ByHeather Snowden, writer at Creators.co
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Proving that everyone, even those studded Stars, has to start somewhere. Even if that somewhere is a jail cell on the set of a sadly axed English police drama.

From our favorite zombie slayers to Elves of the Woodland Realm, here's a list of 21 Hollywood A-Listers that started their footsteps to fame on the sets of loved, but mostly forgotten, British TV programs...

1. Damian Lewis - A Touch of Frost

Where you know him from: Homeland

2. Idris Elba - Absolutely Fabulous

Where you know him from: The Wire, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron

3. Patrick Stewart - Coronation Street

Where you know him from: Star Trek (all of them), X-Men (all of them)

4. Sean Bean - The Bill

Where you know him from: The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, The Return of the King), Game of Thrones

5. Orlando Bloom - Casualty

Where you know him from: The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, The Return of the King), Pirates of the Caribbean (The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest, At World's End), The Hobbit (The Desolation of Smaug, The Battle of the Five Armies)

6. Keira Knightley - The Bill

Where you know her from: Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean, Love Actually, Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, The Edge Of Love, Never Let Me Go, The Imitation Game

7. Christian Bale - Heart of the Country

Where you know him from: Batman Begins, The Prestige, I'm Not There, The Dark Knight, American Hustle

8. Ray Winstone - The Bill

Where you know him from: The Departed, Beowulf, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hugo

9. James McAvoy - The Bill

Where you know him from: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Becoming Jane, Atonement, X-Men: First Class, Filth, X-Men: Days of Future Past

10. Kate Winslet - Casualty

Where you know her from: Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, The Holiday, The Reader, Revolutionary Road

11. Christopher Eccleston - Casualty

Where you know him from: The Others, 28 Days Later..., Heroes, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Thor: The Dark World

12. Nathalie Emmanuel - Hollyoaks

Where you know her from: Game of Thrones, Furious 7

13. Michael Fassbender - Holby City

Where you know him from: 300, Inglorious Basterds, Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class, Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave

14. Henry Cavill - Midsomer Murders

Where you know him from: Stardust, Immortals, Man of Steel

15. Carey Mulligan - Doctor Who

Where you know her from: An Education, Public Enemies, Never Let Me Go, Drive, Shame, The Great Gatsby, Inside Llewyn Davis

16. Felicity Jones - The Worst Witch

Where you know her from: The Tempest, Like Crazy, Albatross, Hysteria, Girls, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything

17. Benedict Cumberbatch - Heartbeat

Where you know him from: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Imitation Game, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

18. Catherine Zeta Jones - Darling Buds of May

Where you know her from: The Mask of Zorro, America's Sweethearts, Chicago, The Terminal, Ocean's Twelve, The Legend of Zorro

19. Tom Hardy - The Big Breakfast

Where you know him from: Bronson, Inception, Lawless, The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road

20. Eddie Redmayne - Doctors

Where you know him from: The Other Boleyn Girl, My Week with Marilyn, Les Misérables, The Theory of Everything

21. Andrew Lincoln - Teachers

Where you know him from: The Walking Dead

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