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Imagine a world without accents — it gets pretty boring doesn't it? Many a fangirl (or boy, we don't judge) has swooned over some hot actor simply because he has an non-American accent. Some actors have played so many roles as Americans, putting on the accent time and time again, that we don't even know what their real voice sounds like (kind of like that time you heard a recording of yourself and thought "that's not my voice!")

1. Christian Bale

The Dark Knight lives in Gotham, an American city wrought with criminal activity (much like Chicago, geesh), and therefore our knight in black armor has an American accent. In all reality, our playboy billionaire (and full-time badass) is actually from the UK. That's right, just another reason to fall in love with the already dashingly handsome hero. His accent might be the one we deserve, but it's not the one we need (right now).

2. Alan Cummings

The actor with a voice perfect for American politics (I mean have you heard him speak, flawless) is actually hiding a very different accent. Alan Cummings hails from Scotland, and has a super thick Scottish accent. An accent that would ruin many of the characters he has become famous for.

3. Heath Ledger

The dearly departed Heath Ledger is known for playing American based characters, whether you know him for his role as the iconic Joker in the Dark Knight trilogy or from his gay romance Brokeback Mountain, he maintains a perfect American voice. As it turns out, the legendary actor is actually Australian, and if that didn't make him any sexier I don't know what will (which is weird because he's dead, what a sick person you must be). If you needed more proof of just how Australian Heath was, check out the video of him playing the didgeridoo.

4. Naomi Watts

Perhaps best known for her work in The Ring and 21 Grams where she showcases her American accent, Naomi actually has a muddled accent mixed from two different countries. Born in England but later moved to Australia, the actress's natural accent is what happens when you mix an English Mastiff with a kangaroo (please nobody try that, it would look hideous). Even crazier, Naomi lived in a town with her grandfather, which is recorded as one of the longest place names in the world, called Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch, which roughly means "Saint Mary’s in the hollow of the white hazel near a whirlpool and the church of Saint Tylisio of the red cave” — nothing overly literal with that name or anything.

5. Andrew Lincoln

His name contains two of the greatest American presidents of all time: Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln (granted the first one was actually a genocidal maniac, but that's a small detail), so how could he not be American? Believe it or not, the zombie slaying cowboy has a English accent. If you've ever seen Love, Actually (you know, that one your girlfriend dragged you to over a decade ago) you might have actually heard his real accent! In a recent interview with the Guardian, he says he’s gotten so into the accent he even uses his American voice at home, much to the annoyance of his wife and kids.

6. Andrew Garfield

Another Andrew joins our list, but this one is actually quite a bit younger, and instead of playing a zombie killing cowboy, he's famous for playing a web-slinging superhero. Despite his New York accent in the Amazing Spider-Man films, Andrew Garfield has secretly been hiding a British accent this whole time! (Can you believe that our American icon is being played by a Brit? I guess it's payback for the tea...). But despite having a British accent and growing up in Britain, he was actually born in the US, so I guess that's something.

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