Lost in the Pond: 7 Brits Who Famously Married Americans

It is often said that Britain and the United States share a “special relationship.” The same could be said of certain celebrities from both countries, with U.S.-British marriages between the rich and famous more common than most people realize. Of course, in most of these cases, the word “special” is used in the loosest way possible. Here is a list of 7 Brits who married Americans.

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Chris Martin

Spouse(s): Gwyneth Paltrow.

Even after once insisting that British men were too shy to date her, American actress Gwyneth Paltrow married Coldplay frontman Chris Martin in 2003, and the two subsequently went on to have two children together. Between them, they are loved and hated in seemingly equal measure by Brits and Americans alike.

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Paul McCartney

Spouse(s): Linda Eastman, Nancy Shevell

In an event that no doubt broke the hearts of millions of women worldwide, former Beatle Paul McCartney married American photographer Linda Eastman in 1969. Following not only Linda’s death from breast cancer in 1998, but also his acrimonious split from former British model Heather Mills, McCartney repeated the trick in 2011, marrying New York businesswoman Nancy Shevell.


Edward VIII

Spouse(s): Wallis Simpson

This is perhaps the most famous case of pan-Atlantic matrimony. In late 1936, just 3 years before the outbreak of World War II in Europe, and faced with the real possibility of a full-on constitutional crisis in the event of marrying his beloved American socialite Wallis Simpson, Edward VIII did just that. As depicted recently in the film The King’s Speech, his subsequent abdication led to the premature coronation of King George VI – Elizabeth II’s father.

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Russell Brand

Spouse(s): Katy Perry

In what proved (not so surprisingly) to be a doomed union, eccentric British comedian Russell Brand was married briefly to American pop star Katy Perry. The couple split just 14 months later, after Brand filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences.” It was probably for the best.

Gavin Rossdale

Spouse(s): Gwen Stefani

Gavin Rossdale is not necessarily a name on the lips of most people. But As the lead-singer of the U.S.-based British band Bush, Rossdale was one of the most commercially successful artists of the 1990s in the United States. Add to that the fact that he is married to Gwen Stfani – herself the lead singer of a successful band, No Doubt – and you have quite the music power couple. However, the pair are very quick to keep their family life out of the public eye.

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Mick Jagger

Spouse(s): Jerry Hall

Though he claims to have slept with thousands of women, Mick Jagger has actually been married twice: once to Nicaraguan-born Bianca Macias and secondly to American model and actress Jerry Hall. At 9 years, the marriage – which was considered unofficial even at the time – lasted marginally longer than Jerry Hall’s show business career.

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Elizabeth Taylor

Spouse(s): virtually everyone.

Where to start? Aside from her famed marriages to Welsh actor Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor – who held both British and American citizenship – was married – at some point or another – to 6 other men, with 5 of these hailing from the United States.

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  1. avatarLorena says

    To be fair, Elizabeth Taylor only had UK citizenship because she was born there to two American parents. That is why she was considered a dual-citizen.

    How about Guy Ritchie and Madonna, Jim Kerr, singer of Glaswegian band (and my absolute favorite) Simple Minds and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Ruby Wax and Ed Bye, Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome (Winston’s parents)…?

    What I find interesting is that it is more common to find a British husband and an American wife (I prove that point) and I wonder why.