Cheerio, Mates! Our Favorite Black Brits

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  • Marsha Ambrosius
  • Sidney Poitier
  • John Boyega
  • Naomi Campbell
  • Naomie Harris
  • Slick Rick
  • Sade
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Sophie Okonedo
  • Thandie Newton
  • Estelle
  • Melanie Brown
  • David Oyelowo
  • Steve McQueen
  • Lennox Lewis
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
  • Craig David
  • Seal
  • Mo Farah
  • Tiffany Porter
  • Phillips Idowu
  • Daley Thompson
  • Idris Elba

Sidney Poitier

This perennially-suave Hollywood legend was born in America, but raised in a British colony of the Bahamas. Believe it or not, he spent months early in his career attempting to rid himself of his unique accent, which would eventually become his defining characteristic.

(Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC via Getty Images)

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