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Showrunners will always say that it doesn’t matter where talent comes from, as long as an actor is right for the part. But for more than a decade now, the actors that fit well into primetime series are coming from outside the United States in increasing numbers.

Some credit the Internet with giving casting directors a larger talent pool at their disposal. Others say Europeans are inundated with American culture from a young age, giving them the ability to mimic accents and social quirks. And nearly everyone agrees that Europe and Australia have stronger theater traditions that simply train actors more effectively.

“Britain has a huge tradition of acting. It’s incredibly respected there, so very well-trained actors quite often come out of there,” says Michelle Ashford, executive producer of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” “And because so much serious material now is coming from television, I don’t »

- Christy Grosz

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