Gallery: 10 British Celebrities Who Are U.S. Citizens

Kevin Wicks

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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  • VeeCee

    Britain’s loss; our gain!

    • ynl

      it would be interesting to know which of these 10 so called brits still hold a BRITISH passport? Honesty is not always honest!

      • G K Libbey

        And what makes that a problem? There is no prohibition against holding duel citizenships.

    • Jon

      I,m glad this subject came up, as for years I have wanted to give my thoughts on Tracy Ullman. Firstly Im a yank! Grew up in Englend but have returned to the US and have lived here for 16 years. ON a trip back to see family in the UK I saw Ullman on Parkinson, and all she did was rip the piss out of the US. No one was forcing her to live in the US, but she was relentless in her attacks on Americans. Living in a country, going home and slagging it off just seems two faced and disloyal! Ps I heard all the jokes before!!

      • cynthia day

        LIGHTEN UP. She is a comedian… have you ever heard Americans rant about the states? ha ha ha ha ha. they are not usually joking ;)

      • G K Libbey

        She is a comedian. You have lost your sense of humour.

  • Vincent

    Freedom Baby …you can for now keep more of your money in the good ole USA at least for now…That’s before the leftist take-over of Barry O….fare-share lib crap

    • Colin

      If you are a U.S. citizen, you are forever required to submit tax returns to the IRS, even if you haven’t lived in the U.S.A. for 20 years! You call that freedom?
      The worst decision I ever made was to live in America, I have absolutely no desire to become a citizen, and I would never say the “Pledge”.

      • VeeCee

        So what’s keeping you in the U.S. Aren’t you free to return from whence you came?

      • justme

        Certainly Colin dear. I think it would make more sense to hand it over to some old lady and give her a thumbs up and a celebration for spending your money over the past 60 years.

  • Janet Murphy

    I am a brit who has lived in the US for many years. I have never taken that final step because I find it difficult to give up allegiance to the UK. Actually when taking US citizenship one keeps their UK citizenship and becomes a dual-national. My US born children are dual-nationals from birth. I love both nations and am loyal to both.

    • Lori

      Good for you, I also am loyal to my country USA but I married a lovely Brit and I love you country as much as I love mine. I think that people are allowed their own opinions, but come on…don’t be so harsh. No one is asking you not to be where you really want to be…Cheers he he he

  • gary

    This is how it works . If your a brit and a American citizen . The British government doesn’t acknowledge the fact that you have changed your citizenship because the British lost the Colonial war . So you can hold both citizenship’s And as for Tracy she was real funny when she did the show Not the nine o’clock news . Then she went out on her own and it didn’t work for her so she went to the US and ive never found her funny since then .

    • D A Gray

      really i didnt know that i so i could go back to england if i wanted i still have a passport ?

    • MG

      Tracy Ullman didn’t do ‘Not the Nine O’Clock News’. That was Pamela Stephenson (now married to Billy Connelly).

  • rie

    you can keep both your UK and Brit passport. When I go to the UK, I use my US passport to check in with the airlines, but my UK passport at Heathrow/Gatwick to go thru passport control

  • gary

    Just hope your not stateside and your passport runs out as it will cost you 300 bucks for you to send it to the embassy and for them to send it home and then back to you

  • rie

    Typo! – should say “you can keep both your USA and Brit passport”

  • BARRY SMITH

    USED TO LIVE IN TODMORDEN ENGLAND NOW LIVE IN CONNECTICUT USA, DO YOU THINK THAT YOU WOULD EVER PUT CORRIE ON BBC I WOULD BE WILLING TO SUBSCRIBE TO THAT

    TA RA BARRY

  • rosemary harvey

    you missed some important one,s

  • julie watters

    What about the late great Christopher Hitchens?

  • Aeryn KellyReitmeyer

    John Barrowman has duel citizenship too. He likes to vote on the presidents here, hehe.

  • Stephen

    I was born in Canada and now live in the U.S.A. I have dual citizenship. I was only able to get a Canadian passport. the U.S government would not allow me to receive a American Passport. I have lived in the U.S for 29 years, but travel back home to canada to see Family and Friends . The U.S, government gave me choice , either give up my Canadian citizenship or no U.S. passport. I chose to keep my Canadian citizenship and I refuse to vote in any elections even though I can.

    • Mari

      The US government does not insist that you give up your citizenship (or passport ) of any other country. If you are a (dual) US citizen, you must use your US passport to travel in and out of the US though. You can use your Canadian passport to travel anywhere else – like Cuba, for example – which is handy when going to places where the US is not viewed very kindly. I use my Irish passport to travel the world, and my US passport into and out of the US only.

  • Victoria

    For those who have lived in both the US and the UK, which do you like better and why? I’m thinking about getting a duel citizenship in a few years if I still want to and wanted to get some advice.

  • Anthony Mccartney

    I am a duel citizen but consider myself a World citizen.
    I enjoy living here and enjoy visiting England or any other country. Life is too short to be confined by boundaries .

    • G K Libbey

      Right on!

  • Anthony Mccartney

    Michael Cain was a resident of Los Angeles for several years and then decided to return to England. When asked why he was going back he said “I’ve run out of clean shirts”

  • Sheila Bloom

    How many Americans have become British citizens?

    • Leila

      Quite a lot, start with Sam Wanamaker the man who brought the globe theatre back to life.McCarthy blacklist drove him to
      London.

  • Leila

    If ou take US citizenship & don’t vote why I’d you bother ?

    • Mari

      So you never have to deal with USCIS (immigration services) again… and you can stay out of the US as long as you want and still return. With a Green Card, you have to get permission to be outside the US for longer than 6 months – otherwise you risk losing your Resident status.

  • 36arbiter

    if it’s good enough for Hitch,then it’s good enough for me.

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  • cecille

    Christian Bale is also a U.S. citizen, but I guess a lot of people don’t know he was British to begin with

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    It is my understanding that they aren’t taxed as much here.

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