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Huge Stars You Didn't Know Were on British TV Shows

Updated June 14, 2019 40.9k views9 items
There are so many incredibly talented (and hot) actors in England, it's no wonder they're all over American TV and movies. A few have even become some of the biggest stars in the world. There's no question that the U.S. is the king of worldwide entertainment, but that doesn't mean that the UK doesn't have it's own slate of excellent TV shows. In fact, plenty of huge American celebrities have taken roles on UK television shows and managed to go pretty much unnoticed, at least by their American fans.  

Americans like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andy Samberg, and Taylor Lautner have all had starring turns in Britain. Gyllenhaalstars on the BBC show The Honourable Woman, and both Lautner and Samberg have in break-out Brit hit Cuckoo. Yes, Samberg was making Brits laugh while starring in his own hit (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) back home! Even Gillian Anderson, an American-Brit who's found plenty of success on American TV (ever heard of The X-Files?), went back to her second home to star in critically acclaimed British thriller, The Fall.

So if you're not keeping up with British TV, now is the time to start. You may just see a few more familiar faces than you expected!