Why does Star Wars have British actors?

So, how come there are so many British actors cast in Star Wars movies? The recent use of English actress Daisy Ridley as Rey in the Star Wars franchise raised some eyebrows when her natural English accent was used.

Actors like Christian Bale hide their natural accents when filming so they sound American in American movies. Bale even does interviews in an American accent so people don't get confused!

That's not the case for actors in the Star Wars universe. As Rey’s opposite, Englishman John Boyega played Finn with his full English tone.

Many British actors feature in the original trilogy as well and now Richard Curtis is playing a role in the new J.J. Abrams film. Why is this?

In terms of the original trilogy, large components of those films were made in England! Thus when you’re in England and need actors, your players will tend to be English or British.

For a few cases in point, the late Kenny Baker, late Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels are all British actors.

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And let's not forget the VERY famous English actors in the film – Peter Cushing as Tarkin and Sir Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

They were likely more actors sought out by Lucas for being noteworthy actors in their own right – Alec Guinness, for example, was already an Academy Award Winner for the war film Bridge on the River Kwai! 

Sure, George Lucas brought in American actors too but the reason why Star Wars has so many British actors is largely down to location, location location.
You'd probably have to accept that Daisy Ridley and John Boyega were not chosen for their roles in The Force Awakens solely because they lived in England, it likely was more because they were identified as relatively unknown actors who had the potential to do the movie justice and were cheap enough in a salary sense.

In a similar manner, when the Star Wars prequels were made, Australian and New Zealand actors featured heavily. And where were those films made? Australia.

To catch some tax breaks, Star Wars prequels Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were largely filmed Down Under.

This led to Australasian actors and actresses having some key roles. Here are some of them:

Of course, we shouldn't forget that The Phantom Menace was filmed in England, which meant British actors again featured heavily. They included the likes of Terrance Stamp as Chancellor Valorum, and Keira Knightly as a handmaiden to Padme!

A notable British appearance in The Last Jedi was the wonderful Adrian Edmondson as Captain Peavey who delivered the classic line “I believe he's tooling with you, Sir.”

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