Emma Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch & More: 13 Brits We Loved In 2013

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  • emma watson

  • henry cavill

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  • tom hiddleston

  • kate middleton

  • sam claflin

  • cara delevingne

  • idris elba

  • emilia clarke

  • max irons

  • sir patrick stewart

We’d love to shout through the streets like good patriots, “The British are coming! The British are coming!” The problem is that these 13 British celebrities were so sexy, so talented and so charming that we kind of totally surrendered to them in 2013.

2013 was a banner year for British entertainers in the United States. Not only did the 13 celebs on our list manage to cross the pond, but they also conquered our hearts. Emma Watson reinvented herself from Hogwarts sweetheart to Hollywood starlet by starring in The Bling RingBenedict Cumberbatch was seemingly everywhere, and One Direction not only didn’t fall into a slump–they solidified themselves as a veritable pop phenomenon.

Of course, the Brits aren’t going to let up in 2014. Watson will be starring in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Cumberbatch will be back with a new season of Sherlock. One Direction might finally get some stiff pop group competition from Little Mix, whose second album, Salute, is already getting compared to Destiny Child’s Writing On The WallAndrew Garfield will return on our radars in The Amazing Spider-man sequel and Game of Thrones hottie Natalie Dormer is going to start asserting herself with appearances in Elementary and Mockingjay as the female Cumberbatch. And look out for Imogen Poots, who should pop as Zac Efron’s love interest in Are We Officially Dating? and as Aaron Paul’s main squeeze in Need For Speed.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. It’s still 2013, after all, and these are still the British celebs that we can’t stop obsessing over. They’re almost enough to make us want to ex-pat. Almost.

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