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!!Examples about actors

* At one point while interviewing Ricky Gervais, Creator/ConanOBrien decided to do a bit in a fake English accent. After asking if it was supposed to sound British, Gervais comments "Thank you [[Film/MaryPoppins Dick Van-fucking-Dyke]]!"

!!Examples about shows

* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** Lampshaded. Probably written when the role was assumed to be going to an American actress:
-->'''Rita''': I hate it when they hire Yanks to play Brits, you can always tell.
** Of course, [[HypocriticalHumor Theron is South African,]] and does an awful English accent, so the whole thing starts to get rather baffling.
* ''Series/TheATeam'':
** [[BunnyEarsLawyer Murdock]] will use a fake English accent [[CrazyAwesome just for fun]]. It's a generic Received Pronunciation accent, but it's still entertaining.
** On the whole, Dwight Schultz gets a lot of mileage out of that accent. It shows up all over the place in his voice acting.
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'':
** The three-part episode of the Creator/AdamWest television series where they end up in London, sorry, ''Londonium'', for a while featured so many atrociously bad English accents and fundamentally stupid errors (''Ireland'' Yard?) that one can only hope it was intended as a parody.
** [[{{Camp}} Of course it was a parody, it was the Adam West]] ''Batman''. Anyway, Scotland Yard is in London. ''Ireland'' Yard is in ''[[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed Londonium]]''. You might as well expect to see the Statue of Liberty in [[BigApplesauce Gotham City]] instead of the Statue of Justice....
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** 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.
** Juliet Landau 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 convincing.
** Everyone from Spike's past in [[WholeEpisodeFlashback "Fool for Love"]]. Also notable is Kali Rocha, playing Spike's love interest Cecily. She returns to the show in 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.
** Spike's mother too was played by the French-born American actress Caroline Lagerfelt. The accent is very convincing and only slips when she says the word "started".
** Buffy as well as the spinoff ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had a bad case with one of the Watcher's Council special ops team. While their leader was played by real Brit Alistair Duncan (a Scot who now has a more English accent), Jeff Ricketts played one of his underlings, at which point the word "vampire" becomes "vampoire" and the only words he seems to get right are curse words such as bastard.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Colin Hunt from the fourth season purports to be from Scotland Yard. The actor's actual Australian accent is painfully obvious in his attempts to do some sort of mangled Cockney.
* A ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' episode featuring Lady Godiva had her played by Kristen Warren, doing an IAmVeryBritish accent.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': Used and an InvertedTrope in one episode in which a man plays SherlockHolmes. When his friends, who were invited, first show up, they all speak in English accents. When they realize their host has died, they drop their accents, except for one -- who turns out to be English.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'': Claire Forlani is British, but even so, Peyton's accent was made some sort of FakeBrit accent.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': David Tennant affects an Estuary accent during his tenure as the Doctor. In an episode set in Scotland, he reverts to his native Scottish.
* ''{{Series/Dracula}}'' features three Irish actors - Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Victoria Smurfitt and Katie [=McGrath=] - putting on English accents for their roles. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers goes one further and plays an in-universe FakeAmerican.
* ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'': The TV series featured FakeBrit Terrence Mann (who was born in Ashland, Kentucky and who grew up in Largo, Florida) as ghost-with-a-Teutonic-name-and-a-British-accent Hrothbert of Bainbridge. Bainbridge, by the way, is a real town in North Yorkshire.
* 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.
* Played for laughs on an episode of ''Series/{{Ellen}}'' when Emma Thompson reveals she's actually from Dayton, Ohio. "I learned the accent from Julie Andrews movies!"
* ''Series/ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition'': Sometimes even Brits fake a 'British accent' for an American audience: for a while on this show one of the team was a sort of cheeky-chappy jack-of-all-trades, whose Dick-Van-Dyke-alike hamming up of a Cockney accent (as well as acting up to other cockney stereotypes in a 'why fank you guvnor, i am ever so 'umble, cheerio, lawks etc' way) made it hilarious to realise he was genuinely English.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** The majority of the cast are Australian, with the obvious exception of Ben Browder. A few Peacekeepers keep their accent, but the majority of the regular characters disguise it with either FakeAmerican or Fake Brit, most notably Aeryn, Scorpius and Crais.
** Oddly enough, Claudia Black's Australian accent is so close to British that Aeryn uses her natural voice.
** Black also notes in an early interview that other people playing Peacekeepers weren't entirely sure what type of accent to use since Black's odd conglomeration of Australian and British was their baseline. This is probably why the end result is a wide gamut of native Australian to faux-Brit, with the occasional faux-American.
** And when John Crichton impersonates a Peacekeeper in one episode, he puts on a not-great English accent.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'':
** In the episode "Shindig", River Tam mimics Badger's authentic London accent.
** The episode commentary from Morena Baccarin and Jane Espenson contains some fine FakeBrit moments. Both figures praise 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/{{Forever}}'':
** The episode "The Man in the Killer Suit" features a murdered British nobleman who was played by an American actor. This is actually an InUniverse example: the character really ''was'' an American who was pretending to be British nobility as part of a con.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** While Daphne Moon was played by British Jane Leeves, her brothers Simon and Stephen were played by Australian Anthony [=LaPaglia=] and Swazi Creator/RichardEGrant (his accent is clear RP, however). While Leeves' 'Mancunian' was a rather generic OopNorth accent, the brothers didn't even sound like they were from anywhere near there.
** None of the Moon brothers with speaking parts -- or her father -- were played by Englishmen.
** Any of Daphne's 'chim-chimerny' boyfriends from early series - clearly played by American actors who think saying 'cheerio' makes them English. Embarrassing.
*** The worst of which has to have been Clive (usually rendered "Cloive" by the man himself), played by Scott Atkinson. It's indescribably dreadful.
** Her mother was at least played by Millicent Martin who comes from London and does a fairly convincing Mancunian. She was once quoted as saying she could have done a ''more'' convincing Mancunian, but [[TakeThat then she wouldn't have sounded like she was Daphne's mother]].
** Martin Crane (played by John Mahoney, originally from Blackpool) could deliver a good Daphne impression. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjrLyWlCrP8 Video]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** During one episode where Ross has to lecture in NYU, he gets so nervous he starts speaking in an (appalling) English accent. Monica and Rachel mock him by speaking in terrible Irish and Indian accents, respectively. Monica's seems to fluctuate between Ireland and Scotland, possibly as a reference to this trope or just because Americans can barely tell the difference.
** Spoofed in an episode where an annoying old friend of Monica and Phoebe's comes back into town after living in England with a fake accent:
--->'''Amanda:''' ''(after an awkward comment)'' Oh! Bugger. Should I not have said that? I feel like a perfect arrrse!
--->'''Phoebe:''' Yeah, well, in America you're just an ''ass.''
* ''Series/{{Frontier}}'': Englishwoman Elizabeth Carruthers is played by the Irish Creator/KatieMcGrath. In an amusing bit of irony, her character makes several anti-Irish remarks.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Although his character isn't technically British, Creator/PeterDinklage adopts a cod-English accent to fit in with the almost exclusively British cast of this show.
** 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), Jack Gleeson (also Irish), and Conleth Hill (Northern Irish) as the very English-sounding characters Jaime, Baelish, Joffrey, and Varys, respectively.
* ''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...
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'': Duncan [=MacLeod=]. Adrian Paul used a Scottish accent in the flashbacks of Duncan's early years, but made it more generalized in the more recent flashbacks.
* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** Lampshaded, where the Jerseyite DrJerk played by a Brit calls a hospital several times trying to get info. At one point, he uses an English accent, to which the operator responds "And that's the worst English accent I've ever heard!" Brilliantly done by Laurie, as he wasn't using his native English accent, but was doing an American's-poor-attempt-at-English-accent.
** Also an InvertedTrope for the series other than that moment, as Dr. House [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome normally speaks in a strong, accurate American accent.]]
* ''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'': DS Barbara Havers is working-class English. She is played by the ''very'' Scottish Creator/SharonSmall. Fans who first encounter Small as Havers are often stunned when they hear just how wildly her native Glaswegian accent differs from Havers' Estuary English.
* ''K9'': This show is set in London. It's filmed in Australia. The accents vary, but some of them are terrible.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': On one episode, detectives Goren and Eames are unraveling a murder and encounter a "British Lord" who does not realize he is part of a scam (he's an actor who thinks he's been hire for some kind of performance piece) and spend a few minutes trying to figure out where his accent is supposed to be from. He drops the accent and attempts to impress them with his acting bona fides.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
** AvertedTrope as far as the actors are concerned. Gina Bellman (Sophie) was born in New Zealand to English parents and moved back to the UK when she was eleven, so her accent is genuine, as is Creator/MarkSheppard's. However, the characters sometimes have to put on fake accents for a con, with Sophie making hers more downtown London than Upper-Class British Thief for "The Beantown Bailout Job", and Hardison taking on a Londoner accent in "The Ice Man Job".
** Hardison's "Londoner" accent is painfully bad, but justified since he's not normally the grifter.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Alan Dale, who is from New Zealand, plays British character Charles Widmore. In his first few appearances the accent was impeccable, but his accent [[OohMeAccentsSlipping slipped a little]] in "There's No Place Like Home." He also played King Arthur for a time in the West End production of ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}''.
* ''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 ''Series/TheNanny'' and Wesley Wyndham-Price above, a lot of British viewers were convinced he was a real Brit. One viewer even commended him for "being a credit to the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire Empire]]".)
* Amongst the real Brits, Colin Morgan of ''{{Series/Merlin 2008}}'' is Northern Irish and his real accent shows it. According to WordOfGod, when Irishwoman Katie [=McGrath=] was cast as Morgana, one of them was going to have to do an English accent - because producers didn't want two Irish characters in the main cast.
* 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.
* ''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, not to mention a genuine Baron) and praising the "real" accent of Daniel Davis (Niles), a native of Arkansas.
* ''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.
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'': Tatiana Maslany and Jordan Gavaris, both Canadian, play British orphans who immigrated to Canada. In Maslany's case, she's ActingForTwo, so it makes sense (at least from a real-world perspective) to adopt a fake accent to differentiate her characters from each other.
* ''Series/PennyDreadful'':
** American Reeve Carney's British accent as Dorian Gray can be quite shaky at times.
** And of course the French Eva Green continues her long streak of playing English characters.
* ''{{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.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Creator/AnnaLisePhillips (Australian) plays the British Maggie Foster in the episodes "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot Pilot]]", "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E2ChainedHeat Chained Heat]]", "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter No Quarter]]", and "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E4ThePlagueDogs The Plague Dogs]]".
* ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'': Australian Leo [=McKern=] spent his career playing Englishmen, most notably Horace Rumpole.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'':
** A Season 7 episode has Steven M Porter playing the [[OohMeAccentsSlipping apparently English]] drummer Clive Rexford. [[TheDitz Morgan]] thinks his accent is cute.
** The two spin-off movies - ''Film/SabrinaGoesToRome'' and ''Film/SabrinaDownUnder'' have the Canadian Creator/TaraStrong playing an English witch called Gwen. Her accent is very solid in the first movie but slips quite a bit in the second. The first movie also has American actor Richard Steven Horvitz voicing her guinea pig Stonehenge.
* ''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".
* ''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.
* ''Shakespeare Unwrapped'' - an Irish educational series dramatizing ''Theatre/KingLear'' features Irish actor William Brady and American actor Tom Duffy putting on English accents as Lear and the Fool respectively. The rest of the cast have Irish accents, save for Bobby Calloway (Cornwall) who already is English.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': James Doohan, first generation Canadian-Irish descent, as Montgomery Scott in this show. His audition for ''Franchise/StarTrek'' was pretty much him speaking in as many accents as possible. He chose to have the character be Scottish, because "all the best engineers are Scottish". Also, his talent with accents caused him to voice ''nearly every male guest character'' in the Animated Series. He ended up being a Fake Native American, among others.
* ''Series/StrikeBack'': American actor Philip Winchester portrays English Sgt. Michael Stonebridge on this show. Doubly ironic as Stonebridge's counterpart Damien Scott is a FakeAmerican.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': John Hart, the EvilCounterpart to Captain Jack Harkness, is played by Creator/JamesMarsters using the same affected English accent he used as [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Spike.]]
* ''Series/TheTudors'':
** The two that immediately spring to mind are Creator/JonathanRhysMeyers as Henry VIII and Creator/SarahBolger as Princess/Lady Mary Tudor. Both are Irish but are playing Brits. Pretty sure there's others as well, since the show is filmed in Ireland.
** Sarah Bolger is a very convincing Fake Brit, whereas David O'Hara, playing the Earl of Surrey, is NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent.
** Princess Elizabeth is played (as of season 4) by Dublin born actress Laoise Murray, meaning that most of the actual Tudors on the show are played by Irish actors. No information on whether Eoin Murtagh (Prince Edward) is Irish or not but that is a pretty Irish first name.
* The sitcom ''Series/USAHigh'' featured the British beauty Ashley Elliot and her father the headmaster as main characters. Both are played by Americans Kirsten Millern and Nicholas Guest respectively. Another episode featured an English teacher and his wife, both played by Americans too.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': The Originals have British accents despite being Scandinavian. Klaus is played by real Brit Joseph Morgan and Rebekah is played by Australian Claire Holt. The Originals all have different accents. Most notably Klaus has a Welsh accent, Kol has a London accent, Elijah has an American accent and Rebekah has an Australian accent.