63 Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think

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List of the most surprising celebrity birthplaces. While famous actors and musicians are often known for growing up in certain places, or living there when they first gained fame, many were born in cities and countries that rarely come up in interviews. For example, Nicole Kidman is Australian, right? Sure, but she was born in the U.S. You already knew that Charlize Theron was born in South Africa, but did you know that Emma Watson was born in France?

This list includes a number of famous people born to military parents while they were stationed 'overseas,' including Americans Bruce Willis, Martin Lawrence, and Jackson Browne, all of whom were born in Germany. Others are just the children of jet-setting parents who met in school, worked together, or simply traveled often.

British/English entertainers Freddie Mercury, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Strummer were born in Zanzibar, Nigeria, and Turkey, respectively. English-speaking celebrities born in Israel, Ukraine, Lebanon, Japan, Bulgaria, and India all appear on this list.
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  1. Mila Kunis - Chernivtsi, Ukrai... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 63 Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think
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    Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the USSR to Los Angeles with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in several television series and commercials, ...more

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    • Age: 32
    • Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
    • Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting
    • Children: Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher
  2. Emma Watson - Paris, France is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 63 Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think
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    Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is an English actress, model, and activist. Watson rose to prominence as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011, previously having acted only in school plays. The franchise earned Watson worldwide fame, ...more

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    • Age: 25
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Model, Actor
  3. Amy Adams - Vicenza, Italy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 63 Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think
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    Amy Lou Adams is an American actress and singer. Adams began her career on stage performing in dinner theatre and later made her feature film debut in Drop Dead Gorgeous. After moving to Los Angeles and appearing in a series of television guest appearances and roles in B movies, Adams appeared as Brenda ...more

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    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Singer, Dancer
    • Children: Aviana Olea Le Gallo
  4. Natalie Portman - Jerusalem, I... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 63 Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think
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    Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born American actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream success came when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. In 1999, she enrolled at Harvard ...more

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    • Age: 34
    • Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Film Director
    • Children: Aleph Portman-Millepied
  5. Nicole Kidman - Honolulu, Hawa... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 63 Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think
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    Nicole Mary Kidman, AC is an Australian actress and film producer. Kidman's breakthrough film role was in the 1989 thriller Dead Calm. After appearing in several films in the early 1990s, she came to worldwide recognition for her performances in the auto racing film Days of Thunder, the romance Far and ...more

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    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Singer
    • Children: Connor Cruise, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, Isabella Jane Cruise
  6. Joaquin Phoenix - Río Piedras,... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 63 Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think
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    Joaquin Phoenix, known formerly as Leaf Phoenix, is a Puerto Rican-born American actor, producer, music video director, musician and activist. He has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, winning one, and three Academy Awards. Phoenix started his career by appearing in episodes on television ...more

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    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
    • Profession: Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Music video director, + more
  7. Lupita Nyong'o is a Mexican-Kenyan actress and film director. She was born in Mexico, but was raised in Kenya. She attended college in the United States, earning a Bachelor's degree in film and theater studies from Hampshire College. Nyong'o started in the film industry as a production assistant on ...more

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    • Age: 32
    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
    • Profession: Actor, Music video director, Film Director
  8. Russell Crowe - Wellington, Ne... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 63 Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think
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    Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia and identifies himself as an Australian. He came to international attention for his role as the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film ...more

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    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Profession: Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Singer, Film Director
    • Children: Charles Spencer Crowe, Tennyson Spencer Crowe
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