17 Celebrities With Very Surprising Birthplaces

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Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence
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He was born Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence in Frankfurt, Germany, while his father was serving in the U.S. military in Germany. He was named after civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. and U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
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Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
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Keanu Reeves might be a Canadian actor, but he was born in Beirut, Lebanon. His mother met his father while working in Beirut, though Reeves father later abandoned his family when he was 3-years-old.
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Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
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Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, in what was then-Transvaal Province of South Africa. She did not move to the United States until she was 17. She grew up in Benoni, which is near Johannesburg, After getting a 1-year modeling contract, her mother and her moved to Milan and she spent the year modeling through Europe. After that year, they moved to New York City and Miami.
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Emma Watson
Emma Watson
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You might have thought Emma Watson was obviously born in England, but she was actually born in Paris, France. She lived in Paris until she was five, when her parents divorced and she moved back to her mother’s homeland of England, to live in Oxfordshire, spending weekends in London at her father’s house.
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Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
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Nicole Kidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were temporarily in the United States on educational visas. Because of this, Nicole Kidman can claim citizenship in both Australia and the United States. The family stayed on U.S. soil, both of her parents protesting the war while living in Washington D.C., until Nicole was 4-years-old. They moved back to Australia.
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Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis
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Mila Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine). When she was 7-years-old, her family moved to Los Angeles, California with only $250, as that was all they were allowed to take.
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Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
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Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom in Rio Piedras, the sector city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. His parents met in California and joined the religious group, the Children of God, and began travelling through South America and didn’t return to the states until 1978 (having the first 4 of their 5 children in that time).
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Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton
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Mischa Barton was born in Hammersmith, London. While she briefly attended St. Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith, her father’s work as a foreign exchange broker took the family to New York when she was 6-years-old. She didn’t become a naturalized U.S. citizen until her 20th birthday. She has kept her British citizenship because she feels more comfortable there, but wants “…people to discern that I'm an English-Irish girl who grew up in New York.”
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Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
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Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag in Jerusalem, Israel. After meeting at a Jewish student center at Ohio State University, Natalie’s father moved back to Israel and her mother followed shortly after and they were married. When Natalie was three-years-old her family moved to Washington, D.C.
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Tommy Lee
Tommy Lee
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Tommy Lee was born in Athens, Greece while his father, a U.S. Army serviceman, was stationed there. The family moved to California a year after his birth.
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Amy Adams
Amy Adams
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Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy. Her father was a U.S. serviceman stationed at Caserma Ederle at the time of her birth and took the entire family from base-to-base, before settling in Castle Rock, Colorado when Adams was 8.
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Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev
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Nina was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, as Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva . She moved to Canada when she was two and grew up in Toronto, Ontario. She speaks fluent English and Bulgarian.
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Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
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Gene Simmons was born Chaim Witz at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Isarel. With just his mother, he emigrated to New York City when he was 8, speaking no English and settled into the Jackson Heights area Queens.
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Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall
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Kim Cattrall was born in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, Merseyside. When she was only three-months-old her family emigrated to the Canadian city of Coutenay in British Columbia. When she was 11, she returned to England when he grandmother was sick and didn’t return to Canada until she was 16.
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Tia Mowry-Hardict and Tamera Mowry-Housley
Tia Mowry-Hardict and Tamera Mowry-Housley
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Tia and Tamera were born in Gelnhausen, in then-West Germany. Their father was in the U.S. Army at the time of their birth and stationed there.
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Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi
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Portia was born Amanda Lee Rogers in Horsham, Victoria, Australia. She grew up in Grovedale, a suburb of Geelong, Victoria, where she modeled for print and TV commercials as a child.
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Idris Elba
Idris Elba
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Idris Elba was born in Idrissa Akuna Elba in Hackney, London. After his parents were married in Sierra Leone, they moved to Hackney, but then later raised Idris in East Ham after shortening his name for his school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting.

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