History FakeBrit / LiveActionTV

24th Aug '16 4:04:01 AM fearlessnikki
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** Spike, Drusilla, and Wesley. Spike's accent is said to be based on Anthony Stewart Head's regular voice, which is a lot less posh than Head's character Giles. Yet Spike is shown in flashback to originally have an upper class English accent, so whatever he's trying now is an affectation.
** Like Dominic West below, at one point, Spike puts on a American accent, which is hilariously bad.
** Alexis Denisof (Wesley), a Maryland native who lived in the UK for much of his early career, is the Buffyverse's most convincing fake Brit; even British fans don't always realise he's not English as long as he doesn't use the typical trip words such as 'data' where it becomes painfully obvious even to Britons who were previously fooled. Drusilla, on the other hand, spends a lot of time talking about "Spoik". In fact, Juliet Landau sounds like she's doing a particularly bad impersonation of [[SteptoeAndSon Harry H. Corbett]].
** Also, ''both'' of the "English" potential slayers, one with a bad Cockney similar to Drusilla, and another with a bad RP accent. God knows how genuine Brit Anthony Stewart Head could put up with filming with them.
*** He answered that very question in an interview: "Money soothes all ills."
** Everyone from Spike's past in [[WholeEpisodeFlashback "Fool for Love"]]. It might be easier to list the characters in Buffy who ''were'' played by actual Brits.

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** Spike, Drusilla, and Wesley. Spike's accent is said to be based on Anthony Stewart Head's regular voice, which is a lot less posh than Head's character Giles. Yet Spike is shown in flashback to originally have an upper class English accent, so whatever he's trying now is an affectation.
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affectation. Like Dominic West below, at one point, Spike puts on a American accent, which is hilariously bad.
** Alexis Denisof (Wesley), a Maryland native who lived in the UK for much of his early career, is the Buffyverse's most convincing fake Brit; even British fans don't always realise he's not English as long as he doesn't use the typical trip words such as 'data' where it becomes painfully obvious even to Britons who were previously fooled. Drusilla, on the other hand, spends a lot of time talking about "Spoik". In fact,
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Juliet Landau sounds like she's doing who plays Drusilla is American, and affects a Victorian era cockney accent. [[BrokenBase Fans can never agree on whether or not it's good]].
** Season 7 featured two potential Slayers from England, both played by Americans. Neither accent is
particularly bad impersonation of [[SteptoeAndSon Harry H. Corbett]].
** Also, ''both'' of the "English" potential slayers, one with a bad Cockney similar to Drusilla, and another with a bad RP accent. God knows how genuine Brit Anthony Stewart Head could put up with filming with them.
*** He answered that very question in an interview: "Money soothes all ills."
convincing.
** Everyone from Spike's past in [[WholeEpisodeFlashback "Fool for Love"]]. It might be easier Also notable is Kali Rocha, playing Spike's love interest Cecily. She returns to list the characters show in Buffy who ''were'' played by actual Brits.Season 6 now as Anya's demon friend Halfrek, using her natural accent. As Halfrek and Cecily are implied to be the same person (Halfrek calls Spike 'William' and then avoids his gaze), Cecily may be this in-universe too.


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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** Captain Hook is played by Irish actor Colin O'Donaghue. Ironically he was given AdaptationNameChange so that his real name is Killian Jones, which is Irish. His brother also has the Irish name Liam, though played by Australian actor Bernard Curry. His English accent is a little less convincing than O'Donaghue's.
** Cruella de Ville, who has always been iconically British, is played by Irish actress Victoria Smurfitt. She too had a relative played by an Australian - Anna Galvin as Cruella's mother Madelline.
** Out of the three Darling siblings, only one is portrayed by an English actor - Matt Kane as John. James Immekus is American as Michael, and Freya Tingley is Australian as Wendy. Tingley in particular does a flawless accent.
** In the spin-off Alice is played by Sophie Lowe who is British born but grew up in Australia.


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* ''{{Series/Primeval}}'''s fourth and fifth seasons were filmed in Ireland, so a lot of one-shot characters were played by Irish actors with varying degrees of success. In the main cast however, both Jess and Emily were played by Irish actresses Ruth Kearney and Ruth Bradley respectively. Both do flawless accents.
30th May '16 6:32:29 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''{{Seinfeld}}'': Jerry tries on a Cockney accent, where "Not bloody likely!" comes out as "Nawwt blooudy loiklay!" Kramer criticizes it, but his is no better.

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* ''{{Seinfeld}}'': ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Jerry tries on a Cockney accent, where "Not bloody likely!" comes out as "Nawwt blooudy loiklay!" Kramer criticizes it, but his is no better.
12th Feb '16 5:40:01 AM GreenLady
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* Similarly to the above example, while the vast majority of the actors on ''{{Series/Misfits}}'' were actually British and for the most part used their real regional accents, Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga plays her character, Nikki, with a Southern English accent.
12th Feb '16 5:29:15 AM GreenLady
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** Dinklage isn't the only non-Brit who adopts an English accent to fit in: there's also Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish), Aiden Gillen (Irish), and Jack Gleeson (also Irish) as the very English-sounding characters Jaime, Baelish, and Joffrey, respectively.
5th Nov '15 10:55:01 AM Willbyr
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* ''{{Sanctuary}}'': Creator/AmandaTapping, while she was born in England (Rochford, Essex to be precise) has lived in Canada since she was three. Lampshaded in "Bank Job" when she reverts to her Canadian accent and the bank teller (Gary Davies who plays Sgt. Harriman in ''Series/StargateSG1'') comments "I knew that British accent was fake".

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* ''{{Sanctuary}}'': ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'': Creator/AmandaTapping, while she was born in England (Rochford, Essex to be precise) has lived in Canada since she was three. Lampshaded in "Bank Job" when she reverts to her Canadian accent and the bank teller (Gary Davies who plays Sgt. Harriman in ''Series/StargateSG1'') comments "I knew that British accent was fake".
14th Sep '15 11:30:25 AM KingLyger
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* The British Nigel Wick was played by Scotsman Creator/CraigFerguson on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''. Ferguson himself called it "the worst English accent ever" in a later stand-up comedy special. During one episode, when the characters [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]], Ferguson also briefly put on a just-as-fake American accent.
4th Sep '15 5:35:27 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/MagnumPI'': John Hillerman, a native Texan, played English ex-military vet Jonathan Higgins. During the show's run, his character was required to "fake" a Texas accent to impersonate his look-alike half-brother Elmo. (Like Niles in ''TheNanny'' and Wesley Wyndham-Price above, a lot of British viewers were convinced he was a real Brit.)

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* ''Series/MagnumPI'': John Hillerman, a native Texan, played English ex-military vet Jonathan Higgins. During the show's run, his character was required to "fake" a Texas accent to impersonate his look-alike half-brother Elmo. (Like Niles in ''TheNanny'' ''Series/TheNanny'' and Wesley Wyndham-Price above, a lot of British viewers were convinced he was a real Brit.)



* ''TheNanny'': Niles. A story goes that viewers of this show in the UK wrote in to complain about the "fake" accent used by Charles Shaughnessy (a real Londoner) and praising the "real" accent of Daniel Davis (Niles), a native of Arkansas.

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* ''TheNanny'': ''Series/TheNanny'': Niles. A story goes that viewers of this show in the UK wrote in to complain about the "fake" accent used by Charles Shaughnessy (a real Londoner) and praising the "real" accent of Daniel Davis (Niles), a native of Arkansas.
13th May '15 5:03:00 PM nombretomado
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* ''GossipGirl'': American actor Patrick Heusinger played Blair's boyfriend Marcus, an English lord, in season two. Extra twisty points for the fact that Marcus pretended to be an American throughout most of his first episode. Later on his English accent was copied by Chuck, who wanted Blair to think he was Marcus. Chuck, an American, is played by a British actor...

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* ''GossipGirl'': ''Series/GossipGirl'': American actor Patrick Heusinger played Blair's boyfriend Marcus, an English lord, in season two. Extra twisty points for the fact that Marcus pretended to be an American throughout most of his first episode. Later on his English accent was copied by Chuck, who wanted Blair to think he was Marcus. Chuck, an American, is played by a British actor...
23rd Mar '15 2:22:23 PM TheNewMattFisher
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** The episode commentary from Morena Baccarin and Jane Espenson contains some fine FakeBrit moments. Both figures praise SummerGlau for her ability to do accents very well (unfortunately, most British people would disagree on her supposed London accent). Espenson also goes on to mention her love of British slang words and how she likes to use them in her work. The example used is the word 'palaver' - meaning 'an unnecessary fuss'. She pronounces it erroneously as 'par-layver' (it's 'puh-lah-ver' (or 'puh-lah-va' if you're from the London area).

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** The episode commentary from Morena Baccarin and Jane Espenson contains some fine FakeBrit moments. Both figures praise SummerGlau Creator/SummerGlau for her ability to do accents very well (unfortunately, most British people would disagree on her supposed London accent). Espenson also goes on to mention her love of British slang words and how she likes to use them in her work. The example used is the word 'palaver' - meaning 'an unnecessary fuss'. She pronounces it erroneously as 'par-layver' (it's 'puh-lah-ver' (or 'puh-lah-va' if you're from the London area).



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Although his character isn't technically British, Peter Dinklage adopts a cod-English accent to fit in with the almost exclusively British cast of this show.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Although his character isn't technically British, Peter Dinklage Creator/PeterDinklage adopts a cod-English accent to fit in with the almost exclusively British cast of this show.



* ''{{Sanctuary}}'': Amanda Tapping, while she was born in England (Rochford, Essex to be precise) has lived in Canada since she was three. Lampshaded in "Bank Job" when she reverts to her Canadian accent and the bank teller (Gary Davies who plays Sgt. Harriman in ''Series/StargateSG1'') comments "I knew that British accent was fake".

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* ''{{Sanctuary}}'': Amanda Tapping, Creator/AmandaTapping, while she was born in England (Rochford, Essex to be precise) has lived in Canada since she was three. Lampshaded in "Bank Job" when she reverts to her Canadian accent and the bank teller (Gary Davies who plays Sgt. Harriman in ''Series/StargateSG1'') comments "I knew that British accent was fake".
23rd Mar '15 1:24:19 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Firefly}}'':
** In the episode ''Shindig'', River Tam mimics Badger's authentic London accent.

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* ''{{Firefly}}'':
''{{Series/Firefly}}'':
** In the episode ''Shindig'', "Shindig", River Tam mimics Badger's authentic London accent.
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