20 Successful Brit Celebs Who Became US Citizens

March 17, 2014

While no one’s denying that the UK has its charms, the American life has lured various Brits to take up US citizenship. For one reason or another, the following celebrities became United States citizens and adopted a new homeland. These successful celebrities decided to pledge their allegiance to the American Flag.

1. Cary Grant


Born in Bristol, England in 1904, Cary Grant became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1942 when he also legally changed his name from Archibald Leach to his stage name Cary Grant. As one of the most notable stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era, Grant has starred in many film classics like The Philadelphia Story, An Affair to Remember and Arsenic and Old Lace.

2. Rachel Weisz


Born in London in 1970, Rachel Weisz is an actress currently married to Daniel Craig. Weisz became a U.S. citizen in 2011. She has a son from her first marriage and is best known for her appearance in films like The Constant Gardener, The Whistleblower, Enemy at the Gates and The Mummy.

3. Sir Anthony Hopkins


Born in Wales in 1937, Hopkins was knighted for his contributions to the arts in 1993. Hopkins has dual citizenship; he became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2000. He is regarded as one of the most distinguished actors of his time and best known for films such as The Remains of the Day, The Silence of the Lambs, Legends of the Fall and Nixon.

4. Slash


Few people know that the guitar guru from Guns N’ Roses was born in London. The forty-eight year old musician’s father was a London-based artist who raised Saul (a.k.a. Slash) when his mother, an African-American costume designer, left to pursue her career. The father and son reunited with Slash’s mother when he was five and he remained living in Los Angeles with her even when the pair again separated.

5. Greer Garson


Born in 1904, Greer Garson was a Hollywood leading lady of the 1940s. She is best known for appearing in films such as That Forsyte Woman, Goodbye Mr. Chips and Pride and Prejudice. Born in Essex, Garson married a millionaire oil baron in 1949 and lived to the age of ninety-one; she died in Dallas in 1996.

6. Craig Ferguson


This Scottish-born comic left the UK and became a U.S. citizen in 2008; he first moved to the U.S. back in 1983. He is best known for hosting his late-night television show. His break-through success was an acting role on the “Drew Carey Show.” Ferguson has since appeared in many television and film productions including voice work for animated projects.

7. Alfred Hitchcock


Born in 1899, Hitchcock is one of the most famous movie directors in the history of film. He became a U.S. citizen in 1955. He lived to the age of 80. Hitchcock is best known for directing films such as The Birds, Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest and The 39 Steps.

8. Tracey Ullman


This Buckinghamshire comedic actress was born in 1954 and is best known for The Tracy Ullman Show which ran from 1987 to 1990. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006 and has dual citizenship. She decided to become a U.S. citizen since her children were born in America.

9. W.H. Auden


It’s not many poets that reach celebrity status, but York-born W.H. Auden became one of the leading writers and poets of his day. Born in 1907, Auden became a U.S. citizen in 1946. Auden had left England in 1939 for America. He died in 1973 in Vienna.

10. Peter Lawford


Born in London in 1923, Lawford was regarded as a “Rat Pack” actor and was also famously brother-in-law to John F. Kennedy. He took on U.S. citizenship in 1960. He is best known for appearing in roles in films such as Ocean’s 11 (1960) and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

11. Mischa Barton


Born in Hammersmith in 1986, Mischa Barton has dual citizenship having first moved to the U.S. when she was aged six. She has appeared on stage, television shows and in films. Her best-known film work includes roles in Don’t Fade Away, Into the Dark and Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain.

12. Angela Lansbury


Born in Regent’s Park in 1925, Angela Lansbury has a career that spans seven decades. She obtained U.S. citizenship in 1951 while also retaining her British citizenship. She is best known for roles in films like The Manchurian Candidate and her starring role in the hit television series “Murder She Wrote.”

13. Jack Osbourne


Best known for appearing in the reality show “The Osbournes” which was centered upon his father, the rock star Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Osbourne is the youngest child of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. The reality star, who is now father to a daughter himself, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2012.

14. Emily Mortimer


Born in London in 1971, Mortimer has appeared in many British television and film roles. Before staring her acting career, Mortimer attended Oxford and wrote for the Daily Telegraph. She holds dual citizenship and became a U.S. citizen in 2010. She has two children and is best known for her role Harry Brown.

15. Bob Hope


Born in London in 1903, Bob Hope was a well-known comedic actor celebrated for his career that spanned more than sixty years. He has appeared in more than seventy films. His best-known roles include such films as Road to Bali, Pale Face and The Princess and the Pirate. Hope grew up in America having moved to the U.S. in 1908 at the age of five.

16. Catherine Bell


Born in London, this British-American actress first moved to the U.S. at the age of two. Born in 1968, Bell is best known for appearing in the hit television series JAG and also for films like Bruce Almighty. Bell’s mother is Iranian and the actress is also fluent in Persian.

17. Olivia de Havilland


Born to British parents in Tokyo in 1916, Olivia de Havilland is ninety-seven years old and one of the only surviving leading actresses from her era. Best known for her role as Melanie Wilkes in Gone with the Wind, de Havilland grew up in California after her parents split up along with her sister, the actress Joan Fontaine.

18. Elizabeth Taylor


Born in London in 1932, Elizabeth Taylor is known for her acting career and luxurious lifestyle. Her family moved to Los Angeles in 1939 so Taylor essentially grew up here long before starting her acting career. Taylor is best known for her roles in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Cleopatra.

19. Peter Frampton


This Bromley-born musician was born in 1950 and lives today in Nashville, Tennessee. The Singer-songwriter is best known for his classic rock album Frampton Comes Alive. He is known for his inclusion of the novel ‘talk box’ on his recordings and is typically sited as one of the best guitarists of his era.

20. David Coverdale


This English-born rock star of White Snake fame was born in 1951. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2007 and holds dual citizenship. He has lived in Lake Tahoe for the past two decades. Coverdale also achieved commercial success as a member of the rock band Deep Purple.