Separated at Birth: British Celebrities and Their American Doppelgangers

In BBC AMERICA new original series Orphan Black, a troubled outsider Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah cleans out her lookalike’s bank account and assumes her life but soon discovers that she’s just one among many clones roaming the Earth — and that someone’s trying to kill her.

Intriguing fiction or reality? You need only look to your TV screen to realize that clones are all around us. Our American celebrities may not know it, but there exists a parallel world on the other side of the Atlantic where there are people who look just like them.

Check out our list of stars and their transatlantic doppelgangers. See the strong “family” resemblance?

Alan Cumming and Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens
Alan Cummings and Paul Reubens

Episodes star Tamsin Greig and Rachel Maddow
Tasmin Greig Rachel Maddow

Episodes star Stephen Mangan and Jerry Seinfeld
Stephen Mangan and Jerry Seinfeld

Kate Bush and Mary Steenburgen
Kate Bush and Mary Steenburgen

Mark Strong and Andy Garcia
Mark Strong and Andy Garcia

Thandie Newton and Zoe Saldana
Thandie Newton and Zoe Saldana

Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman
Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman

Lark Rise to Candleford‘s Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Jake Gyllenhaal
Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Jake Gyllenhaal

Carey Mulligan and Michelle Williams
Carey Mulligan and Michelle Williams

Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott (yes, he’s Irish) and Mark Ruffalo
Andrew Scott and Mark Ruffalo

Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke and Miley Cyrus
Emilia Clarke and Miley Cyrus

Daniel Radcliffe and Elijah Wood
Daniel Radcliffe and Elijah Wood

Emily Blunt and Katy Perry
Emily Blunt and Katy Perry

James McAvoy and Everwood‘s Gregory Smith (half-Canadian)
James McAvoy and Gregory Smith

Cheryl Cole and Eva Longoria
Cheryl Cole and Eva Longoria

Rufus Sewell and Joaquin Phoenix
Rufus Sewell and Joaquin Phoenix

Can you think of any other British celebrities who have American “clones”? Tell us below:

Orphan Black premieres Saturday, March 30 at 9/8c on BBC AMERICA.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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