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. Featuring Australians, Turkish, and other nationalities, this list of Hollywood celebs who have been commonly mistaken for the wrong ethnicity or nationality has them all. 

Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 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, critical accolades, and more than £10 million. She continued to work outside of the Harry Potter films, first lending her voice to The Tale of Despereaux and appearing in the television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes. Since then, she has taken on starring roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring, made a brief appearance as an "exaggerated" version of herself in This Is ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 28

Birthplace: Paris, France

Credits: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think
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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 and Ted franchise, action thrillers Point Break and Speed, and the science fiction-action trilogy The Matrix. He has also appeared in several dramatic films such as Dangerous Liaisons, My Own Private Idaho, and Little Buddha. Since becoming active in the film industry, Reeves' abilities have earned critical acclaim. One New York Times critic praised Reeves' versatility, saying that he ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 54

Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Credits: The Matrix, Speed, John Wick, The Devil's Advocate

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Isla Fisher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think
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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 Home and Away. She has since been known for her comedic roles in Scooby-Doo, I Heart Huckabees, Wedding Crashers, Hot Rod, Definitely, Maybe, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Rango, Bachelorette, and Arrested Development. In 2013, Fisher starred as Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby and as Henley Reeves in Now You See Me. She has been married to English comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen since 2010 ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 43

Birthplace: Muscat, Oman

Credits: Home and Away, Now You See Me, Rango, Wedding Crashers

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Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think
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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 several Hollywood films. In 2008, she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga. In 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes. Nyong'o later completed a master's degree in acting in 2012, from the Yale School of Drama. She had her first feature film role in Steve McQueen's historical drama ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 35

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Credits: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, The Oscars, Non-Stop, 12 Years a Slave

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