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15 British Celebrities We Wish We Could Claim For America

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The 67th British Academy Film Awards (or the BAFTAs, if you’re lazy) will be held this Sunday, February 16th, in London, and will air in the states on BBC America. The BAFTAs award the best films from any nation that were screened in British theaters during the past year. Very funny British person Stephen Fry will be hosting the show for the ninth time.

If you, like me, are an Amurrican, you probably have an unhealthy fascination, dare I say obsession, with British people. We were really able to put that whole Revolutionary War thing behind us and totally embrace the Brits with open arms. If we’re being honest, we mostly like to listen to their accents. But in addition to that, there are just so many lovely and talented and hilarious and enviably classy British celebrities whom we wish we could claim for America. Sure a lot of them work and even live here in the states, but we want them totally and completely to ourselves. Here are just fifteen of them.

1. One Direction

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If you don’t smile from ear to ear while watching a One Direction music video, you probably also don’t smile when a puppy and a kitten become best friends. And yes, they count as one person.

2. Daniel Radcliffe

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Speaking as a non-Harry Potter fan (don’t hurt me), I can be totally unbiased when I say that I think Daniel Radcliffe is hilarious and delightful. And he’s totally up for talking about horse sex, which I admire.

3. Emma Watson

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Once again, I’m not a Harry Potter fan, and I’m also not a fan of Emma Watson’s acting if we’re being totally honest, but I am a fan of Emma Watson and her bookish ways.

4. Benedict Cumberbatch

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Those cheekbones! That voice! If you don’t “get” the Benedict hype, watch one second of Sherlock and you’ll be converted. He also helped bring to life the greatest dragon to ever grace the silver screen, but no biggie.

5. Tom Hiddleston

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How did I know what the word “adorable” even meant before I was introduced to Tom Hiddleston? He’s talented and sweet and fun-loving and totally up for impromptu dancing. Can I keep him?

6. Helen Mirren

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Nobody is as cool as Helen Mirren. NOBODY. She dyed her hair pink, got a tattoo with a safety pin, and twerks on command. We are not worthy.

7. Adele

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Words cannot express how much I want to be friends with Adele. Words also cannot express how much I want Adele to release new music. What’s taking so long?!

8. Andrew Garfield

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He plays an American convincingly in the Spider-Man movies, but we know he’s totally hopelessly British. He’s also totally, hopelessly adorable with his girlfriend Emma Stone.

9-10. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

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There are no better besties in the whole wide world than Sir Ian and Sir Patrick. They’re starring on Broadway together, they’re both in the X-Men movies, and they’re both legends in their own right.

11. Emma Thompson

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How have we been ignoring Emma Thompson for so many years? She has been killing it this award season, and I’m just sad she’s not nominated for an Oscar because I fear that means she won’t show up. We need more drunken shenanigans!

12. Colin Firth

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Colin Firth is the only Mr. Darcy there is for me. How is he so consistently wonderful and charming and ughhh he’s just so good-looking.

13. Kate Middleton

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I could have included the whole royal family, since I’m a little bit too obsessed with them, but if I’m being completely honest it’s mostly about Kate. I just can’t believe anyone can be that classy and beautiful and sweet and shiny-haired at all times.

14. Idris Elba

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……… Sorry what was I saying? I was busy staring at Idris Elba and marveling at how attractive he is. Seriously, have you looked at him? Just take a few minutes to stare. You won’t regret it. Oh, and he’s also crazy talented, which doesn’t hurt.

15. The Beckhams

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I’m just including the entire Beckham family as one unit here, because they are so close to perfect that I think it should be illegal. The sight of David and his daughter Harper on the kiss cam makes me melt into a puddle.

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  • Olivia Wilson

    *Swoon*

  • jenni268

    If we claim them, do they get to keep their accents?!

    • J_Doe5686

      Good question. So, do we?

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Absolutely, that’s a must.

    • Lackadaisical

      I notice the list consists of mostly south east England and slightly but not excessively posh. We do have other accents that you seem not to be aware of in the US. Be warned that you could do a deal expecting a Benedict Cumberbatch voice and end up with Geordie.http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AhHLmhchLrU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DAhHLmhchLrU

  • J_Doe5686

    They can keep #1 and send the rest our way.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Not a Directioner?

    • J_Doe5686

      I’ve never heard a single song of them.

    • Lackadaisical

      Shame, as that was the only one I was prepared to send you

    • J_Doe5686

      No deal!

  • LadyClodia

    I’m a total Anglophile, so I think it would just be easier for me to move to England (it’s not going to happen, though.)

    • Lackadaisical

      You are welcome to join us, and would soon see that while Brits in the US find their own accent popular your own Americanisity would make you seem more stylish here. I warn you now that while your own baseball matches are mercifully short our cricket matches can last 3-5 days.

    • LadyClodia

      Hah, that would be OK; I don’t watch sports, and my husband doesn’t much either. It would be nice to move to England; we’d be a lot closer to my husband’s family in Holland, but we’d be too far away from mine.

  • M_G

    Or could we do some kind of permanent exchange program? Because there are SEVERAL Americans I would gladly trade-out for some cool Brits.

    • whiteroses

      But why would you wish the Kardashians on England? Why?

    • Lackadaisical

      Nope. Not even if you took Peirs Morgan off our hands permenantly. I honestly thought we had got over our little spat of the late 18th century. We kept our end, we haven’t invaded you since and haven’t tried to foist tea on you. A friend tells me Lipton’s can be purchased in the US but that is very obviously not tea at all and we no longer force you to buy it and slap tax onto it for a laugh. Why must you do this to us? We aren’t ready to be Kardishaned.

    • whiteroses

      Lipton’s sucks. We can all agree on that. :)

    • Lackadaisical

      No deal, thank you very much. We are happy to lend them to you, often stealthily disguising them with fake American accents for your films and TV, and we are happy for you to continue to remake our TV classics with American casts (House of Cards, State of Play, The Office). However I suspect you will try and filch our best Brits and pass us your sloppy seconds.

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  • Lackadaisical

    Nope, hands off. Alright, you can have one direction but they come with Simon Cowell.

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