22 British Celebrities Who Stole Our Hearts (PHOTOS)

When actors change their voices so often for different roles, it can be hard to distinguish just what they really sound like, but when they're off-screen, we're always delighted to hear an authentic British accent. It manages to sound sexy, smart and downright magnetic, perhaps because it's so different from our own.

The talent and charm of these 22 British celebrities have helped them grow a huge fan base in the USA. Which one is your favorite?

 

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  • Keira Knightley

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    Keira Knightley has always made a splash in films from Pirates of the Caribbean to Love Actually to Anna Karenina.

  • Colin Firth

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    Who doesn't love Mr. Darcy? Colin Firth always charms us in his roles in films like Bridget Jones's Diary and Love Actually.

  • Emma Watson

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    This Harry Potter star is beloved for her elegance, as well as her intelligence. Though she stunned us as Hermione Granger, we also loved her performances in The Perks of Being A Wallflower and The Bling Ring.

  • Spice Girls

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    This girl band totally rocked the '90s, and we'd be lying if we said we didn't still love them more than anything.

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  • Idris Elba

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    Who doesn't love Idis Elba, with his smouldering looks and velvety voice. The Londoner shines in the TV series Luther, as well as Thor.

  • David and Victoria Beckham

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    These "It" Brits have become one of the most iconic, stylish couples in the world. You can thank David's soccer career and Victoria's style and former singing career for that.

  • Daniel Radcliffe

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    Harry Potter will always have a place in our hearts, and so will this actor, who also impressed us in both Kill Your Darlings and The Woman in Black.

  • Emily Blunt

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    This actress surprised us with her incredible singing voice in Into the Woods, but she first really got onto our radar in The Devil Wears Prada.

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  • One Direction

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    This may just be the biggest boy band to come out of the UK since the Beatles — and we're not complaining. One Direction delivers some catchy pop music while also looking mighty cute.

  • Carey Mulligan

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    This Brit made the perfect Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, but we also love her in films like Never Let Me Go and Drive.

  • The Royal Family

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    Even before Kate Middleton and Prince William were extravagantly married, Americans have loved watching the royals' every move, from Princess Diana to Prince Harry.

  • Kate Winslet

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    As Rose in Titanic, Kate Winslet first transfixed us. She later went on to take on equally charming roles in films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Revolutionary Road.

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  • Ewan McGregor

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    We'll never forget this actor's portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, but he stole our hearts in Trainspotting.

  • Hugh Grant

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    Another Love Actually favorite, Hugh Grant always makes us smile. His dreamy roles include About A BoyNotting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

  • Eddie Redmayne

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    The newly-Academy Award-winning actor always makes us smile, whether he is portraying Stephen Hawking in The Imitation Game or Marius in Les Miserables.

  • Emilia Clarke

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    This actress stepped onto our radar first thanks to Game of Thrones, and it's clear that she is here to stay, having recently starred in this summer's Terminator film.

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  • Orlando Bloom

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    This Brit is no stranger to action, as he proves as Legolas in the The Lord of the Rings and Will Turner in The Pirates of the Caribbean.

  • Clive Owen

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    This handsome Brit always has our heart, whether he's starring in his art house films or action flicks.

  • Tom Hiddleston

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    As Loki in The Avengers, this charming Brit takes on a sexy character of the super-powered alien leader. You might also remember him as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris.

  • Helen Mirren

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    With such a long, successful career, Helen Mirren has always stood out to us as a truly poised star, from her early years acting on the BBC to her major role in The Queen.

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  • Daniel Craig

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    As James Bond, Daniel Craig absolutely captivates us — but he's just as good in other action-packed films like Quantum of Solace and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

  • Julie Andrews

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    Her unforgettable portrayal of Maria in The Sound of Music made Julie Andrews a huge star, and even before that, she stole our hearts as the wonderful Mary Poppins.

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