Warning: Mischa Barton Is… Secretly British

Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton

Geographical locations loom large in the life of Mischa Barton. Born in Hammersmith, west London, to an Irish mother and a Mancunian father, the whole family moved to New York when Mischa was just six years old.

She grew up there, appearing in off-Broadway shows from the age of eight, and it was only ten or so years later that she shot to fame in a TV series about Orange County, California. The OC made her name, but it also brought a mess of trouble in the shape of the paparazzi and a gossipy media. So now Mischa chooses to live a slightly less observed existence in another location: Paris, France.

Of her jumbled roots, Mischa says this: “I like people to discern that I’m an English-Irish girl who grew up in New York.”

And so that is what we are doing. Hats off, she’s ours.

Here’s a recent interview with Mischa for NylonTV:

We’ll be outing more “Secretly British” celebs in the coming days. Tweet us @anglophenia your favorite undercover Brits using the #SecretlyBritish hashtag.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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