With Iron Fist premiering on Netflix on March 17 (a series that’s on the 2017 watchlist), a lot of eyes will turn to Finn Jones, who portrays Iron Fist/Danny Rand. Who is this Mr. Jones, the last of the Defenders to get his own show? Well, you might not know this, but he is very much British. The Brits are masters of accents so they can easily play an American. The five actors on this list have big roles in American tv-series, but their roots lie in the UK.
1. Finn Jones
American tv-series: Iron Fist, as Iron Fist/Danny Rand
Best known British role: Loras Tyrell in Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones was the big breakthrough for Finn Jones. As we now all sadly know (if not, SPOILER ALERT), his character Loras Tyrell died because of Cersei Lannister, aka The Bitch. But this gave room for Jones to very clever move on to the Netflix Marvel universe. Where Loras was just a minor character, Jones will play the title role in this new show. Although this is his first big shot as star of a show, the Marvel casting crew has yet to make a mistake so Jones will most likely shine and maybe even make it big after this. Iron Fist is set to premiere in March, with The Defenders following somehere later in 2017.
2. Andrew Lincoln
American tv-series: The Walking Dead, as Rick Grimes
Best known British role: Mark in Love Actually
Who knew that Love Actually’s very own stalker Mark would make it big in America? (Stalker, because he couldn’t accept the girl he loved married another. Although he was a cure stalker) The Walking Dead is one of the most popular (if not THE most popular) show currently on air. The zombie show is now on it’s seventh season. Star of the show is small town sheriff and all American manly man Rick Grimes. Just watching the show, Grimes’ accent wouldn’t give Lincoln away as being British.
Fun Fact: a ten minute sequel to Love Actually is planned for Red Nose Day, March 24th. We’ll finally get to see what Mark is up to now, as Lincoln is set to reprise his role. Hopefully he’s not a stalker anymore.
3. Charlie Cox
American tv-series: Daredevil, as Daredevil/Matt Murdock
Best known British role: Tristan Thorn in Stardust
So it seems one half of The Defenders is actually British, as Charlie Cox was born in London and grew up in East Sussex. His first big role was the male lead in Stardust, a film based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After that, there sadly were only small parts, such as in The Theory of Everything. Luckily, he was cast as Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the first Netflix Marvel show. It’s succes made sure Jessica Jones and Luke Cage could be made, with Iron Fist now being on it’s way. Cox is ofcourse also set to star in The Defenders. It makes you wonder if he and Finn Jones bonded together over being two succesful Brits in America.
4. Dan Stevens
American tv-series: Legion, as David Haller
Best known British role: Matthew Crawley in Downton Abby
You can safely say that 2017 is Dan Stevens’ year. He stars as the lead in the very weird new series Legion, as David Haller, who is the most powerful mutant in the world. Legion is set in the X-Men universe, so expect some crazy powers. In the comics, David is the son of Charles Xavier. In the series, that is still undetermined. Stevens’ character is very crazy (or so it seems, as nothing is what it seems in this show) and he portrays this madness excellent. Next month though, Stevens’ rise to fame will propel as he is the Beast in Disney’s live action version of Beauty and the Beast. This all makes up for the very sad and unexpected death of Stevens’ character in Downton Abby.
5. Alfred Enoch
American tv-series: How to Get Away with Murder, as Wes Gibbins
Best known British role: Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter films
It’s always a pleasure to see the kids of Harry Potter all grown up in new roles. They all seem to have such a bright acting future ahead of them. Short recap: Dean Thomas was in Dumbledore’s Army, he was (shortly) Ginny Weasley’s boyfriend and he fought in the Battle of Hogwarts. Back to Alfred Enoch: the very British actor got his breakthrough on American television as law student Wes Gibbins in the acclaimed ABC series, starring (Oscar winner!!) Viola Davis. Spoiler alert: Gibbins sadly died in season three, so hopefully Enoch will get another part in an awesome show or movie sometime soon.
Bonus Round: John Lithgow
British TV-series: The Crown, as Winston Churchill
Best known American role: 3rd Rock from the Sun, as Dr. Dick Solomon
It doesn’t happen as much as the other way around, but there are American actors who portray Brits. Recently, the very much American John Lithgow starred as none other than Winston Churcill in the amazing Netflix series The Crown. Nobody else could have played Churchill as amazingly as Lithgow did. Let’s hope he makes a final appearance in season two, because Churchill took his leave from politics at the end of season 1.