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List of Famous Expats ranked by fame and popularity. An expat or expatriate is an individual residing in a country other than the country of their birth. The term typically applies to people who are professionals in their field, whereas the term immigrants refers to individuals who do manual labor. Many actors and actresses are expats.

Who is the most famous expat? Mila Kunis tops our list. The “Black Swan” actress was born in the USSR and at age seven she moved to Los Angeles with her family. She said that she felt "blind, deaf and dumb" her first year in the states, as she spoke very little English. Johnny Depp has lived in France for many years. He began dating the French actress Vanessa Paradis in 1998 and the couple remained together until 2012.

Some famous people became expats to avoid going to jail. Chess legend Bobby Fischer turned his back on the United States in 1992 after they forbid him from playing a chess match in Yugoslavia, stating that he was violating sanctions. Fischer disregarded this and played the match. He became a fugitive in the United States and he lived all over the world for the rest of his life. He died in Iceland in 2008.

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Gillian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 27 Celebrities Who Are Expats
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Although she was born in Chicago, Gillian Anderson currently resides in London.  Her family moved to London when she was very young, so it has always felt like home.

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: The X-Files, Princess Mononoke, The X Files, The Last King of Scotland

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#57 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#68 on The Best Living American Actresses

#91 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#85 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 27 Celebrities Who Are Expats
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American actor Kevin Spacey moved to London in 2003.  He originally moved there to be the Artistic Director at a theater, but he fell in love with the city.

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Age: 56

Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Theatre Director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more

Credits: American Beauty, L.A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects, Moon

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#2 on The Best Actors Working Today

#30 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#8 on The Best Living American Actors

#13 on The Best Actors in Film History

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 27 Celebrities Who Are Expats
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Tina Turner has lived in Switzerland since 1994.  In 2013, she officially became a Swiss citizen.  Turner has also owned homes in London, Los Angeles and France.

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Age: 76

Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Choreographer, Author, Actor Singer, + more

Credits: GoldenEye, Tina Turner: Live in Amsterdam, What's Love Got to Do with It, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

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#42 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#99 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#28 on The Best Singers of All Time

#11 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Stanley Kubrick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 27 Celebrities Who Are Expats
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In 1962, American film director Stanley Kubrick moved to England to film Lolita.  He loved it there and lived there the rest of his life, although his friends say that he remained a New Yorker at heart.

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Age: Died at 71 (1928-1999)

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor Voice acting, + more

Credits: A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, 2001: A Space Odyssey

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#1 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#2 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#35 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 27 Celebrities Who Are Expats
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Johnny Depp has lived in France for many years.  He began dating the French actress Vanessa Paradis in 1998, and the couple remained together until 2012. In 2011, he became a US resident again, because France wanted him to become a permanent resident, which he said would require him to pay income taxes in both countries.

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Age: 53

Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

Profession: Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Restaurateur Actor, + more

Credits: Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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#16 on The Best Actors Working Today

#25 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#39 on The Best Living American Actors

#2 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 27 Celebrities Who Are Expats
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Mila Kunis was born in the USSR and at age seven she moved to Los Angeles with her family.  She said that she felt "blind, deaf and dumb" her first year in the states.

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Age: 32

Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Black Swan, That '70s Show, Ted, Friends with Benefits

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#20 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#30 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#23 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#9 on The Most Beautiful Women in the World

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Sofia Coppola is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 27 Celebrities Who Are Expats
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American-born director Sofia Coppola lives in France with her French husband Thomas Mars.

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Age: 44

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Film Director

Credits: Somewhere, Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette

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#2 on The Best Female Directors

#86 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#14 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

#56 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 27 Celebrities Who Are Expats
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Charlize Theron was born in South Africa, and she moved to Italy with her mother when she was 16 years old to pursue modelling.  She moved to New York a year later to train as a dancer.

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Age: 40

Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

Profession: Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model, Actor Film Director

Credits: Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus, Monster, Hancock

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#21 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#32 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#68 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#71 on The Best Female Directors

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