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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. 

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    Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. As a child artist, she rose to prominence after landing her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, having acted only in school plays previously.Watson continued to work outside of the Harry Potter films, appearing in the 2007 television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes and lending her voice to The Tale of Despereaux (2008). Following the last Harry Potter film, she took on starring and supporting...  more
    • Age: 31
    • 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 Charles Reeves ( kee-AH-noo; born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor and musician. He gained fame for his starring roles in several blockbuster films, including comedies from the Bill and Ted franchise (1989–2020); action thrillers Point Break (1991), Speed (1994), the John Wick franchise (2014–present); psychological thriller The Devil's Advocate (1997); supernatural thriller Constantine (2005); and science fiction/action series The Matrix (1999–present). He has also appeared in dramatic films such as Dangerous Liaisons (1988), My Own Private Idaho (1991), and Little Buddha (1993), as well as the romantic horror Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). Reeves has earned critical acclaim for...  more
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
    • Credits: The Matrix, Speed, John Wick, The Devil's Advocate

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    Isla Lang Fisher (; born 3 February 1976) is a Scottish-Australian actress, voice actress, and author who began her career on Australian television. Born to Scottish parents in Oman, she moved to Australia at age six. After appearing in television commercials at a young age, Fisher came to prominence for her portrayal of Shannon Reed on the soap opera Home and Away from 1994 to 1997, garnering two Logie Award nominations. Fisher made a successful transition to Hollywood in the live-action film adaptation of Scooby-Doo (2002), and has since achieved fame for her roles in Wedding Crashers (2005), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), The Great Gatsby (2013), and Now You See Me (2013). Her other...  more
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Muscat, Oman
    • Credits: Home and Away, Now You See Me, Rango, Wedding Crashers

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  • Lupita Nyong'o (born March 1, 1983) 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...  more
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
    • Credits: Black Panther, 12 Years a Slave, Us

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