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->'''{{Zatanna}}:''' Speak English, can't you?\\
'''[[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]]:''' I speak perfect English. So does Tim. It's you that's got the funny accent.\\
-- ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic''

'ello, Guv. You want me to describe BritishAccents 'ere, you do?

As any Brit will tell you, ''there is no such thing as a "British" accent''. It's especially odd when the speaker uses both the phrases "British accent" and "Scottish accent", given Scotland is in Britain. Presumably they mean "English", but England also has a ridiculous number of very markedly different accents -- in some areas people can tell which ''village'' one comes from by listening to them speak -- and each has its own distinct stereotype. These stereotypes are sadly hard to escape on British TV. American TV largely avoids this by not distinguishing between different regions of Britain at all.

Worldwide popular culture is mostly familiar with either of these English accents: ReceivedPronunciation, aka "Posh" (traditionally associated with the aristocracy and the pretentious: "I say, old chap, let's go and have tea and scones. Pip pip!") and Cockney (the accent of East London: "Cor blimey guv'na! Gi' 's a pint!"). Okay, also occasionally pirate ("Aaar! Shiver me timbers!") - in other words, the "West Country" accent. However, keep in mind that these are not the only ones that are used in England.

When we say "British Accent" here, we don't mean a single accent but rather one of the deluge of them recognizably from Britain. With that in mind, it's pretty much a given that, the further back into the history of Anglophone civilisation (until you hit medieval times and then the dark ages, at which point it's not recognisable as English anymore), the more likely you are to have spoken with a British Accent. Hardly surprising, given that even in the mid-nineteenth century half of all English-speaking people still lived in the British Isles.

These stereotypes even extend beyond characters that are not supposed to be British. Despite the fact that the dialect should be irrelevant, the cast of the show ''Series/{{Rome}}'' is entirely British (and Irish), and their actual accents are used to reflect their characters' positions in [[TheQueensLatin the social hierarchy of Ancient Rome]]: the lower class soldiers usually speak with rougher accents, while the noblemen speak with more refined accents. Taken to logical extremes in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' (in which everyone in Jerusalem has various London accents, with a smattering of Welsh ones) when the title character is arrested by Roman centurions. The head Centurion proclaims "[[StockBritishPhrases You're fuckin' nicked, me old beauty!]]"

Movie Romans and fictional Imperialists in general [[TheQueensLatin tend to have British accents]]. We can probably [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples blame Shakespeare]]. It is almost impossible to find an example of Jesus Christ being depicted without an English voice too, even though the man was a Palestinian Jew.

The posh British accent is also very often associated with bad guys of a certain type -- brainy mastermind bad guys, bad guys with a taste for unusually sophisticated kinds of evil. Usually, these are played by Jeremy Irons or Terence Stamp (and going even further back, James Mason) rather than, say, Michael Caine or Bob Hoskins.

Of course, TropesAreNotBad, and performance, casting, and character are more important than accuracy with accents. Nevertheless, any number of people from the UK are such extreme sticklers about this trope as to fly off the handle upon hearing the very words "British accent" without pausing to consider that the user of the words was probably using an umbrella term because specifics were unnecessary in the context of what he/she was saying, instead of claiming or implying that in all of Britain there is only one accent. That does not, however, excuse writers or actors their carelessness if they don't invoke the trope deliberately and for a reason.

In what may be the finest British Accents twist of all time, author Bernard Cornwell revised the {{backstory}} of the character {{Sharpe}} to reflect Sean Bean's portrayal. The books had established that Sharpe was from London, but Bean is from Sheffield and has a distinct Northern accent; Cornwell [[RetCon established in later novels]] that while Sharpe had indeed been born in London, he fled to Sheffield for a life of crime to avoid being sold as a chimney sweep by the person that ran his orphanage.

The phrase most likely to give away someone trying to bluff any British accent is "Bloody Hell" and, especially its more gutterspeak variant, "Bloody 'ell". This phrase may be the most flexible in British English and can be used to express a staggering array of emotions, dependant on context, syllable stress, syllable length, volume, whether teeth are gritted or not, the social class of the speaker and so on. Everything from mild surprise to absolute outrage, from slight irritation to a overwhelming sense of awe can be expressed with these two simple words. It is often the first "swear" that children learn, each region has its own subtle variants and there really isn't an "RP" way to use it. Americans seeking to bluff their way in British English should never, ever attempt to use the dropped-H version. They will be busted in a flash (another excellent [[BluffTheImpostor shibboleth]] is "water", which packs a lot of tricky phonemic differences into a small package). And that's before the ''Australian'' variants come into play.

Speaking of which, many Americans seem to believe the Australian accent is a British accent, as demonstrated by the use of a "fake British accent" by Ross Geller in Friends which is in fact far closer to an Australian accent. As Australia and Britain are on opposite sides of the world, this is not the case, but keep in mind that many Americans ''literally cannot tell the difference''. Most people are far better at distinguishing their own accent from other accents than they are at distinguishing two accents they don't hear often, and the average American may not be exposed to a non-American accent until well into adulthood.

One of the big differences between the accents most commonly heard in England and those most common in North America is something called ''rhoticity'': in a nutshell, American and Canadian accents are ''rhotic'' (except New England and urban Black American accents; Southern American accents used to often have this trait but the modern-day Southern United States is almost completely rhotic) and British accents (except Scottish, Northern Irish and the West Country) are ''non-rhotic''.[[labelnote:More information]]See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhotic_and_non-rhotic_accents the Wikipedia article for rhotic and non-rhotic accents]] for more information on rhoticity and which regions of the United States and United Kingdom have rhotic or non-rhotic accents.[[/labelnote]] People with non-rhotic accents do not pronounce the letter "r" as a consonant when it ends a word or syllable, while those with rhotic accents pronounce it in almost all situations. (Instead, a syllable-final "r" is pronounced as an alteration of the vowel: thus ''bat'', ''Bart'', ''bet'', ''Bert'' etc. all have different vowels. The typical non-rhotic accent has roughly twice as many vowel phonemes as the typical rhotic accent.)

An important note at this juncture: Non-rhoticity is a relatively new feature in British English. Although there were traces of it as early as the 16th century, it only became a noticeable feature of the dialects that had it in the mid-17th, and only took its contemporary form in at the end of the 18th. Even then, it was restricted to the South-East; it only spread beyond there because the South-East is of course where London is, and given London's cultural power it was inevitable that people would start following London's lead.[[note]]This is also how New England and the old Southern accents that led to modern Black American accents got non-rhotic: both the New England merchants and the Southern planters consciously aped London aristocratic styles and went whole-hog, while the interior and Mid-Atlantic didn't do so that much.[[/note]] As recently as 1950, rural accents in most of England were rhotic.

This can sometimes create confusion in written communication. For instance, an English writer on an online linguistics forum described childrens' attempts to pronounce letters as sounding like "ar, ber, cer, der", which confused the North Americans on the forum. It turned out that the kids were saying "ah, buh, kuh, duh"; the English writer added an "r" to every syllable because she expected the "uh" sound to end in the letter "r". In addition, this has influenced the spelling of foreign names and words such as Park[[note]]from Korean surname ''Pak''/''Bak''[[/note]], Parcheesi[[note]]from Hindi ''pachisi''[[/note]], Burma/Myanmar[[note]]from Burmese ''Bama''/''Myanma''[[/note]] and char siu[[note]]from Cantonese ''chaa siu''[[/note]]. Scottish accents, however, ''are'' rhotic: the Proclaimers song "Throw the R Away" is a protest against Scottish people being advised to adopt English accents and the anti-Scottish prejudice that gave rise to this advice. Though it should be noted that not ''all'' English accents are non-rhotic--the West Country accent, for instance is famously rhotic, as were many other dialects 150 years ago--and there are some Brits who would find that offensive.

That being said, it's important to recognize that rhoticity isn't the only difference between British accents and American ones. A New Jersey accent and a London accent are both non-rhotic, but they're obviously very different. The biggest difference is probably in vowels. Compare Harry Potter saying "car" to Tony Soprano saying "car." They're both dropping the final R, but the vowel sound is quite different. The British (and almost every language other than English) are fond of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_back_unrounded_vowel "long A sound"]] that doesn't really exist in North American English.

Contrast AmericanAccents. See also FakeBrit, OohMeAccentsSlipping.

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!![[SweetHomeMidlands Black Country (Yam Yam)]]
Often confused with the Brummie accent (Black Country residents can be resentful of this). Preserves many traits of Middle English and Early Modern English. Therefore, can be difficult for people who are unfamiliar with it to understand. Doesn't appear on TV much. If you were wondering, the ''Black Country'' is a loosely-defined area in the English West Midlands, to the north and west of Birmingham and to the south and east of Wolverhampton, so-called because the area was heavily polluted during the Industrial Revolution.
* It is worth noting that there is no such thing as a real 'Black Country accent' in the same where there is no real 'British accent'. Black Country is a dialect that varies from town to town. People from Halesowen for example, can be distinguish from those of Netherton just down the road. Dudley is considered the generic 'Black Country' dialect, but greatly differs from Wolverhampton or Gornal accents. This may be due to the area being divided into four metropolitan boroughs; Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Warsall.
* Simon Templeman's character in JustShootMe had a Black Country accent. Many American viewers [[RealityIsUnrealistic complained that it was an unrealistic attempt at a British accent]], probably because when Black Country(wo)men speak in full on "yam yam", it sounds like they're making it up. Even if they're long-term friends of yours. There's some element to it that makes it sound like they're about to crack a joke and go back to their "real" voice any second, in all but the most sombre situations.
* ''Anita and Me'' is probably the best fictional example of a Black Country accent, possibly the TV production of ''Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit'' as well.
* "Doris Day" "No, she didn't" ... only funny if you're familiar with Black Country Dialect.
* I bin (been) and I bay (be), I was and I wor (wasn't), I have and I hate (Haven't), I con (can) and I cor (can't), I will and I wo (won't), I dew (do) and I doe (don't), I sholl (shall) and I short (shall not), I must and I mo (mustn't).

!![[SweetHomeMidlands Birmingham (Brummie)]]
The Birmingham accent. Sounds whiny and unattractive to many other Brits, so is often given to whiny or nerdy characters, e.g. Barry from ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet''. Interestingly, a poll has revealed that this is the least attractive British accent. Weirdly, a scientific (somewhat) study has found that the accent is the funniest and the best to use when telling jokes, and the accent polls as popular with foreigners. It should also be noted that many people from Birmingham insist that what the rest of the country considers to be a Birmingham accent is in fact a Dudley accent.
* Music/OzzyOsbourne, whose singing in his natural accent was cited as a reason Music/BlackSabbath's music sounded much darker than most music at the time. Sometimes practically unintelligible, as [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a recent [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m3PGdAsD1c phone network ad]]. Though his (non-singing) [[TheUnintelligible unintelligible voice]] is most likely due to him being so brain-fried.
* Particularly Jeremy Clarkson's take on it, or Barry himself (his actor isn't even from UsefulNotes/TheMidlands, for crying out loud -- it's FAKE Brummie). Neither sound anything more than a shallow mocking of the actual one; typically far too flat/monotone, and the vowels are all off -- nowhere near mangled enough! They manage a reasonably good Midlands accent, but it's probably more off towards Bromsgrove or somewhere (JC's take on it -- and probably Barry too -- is seemingly based on that of British Leyland workers being interviewed while on strike at the Longbridge plant, which is about as close to Bromsgrove as it is to the major urban/innercity areas of Birmingham, with the classier areas of Edgbaston et al in-between). That, or it's actually a Staffs/Stoke/Coventry twang (all of them also on the M6...). Dudley is more "Black Country", fiercely distinct in itself. Real Birmingham-area accents, as found on people such as Carl Chinn or (ugh) Tony Butler, are far more animated, sing-song (though not quite as much as Geoorrwwdie or Liverpoo'ool), and occasionally hard to decipher when the words stray too far from RP either in pronunciation or straight-out dialect. Just try to get them give a reasonable reading of "I wanted to go home, but they wouldn't let me take my bike on the bus". Also, there's an overemphasis on G's when we try to speak proper instead of slurrin' it.
* Oddly enough, these assumptions can be averted outside of England if tropers of a certain age think back to all of the DuranDuran interviews they remember and recollect how Nick Rhodes and John Taylor spoke. Both of these people are born-and-bred Brummies with definite and distinct Birmingham accents, yet they drove girls (and gay men) crazy throughout the world, in part because of how they spoke. John Taylor was even one of the biggest teen idols of the '80s, with millions of teen girls plastering his posters all over their bedroom walls and hanging onto every one of the words he spoke. Nick and John -- two childhood friends making "Brummie" sound sexy around the world since 1981.
* Timothy Spall has perfected this accent, and most appearances of his play off British stereotypes of a working class Brummie "twonk" (idiot), particularly his appearance in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Back To Reality" as the video game engineer.
* Creator/JRRTolkien, who grew up in Birmingham. Surviving recordings reveal that he spoke with an ''upper-class'' Brummie accent, a kind of cross between the Midlands accent and Oxford-style RP. Creator/IanMcKellen's line delivery as [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]] was consciously modeled after Tolkien's voice.
* Despite the above mention of Jeremy Clarkson, TopGear has a better star for representing the Brummie accent: Richard Hammond actually ''is'' from Birmingham, and it becomes obvious whenever he talks.

!![[LondonTown East London (Cockney)]]
-->'''SethMacFarlane:''' "Cockney British, back then, really wanted you to make sure that they knew what you were talking about."\\
-- ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''

A character with an East London accent will very often be involved in some form of criminality. They can either be {{London Gangster}}s (such as anything played by Vinnie Jones [[note]]although he is from Watford in North London[[/note]]) or a LoveableRogue. The more Cockney the accent, the more likely to be the latter. Double that if he uses impenetrable Cockney rhyming slang. However, there are exceptions to the rule- Badger from ''{{Firefly}}'' is a bad Cockney and Ray Winstone has played good (although often aggressive) East Londoners on a number of occasions.
* Strangely, on Canadian television Cockneys tend to be light-hearted, street-smart small businessmen -- fruit vendors, gardeners, and the like. A gangster Cockney would be considered about as likely as a pearls-and-china culture maven hailing from Yellowknife. You do get characters like this in the UK, but they tend to be found in period works.
* There is also "Mockney", putting on the accent for effect.
* A good fictional example is 2-D from the Music/{{Gorillaz}}, whose accent is thick [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMZ0tFWXZB8 to a comical degree]].
* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', the [[UrbanSegregation proles]] tend to have Cockney accents ([[FunetikAksent or an approximation thereof]]) while the Party members tend to speak something closer to RP, in keeping with Orwell's socialist views of [[ElvesVersusDwarves the hardworking and industrious working people versus the snobby, power-hungry elites.]]
* Bit character Constable Smiley in {{Reno911}} has something between this, Estuary and mild touches of Brummie. His brief existence in the show had the main characters thinking of him as a kind MaryPoppins sort of character due to his accent and niceties when he first met them. In actuality though he verged much closer to being a EvilBrit criminal type being underhanded, violent and self-serving in all he did (though only Garcia is aware of his brutality) all with a chipper Cockernee accent.

* The English comedian Russell Kane has noted that whereas in most British accents, talking loudly is perceived as being threatening whereas talking quietly is regarded as friendly and non-threatening, in Cockney it's the other way around; Cockneys who shout are merely being exuberant, whereas Cockneys who talk quietly are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU6y-tmtB9U very, very scary]].

!![[UsefulNotes/HomeCounties Estuary]]
Think of it as the compromise between the refinement of RP and the palatal easiness of Cockney. The 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). Originally 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. Has risen in profile in recent years, to the point where it's become more-or-less "neutral" and may replace RP completely.
* Michael Caine approximates this in most of his roles. It was much stronger in his youth: his performance in ''Sleuth'' was one of the first times an actor had used the accent in a film.
* Creator/DavidTennant, a native Scot, adopted the Estuary accent for his portrayal of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]].
* South East England, specifically the county of Kent, has its own, fading, country dialect (Captain Jack Sparrow has it in modified form); a cousin of the 'Mummerset' below.
* In the Medway towns area another accent is discernable; 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 DizzeeRascal.

!![[OopNorth Lancashire]]
Sounds a bit like Yorkshire (a ''lot'' like it to most), but rolls the "r"s more depending on where in the country one comes from - Eastern and Pennine areas more prone to rhotic accents like Jane Horrocks in Series/AbsolutelyFabulous or most of the Northern comic characters played by StephenFry. South Lancashire is not a rhotic accent - see St Helens comedian, Johnny Vegas. Overall - vowels also tend to be a bit more rounded (especially noticeable in the 'oo' sound in words like 'book', which in Lancastrian comes out as more like 'boo-wuk'). Cricket fans can contrast the commentary of Geoffrey Boycott (Yorkshire) and David Lloyd (Lancashire). But for the love of god [[CivilWarcraft don't get them mixed up]].

!![[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Liverpool (Scouse)]]
The stereotype of criminal activity is fairly common, often involving stealing car wheels or stereos. Also often portrayed as Roman Catholic as in Carla Lane eighties sitcoms like ''Series/{{Bread}}'' or serious movies like Antonia Bird's ''Priest'' or the work of Terence Davies. Hence, the city has one of the highest percentages of Roman Catholicism in the country - it was often first port of call for Irish immigrants particularly from the early 19th century onwards. The connection between Ireland is still strong today - as Dublin has often been used for movie locations set in Liverpool and vice versa. Scousers are portrayed as fun-loving and highly likely to be the comic relief (see ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', which in itself came from ''HarryEnfield'' sketch - which also came from the soap opera Series/{{Brookside}}). ''Series/TheBill'' is notable for the fact that four out of five Liverpool-originating regular characters have ended up dying violent deaths. Also, you know, Music/TheBeatles.

"Scouse" has changed a ''lot'' over the years, adding to the confusion. The word now can refer to a ''whole range'' of accents. What used to be closer to a Midlands accent has gotten higher in pitch, faster in delivery, and a touch more nasal. For example, if the Beatles said "That's not fair," ''fair'' comes out as "''fur''." If a contemporary Liverpudlian said, "She's wearing a fur coat," ''fur'' comes out as "''fair''."

* Dave Lister in ''Series/RedDwarf'' is a Scouser, as is Creator/CraigCharles.
* Just mentioning "The Beatles" would've sufficed for 99.9% percent of people reading this... except they weren't deeply Scouse from any point they were well known. Ringo Starr was maybe the strongest (and the one with the most voice work on record, handily) Liverpool-area accent. But choose Lister as a closer example of Merseysider scouse. (Or if the quiet invasion continues, anywhere along the north Wales A55 corridor... eh? EH?)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaccLMuLa7o&noredirect=1 Cam down, cam down]].
** The Beatles are also a big exception to your average Scousers in that you can understand them. Even Red Dwarf's Lister is much more eloquent.
** In fact, the Beatle with the strongest Scouse accent was [[ThePeteBest Pete Best]].
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Wakko Warner]] has a Liverpool-ish accent despite being ostensibly American, because Wakko's voice actor, Creator/JessHarnell, modeled the character's voice after Ringo Starr.
* One of the vultures from Disney's ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' had a heavy Liverpudlian accent. Of course, he was ''also'' a send-up of Ringo. The vultures were designed based on the Beatles, and Disney even [[WhatCouldHaveBeen wanted the Fab Four to voice them.]]
* Another rather famous Liverpudlian is Anne Robinson of the BBC's consumer affairs show ''Watchdog'' and subsequently (and much more infamously) ''TheWeakestLink'', although her accent is effectively indistinguishable from RP.

!![[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Manchester (Mancunians/Manchestrian/Manc)]]
Associated with {{ITV}} Granada and ''CoronationStreet'', along with general mouthiness.
* A very similar accent is {{Creator/Christopher|Eccleston}} "Lots of planets have a North!" [[Creator/ChristopherEccleston Eccleston's]] Ninth Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* A very notable example is DCI Gene Hunt from ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''AshesToAshes''.
* Practically the entire cast (except for the main character's first girlfriend, who is from Wales) of the drug-dealing sitcom [[PunnyName Ideal]]. It was made and set in Manchester. It displays quite a range of Mancunian accents - from very broad to very subtle.
* Almost the entire cast of ''WaterlooRoad'', as the school is set near Manchester... again a variety of accents, including a few outside accents.
** Though most of the local characters speak Mancunian, the typical Rochdale accent in real life is a variety of East Lancashire (see above) and can sometimes be picked up in background chatter.
* The South Manchester accent is rarely seen in media; it sounds upper (or at least middle) class to most other Mancunians by association because a lot of the more upscale districts of Manchester are south of the city, and has more of a Midlands sound to it than a typical Manchester accent.
** Probably the nearest you'll get to South Mancunian accents in TV drama is Emily Bishop in CoronationStreet; her actress comes from a south west suburb of Greater Manchester.
** While not prevalent in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films (due to having next to no diaglogue), Afshan Azad, who plays Padma Patil, comes from Longsight, itself roughly in South Manchester.
** This probably what Daphne Moon was striving towards in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. To people living in Stockport, Sale or Wilmslow, it wasn't a bad stab at a South Manchester accent. (Which has ''plenty'' of downmarket scallie areas for the roguish Moon clan to come from; Ardwick, Wythenshawe, Brinnington, Hattersley...) Had Jane Leeves opted for a ''North'' Manchester accent, American viewers would have needed subtitles!
* {{Shameless}} is another series set in Manchester and includes many authentic accents within the cast.

!!UsefulNotes/TheMidlands
Because it's in the middle of the country there's nothing hugely outstanding about the Midlands Drawl. They have extremely sloppy vowels and the tendency to drawl ''every'' syllable while bringing words to a full close. Words are usually pronounced, if not properly, then at least fully. For example, no Midlander would be caught ''dead'' missing the 'g' off an 'ing'.

Most Midlanders have lower tones of voices than many other regions, which adds to the effect of the drawl, and manage to speak even single-syllable words as multi-syllable words, for the sole purpose of dragging them out.

The idea is that not having much to say should take as long as possible. It is a long-standing joke that this accent was originally invented to buy time while distracting the cops. Midlanders don't have many obscenities of their own, but that's okay because they'll use everybody else's, all at once.

!![[UsefulNotes/NorthEastEngland North East]]
Mainly Geordie, the urban accent of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (and by extension other regions of Northumbria, but local prejudice will mean they hate you for not knowing the tiny, local variations). Ranges from "distinctive" to "nearly incomprehensible to non-Geordies", which is often played for laughs (as in the case of AlanPartridge's friend Michael). Associated with macho, beer-drinking, sexist guys, especially thanks to the comic strip Andy Capp (actually from Hartlepool), the adult comic ''{{Viz}}'' and the show ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet'' and easy young women who don't wear coats (or much else) when out clubbing even in the middle of winter. Don't call someone from Sunderland a Geordie (similarly, don't call anyone from North of the Tyne a Mackem, as the two groups have quite the rivalry between them - Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned). Another famous North-Eastern accent belongs to Marcus "Day 42 in the ''BigBrother'' house" Bentley, who often exaggerates his natural accent for effect. Creator/AntAndDec are also Geordies.
* Geordies are depicted as constantly using the word [[LikeIsLikeAComma "like"]] as punctuation, like, and they only have one vowel, man. "Æ"... This is also the one part of England where the letter "R" is pronounced gutturally, as it is in standard French.
* ''Series/WhenTheBoatComesIn'' set in Northumberland, features a title song sung in the local dialect and enough use of the word "bairns" (children) to make it inadvisable to use as part of a DrinkingGame.
* Reality TV show judge and hair product peddler Music/CherylCole is the most famous Geordie at the moment. After her comes those cheeky Geordie homoerotic goblins, ''Creator/AntAndDec''.
* ''QI'' had an episode "Hodge-Podge", where, after Northumberland comic Ross Noble speculated on what circular-triangle confection might look like, Phil Jupitus noted that the best three words of the English language are [[http://youtu.be/E3EYYNbdW5U "Rolo-Toblerone Combo"]] as spoken by one with the Geordian accent.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has its characters from the North of Westeros use Northern accents and those from the south use Southern ones. Peter Dinklage, one of the few Americans in the regular cast, puts on a convincing RP accent - but you're just waiting for his next wise crack.

!![[AhPea Received Pronunciation (Posh/Educated/Aristocratic/BBC/Queen's English/RP/Oxford)]]
Nobles, [[SmartPeopleSpeakTheQueensEnglish geniuses]], snobs, the BattleButler, the QuintessentialBritishGentleman, the EvilBrit, and people who studied in {{Oxbridge}} or worked for the BBC. American media often makes the mistake of insisting that [[IAmVeryBritish all Brits speak RP]]. This former appeal is probably due to how RP was long associated with expensive education and high culture, the popularity of which was further reinforced when Creator/TheBBC used to insist on everyone speaking RP, but this is no longer the case (generally using "Estuary" with a tinge of their native regional accent if it isn't Estuary), although some of the old announcers still use the accent. Moreover, anywhere and any time, any aristocrat ''will'' speak this, even if they're Scottish. The closest thing to an American equivalent is Midwestern (centered on the state of Iowa), which is used in American media as "standard American English".
* In US media this accent is most commonly associated with the WickedCultured (see also: EvilBrit). Although not always -- Alfred Pennyworth of Franchise/{{Batman}} used to speak in RP.
* On Canadian TV, the male character speaking in RP has at least a 50% chance of being gay.
* This is Creator/RowanAtkinson's accent. At least for general usage. Atkinson also does a very good Geordie accent (mostly used on older [[NotTheNineOClockNews NTNON]] sketches, on account of being from County Durham.
* Also the accent of Creator/RichardDawkins.
* ChapHop artists ProfessorElemental and Music/MrBTheGentlemanRhymer have made this accent popular of late.
* 'Oxford' RP is reasonably distinguishable from 'standard' RP, at least for those of us who live in Oxford, anyway. Might have been caused by a slight mixing with the 'Rose Hill'/'Jericho' accent.
** To clarify: Jericho is a small area of Oxford, which used to be a bit of a slum (and it's still not got a great reputation). Many inhabitants moved to Rose Hill (another small area of Oxford) and brought their accent (and unfortunately, the reputation) with them. The accent might indicate someone being lower-class, rough or criminal.
** For an example, Lyra in [[HisDarkMaterials Northern Lights]] associates with people from the Jericho area, and Philip Pullman transcribes some of the way she therefore speaks into her dialogue. Note the use of 'ent' for 'haven't' and 'isn't', particularly: 'That ent right!' or 'I ent got it!'.
* Yeah, it's not just towns that have distinct accents. It's ''areas'' of towns too.
* Also known through out the country as 'The Telephone Voice'. Anyone with a strong dialect who expects to speak to a non-local over the phone will most likely attempt to speak with RP. Also used by customer facing workers and anyone else who wishes to be understood first time. It's not uncommon to be served in a shop by an assistant who sounds like they could be serving the Queen herself who will then turn to a colleague and instantly start speaking with the broadest local dialect you've ever heard.

!![[UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry The West Country (Mummerset)]]
Stock accent for a broadly defined region stretching from UsefulNotes/{{Cornwall}} through to Somerset and old Wessex. Plenty of "oo-ar", while chewing a stalk of hay (stalk, not stack); associated with intellectual challenge, broad ignorance and depthless cunning, and usually used as comic relief. In the US, it is mostly associated with "Pirate-speak", due to its proximity to seafaring towns like Bristol and Plymouth.
* In Somerset can be found explantory T=shirts with local expressions: 'Where zat to? Yer tizz' ('Where's that? Here it is.') or proper job (pronounced 'pruppar jaab') 'that's been done right'. Familiarity is marked by the expression 'my love'.
* The exception being Phil Harding, an archaeologist who appears on the long-running "''TimeTeam''" archaeology programme, speaks with a broad Somerset accent, looks like a poacher, has a worrying affection for digging very, very big holes (he's the one most likely to call for the JCB) and knows pretty much all there is to know about ancient pottery. But he * still* gets used as comic relief.
* TV star zookeeper Johnny Morris came from Bristol. On his show ''Series/AnimalMagic'' it showed.
* More accurate programs set in this area will contrast working class Mummerset with upper-middle class RP. Associated with much fearful pointing at planes, shunning of cameras in fear of their soul, etc.
** Careful observation will reveal a "Yokel Belt" stretching from Cornwall to [[UsefulNotes/EastAnglia Norfolk]], with a generally common sort of drawl but of course the usual regional variation. Ooh-arr is Somerset and Dorset for example. Cornish tends to be more piratical sounding. Softer consonants to the east (suff-uhk vs zummerzet).
* We tend to see a great deal of inaccuracy when it comes to the portrayal of eastern rural accents in the media, particularly the Norfolk accent. The ITV production, "Series/{{Kingdom}}", for instance, is a classic example of this (which is odd, considering that StephenFry is from Norfolk and ought to know what the accent sounds like). Accents tend to end up somewhere a great deal nearer to Somerset. But then, it's possible that the only people who would notice are the ones who actually speak the accent, and are therefore the only portion of the audience who it annoys.
* There's a good reason for Cornish being "{{Pirate}} sounding"; the connection was sledgehammered into the public consciousness by Robert Newton's depiction of LongJohnSilver (originally not even "Captain", mind) in the 1950 film version of ''TreasureIsland''. He refrained from putting on a more classy RP acting accent and used his native Kernow drawl instead to make the character a little more low-class and exotic... arrr, an' so 'igh profyle a depikshon 'twere, Pirates 'ave shared what be 'til then a rougher brarnch o' the classic farrmurrs' (an' tin-miners') acsent to this 'ere day. It would at least have been a fairly genuine sailor's accent however, given the geography and economy of the region; for a softer, related, half-Welsh example there's the Bristolian (sorry, Bristowyan) voice, as heard from such, er, greats as Justin Lee Collins. Also consider that the major sea-trade region of Britain during the age of pirates was the Bristol Channel coast, it isn't too surprising that the accent became associated with pirates. There is also a reputation for this accent to belong to people who simultaneously viewed as the height of country bumpkinism but also surprising cunning to take advantage of this reputation. See Wiltshire resident's historic Moonraker tag, from a probably apocryphal story where some west country smugglers were retrieving some goods stashed in a pond, and when caught by an official claimed to be trying to rake in a cheese -- the moon's reflection -- something he believed because of the region (and accent's) rep.
** Estimates for the regional origin of pirates actually put the plurality (note, not the majority) as being Cornish. This presumably because of the amount of press-ganging which went on around Plymouth and the tendency of press-ganged sailors to desert or mutiny and take up as pirates. Certainly the consensus seems to be that the majority were from the West Country (the Cornish peninsula from Bristol westwards).
* Accurate programs and the Archers TheArchers.
* Hagrid has a West Country FunetikAksent in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series.
* Wheatley in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' has a West Country accent (as with his voice actor who is from Bristol, no FakeBrit here), which fits with his character as being well-meaning but [[TheDitz rather dim]].
* Most of the cast of ''Film/HotFuzz'' displays the accent, being that the movie is set in a fictional West Country town. Star Creator/SimonPegg was born in Gloucester and director Edgar Wright grew up in Wells, Somerset.
** Taken to its logical extreme where one scene features three people with varying strengths of accent, so that Nick needs Danny to translate the barely understandable Tony, who in turn is translating for the even more unpronounceable local farmer.
* Samwise from ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings]]'' has a West Country accent.
* A really local example can be heard in the original TV version of ''TheSingingDetective''; the flashback scenes to Marlow's childhood are set in the Forest of Dean, where the series writer Dennis Potter grew up. It's a small area to the north of the West Country and bordering Wales where the accent is/was similar to the West Country accent, but which in other ways was seriously idiolectical; at one point, the main character's father says "Him cont hurt tha'", meaning "He can't hurt you", and elsewhere the main character as a boy says "Better show our Dad, ant us?" meaning "We'd better show this to dad, hadn't we?" Potter noted that his own dad used to ask him "'Ow bist thou, o' butt?", meaning basically "How are you, buddy?"
* In ''Film/SolomonKane'', James Purefoy used his natural Somerset accent to play Devon native Solomon Kane. Reasonably appropriate, at least by Hollywood standards.

!![[OopNorth Yorkshire (Tyke)]]
Rural with a twist of lime and 256-bit encryption. Noticeably archaic ("thee" and "thou", somewhat altered, are still used in conversation in rural areas) with broadly shifted vowels compared to Received Pronunciation, Yorkshire dialect is heavily influenced in both vocabulary and phonemes by (of all things) Norwegian, thanks to invading Vikings long ago. As a result, it can, at its worst, be absolutely impenetrable to non-Brits, to the point of not sounding like English at all. Americans know this accent best from the "Four Yorkshiremen" sketch made famous by Creator/MontyPython (though it actually came from ''Series/AtLastThe1948Show''). For a sample, see the county song, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Ilkla_Moor_Baht_%27at On Ilkla moor Baht'at]], though despite the aforementioned sketch the accent is most often associated with blunt speaking, with hard headed and intractable speakers nonetheless being unfailingly honest.
* The number one source for the Yorkshire accent on American television: ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall''. The vets don't have Yorkshire accents (they all speak RP or Estuary despite the fact that the real James Herriot was actually from UsefulNotes/{{Glasgow}}), but most of the farmers do.
* Number two being Creator/SeanBean in ''Sharpe'' - despite Cockney origins of the character in the books! 'Red Riding' also shows some examples of generic screen-Yaaaarkshire accents too.
* ''{{Heartbeat}}'', anyone?
* If a character uses the word "reight/reet", "owt" or "nowt" (for "right", "anything" and "nothing"--the last two come from "aught" and "naught"), and greets people by deadpanning "Now then", you're in Yorkshire. Unless he's Fred in ''CoronationStreet''. T' is also a good giveaway, although if the Ts are actually pronounced the actor has probably never been farther north than Portsmouth. The Yorkshire T' is actually a glottal stop, sounding more like adding a T sound to the end of the ''preceding'' word: "I've been down t'pit" is pronounced "I've been downt pit".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTwweLJ78KE Brett Domino]] is an example of a Yorkshire (Leeds) accent on Website/YouTube.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB3ieNhEsDY 3-year old Millen]] gives you the gist of it.
** Those Americans who watch old ''LastOfTheSummerWine'' episodes will recognize this as the accent of "Compo" Semmonite.
** The alternative greeting is, "'Ey up," as used by certain Essex-born persons who identify as Northern in an attempt to avoid any remaining doubt in their accent. Or your choice of "Ey up pet" or "Ey up duck", if you're being familiar. "Ey up me duck" is also known to be a common greeting from those of Derbyshire and the East Midlands. "Chuck" is nice one too. Which means "chicken". It's not clear what poultry has to do with any of this.
* It's essentially a [[TruthInTelevision true to life]] RunningGag that a Yorkshireman can go to the next town and be instantly recognised and identified (and often ridiculed) for [[TheLeagueOfGentlemen not being local]]. Huddersfield, Wakefield, Barnsley, Pontefract and Leeds all have their own dialects and accents that are immediately identifiable to someone who lives in any of them (and sometimes there are even dialect differences within different areas of those same cities), despite them all not being more than 30 miles from one another.
* The best reference for old English - they still use many of the 'archaic' words, and still drop the annoying 'v' from ever. If there is a way to mangle words in order to say them quicker, in the way the Spanish squish all their words together, then a Tyke will find it. Thither, hither, and whither, though, are all still used for there, here, and where, [[SincerityMode without a hint of sarcasm at all]].
* In RealLife, someone from Yorkshire will either shorten or lengthen the vowel sounds depending on the sentence. However, none actually say Yaaaaaark-shire. They say Yohrk-shuh, shortening both vowel sounds.
* They ''' ''all'' ''' have a low voice, possibly one which causes them to grumble. Even young girls. Girls can sing Soprano to Tenor without a problem, and some older women down to Bass.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' lead Sean Bean insisted contractually on using his native Sheffield accent for Eddard Stark - and many of the Stark household fell into line behind him, using variants of Yorkshire with hints of Geordie and Scottish.
* Even in Victorian times, a local cleric noted that a large part of the words which make the Yorkshire dialect unique are actually Danish. Indeed, in his time, along the coast there was often more mutual intelligibility with Denmark than with the rest of England. [[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/YKS/Misc/Books/FolkTalk/Chapter7.html As the Rev. Morris]] noted, the Danish of the Dales was dying out in his day.

!![[UsefulNotes/EastAnglia East Anglia (The Bootiful East)]]
* Famous turkey magnate Bernard Matthews sums up the whole region for many people. His catch-phrase ''Bootiful!'', from the TV adverts for his turkeys, is pure ''Naaarfuck''
* Speaking of ''Naaarfuck'',[[note]] ''Norfolk'', to the perplexed [[/note]], you haven't lived until you have heard a denizen of ''Narridge'' [[note]]Norwich[[/note]] pronounce the word "road". It comes out sounding almost but not completely like "rude".
* Norfolk people use their placenames as traps to catch the unwary. Thus:
** '''Costessey''' - pron. ''Cossey''
** '''Wymondham''' - pron. ''Windham''
** '''Happisburgh''' - pron. ''Whoresborough''
* The town of Ipswich - county town of Suffolk - began life with a Dutch name, ''Gippeswijck''. Anyone meeting Suffolk accents for the first time might close their ears to the actual sense of what's being said, and listen to the rising and falling cadences of the intonation. You might just as well be in Flanders or Holland. As with Yorkshire and Denmark, this speaks volumes for the centuries of contact and trading links with the nearest landfall on the other side of the North Sea.
* The ''-folk'' suffix in Norfolk and Suffolk is the Danish/ Swedish word for "significant division of land" or "territory" or "county" - ''fylk''. it refers to the ''land'', rather than the ''people''. Thus: "North Land" and "South Land". Sweden still uses the word as a legal entity in local government.

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[[folder: ''Norn Iron'' ]]
[[UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland Stroke Country]] offers three main flavours of the local accent:
* Belfast accents tend to be harsh
* Western accents ((London)Derry/Tyrone/Fermanagh) tend to be softer
* [[TheDeepSouth Irish Sea/North Channel coastal]] accents which are a mix of two with a hint of [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Scottish]] for good measure
Some natives of counties of the Irish Republic which border NI have accents that sound recognisably more "Northern" than "Southern", because they're in the geographically north part of the island.

One of the most notable sounds in the Northern Irish accent is "ar." People speak into their jaws, again audible when the "ow" sound is used. So when you next meet a Northern Irish person ask them to say "An hour in the power shower", and it comes out as "An arr in the par shar". Also, "ow" is pronounced more like "oi", leading to HilarityEnsues when it comes to "how now brown cow". This sound is particularly distinctive because it tends to be retained by Northern Irish people even when otherwise they are toning down their accent (such as newsreaders presenting national news): in the middle of an otherwise RP-sounding sentence we will be told that the Prime Minister has announced that interests rates will come "doyn". Although again, this is not the same all over Northern Ireland. People from (London)Derry do tend to pronounce power - "Pau-yer". Also see "k-yar" for "car", "say-vin" for "seven" and "fill-um" for "film".

The key to speaking Irish Sea Coast Norn Irn (which is a mix of the above, Scottish and 'rural') - talk through your nose and drop the middle out of every word, or drop half the syllables. Spaces are optional. "I went to see the doctor" becomes "Aahwentuh se thu doc'er". You can ''see'' English people's brains stop dead as they try to decipher it. Trying to talk to anyone from Pakistan, Africa or Jamaica is a lost cause.

Long story short - we have the same amount of regional variations in accent, in an area smaller than Wales, as in the rest of the UK.

'''Stereotype:''' Inevitably, WesternTerrorists taking random elements from the Villain tropebook.

'''Fictional examples:'''
* Jim Mc Donald in CoronationStreet - an alcoholic wife beater, so he was.
* GiveMyHeadPeace
* How NOT to do a Northern Irish accent - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQJrovKgrTw If It's Doomsday, It Must Be Belfast]].
* Rory Flanagan in {{Glee}}. It isn't distinguished as Northern Irish by any characters in show, probably due to the writers not wanting to get into [[UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland complicated politics]], but it's a Derry accent like the actor's.
* A large portion of the cast in the BBC drama The Fall, which makes sense, as its set in Belfast.

'''Real life examples:'''
* Ian Paisley - "criminality" used to be one of his favourite words.
* James Nesbitt of ''Murphy's Law'' fame, who commonly subverts the NI accent stereotype by regularly playing good guys.
* Nadine Coyle of Music/GirlsAloud has an exaggerated Derry accent.
* As mentioned above, Damian [=McGinty=], who rose to fame after winning TheGleeProject, and now plays Rory Flanagan on {{Glee}}, has a Derry accent.
* Colin Morgan, although he shifts to an English accent for ''Series/{{Merlin}}''
* And of course, Liam Neeson who tends to use his natural Ballymena accent in most of his films, though his accent is quite muted and soft.
* James Burke, the BBC's main science reporter known across the Pond as "That Guy Who Made ''Series/{{Connections}}''" speaks in what sounds like RP to an American, but upon closer listening is very clearly Derry with English schooling from the age of 11--that habit of dropping into rhoticity gives it away.
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[[folder: ''Sco'lunt'' ]]
!!General
One that seems to appear far more in the US, especially cartoons. Often kilt-wearing. See Groundskeeper Willie in TheSimpsons, The Scotsman in SamuraiJack, Scotty in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and Duff Killigan in WesternAnimation/KimPossible. There is no such thing as a "Scottish" accent either, of course; this usually has elements of various Lowland dialects. Stereotypes include a bad temper, a dislike of the English or being generally miserable and miserly. The latter is present in the ''{{Headcases}}'' caricature of Gordon Brown.
* The miserly portrayal of Mr. Brown really [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_United_Kingdom_bank_rescue_package isn't accurate]] (warning -- contains terror in the form of Alastair Darling).
* There's as much a generic "Scots" accent as there is an English or American (...or French, German etc) one. Put together a native each from Glasgie and Edinbrarh (i.e. Glasgow and Edinburgh) and see how much common dialectic ground there is between them.
** In a Glaswegian accent, the names of the cities would be 'Glesca' and 'Embrah'.
* It may be barely recognisable to natives of Scotland.
** Probably related to Mike Myers's London-ish English in ''Film/AustinPowers'' being about as accurate, and not that much different (nor either that far removed from his everyday Canadian lilt)? Also...
** This may be because the American film depiction of the Scottish accent is actually closer to Welsh.
* The word "No" is detained at the Scottish border and "Naw" reigns supreme.

!!Glasgow
A strong Glaswegian accent can sound like a separate language to an outsider. Whenever you hear a comedian speaking drunken pseudo-Scottish gibberish, he, knowingly or not, is lampooning a Glaswegian accent. Characters with strong Glasgow accents are usually violent alcoholics. Even if the programme is set in Glasgow, the character with the strongest accent will be a violent alcoholic. In fact, the ViolentGlaswegian is a trope in its own right on British Telly. Lighter Glasgow accents usually imply much the same as Liverpool.
* Much of Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser's ''Literature/McAuslan'' series - one entire story is narrated by [=McAuslan=], and the books contain a glossary of "Glesca peculiamanarities."
* Jamie from ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' and ''Film/InTheLoop'' is often cited as Glaswegian but actor Paul Higgins is from Motherwell [[note]]which is in UsefulNotes/GreaterGlasgow, albeit outside the city proper[[/note]]. Malcolm Tucker is very much an educated Weegie though - as is Creator/ArmandoIannucci.
** Motherwell and other towns in UsefulNotes/GreaterGlasgow might as well be in Glasgow as far as accents go. Same with Paisley and Renfrew though it's not hard to spot the differences.
* Callum from FarCry3 not only holds a very heavy accent, he fits the ViolentGlaswegian trope perfectly ''right down to the tracksuit and trainers.''
-->Ay! Kin we go? I'm fair scunnered waitin' on you tae stop playin' wi' yer fannies, so c'mon tae fuck 'n let's pikey the [[ClusterFBomb fuckin']] engine off the [[CountryMatters cunts]] so we can get off this fuckin' island!
* For a RealLife example look for any recording of interviews or panels with GrantMorrison.
* ''Kelvinside - The posh bit of Glasgow'': A Kelvinside accent is very clipped, and mangles vowels (most notably turning "a" into "e"). Usually only used by female characters and indicates extreme snobbishness. A common gag is for a character to drop her Kelvinside accent when annoyed, implying it's a pure affectation. A similar Edinburgh accent is Morningside.
** The main female characters in ''RabCNesbitt'', Mary and Ella, are prone to adopting Kelvinside voices which invariably drop when confronting their husbands - whose Govan accent remains constant in the series. Such is the impenetrable nature of the Govan accent, many viewers used Ceefax subtitles to understand what was actually being said.
*** If you are wondering what a "posh" Glasgow accent sounds like then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EGp0tb8g4I listen to presenter Anita Manning]].
* And to listen to some East End of Glasgow accents watch some [[http://www.youtube.com/misterglasgow Mister Glasgow]]. And [[http://www.youtube.com/glasgowtelevision Glasgow Television]].

!!North East Scotland
A somewhat deep accent though not as abrasive as Glaswegian or traditional Scottish, usually associated with farming, fishing and 'teuchters'. Has its own distinct dialect ("Fit like, min?", "Caumie doon!" "Awa 'n' bile yer heid, pal.") Put someone from Aberdeen, Fraserburgh or Elgin in a room with a Glaswegian and they'll probably have some difficulty understanding each other.
* How they speak up in Moray, Aberdeenshire and some parts of the Highlands is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP9BtScBQaI so distinctive]] that it barely resembles the common image of Scottish dialect/accent.
* Even more distinct than you'd think; each of those three phrases originate from different regions, Fit Like is a Fife expression, Caumie Down sounds like a very Highlands accent and Awa 'n' bile yer heid is mostly a Dundee expression. Another Dundee expression would be "It's a braw, bricht, moonlicht nicht tonich, awa 'n' get me twa pehs and bridies, a plen ane an an ingin ane an aw."
* The Aberdonian dialect is frequently referred to as "Doric".
!!Borders

* Hundreds. These are usually a bastard combination of whatever bit of Scotland is to the immediate North and whatever bit of England is to the immediate South.


!!Edinburgh

* Edinburghers have an accent that hard to discern. A fair few, especially from middle and upper classes, speak a kind of RP with a few Scottish idioms or odd pronunciations thrown in here and there. Others speak in a similar fashion to Glasgow. Generally, an Edinburgh accent sounds similar to a Middle England one, but with a distinctive Scots twang to it. This probably due to centuries of strong English presence in Edinburgh, as well as the cities historic loyalty to the British Crown.
** ''Morningside'': A sub-type of Edinburgh accent. ''Very'' posh, and also ''very'' rare as a genuine first accent. What is far more common is people affecting it to lend . Maggie Smith is perceived to have one, despite being born in Ilford and being the daughter of a Weegie and a Geordie, due to her featuring as the title character in ''Film/ThePrimeOfMissJeanBrodie'', who probably affected one (Brodie ''is'' native to Edinburgh, but her ''earth-shattering'' pretentiousness makes it probable that she is just putting on an MS accent). Thus, whenever she plays a Scot, it is practically mandatory for her to have her "Brodie" accent. Professor [=McGonagall=] talks like this.

!!Dundee
* Dundonians have a broad accent. This is best illustrated by this forum post "Dundonian for beginners":
** '''Eh fell doon the Wellgate steps an meh peh went skeh hegh.'''
--->Possibly the best known example of Parliamo Dundee, the unfortunate in the example has tripped at the top of some stairs and his/her pie (a well-known local delicacy) has described an arc in the sky before descending to earth.
** The next one is for those more advanced in Dundonesian studies, as it relies heavily on glottal stops.
** '''Twa pehs, twa plehn bridies an'an'inyin'in'an'a.'''
---> Our speaker has entered a pie shop (possibly the world-famous Wallaces {Land o' Cakes}) and proceeds to order two pies, two plain bridies, plus an onion bridie.[[note]]A bridie is a type of Scottish pasty. It is better than the crap they eat in Cornwall.[[/note]]
* There is also "BBC Scots", used on both sides of the border, which is a sort of cross between a ''very'' toned down Dundonian accent and RP. The BBC's male Announcer talks like this, as does ''Today'' programme presenter Eddie Mair.

!!West Coast Highlander
Only ever seen in specifically Scottish programmes. A lilting accent which often barely pronounces consonants. Almost Sounds Irish to the untrained ear. Usually implies much the same as Rural or Welsh (or for that matter a devout Presbyterian who will never do '''anything''' on "t' S-habbath").

!!West Scotland
There are various dialects in the Ayrshire area, but it's worth noting that it's very close to good old Robert Burns (who gave us many well-known poems and songs such as Auld Lang Syne, Address To A Haggis and (A Love Is Like) A Red, Red Rose). You can get an understanding of the accent quite well by reading his poems out loud.

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[[folder: ''Waehls'' ]]

Often used for comic relief, but more in a Funny Foreigner-style "they have their own ways" manner. In terms of sound, some have compared it to a light Indian accent (of all things). When it comes to ''impersonating'' the accent for comic effect, it's quite common for an attempt at one to slip into the other; this, of course, says more about impersonation than it does about the many (fine, noble, steeped in history etcetera etcetera) qualities of the actual accents in question. Often described as "singsong" or "musical", partly because of the tonal aspect and partly because Wales is associated with singing in the popular imagination.
* There doesn't seem to be much acknowledgement that there's a distinct difference between north and south Welsh, either. There's a hundred miles of mountain between each coast, or between Cardiff and Swansea and the Valleys...
** People from Swansea can sound very English and a family can have members with different accents, so someone with a Scottish or even Canadian accent can pop up.
* As with Irish, the grammar and usage of the Welsh language tends to influence Welsh English, even if its speakers do not speak Welsh itself. This mostly manifests itself through {{Verbal Tic}}s such as ending sentences with it "is it?" and "look you" (basically the equivalent of "...you know?)
* A common verbal tic of Welsh people is to tag 'mun' on the end of a sentence to emphasize it.
** EG: 'Wales isn't in England, mun!'

* The North Wales people have many different accents, but if you're going for mid north Wales (Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno), they have more of a mixed accent- a mix of Manchester/Liverpool/North Wales Welsh. It's difficult being someone who has lived in all three, plus Bangor (north Wales version) because the person who has lived there has a strange accent that is basically Welsh, but with scouse and mancunion tinges. It doesn't make us not Welsh, it just makes everyone else believe that we are everything but Welsh...However, it makes speaking Welsh all the more interesting. And to add... the North Wales people tend to take the word "gog" as name as opposed to an insult...


'''Stereotype:''' [[BestialityIsDepraved Liking sheep]]. A lot. This comes from the fact that up until fairly recently, there were more sheep in Wales than people.

'''Fictional examples:'''
* ''Absolutely'' - Frank Hovis, Denzil and Gwyneth and spin-off characters Barry Welsh and Hugh Pugh (all featuring Welsh comedian John Sparkes)
* ''GavinAndStacey'' - the Wests, Nessa (tidy)
* ''Hi-De-Hi'' - Gladys Pugh
* PobolYCwm - Set in Southwest Wales, where they love to mention which characters are "gogs" (from ''gogleddol'', "Northern")
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' - Gwen, Ianto, Rhys, and their family members.
* The redone Dalish Elves in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' all have Welsh accents.
* "Sketch" (real name: Lucy) in the second season of ''Series/{{Skins}}''.
* Fiona Patton's [[TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Granite Shield]] focuses on an [[FantasyCounterpartCulture alternate]] Wales, whose citizens speak in questions and end half their sentences with "eh."
* ''Series/YesMinister'' has Joe Morgan, a trade unionist with a thick Welsh accent, who appears in the first series finale.
* The fairies of VideoGame/NiNoKuni speak with a heavy Welsh accent, almost always ending each sentence with "mun."

'''Real life examples:'''
* Rob Brydon
* Catherine Zeta Jones
* Many bands and musicians, such as the Super Furry Animals, Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, Tom Jones...

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[[folder: ''The 'ole rest...'']]

!!Mixed accents
More common in Britain than other parts of the world, due to the close proximity different regions have to each other. Usually happens when either you have two parents with different accents or when the parents are from one region but they moved to a different one when the child was still very young. Often leads to many questions along the lines of "So where are you from?" which the poor mixer will have to deal with everywhere they go. In these days of multiculturalism, this can lead to gems such as Pakistani-Glaswegian or Italian-Aberdonian. A very likely risk of attending university, there is only so long you can live with a welshman, a scouser and a brummie before your accent does whacky things.
** Attend the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and after three years, ''at the very least'' you will be referring to the city as ''Naurridge'' and talking about a kind of street as a ''rooud''. Some people have left with full-blown Naaarfock accents.

!!Hong Kong
Special mention goes to Hong Kong, a former colony of the UK. Most of the citizens speak English with a mostly British and Cantonese accent.

!!Gibraltar
Gibraltarians have a unique accent that no other Europeans have. They also sometimes refer to themselves as Llanitos.

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!!Notable uses of British accents:

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the English translation of the ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga, Sumiyoshi's lines are in the Geordie accent.
* TheNineties North American dub of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has Luna speak Received Pronunciation.
* Anime characters who sound inexplicably British are all over the place in dubs. Like [[Anime/YuGiOh Bakura]]. The idea is to make these characters sound polite and well educated, the stereotypical British accent being the closest the English-speaking world has to "ultra-polite Japanese". It's similar to how the stereotypical Southern Accent is used to portray TheIdiotFromOsaka in some English Dubs.
* In the English dub of ''Pokemon'', all princesses, their butlers and maids speak in British accents. And terrible ones.
* In the English dub of ''InfiniteStratos'', Cecilia Alcott speaks in a British accent to give an international feel for the series.
* In the English dub of ''BlackButler'' all of the characters have some form of British accent, mainly beause, well it's set in Britain of course.
* Of course, England in the English dub of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' has one. It's an exaggerated RP accent to go with his [[StuffyBrit British Stuffiness]]. However, when he gets drunk, he will lapse into a Cockney accent and start ranting at the nearest person, who is usually America.
* Creator/GregAyres does a fairly well-done RP accent as Negi Springfield, the child-teacher protagonist in the anime incarnations of ''MahouSenseiNegima.'' Well done it may be, he's actually doing the wrong accent because both KenAkamatsu and an early volume of the manga stated that Negi was originally from Wales.
* ''Hellsing'' has quite a few.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comedy]]
* Actual Brit Creator/PeterSellers' 1979 album ''Sellers Market'' has a nearly 16-minute sketch, "The Compleat Guide to Accents of The British Isles", based around working in as many regions and associated stereotypes as possible: London Cockney, Received Pronunciation, Suffolk, Birmingham (as a joke, the speaker is actually Indian, something which is becoming increasingly the case in RealLife...), Yorkshire, Scotland, Glasgow, Liverpool, Wales, and the West Country. In addition, there's a FakeAmerican narrator, and [[Main/FakeNationality fake Germans, Italians, and Frenchmen]] in a montage early on.
* HaveIGotNewsForYou's Paul Merton has two British accents to be used at any point when impersonating someone he doesn't know: An exaggerated Cockney accent (eg: "Oi've been down the Colliadah!), or an incredibly upper class RP accent, accompanied usually by a mimed tea cup (eg: "I'm a ferret, dontcha know!").
* EddieIzzard's routine ''Definite Article'' features a bit where he goes on about Pavlov and his dogs. For whatever reason, he decides to do Pavlov as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whwiMrBNWCA an expatriate Welshman in Russia]].
** Eddie Izzard of course has a natural British Accent of his own but about the Welsh thing: He doesn't have a Welsh accent (although he did live in Skewen for a while as a child) but he has a tendency to slip into one no matter what foreign accent he's trying to do (which is how we get a Welsh Pavlov). He even did the Welsh-Indian mix thing:
--> '''Eddie Izzard''': (as an Indian taxi driver) What were you talking about?\\
'''Eddie Izzard''': (as himself) *makes awkward noises* The demons... they come in my mind, I've... [[LampshadeHanging What part of Wales are you from?]]\\
'''Eddie Izzard''': I am from Swansea, actually. My... er... my mother's from Swansea, my father from Mumbai. I'm an Indian Welsh person and my accent is. *trying to do a Welsh-Indian accent* Somewhere. In-between. The two. Don't you know. Boyo. Probably. I understand. [[ForeignQueasine And cooking is very difficult.]]\\
'''Eddie Izzard''': ...\\
'''Eddie Izzard''': [[NonSequitur Would you like a steering wheel?]]\\
'''Eddie Izzard''': I'm fine, thank you, I've just... I've just eaten.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
* ''{{Trainspotting}}'' delivers a film entirely steeped in various Scottish accents from the relatively "posh" Edinburgh dialect to the angry "Weegie" alcoholic. Justified in that the film takes place in Edinburgh for the most part. The characters even lampshade other Scottish accents such as Sean Connery.
* Johnny Depp's accent in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' is noticeably British; it's difficult to determine ''what kind'' of British, however.
** UsefulNotes/EastAnglia, shading towards Estuary, and based on Kent-born Keith Richards.
* Inexplicably, [[BigBad Tai Lung]] of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', although it is likely due to the RuleOfCool factor. Then again, considering [[AllStarCast all of the main cast except two]] (Monkey and Viper) are straight-out American, and only Oogway and Mr. Ping are voiced by genuine Chinese actors, this shouldn't be surprising.
** [[BigBad Tai Lung]] was voiced by Ian [=McShane=], using his normal voice. He is perhaps best known for playing {{Lovejoy}}.
* Virtually all of the evil characters in ''Franchise/StarWars'' speak with an EvilBrit accent -- with the noticeable exception of Darth Vader. And Obi-Wan Kenobi, who is decidedly good but speaks with a British accent anyway.
** 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.
*** "Ee, the force is [[BillBailey strong in this 'un]]!"
*** Also, while Creator/JamesEarlJones' accent is a mish-mash due to his moving from Mississippi to Michigan, as Vader, he adopts a very proper, enunciated (if undefined) accent.
*** Rick Moranis in ''Film/SpaceBalls'' manages to imitate this accent as Dark Helmet when the mask of his helmet is down.
** Natives of the planet Coruscant (the cultural center of the galaxy) tend to speak with a British accent.
*** Grand Moff Tarkin's homeworld was Eriadu, which was not a Core World but aspired to be.
*** Carrie Fisher makes a vague attempt at RP when talking to Tarkin on the Death Star, but really only manages to pull off a stiff American accent with a British lilt. (Broken Coruscanti, perhaps?)
*** Queen Amidala (when speaking formally, as to the Trade Federation) attempts to use some sort of stilted, ultra-formal accent that sounds RP-ish, but mostly just awkward.
** It is understood in the EU that this world's RP accent is the Star Wars Universe's Coruscant accent. The Empire probably encourages the use of the Coruscant accent throughout the military. [[note]] Real-world militaries often break recruits of their accents in favor of a neutral or military-specific speech pattern. Until recently, many units were organized locally, and thus all the men of a given unit had the same accent. If an enemy read a soldier's accent correctly, they might be able to infer the identity of his unit; combined with other information, this could give away the unit's location.[[/note]]
** The original trilogy of films encountered some criticism for being Anglo-centric, although the Imperial officers like Tarkin who speak with English accents are clearly meant to be "bad guys" and the Rebel Alliance characters usually speak with American accents (granted, Obi-wan was a good guy and had a British accent, but his actor ''was'' British). The suspicion is that they tried to overcompensate for this during the Prequel Trilogy... an attempt which backfired in spectacular fashion. Instead of aliens speaking with British accents, they had borderline offensive Chinese accents (Trade Federation), a Middle-Eastern accent for a scrap dealer (Watto), and a nails-on-chalkboard ''high-pitched'' Caribbean accent (Jar Jar Binks). Then again, Count Dooku still had a Received Pronunciation accent... because he was played by ChristopherLee!
* Speaking of hooligans, Charlie Hunnam's antipodean-leaning cockney accent in ''GreenStreet'' is the worst ever English accent by an actual English person.
* ''Film/HotFuzz'' takes place in the fictional village of Sandford in UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry; naturally, Gloucestershire accents are the norm, some so thick they require translation (sometimes in three steps: farmer to village man, village man to local cop, local cop to out-of-town cop). The village square was actually the City centre of Wells, Somerset.
* ''TheFullMonty'' has Creator/RobertCarlyle (a Scot) playing a Sheffielder, requiring a South Yorkshire accent. Both he and the rest of the cast do a pretty good job (MarkAddy, for one, is from Yorkshire). However, it isn't a ''Sheffield'' South Yorkshire accent. Sounds more like Doncaster, actually.
* ''Film/MaryPoppins'' features Creator/DickVanDyke playing chimney sweep Bert with a notoriously exaggerated Cockney accent (occasionally slipping out of it during some lines of dialogue and on the occasional sung verse). Van Dyke's accent is often ranked as one of the worst attempts at a "British" accent by an American actor, a factor acknowledged -- with good humor -- by Van Dyke on recent DVD releases of the film. (It's also why he didn't use one in the later ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' even though his character's father and children all had proper British accents). One English language coach in the movie industry reported that the one thing practically every director says to her in productions with English accents is "I don't want to anyone to sound like Dick van Dyke."
* In the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films their accents conform to their place as a FreudianTrio with Hermione speaking something closer to RP (Superego), Ron (Id) speaking something that's further away from RP and Harry being somewhere in the middle (Ego).
** Each member of the Weasley family has a different British accent due to the different origins of the actors, such as the Black Country accent of Smethwick-born Julie Walters, aka Molly Weasley. Or the West Midlands accent of her husband Arthur, played by Mark Williams of Bromsgrove, just outside Birmingham. However, this is basically TruthInTelevision: RP (or at any rate faintly Brummised RP or EE) speakers with full-on comedy Brummie parents are far from unknown. Regional accents tend to be a lot stronger in people's parents these days as RP and EE bulldoze regional accents into nothing, especially with accents generally seen as rather undesirable like Brummie and Yam Yam. Unremitting, terminal Geordies are also rarer than they were.
** Luna, who lives near the Weasleys, is Irish. Rhys Ifans, who is Welsh, played Xenophilius as a FakeIrish to match Creator/EvannaLynch's accent.
* The 1993 film version of ''Film/TheSecretGarden'' features a wide range of accents, but most notable is Dickon's broad Yorkshire. (Oddly, his sister Martha sounds much closer to Received Pronunciation.)
* Creator/AngelinaJolie adopts a rather convincing RP accent for her roles as Lara Croft in the ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'' films and again as Franky in ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''.
* Creator/GwynethPaltrow pulls off surprisingly convincing Estuary English in ''Sliding Doors'', becoming one of very few Americans indeed to successfully use the word "wanker" without sounding like an American trying to use the word "wanker". Her more RP accent in ''ShakespeareInLove'' is perhaps less surprising, but pretty decent.
* In ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'', Robin Williams' character adopts a generic british accent while dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire. Notable in that a British character [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that it's a generic sounding accent, and he's unable to tell where in Britain she's from. (It's mainly a form of Lowland Scots.) And this was a FakeBrit character as well (played by Irishman Pierce Brosnan) for meta-irony.
** Of course Brits all go "Why's he doing a Scottish accent?" No confusion for those who speak the language.
* Don Cheadle attempts a British accent in ''OceansEleven'' and its sequels; its bad. Really bad. But also intentionally.
* In ''LoveActually'', pretty much every character has a British accent of some sort (it's set in London!). However, a notable mention is Collin, who is convinced he can pick up any girl in America because of his accent. It's funny because it works (to a ridiculous degree)! The point of the storyline is that it's TruthInTelevision cranked UpToEleven for the sake of comedy.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Shooting Fish''. Dan Futterman's character (an American playing an American) tries putting on a British accent while pretending to be a local workman. He drifts across several accents in the course of a few minutes, even managing to change between two or three in a single sentence, and leaves one of the marks commenting "I think one of them was Australian."
* ''TwinTown'' is set in Swansea, and basically works as an introduction to the accents and syntax of English as spoken in South Wales.
--> '''Fatty Lewis:''' You two boys behave yourselves now today now.
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' mostly has British characters played by U.S. actors while the Brit thesps get to play "continentals". Especially notable for KeanuReeves' bizzare rendition of RP outdoing both Dick van Dyke and Natalie Portman by some distance.
* Recall the special mention for Hong Kong? The ChuckNorris actioner ''Forced Vengeance'' showcases this briefly as Norris is given a physical by a Hong Kong doctor.
-->'''Doctor:''' Right. Drop your pants, mate.
* ''Film/WithnailAndI'' has Withnail and his Uncle Monty speaking in RP accents, since they both went to {{Oxbridge}}. TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withnail_and_I tells the tale]] of the [[NoNameGiven nameless]] protagonist and his accent:
-->''"Creator/PaulMcGann was Robinson's first choice for "I", but he was fired during rehearsals because Robinson decided [=McGann=]'s Liverpool accent was wrong for the character. Several other actors read for the role, but [=McGann=] eventually persuaded Robinson to re-audition him, promising to affect a Home Counties accent. He quickly won back the part."''
* Sean Connery's elongated Scottish lilt, especially as James Bond ("Yesshhh, Misssshhh Moneypenny") has been oft parodied. Most other 007s have gone for something more RP.
* Character actor Creator/TerryThomas was known for his affected RP accent.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* Usually the way Americans are exposed to Yorkshire is through ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'', as the book transliterates the housemaid Martha's Yorkshire dialect, including "thous" and "thees" ("Canna thy dress thysen?").
* Similarly Bram Stoker's ''{{Dracula}}'' contains dialogue written in phonetic approximation of a North Yorkshire accent (specifically Whitby). Much of this dialogue - written by an Irishman attempting to replicate the local turn of phrase - is especially difficult to understand when read from a modern perspective, coupled with the fact that the book is over a hundred years old and the working class Whitby dialect suggested by Stoker is effectively obsolete nowadays.
** There is a free podcasted audio version of the book produced by Librivox and read by primarily American voices. One reader's brave attempt to reproduce this Whitby accent they were most likely completely unfamiliar with has to be heard to be believed. The result sounds closer to Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger impersonating SeanConnery impersonating a drunken pirate, and is one of the most bafflingly bad accents you will likely ever hear.
* The ''[[Literature/HarryPotter Harry Potter]] series features accents from all over the British Isles, since that, apparently, is Hogwarts' catchment area. Accents are usually kept off the page, however, with a few exceptions, such as Hagrid's [[FunetikAksent fonetik]] West Country burr. The obviously Irish Seamus Finnigan refering to his "Mam" is less noteworthy as many dialects right across the British Isles use the word "Mam". Despite Hogwarts being located in the Scottish Highlands, very few characters in the series have broad Scottish accents.
* ''{{Redwall}}'' is absolutely packed with FunetikAksent dialogue, mostly based on real accents. Burr aye, ee molers iz ee best known. Vermin tend to be generic pseudo-cockney/thug/[[TalkLikeAPirate piratical]], or with completely fictional accents such as Wraith's TrrrillingRrrs, though there were two in ''Salamandastron'' who spoke with a noticeable Brummie twang (especially in the audiobook) and the BigBad characters tend to use Standard English.
** And in the first book, the extreme accents are {{Lampshaded}} when the sparrow's dialect is treated like a foreign language.
* In ''Literature/InfernalDevices'' Tessa's brother Nate, despite being from New York, has one of these. He uses "oughtn't" on several occasions. You know, like every American.
** Consider the time period, though. It's not too hard to believe that the educated Gray siblings would use what they perceive as more refined word choice--even though it isn't, but merely British English vs. American--regardless of nationality.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''{{Headcases}}'', a British political satire show (think ''Spitting Image'' in CGI and you're in the right area), UsefulNotes/DavidCameron, leader of the Conservatives, is portrayed with two accents. In his press conferences, he is portrayed in a suit with a lower-class, "chummy" accent. When he returns to his house, his accent becomes much posher and he acquires a top hat and monocle (Cameron is an [[BoardingSchool Old Etonian]]). William Hague is a permanently drunk Yorkshireman (he hails from the area and the thing references his very dubious 2001 election claim that he'd drunk 14 pints of beer a day as a teenager)
** Note also the differences between the "public" and "private" accents of Dames Judi Dench and Helen Mirren in the same show.
* The new series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' is an interesting case. [[Creator/ChristopherEccleston Chris Eccleston's]] Ninth Doctor has a Salford/Manchester accent and keeps it for his role, but Creator/DavidTennant (from Scotland) takes on an Estuary accent and John Simm (Lancashire) takes on a similar accent with a slightly Northern influence when portraying Time Lords. Earlier in the series' history, Sylvester [=McCoy's=] Seventh Doctor retained the actor's Scottish accent, while most other Doctors, including the latest, Creator/MattSmith, use a variation of RP. There are various {{fanwank}} ideas over why the Doctor's accent changes.
** Rose Tyler even questions the Ninth Doctor's accent after he reveals himself to be an alien.
--->'''Rose:''' If you are an alien, how comes you sound like you're from the north?
--->'''The Doctor:''' Lots of planets have a north!
** Creator/KarenGillan's Amy Pond maintains a distinct Scottish lilt despite having spent most of her life in Gloucestershire - the Doctor notes that if she's kept the accent, she clearly doesn't belong there.
** Spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' includes bi-dialectal John Barrowman's Capt. Jack Harkness using an American accent, as well as three characters- Gwen, Ianto, and Rhys- with Welsh accents. While Gwen and Rhys's accents change very little, Ianto's notably comes and goes from very distinctive in the pilot to more vague as time goes on, and eventually getting "more Welsh" in particularly emotional moments.
** Paul [=McGann=] as the Eighth Doctor is an interesting case -- [=McGann=], who's from Liverpool, makes a game attempt at RP, but it [[OohMeAccentsSlipping fades in and out]]. ([=McGann=], on the DVDCommentary, chalks it up to being tired during the shoot.) In AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho, you can clearly tell that when he's being particularly emotional, his accent tends to get more Scouse. [[TropesAreNotBad It doesn't sound so bad...]] at all, in fact.
** In the episode "Smith and Jones", the line "Judoon platoon upon the Moon" was put in to torture David Tennant because it makes him struggle to quelch his Scottish accent.
* ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'':
** Gaius Baltar is one of the few characters with a non-American accent and normally speaks in RP. When he assumes his native Aerelon accent, he speaks in a Yorkshire accent. As Baltar explains, he grew up a farmer's son on a poor working-class planet, but always dreamed of moving to the capital planet Caprica. He got accepted to university on a scholarship, and due to his innate scientific genius and hard work he rose to become a world-renowned scientist (sort of their version of Stephen Hawking or Richard Dawkins). Always ashamed of his working-class accent, since he was 10 years old he consciously practiced to re-train his neutral speaking accent to be more refined (to the point that he has to concentrate to speak with the Yorkshire accent). Of course, what actor James Callis pointed out is that most people on Caprica ''do not'' speak with a British accent, and the exact rules of which accent come from which planet were laughably inconsistent throughout the series. But then this is ruined when we are shown his father in season 4, who seems to speak in a mangled West Country dialect. This ''could'' be fanwanked from being from elsewhere on the [[PlanetOfHats planet]].
** MarkSheppard uses his native London accent as Romo Lampkin. He's probably from Caprica, as he had been a student of Joseph Adama, but he could have been an immigrant from elsewhere (like, erm, Joseph Adama).
** Creator/JamieBamber suppresses his London accent in favor of an [[FakeAmerican American one]], to match Edward James Olmos (his character's father). Olmos wore blue contact lenses in exchange. This got a bit annoying at scifi conventions throughout the show's run, because inevitably someone would ''always'' ask Mr Bamber about his accent and how he got used to using it. However, his father is American, so it's not really that surprising that he's at ease with it. He's also a fully qualified linguist, holding a Master's Degree in French and Italian.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Genuine London-born MarkSheppard using a London accent as Badger. However, the actor comes from a different class background than the character, so it's an interesting case of a genuine Londoner with one type of London accent having to fake a different London accent.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - the most famous example is Spike, played by James Marsters with a painful but gradually improving attempt at a Cockney / Estuary accent. During flashbacks he also uses a similarly decent RP accent. This leads to a bit of a shock when you hear him with his natural Californian accent!
** On the other hand there's Giles, played by actual Brit Anthony Stewart Head with an RP accent (in contrast to his natural Estuary accent).
** Drusilla's accent is admittedly a bit "Cor blimey guv!" theatrical Cockney, but she gets the actual pronunciations correct on the whole, unlike James Marsters who is far more hit and miss/jarring to a UK native with his accent.
** There's also Wesley; Alexis Denisof is [[FakeBrit American]], but lived part of his life in the UK, allowing him to be fairly convincing as Wesley.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}' Anthony Head used his own Estuary accent for Uther, while KatieMcGrath keeps her Irish accent. ColinMorgan uses a more British sounding accent than his natural Irish accent. Creator/BradleyJames doesn't seem to alter his much.
* ''{{Primeval}}'' being set in London manages to get a wide variety of British accents in there outside of the normal RP such as Abby and Connor. But the fourth and fifth seasons were filmed in Ireland so a lot of the cast are Irish actors trying to do British accents. Ruth Bradley (Emily) and Ruth Kearney (Jess) are Irish and hide their accents very well but you do get the occasional extra failing awfully and one episode (filmed in Wicklow) had a man with a passable accent but his mother had a thick Irish accent.
* The British comedy ''Series/AlloAllo'' is set in France, and it's presumed everyone speaks French there. The running gag on the show is that whichever accent one is using represents the language he or she is speaking. So Germans speak with German accents, French with French accents etc. When Michelle speaks English to the British airmen, it's presented as her accent changing from comedy-French to British RP. 'Now listen, chaps...' One of the supporting characters is Officer Crabtree, a British spy with a comically inept grasp of French, despite masquerading as a gendarme. His French is represented as Britsh RP with random, jarring vowel shifts, e.g.: "Good moaning. Outside your coffee was this bunch of diffodols and dosies. Pinned to them is a nit. Pardon me if I love you but I have my dirty to do."
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Kingdom}}'', northerner Lyle is complaining about the Household Cavalry regiments of the British Army being exclusive to the upper class. We hear another northern accent- it's one of his working-class school mates.
** More generally, ''Kingdom'' is one of the few series on television to get that there is a distinction between Norfolk and Somerset. Creator/StephenFry, who despite how he sounds grew up in Norfolk, probably insisted on it.
* ''Special 1 TV'' (formerly ''I'm On Setanta Sports'') used a variety of stock British accents. The Wayne Rooney puppet has a generic Scouse accent, caller "Alex in Manchester" (a.k.a. Sir Alex Ferguson) speaks with a generic Glaswegian accent, and caller "Dave in Newcastle" (a generic Newcastle United fan) speaks Geordie.
* The 2007 remake of ''Series/BionicWoman'' featured an episode in which actress Michelle Ryan, who in real life speaks with a rather posh RP accent, but who in the series adopted a midwest US accent, was allowed to revert to her natural accent for a few scenes in which Jaime Sommers had to impersonate a British woman. Needless to say, it was a pretty ham-fisted excuse for the lead actress to show off her natural accent.
* In ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', Amanda Tapping, who normally speaks with a Canadian/Ontario accent, adopts RP for the character of Dr. Helen Magnus. Tapping almost averts the trope owing to the fact she was actually born in Essex, but she's lived in Canada since she was three and is never heard using the accent in interviews.
* Then there's ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', where Paul [=McGillion=] (Scottish parents) plays Doctor Carson Beckett, whose family moved to Canada when Beckett was two.
* David Anders played English-sounding villains in ''Series/{{Alias}}'' and ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. He does the accents so well that it often surprises people that he is from Oregon and speaks with an American accent in real life.
* Philip Glenister, DCI Gene Hunt in the original UK version of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and its sequel ''AshesToAshes'', speaks with what is presumably intended to be a Mancunian accent, despite originating from considerably further south. His efforts to replicate an [[AmericanAccents American accent]] for a subsequent ITV drama, ''{{Demons}}'', however, were less successful...
** ''AshesToAshes'' has an interesting mix of BritishAccents. You have Glenister, Dean Andrews (Ray) and Marshall Lancaster (Chris) using Mancunian; Keeley Hawes (Alex) uses her RP, which works because Alex is fairly posh; Montserrat Lombard is from London and speaks RP in real life, but uses Estuary for Shaz; and Daniel Mays (Keats) uses Estuary as well.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' is a veritable smörgåsbord of BritishAccents, but by far the most famous is Malcolm Tucker's thick Glaswegian accent. In a nod to the real-life "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_mafia Scottish Raj]]" in the Labour government, Olly remarks about how ''everyone'' in the Number 10 press office seems to be from Scotland (the most notable example being Jamie, Malcolm's assistant in the specials).
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', the noted science fiction series of the early 2000s, was produced in Australia and, except for American lead actor Ben Browder and the occasional guest star, its cast was made up primarily of Australian actors. While most actors retained their Australian accents, notable exceptions were those playing "Peacekeepers" or "Sebaceans" who often (but not always) adopted some form of "British" accent, in particular the recurring villain Scorpius, played to the hilt in EvilBrit mode. On several occasions Browder's American character impersonates Peacekeepers and also has his consciousness taken over by Scorpius; in both cases, he adopts a mild RP accent (which makes him sound rather bored with what's going on around him).
* Something of a RealLife example--Mark Ballas of DancingWithTheStars is the British-born son of Corky Ballas (American, lived in the UK for years) and Shirley Ballas (British) who lives in the U.S. Most of the time in the rehersal footage and interviews, he sounds more or less American, but sometimes he slips into a very odd, possibly Estuary British. Whether it's an affectation or he just switches isn't really clear.
* Another RealLife example: Creator/JohnBarrowman of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' fame has a US accent but was born and raised in Scotland. In a documentary he was shown visiting his parents, whom he speaks to in his original Scottish accent.
** Barrowman made an effort to learn an American accent when his family relocated to America as a child because he was being bullied. He and his sister are what they refer to as "bi-dialectical" and can switch between their American and Scottish accents at will.
* PobolYCwm, a Welsh-language [[SoapOpera opera sebon]] full of accents from all over Wales, and even the occasional ''Sais'' wandering in from England and looking around in terror.
* Series/SaturdayNightLive: [[http://donyougorouninrountorero.com Don' You Go Rounin' Roun to Re Ro']] is a can't-miss British film, if you like movies you cannot understand.
* Creator/TheBBC's 1983 adaptation of RobertWestall's ''Literature/TheMachineGunners'' provides a sound grounding in Geordie accents and pronunciation. Notable in that virtually everyone in the serial, children and adults alike, speaks with a Geordie accent. Only a few of the Grammar school teachers have RP ones.
* Daphne Moon from ''Frasier'' speaks with a Mancunian accent, despite the fact that Jane Leeves was born in Essex and raised in Sussex. For some inexplicable reason, most of her family appearing on the show do not have Mancunian accents. Her brother Simon, for instance, speaks with a broad cockney accent.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK''. Set in London, featuring accents from every part of the city and the UK and all the socioeconomic classes therein.
* Apparently, real Brit Claire Forliani used an accent on ''{{CSI NY}}'' that was awful even to other real Brits.
* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' Christopher Lambert used a generalized Scottish accent in the original film, but Lambert's natural French accent made it a bit odd sounding. Duncan in the series used a somewhat Scottish accent for flashbacks but the modern scenes weren't too far from Adrian Paul's normal British accent.
* ''Series/{{Bramwell}}'' features the posh accents of the upper-class Bramwells and those in their social circle, the cockney accents of the patients and staff at the East End clinic (as well as the servants of the upper-class set), and Irishman Dr. Marsham.
* On ''{{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.
* TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir: Butler Geoffrey has a very posh British accent (his portrayer was born in St. Lucia, but moved to England when he was 9), presumably gleaned from years of working for the upper-class and pinpoints ''exactly'' where his British date grew up, to the point where he only misguesses that she lived on the second floor of the building rather than the third within minutes of hearing her equally elegant, yet not as refined dialect.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has its characters use appropriate accents for their location - and station. Sean Bean and the Stark clan use appropriately Grim Northern accents The Baratheons tend more Midlands. Those from the South generally use RP, 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 Jersey boy from Morristown--although that accent slips in once in a while).
* ''Series/MadMen'': Lane Pryce apparently went to public school (although probably not a good one, since he appreciates that in New York, "nobody asks where you went to school") and speaks RP; so does his wife. In a sea of fairly neutral American accents,[[note]]Sometimes intentionally so; we know that at the very least Paul Kinsey is suppressing a serious {{Joisey}} accent, and given her totally Brooklyn family--all that squawking by her mother and sister about "[[UsefulNotes/ThePope the Howly Fahthuh]]!"--Peggy's newscasterese ''has'' to be practiced[[/note]] Lane stands out.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' is another smörgåsbord of British accents:
** The Crawleys are all very thoroughly RP. This is thoroughly expected, since they are an earl, a countess, their daughters, his mother, and their cousins who are upper-middle-class educated professionals.
** The servants range widely:
*** The most common accent is Yorkshire, with Alfred and William's father being particularly bucolic.
*** Mrs Hughes is from Argyll and has a recognizable West Scots accent.
*** Miss Shore has Creator/SharonSmall's full Glaswegian accent.
*** Branson, of course, has a fully Irish accent (which was very technically a "British" accent at the beginning of the series in 1912).
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[[folder:Music]]

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 ''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", and "Polythene Pam", to name a few. An equally jokey London accent is used at the start of "Two of Us".
** George Harrison had a particularly thick Scouse accent and never tried to hide it, either with the Beatles or in his solo work.
* Music/NickDrake's upper-class English accent is audible in his singing, and his relaxed delivery is a big part of the exotic feel of his songs.
* John Cale, formerly of the Music/VelvetUnderground, sings in his native Welsh accent. The accent is on clearest display in "The Gift" (on ''White Light/White Heat''), where Cale is actually just reading a story written by Music/LouReed over the music. People unfamiliar with Welsh accents listening to the "song"(if that is what you call it...) for the first time often ask what an Indian dude is doing on a Velvets album. The better-educated tend to have to explain that it's John Cale, and that he's from Wales....
* ArcticMonkeys are from Sheffield (well, near Sheffield), and don't let anyone forget it.
* Lena Meyer-Landrut, the German winner of the EurovisionSongContest 2010, sings with a Cockney accent. She blames her English teacher.
* Madchester bands like TheStoneRoses, HappyMondays, TheCharlatans and the like.
* 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. This Barnsleyite has noticed this, even though she is from Harrogate, a rather posh end of the town.
* Both Murdoc and 2D of Music/{{Gorillaz}} speak with cockney-ish accents, with 2D's being the stronger of the two.
** For that matter Damon Albarn's singing voice (especially on their early work) is far more cockney sounding in his singing voice than it is in real life.
* [[{{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.''
* Sophie Ellis-Bextor keeps her strong London accent when singing.
* Peter Hammill of VanDerGraafGenerator sings for the most part with a strict RP delivery. Notable exceptions are his Afrikaner accent on "A Motor-bike in Afrika" and his Cockney accent on "Polaroid".
* The Proclaimers 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.
* KateNash doesn't attempt to disguise her accent, which has an interesting effect on her cover of the aformentioned ArcticMonkeys' "Fluorescent Adolescent."
** For this matter, Lily Allen sounds exactly like a typical North Londoner right down to the way she enunciates her lyrics.
** and The Twang do this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwmbkb_ZYgE incredibly well]] as well. the're brummies
* Maxïmo Park's Paul Smith has a very clear North-East England[[note]] Don't confuse Newcastle and Middlesborough, they don't take it well[[/note]] accent he sings with.
* Terrorvision are from Bradford, but for their first album Tony Wright tried to suppress his accent and adopt a fairly neutral transatlantic accent. From the second album onwards he started using more of his [[http://youtu.be/7Kf9k9uEkYc natural Yorkshire drawl]].
* Joe Strummer was very well spoken in real life but sang with a cockney accent.
* Many Americans were surprised when {{Adele}} accepted her multiple awards at the 2012 Grammys and she spoke in a Cockney accent. As one person on Twitter commented: "Singing voice of an angel, speaking voice of a chimney sweep."
* Jon Anderson of {{Music/Yes}} also has an ethereal, angelic singing voice but a very rural Lancashire accent in his speaking voice.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Orks of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' use a very mangled version of Cockney. Then again, they're pretty much [[RecycledINSPACE warmongering suicidal pub-crawling football hooligan looters]] [-[[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE.]]-]
** When attacking the Ork base in ''DawnOfWar: Dark Crusade'', one of the massed Orkish voices is quite clearly shouting "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!" in RP.
** Oddly enough, the Eldar seem to have extremely mangled accents from ''Barrow''.
** The Eldar troops seem mostly to speak with received pronunciation, except for the Warlock in the Soulstorm Eldar stronghold cutscenes who for some reason has a distinctly northern accent.
** Blood Ravens seem to speak in a geographically neutral form of RP, sometimes with hints of various British regional dialects. Space Wolves are usually (and oddly, given that they are based on ''Vikings'') rendered as "Och aye the noo" Scotsmen, and the ''Ultramarines'' movie seems to suggest that Ultramar is actually located in a service station in the Watford Gap.
* Many of the non-human races in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' were deliberately styled with different English accents to evoke their attitude and outlook on life to British players. Dwarfs, as rugged, pragmatic, no-nonsense mining folk, are naturally voiced as Northerners (mostly Yorkshiremen, who are stereotypically just like that), while the elegant, refined, effete and cultured High Elves tend towards the snobby end of Home Counties RP. Dark Elves get the same accents, but delivered with much more vaudevillian villain flair. Orcs and Goblins tend to speak in a grunting, exaggerated form of Cockney or Estuarine dialect - one of their major inspirations being the infamous supporters of Milwall Football Club in the 1970s! Wood Elves, meanwhile, sound similar to High Elves, but with much more of a Welsh or Irish lilt to their voices to get across the ancient Celtic elements of their culture. The humans in Warhammer get stereotypical European accents based on their place of origin - The Empire, being a fantasy counterpart to the Holy Roman Empire, is filled with people speaking with German accents, while Bretonnians are comedy Frenchmen, Kislevites are Russians, the Vampire Counts of Sylvania get the classic Dracula voice, and the viking-inspired marauders of Norsca speak like Scandinavians.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* 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.
* AVeryPotterMusical has Draco as a FakeBrit (obviously fake), and its sequel adds his father Lucius (less obviously fake, but it's not great) and Seamus Finnegan, who, despite being Irish in the books and films, gets a (very very poor) cockney accent.
* * The [=INLA=] members from ''TheLieutenantOfInishmore'' are supposed to have Northern Irish accents (the script doesn't specify sub-variety), to contrast with the rest of the cast's distinctly too-ra-loo West Coast Irish accents. Of course, it depends on the casting director and director how clearly this comes across.
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[[folder:TV Tropes]]
* This trope falls victim to itself, as many non-Brits [[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]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Recent iterations of popular fighting games such as ''StreetFighter'', ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' and the 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 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 [[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.
* Male Voice 1 for the Boss in ''SaintsRow2'' has a Mockney accent that wavers between authetic (the VA is British) and perplexingly loose. Many of the Britishisms are correctly used, but oddly takes the American 'ass' over the British 'arse'.
* ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' features a wide variety of different British accents. Makes sense, because the developers of this specific game were British, but notable because it contrasts with the other games in the series, which were developed in Japan and in dubbed into English in the US.
* ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' has...well, Layton. Layton speaks RP English and his sidekick, Luke, speaks with a Cockney accent. Interestingly, Luke has a different voice actor in the US version of the game to the UK version. This is because the original American voice actor voiced Luke with a butchered approximation of what 'an English accent' sounds like. As such, you can pick out a smattering of cockney, estuary, RP, and... what can only be described as... Australian? Whatever it is, it went down so badly with English test audiences, the character was re-dubbed, this time with using an English voice actor, who played Luke as a straight-up cockney. Interestingly enough, if you visit a forum in which this is discussed, the majority of American fans say they prefer the original, butchered accent.
* '''''DOSH!''''' Just take a look at the ''VideoGame/KillingFloor'' article.
* A few are dotted inexplicably around ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Especially notable is one, and only one, of the Great Khans, whose father is an NCR citizen and has no accent.
* Seeing as Ferelden is a FantasyCounterpartCulture to pre-Norman England, a lot of characters in ''Franchise/DragonAge'' have some sort of British accent (notable exceptions include dwarves and Dalish in the first game). The second game continues this trend, despite the fact that the primary setting is no longer Ferelden, and actually increases the Britishness with the addition of Welsh and Irish accents to the Dalish.
* Yangus from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' talks exactly like the introductory sentence of this page, with "guv" being used whenever he calls TheHero.
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' was dubbed in Britain rather than America, and all the characters display British accents as a result. Notably, most of them speak with working-class accents (especially Reyn), whereas the standard 'received pronunciation' does not appear to exist. [[spoiler:The first speaking Mechon you meet]] speaks in ''very'' distinct Cockney, which [[{{Narm}} may make it somewhat difficult to be menaced by him.]]
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' and ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' are notable in that they are voiced by British actors, even in their native Japan.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' has the titular witch and her [[TheRival rival]], Jeanne, who are both European, and so are voiced with British RP accents by Hellena Taylor and Music/GreyDeLisle.
* Franchise/TombRaider:
** ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'':
*** [[TheCaptain Conrad Roth]] from has a [[OopNorth Northern accent]], and hails from Sheffield/South Yorkshire. Lara once calls him a "Northern bastard" when trying to wake him up from a DisneyDeath.
*** Lara herself has an [[UsefulNotes/HomeCounties Estuary]] accent, the native one of her actress, who comes from Berkshire.
*** [[FatherNeptune Grim]] comes from Glasgow, and has the customary accent.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'''s "Lara Kroft-Macaroni-And-Cheese" Arc, the titular character character speaks in a Cockney accent. The ''Franchise/TombRaider'' character who is being spoofed speaks in RP.
* ''TurnSignalsOnALandRaider'' has Corporal Cavendish, a on-and-off character who appears when models have to be proxied due to breakage...[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* At the [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the WhateleyUniverse, there are a number of students from the U.K. Several are busy faking a Received Pronunciation or Home Counties accent, with occasional slippage when they're surprised. Some, like Stunner (from Liverpool) don't fake their accents. Few of the Americans know the diff.
* [[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).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbvZeOnHI_w This]] hilarious LetsPlay of VideoGame/SuperMario64. "I can't believe someone this English exists."[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Wakko Warner in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' speaks with a Liverpool-ish accent, despite the fact that his siblings ''don't''. He was [[WordOfGod intended]] to sound like Ringo Starr.
** Pinky's seems to be an Estuary/Cockney effort.
* [[EvilTwin Anti-Cosmo]] on ''TheFairlyOddparents'' talks with a British accent, simply to make him sound more intellegent than his fairy counterpart.
* The Lobe from ''{{Freakazoid}}'', amazingly with a non-standard accent for a US show.
** That's because he's voiced by the very english David Warner.
* Pip from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' speaks with a deliberately muddled cross between Cockney and RP. British guest characters usually use one or the other as well.
* Several Autobots from WesternAnimation/TheTransformers have "British" accents: Hoist, Grapple, Red Alert, and Perceptor. The minor villain character [[EvilBrit Lord Chumleigh]] in the episode ''Prime Target'' spoke with what seemed to be a PS accent.
* Considering the fact the [[ThomastheTankEngine the 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, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnThetin the Scottish twins,]] Murdoch, and Duncan were given Scottish accents) as well.
* The Victorian Era flashback in ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAChristmasCarol'' of course gives everyone British accents. The Ghost of Christmas Past even gets a Cockney accent.
* Various [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]] inexplicably lend a British voice to their villains, adhering to the EvilBrit trope, even if none of the other characters are British. [[Disney/PeterPan Captain Hook]], [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]], [[Disney/{{Pocahontas}} Governor Ratcliffe]] [[note]]He and John Smith are both supposed to be Englishmen, and yet John Smith sounds more like an Australian.[[/note]], [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Judge Frollo]]..[[/folder]]

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