Benedict Cumberbatch was a rugby player and painter at Harrow School, an independent institution northwest of London. The British star became big in his homeland for various roles, but his starring part in "Sherlock" is really what brought him international notoriety. He has gone on to star in Hollywood blockbusters like "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," and "Star Trek: Into Darkness."
Emma Watson is probably best known for having played Hermione in the "Harry Potter" movies, where she earned over $10 million. Other prominent roles she has played include Sam in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and Ila in "Noah." She was named “most flawless woman of the decade” by BuzzFeed.
Jude Law first starred in TV in 1989 in "The Tailor of Gloucester," based on the Beatrix Potter story, and took a bunch of small British roles. Ten years later, he graduated to international fame with "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and has continued to star in big name movies like the "Sherlock Holmes" series.
Robert Pattinson played Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," which is what introduced him to America's young people. He became a bona fide teen heartthrob after portraying Edward Cullen in the "Twilight" saga. He has Time’s title of being one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
David Beckham is the most famous soccer player in the world. He started with Manchester United and then moved to America to play with the LA Galaxy. His marriage to Posh Spice made the supercouple Hollywood mainstays.
J. K. Rowling is, of course, renowned for her "Harry Potter" series. She is now considering making a sequel to them. A movie about her life, called "Magic Beyond Words," was made in 2011.
One of Britain's most indominable forces is the always-charming Hugh Grant. Grant began his acting career in his native London before breaking through in films like "Notting Hill" and "Bridget Jones's Diary." The actor has gone on to star in bigger and bigger roles, including "Love Actually" and showing off his singing ability in "Music & Lyrics."
Winslet had many small roles on English TV, but she was still struggling to land her big break in the mid-90s. She has James Cameron to thank for making her a superstar after starring in his 1997 blockbuster "Titanic." Winslet became an A-list actress, starring in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Divergent."
Many are surprised to find out that Hugh Laurie is British, since he puts on an impeccable American accent for his role in "House" and interviews. In fact, Laurie hails from Oxford. He was listed in the 2011 Guinness World Records as the most watched leading man on television.
Russell Brand had some notoriety in Britain for his comedy in the early 2000s, but it wasn't until his role as Alduous Snow in 2008's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" that he became known to American audiences. A spin-off called "Get Him to the Greek" and a high-profile relationship with Katy Perry turned Brand into one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces.
Kate Middleton is Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William. While her rule is only in Britain, American women began fawning over her before her wedding as their dreams of a real like princess story were playing out in front of their eyes. Fashionistas even speak of a “Kate Middleton” effect — praising her impeccable fashion sense.
Keira Knightley starred in "Pirates of the Caribbean," which became a trilogy that American audiences ate up. Her acting career began at ten. She also works with Amnesty International.
Helen Mirren got her start in acting Shakespeare on stage. Her early roles were marked by a trademarked sensuality, which she has gracefully transformed into poise and confidence into older age. Her career has lasted almost fifty years, and she has received countless awards.
Martin Freeman has become a nerd icon for American audiences. He got his start acting in the British version of "The Office," and then secured a role in "Love Actually." Since taking on Hollywood, Freeman has starred in many science fiction films, such as "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "The Hobbit" series.
Andrew Garfield has British and American citizenship. He debuted in "Lions for Lambs" in 2007, but is most known for his role as Spiderman in "The Amazing Spiderman" franchise. His high-profile relationship with Emma Stone makes him a topic of interest off-screen as well.
Daniel Radcliffe might be the first face you think of when you heard the word "British." His role as Harry Potter is well-known to everyone worldwide. Aside from this iconic role, Radcliffe has acted on Broadway and taken on some more serious film roles.
Eddie Redmayne came to America's attention in the film adaptation of "Les Misérables." As he showed off in the movie, he is a trained singer. After seeing him, it should come as no surprise that Burberry has used him as a model.
Kit Harington is one of the main cast members in "Game of Thrones," portraying the well-meaning Jon Snow. He moved to the big screen for the film "Pompeii." He is descended from King Charles II.
Emily Blunt comes from a family of actors, and began acting in England at a young age. Americans probably recognize her from her role alongside Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in "The Devil Wears Prada." She married "The Office" star John Krasinski in 2010, and the couple recently welcomed their first daughter Hazel.
One of the hottest singers right now is British import Ellie Goulding. Her debut album "Lights" earned critical acclaim, and it's 2012 follow-up "Halcyon" tore up American radios with the singes "Anything Could Happen" and "Burn." Goulding is also known to covort with Hollywood's elite, and is known to be good friends with Katy Perry, Lorde, and Ed Sheeran.