45 Celebrities Who Speak Multiple Languages
If you’re a new language learner and need some motivation, check out this list of celebrities who speak more than one language. Sometimes it’s inspiring to see people you admire doing something you’re interested in.
1. Alexander Skarsgård
The Swedish-born actor is best known for his role as vampire Eric Northman, in True Blood, speaks Swedish, English, French and German.
2. Annet Mahendru
An actress from the show The Americans, she speaks an impressive 6 languages: English, German, Russian, French, Hindi and Persian.
3. Ben Affleck
American actor, screenwriter and director best known for starring in and writing the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunt, Ben speaks English and Spanish fluently.
4. Bradley Cooper
The American-born Hollywood actor and star of The Hangover franchise is fluent in both English and French, and can be seen interviewing in French on a number of occasions.
5. Christoph Waltz
The Austrian-born actor known for his role as an SS officer in Tarantino’s film Inglorious Basterds, for which he received his first Oscar, speaks German, English, French and Italian.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo
Once one of the highest paid soccer/football players in the world, Portuguese-born Ronaldo speaks his native Portuguese, as well as Spanish, English, and Italian.
7. Diane Kruger
The German-born actress, another star of Inglorious Basterds, speaks her native German, along with fluent English and French.
8. Emma Watson
The French-born English actress best known for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series speaks both English and French fluently.
9. Edward Norton
Interestingly, the American actor, known for his starring role Fight Club, speaks 4 languages – English, French, Spanish and Japanese, the latter of which he learned while he worked in Japan, after graduating.
10. Famke Janssen
The Dutch-born actress from the X-men series, is fluent in Dutch, English and French. She says she learned German but doesn’t keep up with it.
11. Freddie Highmore
A self-proclaimed language enthusiast, this English actor known for his starring role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Bates Motel speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
12. Grace Jones
The Jamaican-born former singer, model and actress who starred in the original 1984 Conan the Barbarian, at one point wanted to become a language teacher, and speaks an impressive 6 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.
13. Gwyneth Paltrow
The American actress best known for her roles in Seven and Sliding Doors, speaks fluent English and Spanish. Her children are also fluent in both languages.
14. Henry Cavill
The English actor who plays Superman in the DC movie franchise speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian.
15. Hugh Grant
The English actor, known for his roles in romantic comedies like Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary, speaks English and French.