In recent years, Americans have gone mad for British culture. We might have once started a war to kick out the British, but now it seems that we can’t get enough of what they’ve got across the pond.
In this article, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest British cultural exports that we’re definitely thankful for!
If you haven’t heard of it, the FIFA series of videogames by EA Sport is one of the most popular sports franchises out there. In fact, it’s sold more than 150 million copies around the world. The soccer game – or football game, depending on where you’re from – is released yearly, and the 27th FIFA game, FIFA 20, was released earlier this year. While FIFA isn’t technically British, it’s certainly helped to raise the popularity of the sport, which is a British institution they like to call “the beautiful game”, over in the US.
These days, if you want to gamble, you don’t have to go all the way to Las Vegas. You can visit an online casino instead. Recently, real money online games have risen in popularity in the US. They’re becoming and more and more prevalent thanks to advances in technology that make them easier to use, and make games look better too. British brands are very active within this sector. This includes Lottoland, which is an online lottery and casino game platform, as well as one of the world’s first online casino companies, Microgaming, which started in the 1990s and develops titles for these platforms. It’s taken a while for the genre to catch on in America, but online gambling is now one of the world’s most successful industries.
Over the past few years, many British actors have ventured across the Atlantic in search of movie stardom, and it seems like they’re taking over Hollywood at present. Superheroes like Spider-Man and Doctor Strange have been played by British stars. Batman was recently played by the Welsh actor Christian Bale, and Robert Pattinson will soon be following in his footsteps. Even Superman, a character who’s as American as apple pie, was recently played by Henry Cavill, who is, as you might have guessed, a Brit.
People don’t just love seeing British stars on movie screens. Period dramas such as Peaky Blinders and The Crown are incredibly popular too. The trailer for The Crown’s third season was recently released and was viewed more than two million times in the space of just a few days. Another show, Downton Abbey, has millions of fans in America. Even though it ended in 2015, a film adaptation hit cinemas this year, made over $75 million in the US alone, and may get a sequel, if you believe the rumors.
It’s not just historical dramas that are proving popular right now. Britain’s contributions to reality TV are also going down well, and some are of a better quality than others. The Great British Baking Show (or The Great British Bake-Off) is a baking competition that’s attracted millions of viewers because of how relaxing it can be to watch. It’s a complete opposite to Britain’s other biggest reality show – Love Island. The dating show has been watched by millions in both the US and the UK, and there was even an American version earlier this year.
There’s certainly a lot to love about Britain. As this list shows, there’s more to do over there than drink tea and watch one of Shakespeare’s plays indeed.