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15 Famous Hollywood Actors Who Actually Started Out In British TV Shows

Have you ever wondered how Hollywood gets their actors? Like, is there a pool of talented people somewhere? Well, there’s no simple answer to that question, but yes – there are indeed ‘pools’ of talented actors around the world.

It all comes down to two things, basically: talented theater actors, and talented – wait for it – British actors who absolutely shined in those good British TV shows. And thanks to AuntyAcid, today we are bringing you a list of 14 famous Hollywood actors who got good by doing British TV shows.

1. Andrew Lincoln

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He may be a pro at shouting in The Walking Dead nowadays, but Andrew Lincoln began his acting career in the British comedy show Drop The Dead Donkey.

2. Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Before she ruled Hollywood, the Welsh actress honed her acting skills in The Darling Buds Of May, a British TV show popular in the ’90s.

3. Andrew Garfield

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The latest Spiderman first appeared in the show Sugar Rush, albeit for just 5 episodes.

4. Sean Bean

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Before becoming world famous, Sean acted in The Bill, a decade-spanning police drama popular in Britain.

5. Damien Lewis

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To be frank, I too first saw the talented Mr. Lewis in Homeland, but before that, he was starring in a famous British police drama called A Touch of Frost. 

6. Orlando Bloom

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Pirates of the Carribean? Lord of the Rings? Yup, he’s a big shot now. But before that, the Canterbury-born actor was just making occasional guest appearances on a hospital drama called Casualty.

7. Keira Knightlеy

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Keira also starred in The Bill – the same show that Sean Bean starred in.

8. Felicity Jones

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She made it big after The Theory of Everything, but before that, she starred as Ethel Hallow in The Worst Witch, a British television program for kids.

9. Jerome Flynn

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Before becoming everyone’s favorite sellsword due to Game of Thrones, Flynn debuted in the award-winning show Soldier, Soldier.

10. Lena Headey

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“Cercei” used to star in British TV shows since the age of 17. She was best known for her role in How We Used To Live.

11. Michael Fassbender

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“Big things have small beginnings” the German-born Irish actor mused in Prometheus, as the android David. The same can be said for his acting career – it all began with a small role in a British hospital drama called Holby City.

12. Benedict Cumberbatch

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Well, he kinda got so famous that he even made British shows famous! But before becoming everyone’s favorite private detective, Benedict cut his acting teeth in a weekly drama called Heartbeat.

13. Kate Winslet

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Before becoming the world’s sweetheart for her role in the Titanic, Kate Winslet was making guest appearances in Casualty – the same hospital drama which featured Orlando Bloom.

14. Steven Moyer

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He became famous for the vampire Bill in True Blood, but his beginnings were modest – he starred in a fairly unpopular drama called NY-LON.

15. James McAvoy

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Before his rise to the stars for his roles in Split, X-Men, and many others, McAvoy took part in a well-known British drama called Shameless. It is also where he met Anne-Marie Duff, his wife.

Source: Auntyacid