorZhivago'' as the titular ''[[FakeRussian Russian]]''.

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* Creator/OmarSharif was Egyptian, but so well established well-established as an international actor that nobody questioned his ability to play practically any nationality. His most famous role was in ''Film/DoctorZhivago'' as the titular ''[[FakeRussian Russian]]''.



* Reece Ritchie, an Englishman of partial South-African descent, has played Iraqi, Greek, Indian, Iranian, Minoan, Australian, Persian, Israeli and Egyptian characters.

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* Reece Ritchie, an Englishman of partial South-African South African descent, has played Iraqi, Greek, Indian, Iranian, Minoan, Australian, Persian, Israeli and Egyptian characters.
23rd Nov '17 4:13:44 AM Fireblood
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* Omid Djalili (Iranian, but emigrated to Britain as a child) is usually roped in on British TV to play anyone vaguely Middle-Easten, North African or even south European- he played a Greek cabbie in ''Literature/MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals'' in 2009. He's sneaked into a number of seriously big hollywood films as a result of this including ''Film/TheMummy1999'' and ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.

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* Omid Djalili (Iranian, but emigrated to (born in Britain as a child) to Iranian parents) is usually roped in on British TV to play anyone vaguely Middle-Easten, North African or even south European- he played a Greek cabbie in ''Literature/MyFamilyAndOtherAnimals'' in 2009. He's sneaked into a number of seriously big hollywood Hollywood films as a result of this including ''Film/TheMummy1999'' and ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.



* Yugoslavian[[note]]She's ethnically Serbian, but is from Croatian capital of Zagreb, which she left when the [[BalkanizeMe known unpleasantries]] started. She also explicitly regrets the break-up of Yugoslavia.[[/note]] actress Mira Furlan plays a Frenchwoman on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Her cute accent was a plus in her role as the [[Series/BabylonFive Minbari ambassador Delenn]].
* The Jewish American-British Creator/AndrewGarfield is possibly one of these. He's well-known for playing the Brazilian Jew Eduardo Saverin in ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', but has also played standard-issue Brits and Americans in movies like ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' and ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. Also, he is slated to star in a biopic of the Hungarian Jewish, Spanish war photographer, Robert Capa.

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* Yugoslavian[[note]]She's ethnically Serbian, but is Slovene-Croat and Jewish, hailing from the Croatian capital of Zagreb, which she left when the [[BalkanizeMe known unpleasantries]] started. She also explicitly regrets the break-up of Yugoslavia.[[/note]] actress Mira Furlan plays a Frenchwoman on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Her cute accent was a plus in her role as the [[Series/BabylonFive Minbari ambassador Delenn]].
* The Jewish American-British Creator/AndrewGarfield is possibly one of these. He's well-known for playing the Brazilian Jew Eduardo Saverin in ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', but has also played standard-issue Brits and Americans in movies like ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' and ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. Also, he is slated to star in a biopic of the Hungarian Jewish, Spanish Jewish/Spanish war photographer, photographer Robert Capa.



* Jenette Goldstein is Jewish-American but has been able to pass herself off as numerous different nationalities - her IMDB page even describing her as "a true chameleon". Her [[{{Film/Aliens}} most famous role]] has her playing a Mexican and she played another hispanic in ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas''. She also played Irish in ''{{Film/Titanic 1997}}'' and ''Film/ThePresidio'', a caucasion blonde in ''Near Dark'' and she finally got be Jewish in ''Film/LethalWeapon2''.

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* Jenette Goldstein is Jewish-American but has been able to pass herself off as numerous different nationalities - her IMDB page even describing her as "a true chameleon". Her [[{{Film/Aliens}} most famous role]] has her playing a Mexican and she played another hispanic Hispanic in ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas''. She also played Irish in ''{{Film/Titanic 1997}}'' and ''Film/ThePresidio'', a caucasion Caucasion blonde in ''Near Dark'' and she finally got be Jewish in ''Film/LethalWeapon2''.
12th Oct '17 9:37:17 AM MatthewRenn
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* {{Sylvester Stallone}}, a man of Italian, Ukranian, and French descent, is frequently cast as an ethnic Italian-American (see {{Rocky}}), but has also played a Hungarian-American in ''F.I.S.T.'', the son of a Swede in ''{{Judge Dredd}}'', an AmbiguouslyHuman alien in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', and a man of mixed German, Indian, Swedish, and Native American ancestry in the [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} ''Rambo'' series]].
9th Oct '17 9:08:56 AM CosmicFerret
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* Arnold Vosloo is a South African actor best known for playing Arabs (and an [[Film/TheMummyTrilogy Ancient Egyptian priest]].)

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* Arnold Vosloo Creator/ArnoldVosloo is a South African actor best known for playing Arabs (and an [[Film/TheMummyTrilogy Ancient Egyptian priest]].)
30th Sep '17 8:49:43 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/BenKingsley was born in England of an English mother and Indian father. His roles have included several Jews (of various nationalities) as well as many other Middle Eastern characters, Indians ([[Film/{{Gandhi}} one of which]] was his breakout role and won him an Oscar), Americans, Russians, Italians, at least one Frenchman ([[{{Hugo}} Georges Méliès]]), a [[Film/EndersGame Maori]], and an Egyptian (Potiphar). In ''Film/IronMan3'', he plays a Middle Eastern terrorist [[spoiler: who's really a British actor who looks foreign enough to pretend to be a vaguely-Asian person, lampshading this trope.]]

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* Creator/BenKingsley was born in England of an English mother and Indian father. His roles have included several Jews (of various nationalities) as well as many other Middle Eastern characters, Indians ([[Film/{{Gandhi}} one of which]] was his breakout role and won him an Oscar), Americans, Russians, Italians, at least one Frenchman ([[{{Hugo}} ([[Film/{{Hugo}} Georges Méliès]]), a [[Film/EndersGame Maori]], and an Egyptian (Potiphar). In ''Film/IronMan3'', he plays a Middle Eastern terrorist [[spoiler: who's really a British actor who looks foreign enough to pretend to be a vaguely-Asian person, lampshading this trope.]]
23rd Sep '17 8:49:09 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0888937/ Titos Vandis]], Greek, who played (among others) three unrelated characters of varying ethnicities on ''BarneyMiller'', none of whom were Greek; there was a Puerto Rican, a [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} Romani]], and another one.

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* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0888937/ Titos Vandis]], Greek, who played (among others) three unrelated characters of varying ethnicities on ''BarneyMiller'', ''Series/BarneyMiller'', none of whom were Greek; there was a Puerto Rican, a [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} Romani]], and another one.
21st Sep '17 4:48:36 AM Morgenthaler
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17th Sep '17 12:05:55 PM DustSnitch
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* Israeli actress Creator/GalGadot usually played as a European, American, and a Greek Amazonian BadassPrincess [[Comicbook/WonderWoman superheroine]].

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* Israeli actress Creator/GalGadot usually played as a European, American, and a Greek Amazonian BadassPrincess [[Comicbook/WonderWoman superheroine]].
13th Sep '17 12:21:59 AM bwburke94
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* Canadian actress Creator/TatianaMaslany has Ukrainian, Polish, German, Austrian, and Romanian ancestry, amongst others. Amongst the nationalities she's played include American, English, German, Ukrainian, and Finnish. In ''[[Series/OrphanBlack a single series]]''. [[spoiler:The fact that all of her characters are clones helps explain their similar appearances somewhat]], but Maslany could credibly pass for any of these nationalities, which also helps make it more believable.

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* Canadian actress Creator/TatianaMaslany has Ukrainian, Polish, German, Austrian, and Romanian ancestry, amongst others. Amongst the nationalities she's played include American, English, German, Ukrainian, and Finnish. In ''[[Series/OrphanBlack a single series]]''. [[spoiler:The The fact that all of her characters are clones helps explain their similar appearances somewhat]], somewhat, but Maslany could credibly pass for any of these nationalities, which also helps make it more believable.
12th Sep '17 5:50:19 PM nombretomado
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* Over his long and illustrious career, the Welsh AnthonyHopkins has portrayed Brits, Spaniards, New Zealanders, Americans, Greeks, Germans, and even a black guy... ''twice''. In ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' he and fellow welsh person Creator/CatherineZetaJones play Mexicans, father and daughter.

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* Over his long and illustrious career, the Welsh AnthonyHopkins Creator/AnthonyHopkins has portrayed Brits, Spaniards, New Zealanders, Americans, Greeks, Germans, and even a black guy... ''twice''. In ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' he and fellow welsh person Creator/CatherineZetaJones play Mexicans, father and daughter.
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