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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.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic