History UsefulNotes / BritishAccents

25th Apr '18 10:11:50 AM DrOO7
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* On ''Series/{{ER}}'', though it's never specified where in England she's from, British surgeon Elizabeth Corday's accent indicates an upper-class background and education, as does Neela Rasgotra's. However, when the two meet, Elizabeth asks Neela if she's from the East End, to which a miffed Neela replies, "No, Southall". Neela's apparent annoyance is that Elizabeth assumed she was from a working class background based on her ethnicity (she's Indian), when her accent should clearly have indicated that she wasn't.

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* On ''Series/{{ER}}'', though it's never specified where in England she's from, British surgeon Elizabeth Corday's accent indicates an upper-class background and education, as does Neela Rasgotra's. However, when the two meet, Elizabeth asks Neela if she's from the East End, to which a miffed Neela replies, "No, Southall". Neela's apparent annoyance is that likely because Elizabeth assumed she was from a working class background based on her ethnicity (she's Indian), when her accent should clearly have indicated that she wasn't.wasn't--the East End of London has historically been one of its poorer, non-white neighborhoods, while Southall is the opposite.
4th Apr '18 7:00:28 AM jormis29
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** A meta-example: The main reasons why David Prowse didn't do Darth Vader's voice was a) he had a tenor speaking voice, and b) he had a West Country accent, which is quite possibly the least intimidating British accent there is.

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** A meta-example: The main reasons why David Prowse Creator/DavidProwse didn't do Darth Vader's voice was a) he had a tenor speaking voice, and b) he had a West Country accent, which is quite possibly the least intimidating British accent there is.
29th Mar '18 10:57:33 PM MarkLungo
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Crimestrikers}}'', WorkingClassHero Jeff "Top" Ranking speaks with a Cockney accent.
29th Mar '18 10:51:04 PM MarkLungo
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* In the Medway towns area another accent is discernible; sometimes called 'Chav' (derived from a Romani word for 'child') or locally 'Chathamese' (from the town of Chatham, where it's worse excesses are spoken). It includes local words like 'chaw' for 'to take', and is itself replaced by another accent on the Isle of Sheppey in the Medway estuary.
** A variation of the chav accent originated in East London and has spread elsewhere, which sounds like that associated with Black London accent combined with the white chav accent. This is often known as 'Jafaican', or in politically correct terms 'Multicultural London English'. This accent has some unusual variations compared to started English - for instance 'you' may be pronounced like 'yoor', and 'like' be pronounced like 'lack'. In that sense it is more close to a Nigerian or Scottish accent. Like a lot of accents, it varies in how strong it is depending on the area. The garage and grime genres of music often feature people with this accent, a notable example is Music/DizzeeRascal.

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* In the Medway towns area another accent is discernible; sometimes called 'Chav' (derived from a Romani UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} word for 'child') or locally 'Chathamese' (from the town of Chatham, where it's worse its worst excesses are spoken). It includes local words like 'chaw' for 'to take', and is itself replaced by another accent on the Isle of Sheppey in the Medway estuary.
** A variation of the chav accent originated in East London and has spread elsewhere, which sounds like that associated with Black London accent combined with the white chav accent. This is often known as 'Jafaican', '[[UsefulNotes/{{Jamaica}} Jafaican]]', or in politically correct terms 'Multicultural London English'. This accent has some unusual variations compared to started English - for instance 'you' may be pronounced like 'yoor', and 'like' be pronounced like 'lack'. In that sense it is more close closer to a Nigerian [[UsefulNotes/{{Nigeria}} Nigerian]] or Scottish accent. Like a lot of accents, it varies in how strong it is depending on the area. The garage and grime genres of music often feature people with this accent, accent; a notable example is Music/DizzeeRascal.
29th Mar '18 10:45:58 PM MarkLungo
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Think of it as the compromise between the refinement of RP and the palatal easiness of Cockney. The London middle class, so to speak. Based on RP, but also incorporates a number of elements traditionally associated with Cockney and other plebeian southeastern dialects (notably, pronouncing "t" as a glottal stop, fronting "th" to "f" and "v", and pronouncing a hard "g" in "-ing" words). Mstly spoken in southeastern England on the estuary of the Thames, but increasingly co-opted by people with higher levels of income and education who mock Received Pronunciation as too [[BritishStuffiness stuffy]] and [[DelusionsOfEloquence pretentiously ridiculous]]. As a result, it (or a slightly more refined variant thereof) has increasingly become the default "newscaster" accent of media based in London (ie most of it). Has risen in profile in recent years to the point where it's become more-or-less "neutral" and may replace RP completely.

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Think of it as the compromise between the refinement of RP and the palatal easiness of Cockney. The London middle class, so to speak. Based on RP, but also incorporates a number of elements traditionally associated with Cockney and other plebeian southeastern dialects (notably, pronouncing "t" as a glottal stop, fronting "th" to "f" and "v", and pronouncing a hard "g" in "-ing" words). Mstly Mostly spoken in southeastern England on the estuary of the Thames, but increasingly co-opted by people with higher levels of income and education who mock Received Pronunciation as too [[BritishStuffiness stuffy]] and [[DelusionsOfEloquence pretentiously ridiculous]]. As a result, it (or a slightly more refined variant thereof) has increasingly become the default "newscaster" accent of media based in London (ie most of it). Has risen in profile in recent years to the point where it's become more-or-less "neutral" and may replace RP completely.



* Creator/DavidTennant, a native Scot, adopted the Estuary accent for his portrayal of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]].

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* Creator/DavidTennant, a native Scot, adopted the Estuary accent for his portrayal of [[Series/DoctorWho the Tenth Doctor]].
29th Mar '18 10:44:07 PM MarkLungo
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'', Bromley, on of the Human Revolutionaries, speaks with a Cockney accent.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'', Bromley, on one of the Human Revolutionaries, speaks with a Cockney accent.
29th Mar '18 10:41:59 PM MarkLungo
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* In VideoGame/JeffWaynesWarOfTheWorlds (which is, after all, set in Britain) the OfficerAndAGentleman who acts as your adjutant in the human campaign has a standard RP accent, and Richard Burton is of course the same as he was in the [[Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds rock opera]], while the human units have a mixture of English- and Scottish-sounding voice sets.

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* In VideoGame/JeffWaynesWarOfTheWorlds ''VideoGame/JeffWaynesWarOfTheWorlds'' (which is, after all, set in Britain) the OfficerAndAGentleman who acts as your adjutant in the human campaign has a standard RP accent, and Richard Burton Creator/RichardBurton is of course the same as he was in the [[Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds rock opera]], while the human units have a mixture of English- and Scottish-sounding voice sets.



* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' and ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' are notable in that they are voiced by British actors, even in their native Japan.

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' and ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' are notable in that they are voiced by British actors, even in their native Japan.UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}.



** While orks have always had Cockney accents, Kaptin Bluddflagg of Retribution adds TalkLikeAPirate and the occasional descent into Irish... [[ NinjaZombiePirateRobot and is all the more beloved for it.]]

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** While orks have always had Cockney accents, Kaptin Bluddflagg of Retribution ''Retribution'' adds TalkLikeAPirate and the occasional descent into Irish... [[ NinjaZombiePirateRobot and is all the more beloved for it.]]



* As with other ''Star Wars'' works, ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has the usual British accent for the Empire (there are actually a few different accents due to the larger diversity of the setting). Of particular note is the Imperial Agent storyline: the Agent uses a British accent normally but switches to an American one when operating undercover among people who are not so friendly toward the Empire.

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* As with other ''Star Wars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' works, ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' has the usual British accent for the Empire (there are actually a few different accents due to the larger diversity of the setting). Of particular note is the Imperial Agent storyline: the Agent uses a British accent normally but switches to an American one when operating undercover among people who are not so friendly toward the Empire.



* [[http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=1189 "Wallace House Sings English Folksongs]] claims to use 16 different dialects (Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Kent, Lancashire, Dorsetshire, Cumberland, Somersetshire, Gloucestershire, London, Westmoreland, Norfolk, Northumberland, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Derbyshire, Devonshire).

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* [[http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=1189 "Wallace House Sings English Folksongs]] Folksongs"]] claims to use 16 different dialects (Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Kent, Lancashire, Dorsetshire, Cumberland, Somersetshire, Gloucestershire, London, Westmoreland, Norfolk, Northumberland, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Derbyshire, Devonshire).



** Pinky's seems to be an Estuary/Cockney effort. His VA has cited Peter Sellers as the main inspiration,

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** Pinky's seems to be an Estuary/Cockney effort. His VA Creator/RobPaulsen has cited Peter Sellers as the main inspiration,



* The Lobe from ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', amazingly with a non-standard accent for a US show. That's because he's voiced by the very English David Warner.

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* The Lobe from ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', amazingly with a non-standard accent for a US show. That's because he's voiced by the very English David Warner.Creator/DavidWarner.



* Considering the fact the [[Literature/ThomastheTankEngine Island of Sodor]] is located between the Isle of Man and England, in the more recent episodes, all of the humans were given British accents, but also half of the mechanical characters (Gordon, James, Spencer, and Diesel 10 were given English accents, and Emily, the Scottish twins, Harvey, Murdoch, and Duncan were given Scottish accents) as well. Upon their return to the series in CGI, the core narrow gauge engines (except for Duncan and Rusty; the latter was given a West Country accent) were given Welsh accents to reflect the origins of their prototypes. Some of the engines are given specific regional accents to represent where their engine types originated. Since the switch to voice acting, Duck and Oliver speak with West Country accents, because their beloved Great Western Railway primarily served the West Country. Rex, Mike, and Bert have West Country accents as well, although this probably has more to do with their proximity to the Little Western as the railway they're based on is in [[OopNorth Cumbria]]. Donald and Douglas hail from Caledonia in Scotland, while Emily comes from Stirling and Duncan was built in Kilmarnock, hence their Scottish accents. And Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, and Peter Sam all speak with Welsh accents in reference to their Real Life counterparts on the Talyllyn Railway at Towyn.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'': Considering the fact the [[Literature/ThomastheTankEngine Island of Sodor]] Sodor is located between the Isle of Man and England, in the more recent episodes, all of the humans were given British accents, but also half of the mechanical characters (Gordon, James, Spencer, and Diesel 10 were given English accents, and Emily, the Scottish twins, Harvey, Murdoch, and Duncan were given Scottish accents) as well. Upon their return to the series in CGI, the core narrow gauge engines (except for Duncan and Rusty; the latter was given a West Country accent) were given Welsh accents to reflect the origins of their prototypes. Some of the engines are given specific regional accents to represent where their engine types originated. Since the switch to voice acting, Duck and Oliver speak with West Country accents, because their beloved Great Western Railway primarily served the West Country. Rex, Mike, and Bert have West Country accents as well, although this probably has more to do with their proximity to the Little Western as the railway they're based on is in [[OopNorth Cumbria]]. Donald and Douglas hail from Caledonia in Scotland, while Emily comes from Stirling and Duncan was built in Kilmarnock, hence their Scottish accents. And Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, and Peter Sam all speak with Welsh accents in reference to their Real Life counterparts on the Talyllyn Railway at Towyn.
29th Mar '18 10:33:47 PM MarkLungo
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* Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw's play ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' centres around a bet that a guy can pass a Cockney flower girl off as a duchess by among other things poshing up her accent.

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* Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw's play ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' centres around a bet that a guy can pass a Cockney flower girl off as a duchess by among other things by poshing up her accent.accent, among other things.



* This trope falls victim to itself, as many non-Brits [[UsefulNotes/BritainVersusTheUK confuse "British" with "English"]]. Mention of the other three nationalities (Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish) prevents it from being a complete facepalm. Not to mention actually mistaking a Scotsman, Welshman or Irishman for "English" can lead to... unpleasantness.[[/folder]]

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* This trope falls victim to itself, as many non-Brits [[UsefulNotes/BritainVersusTheUK confuse "British" with "English"]]. Mention of the other three nationalities (Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish) prevents it from being a complete facepalm. Not to mention actually mistaking a Scotsman, Welshman or Irishman for "English" can lead to... unpleasantness.unpleasantness.
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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft,'' the Gilneans who turn into Worgen invariably sound as if they're either choking on a Cockney, or gobbling down a triple-bred snob or two. Later on you're going to run into Yorkshire Gilneans. Even their Capital City resembles Victorian London. It's no surprise that they're sometimes known as Cockney Werewolves.
* Recent iterations of popular fighting games such as ''StreetFighter'', ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' and the VideoGame/SoulSeries have taken the trouble to voice the British characters with their appropriate accents. Wealthy boxer Dudley from StreetFighter speaks with an RP accent, as does MI6 femme fatale, Cammy White. As an aristocrat, Ivy Valentine from the VideoGame/SoulSeries speaks with a ''heightened'' RP accent, as befits her status. She is also the only character in the English dub to be voiced with their native accent - Spaniard Cervantes and Frenchman Raphael both have American accents. Steve Fox from Tekken is a curious example - he's had both an Estuary, almost RP accent in one of his appearances and more of a cockney accent in another, the latter probably being more appropriate, given his character. In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', Scottish succubus [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Morrigan Aensland]] is now (finally) voiced with a (General) Scottish accent in the English dub (despite her voice actress being Welsh), while [[Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Rocket Raccoon]] in ''[[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate]]'' speaks with a Cockney accent despite his voice actor, Greg Ellis, being from Lancashire.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'': Lionhead Studios is British, so that's not surprising. Black & White also uses mostly British accent (although your evil side and most of the leaders of other tribes in the sequel use others). Bullfrog, the developer that preceded Lionhead, was also British, hence the accents in Dungeon Keeper and their other games.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft,'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the Gilneans who turn into Worgen invariably sound as if they're either choking on a Cockney, or gobbling down a triple-bred snob or two. Later on you're going to run into Yorkshire Gilneans. Even their Capital City resembles Victorian London. It's no surprise that they're sometimes known as Cockney Werewolves.
* Recent iterations of popular fighting games such as ''StreetFighter'', ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' and the VideoGame/SoulSeries ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' have taken the trouble to voice the British characters with their appropriate accents. Wealthy boxer Dudley from StreetFighter ''Street Fighter'' speaks with an RP accent, as does MI6 femme fatale, Cammy White. As an aristocrat, Ivy Valentine from the VideoGame/SoulSeries ''Soul Series'' speaks with a ''heightened'' RP accent, as befits her status. She is also the only character in the English dub to be voiced with their native accent - Spaniard Cervantes and Frenchman Raphael both have American accents. Steve Fox from Tekken ''Tekken'' is a curious example - he's had both an Estuary, almost RP accent in one of his appearances and more of a cockney accent in another, the latter probably being more appropriate, given his character. In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', Scottish succubus [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Morrigan Aensland]] is now (finally) voiced with a (General) Scottish accent in the English dub (despite her voice actress being Welsh), while [[Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy [[ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Rocket Raccoon]] in ''[[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate]]'' speaks with a Cockney accent despite his voice actor, Greg Ellis, being from Lancashire.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'': Lionhead Studios is British, so that's not surprising. Black & White also uses mostly British accent (although your evil side and most of the leaders of other tribes in the sequel use others). Bullfrog, the developer that preceded Lionhead, was also British, hence the accents in Dungeon Keeper ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' and their other games.
29th Mar '18 10:23:07 PM MarkLungo
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British rock singers frequently change their accents while singing to make themselves sound a bit more American or at least "mid-Atlantic" (much as many American singers try to sound Southern). Others will just adopt a generically "British" accent for no apparent reason. Thus singers that enthusiastically embrace their regional accents are at least somewhat noteworthy.

* Music/TheBeatles, especially John Lennon, were fond of using exaggerated joke accents in recording sessions. From ''Music/{{Revolver}}'' onwards, they started using them in the final versions of songs as well. John Lennon managed to sneak his exaggerated Liverpudlian accent into such tracks as "The Ballad of John and Yoko", "Maggie May" (from ''Music/LetItBe''), and "Polythene Pam" (from ''Music/AbbeyRoad''), to name a few. An equally jokey London accent is used at the start of "Two of Us" (from ''Music/LetItBe'').

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British rock singers frequently change their accents while singing to make themselves sound a bit more American or at least "mid-Atlantic" (much as many American singers try to sound Southern). Others will just adopt a generically "British" accent for no apparent reason. Thus singers that who enthusiastically embrace their regional accents are at least somewhat noteworthy.

* Music/TheBeatles, especially John Lennon, Music/JohnLennon, were fond of using exaggerated joke accents in recording sessions. From ''Music/{{Revolver}}'' onwards, they started using them in the final versions of songs as well. John Lennon managed to sneak his exaggerated Liverpudlian accent into such tracks as "The Ballad of John and Yoko", "Maggie May" (from ''Music/LetItBe''), and "Polythene Pam" (from ''Music/AbbeyRoad''), to name a few. An equally jokey London accent is used at the start of "Two of Us" (from ''Music/LetItBe'').



* Music/ArcticMonkeys are from Sheffield (well, near Sheffield), and don't let anyone forget it, singing with full-on South Yorkshire accents that would do Sean Bean proud.

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* Music/ArcticMonkeys are from Sheffield (well, near Sheffield), and don't let anyone forget it, singing with full-on South Yorkshire accents that would do Sean Bean Creator/SeanBean proud.



* Folk music is one genre in which the singers accent is played for all it's worth. Kate Rusby, a Barnsleyite, often stresses a strong Barnsley accent in her songs. Averted with the Spinners' version of ''The Calton Weaver'', which they did with one of the phoniest Glasgow accents ever. (They were from Liverpool.)

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* Folk music is one genre in which the singers accent is played for all it's worth. Kate Rusby, a Barnsleyite, often stresses a strong Barnsley accent in her songs. Averted with the (British) Spinners' version of ''The Calton Weaver'', which they did with one of the phoniest Glasgow accents ever. (They were from Liverpool.)



* [[Music/{{Garbage}} Shirley Manson]] has a ''powerfully'' Scottish accent, but sounds practically American when she sings...mostly. Listen to "I Think I'm Paranoid" and pay attention to how she pronounces "paranoid." She sounds like a ''cartoon character.''

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* [[Music/{{Garbage}} Shirley Manson]] Manson of Music/{{Garbage}} has a ''powerfully'' Scottish accent, but sounds practically American when she sings...mostly. Listen to "I Think I'm Paranoid" and pay attention to how she pronounces "paranoid." She sounds like a ''cartoon character.''



* Music/TheProclaimers are fairly well known in Scotland for singing in a broad Scots accent, and Glasvegas (although less well known) have an even more audible, very Glaswegian accent. Biffy Clyro also sing in a slight Scottish accent, though it's not nearly as obvious as the other two examples.

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* Music/TheProclaimers are fairly well known in Scotland for singing in a broad Scots accent, and Glasvegas (although less well known) have an even more audible, very Glaswegian accent. Biffy Clyro Music/BiffyClyro also sing in a slight Scottish accent, though it's not nearly as obvious as the other two examples.



** and The Twang do this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwmbkb_ZYgE incredibly well]] as well. the're brummies

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** and The Twang do this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwmbkb_ZYgE incredibly well]] as well. the're brummiesThey're Brummies.



* Joe Strummer was very well spoken in real life but sang with a cockney accent.

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* Joe Strummer of Music/TheClash was very well spoken in real life but sang with a cockney accent.



* Jon Anderson of {{Music/Yes}} also has an ethereal, angelic singing voice but a very rural Lancashire accent in his speaking voice.
* Music/SteveMarriott of Music/TheSmallFaces and Music/HumblePie never went out of his way to disguise his East London accent but given the chance on the Small Faces album Music/OgdensNutGoneFlake to sing songs in a music hall style he turns it UpToEleven, complete with rhyming slang.

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* Jon Anderson of {{Music/Yes}} Music/{{Yes}} also has an ethereal, angelic singing voice but a very rural Lancashire accent in his speaking voice.
* Music/SteveMarriott of Music/TheSmallFaces and Music/HumblePie never went out of his way to disguise his East London accent accent, but given the chance on the Small Faces album Music/OgdensNutGoneFlake ''Music/OgdensNutGoneFlake'' to sing songs in a music hall style he turns it UpToEleven, complete with rhyming slang.



* ThomasDolby 's voice is essentially a London RP with hints of Oxford (where he went to secondary school) and East Anglia (where he'd go on holiday), which was also influenced by his living abroad amongst British expats as a child. He sings in his real life accent, with the occasional parody of Americanisms (he has lived in the US for a long time).

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* ThomasDolby 's Music/ThomasDolby's voice is essentially a London RP with hints of Oxford (where he went to secondary school) and East Anglia (where he'd go on holiday), which was also influenced by his living abroad amongst British expats as a child. He sings in his real life accent, with the occasional parody of Americanisms (he has lived in the US for a long time).
29th Mar '18 10:16:40 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has its characters use appropriate accents for their location - and station. Sean Bean and the Stark clan use appropriately Grim Northern accents; Wildlings have similar accents, shading towards Scottish (as demonstrated by Ygritte--incidentally also played by Rose Leslie, who again actually speaks RP despite being Scottish on account of how she's actually upper-class). The Baratheons tend more Midlands. Those from the South generally use RP, or at least quasi-[=RPish=] accents suitable to the South of England (e.g.: King's Landing commoners will often speak in an Estuary accent--see Gendry and Hot Pie), with the more precise, posh and clipped the accent also serving as an indicator of status (and/or villainy). Peter Dinklage's slightly more floral and exaggerated take is character-appropriate and serves well (and all in all pretty good for a [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey Jersey boy from Morristown]]--although that accent slips in once in a while).

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has its characters use appropriate accents for their location - and station. Sean Bean and the Stark clan use appropriately Grim Northern accents; Wildlings have similar accents, shading towards Scottish (as demonstrated by Ygritte--incidentally also played by Rose Leslie, who again actually speaks RP despite being Scottish on account of how she's actually upper-class). The Baratheons tend more Midlands. Those from the South generally use RP, or at least quasi-[=RPish=] accents suitable to the South of England (e.g.: King's Landing commoners will often speak in an Estuary accent--see Gendry and Hot Pie), with the more precise, posh and clipped the accent also serving as an indicator of status (and/or villainy). Peter Dinklage's Creator/PeterDinklage's slightly more floral and exaggerated take is character-appropriate and serves well (and all in all pretty good for a [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey Jersey boy from Morristown]]--although that accent slips in once in a while).



** DI Campbell and Grace Burgess are Northern Irish Protestants and have strong NI accents. Creator/SamNeill, who plays Campbell, was actually born in Northern Ireland but moved to New Zealand as a child, is widely praised for his excellent accent in this performance (it helps, of course, that he was coached by Creator/LiamNeeson and Creator/JamesNesbitt).

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** DI Campbell and Grace Burgess are Northern Irish Protestants and have strong NI accents. Creator/SamNeill, who plays Campbell, was actually born in Northern Ireland but moved to New Zealand UsefulNotes/NewZealand as a child, is child; he's widely praised for his excellent accent in this performance (it helps, of course, that he was coached by Creator/LiamNeeson and Creator/JamesNesbitt).
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