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Thursday 14th December 2017

Breaking America isn't always easy for Brit stars - see these stand-out hits and misses!

We have seen many Brits moving over to the States across the years in search of Hollywood fame

Cheryl - Miss

In 2011, Geordie singer Cheryl decided to leave the UK version of The X Factor to try and raise her profile across the pond buy joining the US panel. However, not long after arriving in LA, Cheryl, who is now in a relationship with One Direction's Liam Payne, was sacked and replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.

Although the official reason was never released, rumour has it the Fox executives didn't think Americans could understand her accent.

Keira Knightley - Hit 

Keira Knightley is an example of a Brit taking Hollywood by storm. The London born actress's Hollywood debut was in Star Wars Episode 1, and as far as debuts go it doesn't get much bigger than that. Keira went from strength to strength and found herself making millions and staring in Pirates of The Caribbean twice, Love Actually and King Arthur.

In 2008, the English rose was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in Price And Prejudice. At the time, Keira was the first British star to appear on that list and already the second highest paid.

Sir Ian McKellen - Hit 

Ian McKellen is undoubtedly one of Britain's most celebrated stage actors. Believe it or not, the 77 year old once confessed he was frightened of the camera, but that soon changed when he announced himself in Hollywood with the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films. McKellen also featured in The Hobbit and the X-Men Trilogy.

After many years of success, and two Academy Award nominations, Ian McKellen's net worth currently stands at £55 million.

Ant and Dec - Miss

Ant and Dec might be very popular on British telly, but they've proven that success in the UK isn't a guarantee of stardom in the States. On the UK shores they're the faces of shows like Saturday Night Takeaway, I'm A Celebrity and Britain's Got Talent.

However, the pair thought they'd try their chances in the States and it didn't go down well. The Newcastle duo hosted a game show called Wanna Bet and it was a flop, to say the least.

Orlando Bloom - Hit

Orlando Bloom took the gamble to move to LA at a very early age, and made his name playing the major role as Legolas in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. After that, Orlando appeared in several blockbusters including the Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hobbit and Troy. 

Bloom is recognised by many as the most recognizable and successful male English actor in Hollywood, and in 2014 received a star to go on the Hollywood Wall Of Fame. Orlando Bloom has a combined box office gross of more than £2.6 billion. Crazy money!

Daniel Radcliffe - Hit 

Daniel Radcliffe or Harry Potter as you probably known him, starred in the Harry Potter series for 10 years, across eight different movies. Radcliffe's net worth -- at only 26 -- is an astonishing £100 million and has since dropped his wand to play in multiple different movies such as the Women In Black. We can expect to see even more from Daniel in the near future!

Martine McCutcheon - Miss

There are ways for British stars to succeed in LA... and then there’s the Martine McCutcheon approach. The former EastEnders actress thought she could turn her role in 2003’s Love Actually into world wide stardom and after a couple of meetings in Hollywood declared to the British press: “They say I could be the next Jennifer Lopez!" Martine went from the bright lights of Hollywood to a afternoon slot on a UK radio station, shortly after declaring bankruptcy.

Kate Winslet - Hit 

Kate Winslet made her name in Hollywood blockbuster Titanic alongside acting legend Leonardo DiCaprio, which is still the biggest grossing film of all time. Winslet is considered to be one of the most successful British actresses and was also the youngest person ever to be nominated for six Academy Awards. Kate also has an Oscar, and Emmy and a Grammy in her possession.

There are not many UK actresses today that are more accomplished than Kate Winslet and she will definitely go down as one of the best, if not the best, actress of her generation.

Tom Hardy - Hit 

London born Tom Hardy really lodged himself as a success in Hollywood starring in Oscar-winning film Inception, in 2010. Since then, firmly in the Hollywood spotlight, the 38 year old has featured in The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max and more recently the very popular Peaky Blinders. Hardy is now not only a household name in the UK but America too.

Matt Lucas - Miss 

Thanks to Shooting Stars and Little Britain, Matt Lucas is a big name in the UK. Like many actors, Lucas thought he could master the market in the States too but it didn't quite work out like that. Whilst he is always entertaining fans back home, the star hasn't quite broken the US at all. After getting a few smaller gigs in America, Matt has found himself back on the BBC in the UK, where he is back to his best.

One Direction - Hit

One Direction are a English-Irish boy band that were put together back in 2010 and finished third on the X-FactorWe have seen so many Brits try to tackle the US market and fail miserably, but these boys couldn't have wished for any better. Pretty much immediately the band starting topping charts, and breaking records both in the UK and America. Their achievements include four MTV music award and seven American Music Awards.

After becoming huge names in the states, they're now one of the most successful bands in the world and have a net worth of almost £400 million.

Take That - Miss

American boy bands such as New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys have had success overseas while the UK's One Direction continue to grow on a global scale...but whatever happened to Take That? the Manchester based boy-band never came close to conquering North America despite being household names in Britain and other regions. Both Gary Barlow and former Take That star Robbie Williams have found success out of Europe hard to come by.

Robert Pattinson - Hit

London born actor Robert Pattinson captured the hearts of both Brits and Americans when he went over the pond in 2008 to star in Twilight movies. The massive box-office hits grossed over £3 billion in worldwide receipts across five movies between 2008 and 2012. Twilight brought Pattinson worldwide fame, and established him among the highest paid and most bankable actors in Hollywood.

In 2010, Pattinson was named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People In The World and also in the same year Forbes ranked him as one of the most powerful celebrities in the world. 

Westlife - Miss

Westlife's US failure makes One Directions success seem all the more impressive. Like Take That, despite European fame the Irish boy band just never approached North American star status. If anything, Despite 50 million in global sales, the group only had one hit single that charted in the U.S. ("Swear It Again").

Adele - Hit

Adele's rise to fame in both the UK and America has been remarkable. In 2012, the Londoner won a record tying SIX Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year and three American Music Awards. In the US Adele has held the top position in the charts longer than any album since 1985, and her album '21' has sold 31 million copies worldwide. The London born singer and song writer has well and truly conquered the States!

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