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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 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 ...more

Age: 26

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 63 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 ...more

Age: 52

Birthplace: Lebanon, Beirut, Arab world

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

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Isla Fisher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 63 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 ...more

Age: 41

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 63 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 ...more

Age: 34

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

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

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