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* [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Stan Laurel]]



* Jaime Murray (formerly of ''Series/{{Hustle}}'', she played Lila in ''Series/{{Dexter}}'')

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* Jaime Murray Creator/JaimeMurray (formerly of ''Series/{{Hustle}}'', she played Lila in ''Series/{{Dexter}}'')



* Creator/GordonRamsay, of "Hell's Kitchen"

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* Creator/GordonRamsay, of "Hell's Kitchen"Creator/GordonRamsay



* Creator/DudleyMoore
* Creator/MalcolmMcDowell
* Creator/JohnCleese
* Creator/EricIdle



* Creator/AnthonyHopkins, said he didn't fit in well in the theater world in England and lived in the States for a time in the Seventies, then moved back after his success after ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' in 1990.

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* Creator/AnthonyHopkins, said he didn't fit in well in the theater world in England and lived in the States for a time in the Seventies, TheSeventies, then moved back after his success after ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' in 1990.


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* In ''TheTVSet'' Ioan Gruffudd plays Richard [=McCallister=], a TV executive who moves from England to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles to take a job as second-in-command at a fictional TV network, which is headed by Lenny (Creator/SigourneyWeaver). Richard tries to counter-balance Lenny's fervent desire for high ratings by emphasizing the need for quality programming and preserving the writer's wishes. Richard's wife Chloe, played by Creator/LucyDavis, hates UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and eventually leaves Richard to return to England.

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* In ''TheTVSet'' ''Film/TheTVSet'' Ioan Gruffudd plays Richard [=McCallister=], a TV executive who moves from England to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles to take a job as second-in-command at a fictional TV network, which is headed by Lenny (Creator/SigourneyWeaver). Richard tries to counter-balance Lenny's fervent desire for high ratings by emphasizing the need for quality programming and preserving the writer's wishes. Richard's wife Chloe, played by Creator/LucyDavis, hates UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and eventually leaves Richard to return to England.


* In ''TheTVSet'' Ioan Gruffudd plays Richard [=McCallister=], a TV executive who moves from England to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles to take a job as second-in-command at a fictional TV network, which is headed by Lenny (Creator/SigourneyWeaver). Richard tries to counter-balance Lenny's fervent desire for high ratings by emphasizing the need for quality programming and preserving the writer's wishes. Richard's wife Chloe, played by Lucy Davis, hates UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and eventually leaves Richard to return to England.

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* In ''TheTVSet'' Ioan Gruffudd plays Richard [=McCallister=], a TV executive who moves from England to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles to take a job as second-in-command at a fictional TV network, which is headed by Lenny (Creator/SigourneyWeaver). Richard tries to counter-balance Lenny's fervent desire for high ratings by emphasizing the need for quality programming and preserving the writer's wishes. Richard's wife Chloe, played by Lucy Davis, Creator/LucyDavis, hates UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and eventually leaves Richard to return to England.


* Three OlderThanTelevision examples: Creator/CharlieChaplin in the silent era, and Creator/BorisKarloff and Creator/CAubreySmith in the early talkies.



* Many Black Britons like Creator/ThandieNewton find themselves working in America given the lack of roles for non-white actors, especially on television where the majority of shows are period pieces or about the Royal Family - meaning [[MonochromeCasting they feature majority white casts]].

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* Many Black Britons like Creator/ThandieNewton find themselves working in America given the lack of roles for non-white actors, especially on television where the majority of shows are period pieces or about the Royal Family - meaning [[MonochromeCasting they feature majority white casts]].casts]], though Creator/TheBBC has tried to change things in that department.



* Two OlderThanTelevision examples: Creator/CharlieChaplin in the silent era and Creator/BorisKarloff in the early talkies.



* C. Aubrey Smith


* Appropriately enough considering the aforementioned ''Extras'' example, Creator/RickyGervais himself has been getting in some American movies, like ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' and a starring role in ''Film/GhostTown''. He has made repeated references to this trope in real life, like appearing by satellite when Creator/StephenMerchant won a Bafta to congratulate him -- and to casually point out that he himself has won bigger awards, "...American ones."

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* Appropriately enough considering the aforementioned ''Extras'' example, Creator/RickyGervais himself has been getting in some American movies, like ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' and a starring role in ''Film/GhostTown''.''Film/{{Ghost Town|2008}}''. He has made repeated references to this trope in real life, like appearing by satellite when Creator/StephenMerchant won a Bafta to congratulate him -- and to casually point out that he himself has won bigger awards, "...American ones."


* Some major movie franchises like ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Film/JamesBond'' and ''Film/HarryPotter'', originate in British literature and have some of the finest British actors around. The majority of their funding is American.

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* Some major movie franchises like ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Film/JamesBond'' and ''Film/HarryPotter'', originate in British literature and have some of the finest British actors around.around in lead roles. The majority of their funding is American.

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* Some major movie franchises like ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Film/JamesBond'' and ''Film/HarryPotter'', originate in British literature and have some of the finest British actors around. The majority of their funding is American.


* Creator/CliveOwen.
* Creator/CaryGrant.
* Creator/DavidNiven.

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* Creator/HenryCavill
* Creator/JamieBell
* Creator/TomHolland
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The popularity of British actors is also due to the fact that they are a) cheaper, b) less likely to be doing films and c) less likely to be barred from gay roles by their agents. And then there's this final selling point for the Hollywood studios, probably the most important: They speak English!

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The popularity of British actors is also due to the fact that they are a) cheaper, b) less likely to be doing films (though that's less and less the case) and c) less likely to be barred from gay roles by their agents. And then there's this final selling point for the Hollywood studios, probably the most important: They speak English!


** Music/AtomicKitten tried, their covers of "The Tide Is High" and "Eternal Flame" getting attached to a few movie soundtracks. It didn't take and they remained in the UK for the rest of their time.

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** Music/AtomicKitten tried, their covers of "The Tide Is High" and High," "Eternal Flame" and "Locomotion" getting attached to a few movie soundtracks. It didn't take and they remained in the UK for the rest of their time.



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* Music/SClub7 managed to do this in fiction as well as Real Life (see below). Their first set of TV shows and specials were about a struggling band trying to make it in America. The first season ''Miami 7'' was merely a WorkCom involving them working at a hotel where they also got to perform, but the second and third seasons show them going to Los Angeles to try and make it.


* It hasn't been lost on people that the three biggest American superheroes, for a while, were all played by Brits. The American-British Creator/AndrewGarfield is Spiderman, Creator/Henry Cavill is Superman, and Creator/ChristianBale used to be Batman. Sadly for ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'' readers, Israeli actress Creator/GalGadot thwarted hopes for a full house by being cast as Wonder Woman.

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* It hasn't been lost on people that the three biggest American superheroes, for a while, were all played by Brits. The American-British Creator/AndrewGarfield is Spiderman, Creator/Henry Cavill Creator/HenryCavill is Superman, and Creator/ChristianBale used to be Batman. Sadly for ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'' readers, Israeli actress Creator/GalGadot thwarted hopes for a full house by being cast as Wonder Woman.


* Matthew Macfadyen did it after he left ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' before giving up and came back to the UK.
** David Oyelowo, also of ''Spooks'', did it and actually succeeded, starring as Martin Luther King Jr. in the critical darling ''Film/{{Selma}}''.

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* Matthew Macfadyen Creator/MatthewMacFadyen did it after he left ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' before giving up and came back to the UK.
** David Oyelowo, Creator/DavidOyelowo, also of ''Spooks'', did it and actually succeeded, starring as Martin Luther King Jr. UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr in the critical darling ''Film/{{Selma}}''.



* Liz Taylor, Roddy [=McDowall=] and other British child actors of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII era did this, overlapping with BlitzEvacuees. Taylor was born in the U.K. of U.S. parents.

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* Liz Taylor, Roddy [=McDowall=] Creator/ElizabethTaylor, Creator/RoddyMcDowall and other British child actors of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII era did this, overlapping with BlitzEvacuees. Taylor was born in the U.K. of U.S. parents.



* Stephen Moyer of ''Series/TrueBlood'', although his accent is VERY convincing.

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* Stephen Moyer Creator/StephenMoyer of ''Series/TrueBlood'', although his accent is VERY convincing.



* Jane Seymour has taken to it so well that she's now an American citizen.

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* Jane Seymour Creator/JaneSeymourActress has taken to it so well that she's now an American citizen.



* It hasn't been lost on people that the three biggest American superheroes, for a while, were all played by Brits. The American-British Andrew Garfield is Spiderman, Henry Cavill is Superman, and Christian Bale used to be Batman. Sadly for ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'' readers, Israeli actress Gal Gadot thwarted hopes for a full house by being cast as Wonder Woman.

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* It hasn't been lost on people that the three biggest American superheroes, for a while, were all played by Brits. The American-British Andrew Garfield Creator/AndrewGarfield is Spiderman, Henry Creator/Henry Cavill is Superman, and Christian Bale Creator/ChristianBale used to be Batman. Sadly for ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Mail]]'' readers, Israeli actress Gal Gadot Creator/GalGadot thwarted hopes for a full house by being cast as Wonder Woman.


** Albert Hammond, who sung of a less-than idealised experience in "It Never Rains in Southern California".

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** Albert Hammond, who sung of a [[HorribleHollywood less-than idealised experience experience]] in "It Never Rains in Southern California".


* More or less mandatory in ProfessionalWrestling, although going to Japan is a common variant.

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* More or less mandatory in ProfessionalWrestling, although [[{{Japandering}} going to Japan Japan]] is a common variant.

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