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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. 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: age 32
    • Birthplace: Ukraine, Chernivtsi
    • Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting
  2. 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: age 25
    • Birthplace: France, Paris
    • Profession: Model, Actor
  3. 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: age 41
    • Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Singer, Dancer
    • Children: Aviana Olea Le Gallo
  4. 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: age 34
    • Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Film Director
    • Children: Aleph Portman-Millepied
  5. Nicole Kidman - Honolulu, Hawaii
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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: age 48
    • Birthplace: USA, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Singer
    • Children: Connor Cruise, Isabella Jane Cruise, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban
  6. 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: 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: age 32
    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
    • Profession: Actor, Music video director, Film Director
  8. 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: age 51
    • Birthplace: New Zealand, Wellington
    • Profession: Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Singer, Film Director
    • Children: Tennyson Spencer Crowe, Charles Spencer Crowe
  9. Isla Lang Fisher is an actress who began her acting career on Australian television. She was born to Scottish parents in Oman and raised in Australia. She appeared on the children's adventure series Bay Cove, and the short-lived soap opera Paradise Beach, before playing Shannon Reed on the soap opera ...more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Muscat, Oman
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Writer
    • Children: Elula Lottie Miriam Cohen, Olive Baron Cohen
  10. Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian actor, director, producer, musician, and author. Reeves is most well known for his acting career, beginning in 1985 and spanning for more than three decades. He gained fame for his starring role performances in several blockbuster films including comedies from the Bill ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Lebanon, Beirut
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Children: Ava Archer Syme-Reeves
  11. Lena Headey - Hamilton, Bermuda
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    Lena Headey is an English actress. After being scouted at age 17, she worked steadily as an actress in small and supporting roles in films throughout the 1990s, before finding fame for her lead performances in big-budget films such as the fantasy film The Brothers Grimm, in which she acted opposite Matt ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Bermuda, Hamilton
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Children: Wylie Elliot Loughran
  12. Walter Bruce Willis is an American actor, producer and singer. His career began on the Off-Broadway stage and then in television in the 1980s, most notably as David Addison in Moonlighting. He is perhaps best known for his role of John McClane in the Die Hard series, which were mostly critical and ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Idar-Oberstein, West Germany
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Children: Scout LaRue Willis, Rumer Willis, Tallulah Belle Willis, Mabel Ray Willis
  13. Vanessa Joy Lachey is an American television personality, television host, fashion model, and actress. Minnillo was also named Miss Teen USA in 1998. She has been a New York-based correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and hosted Total Request Live on MTV.more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Angeles, Philippines
    • Profession: VJ, Model, Actor, Presenter, TV Personality
    • Children: Camden John Lachey
  14. Charlize Theron - Benoni, Transvaal Province, South Africa
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    Charlize Theron is a South African and American actress, producer, and fashion model. She starred in early films in the late 1990s, such as The Devil's Advocate, Mighty Joe Young and The Cider House Rules. Theron received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, for ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: South Africa, Benoni, Gauteng
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Film Director
    • Children: Jackson Theron
  15. Anna Helene Paquin is a Canadian-born New Zealand actress. Her first film was The Piano, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in March 1994 at the age of 11, making her the second youngest winner in Oscar history. She later appeared in a number of successful films, including ...more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
  16. Nina Dobrev is a Bulgarian Canadian actress and model. She played the role of Mia Jones, the single teenage mother, on Degrassi: The Next Generation, from the show's sixth to ninth season. Since 2009 she has starred as Elena Gilbert on The CW's supernatural drama, The Vampire Diaries.more

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    • Age: age 26
    • Birthplace: Bulgaria, Sofia
    • Profession: Gymnast, Model, Actor, Voice acting
  17. Giada Pamela De Laurentiis is an Italian-born American chef, writer, television personality, and the host of the current Food Network television program Giada at Home. She also appears regularly as a contributor and guest co-host on NBC's Today. De Laurentiis is the founder of the catering business GDL ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Lazio, Europe, Eurasia, Province of Rome, Rome, + more
    • Profession: Television producer, Author, Actor, Presenter, Chef
    • Children: Jade Marie De Laurentiis Thompson
  18. Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born, Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity. He is the founder of SpaceX and a cofounder of Paypal, Inc., Tesla Motors, and Zip2. He ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
    • Profession: Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Inventor, + more
    • Children: Damian Musk, Kai Musk, Griffin Musk, Xavier Musk, Saxon Musk
  19. Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, he composed many hits for Queen, including ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1946-1991)
    • Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, + more
  20. Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Minaj earned public attention after releasing three mixtapes between 2007–2009. She signed a recording contract ...more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
    • Profession: Rapper, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Composer, + more
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