Here is our list of 20 celebrities that you had no idea they were British. With some of these names, you are in for a massive surprise.

1. Idris Elba


Elba is already a huge international star with several hit movies to his belt, the most recent being the latest Star Trek installment that gathered more than $250 M at the box-office this summer. Best known to many Americans for his iconic role as drug baron Russell Stringer Bell in the TV cult hit The Wire, he also starred in such blockbusters as Thor, The Jungle Book and Pacific Rim.

It wasn’t until his BBC hit TV series Luther became a huge success in the U.S that he became known as a British actor. Elba admits that he is getting more recognized in America than in the UK.