21 European Actresses/Actors That Made it Big in Hollywood

Posted by PZ on October 24th, 2010

Not all Hollywood stars are American born and breed – some actors have managed to make it big state side despite coming from European countries such as Ireland, the U.K., France and Italy. Marion Cotillard was born in Caen, France, only to break Hollywood with an Oscar winning performance in La Vie en Rose and has since appeared in Inception alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Another star, Gerard Butler grew up in Scotland, later making it big in 300, and has since starred in numerous comedies with the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Katherine Heigl. European stars make up some of the brightest in Hollywood – here is just a few.

Marion Cotillard
French actress Marion Cotillard attends the Toronto International Film Festival press conference for 'Little White Lies' at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Toronto, Canada on September 12, 2010. UPI/Christine Chew Photo via Newscom

Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell strolls through Beverly Hills, CA and chats on his cell phone on July 1, 2010. Fame Pictures, Inc

Jean Reno
Photo by: Raoul Gatchalian/starmaxinc.com @2010 04/22/10 Jean Reno at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival MY OWN LOVE SONG, April 22, 2010 - NYC Photo via Newscom

Audrey Tautou
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Actress Audrey Tautou attends the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2010 at the Royal Opera House on February 21, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Orange)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Jonathan Rhys Meyers poses in front of the winners boards at the Orange British Academy Film Awards held at The Royal Opera House on February 21, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Hugh Grant
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MARCH 10: Actor Hugh Grant arrives at the Laureus World Sports Awards 2010 at Emirates Palace Hotel on March 10, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Laureus)

James McAvoy
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Keira Knightley
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Ewan McGregor
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Monica Bellucci
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Tilda Swinton
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Clive Owen
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Tom Hardy
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Gerard Butler
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Daniel Craig
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Liam Neeson
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Gabriel Byrne
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Vincent Cassel
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Penélope Cruz
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Sean Connery
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Clemence Poesy
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