Why American Actors Suck At British Accents

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  • Published on:  Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Lots of British actors have really nailed their American accents, but Americans can't seem to imitate their peers across the pond. We spoke with Erik Singer, a dialect coach based in New York, to find out why British actors appear to be so much more skillful when it comes to accents and dialect on the big screen.The INSIDER team believes that life is an adventure! Subscribe to our channel and visit us at: https://thisisinsider.comINSIDER on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thisisinsider/INSIDER on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisisinsider/INSIDER on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisisinsiderINSIDER on Snapchat: https://insder.co/2KJLtVo


  • CozmicK G
    CozmicK G  a years ago +8554

    I'm British, but sometimes when I'm using voice chat in games people think I'm just an American doing a bad British accent. Apparently even I can't do a good British accent.

  • Z1000Jeff
    Z1000Jeff  4 months ago +2316

    I'm Scottish, so Siri never had any idea what I was on about until I developed my Californian accent.

  • Alvin
    Alvin  6 months ago +2574

    Well, Sir Savage the 21st nailed both american and british accents

  • Jay Belew
    Jay Belew  5 months ago +1999

    My default British accent: “ELLO GOVNA”

  • JHJ 23
    JHJ 23  4 months ago +1133

    Tbf I struggle to do a welsh accent and I’m welsh

  • normie twice removed
    normie twice removed  a years ago +5395

    I think it's partly because of the amount of American media we consume as British people. We are constantly surrounded by american movies and tv shows all our lives so its easier to imitate the accent.

  • Chris 389
    Chris 389  4 months ago +905

    Americans haven’t had to worry about sounding British since 1776 lol

  • Kate The Great
    Kate The Great  5 months ago +1027

    Tom Hardy and James McAvoy are accent chameleons

  • He He
    He He  3 months ago +560

    Not just British accents but they are EXTREMELY terrible at Australian accents! 😂🤦🏼‍♀️😬

  • Eddie Troy
    Eddie Troy  4 months ago +485

    Fun fact, that dude is like 6’7” lol... I got to work with him on an HBO pilot. Nice guy.

  • Gaybo
    Gaybo  9 months ago +3430

    He’s faking an American accent the whole time

  • Nelson Robert Willis
    Nelson Robert Willis  4 months ago +383

    That guy who plays Dr. House, Hugh Lorrie (sp?), does a flawless American accent. I used to think that he was an American actor just using his own accent. Same with Lucy Lawless.

  • davidmichael
    davidmichael  4 months ago +381

    I'm Scottish and on game chat this guy asked me if I'm from England and I was like....
    dude, uncool

  • Skylar Webb
    Skylar Webb  2 months ago +278

    I didn't even notice he switched his accent midway through. Iconic.

  • TheAquaticCat
    TheAquaticCat  4 months ago +473

    Imagine how happy his wife must be. Since he masters all accents, role playing must be real fun.

  • PastaSam
    PastaSam  a years ago +2914

    This dude just went from unarguably American to unarguably British in 0.2 seconds flat. Incredible, I'd love to be that talented at accents.

  • baylessnow
    baylessnow  4 months ago +282

    Peter Dinklage, aka Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones had me totally convinced that he was a fellow Brit. He comes from New Jersey!

  • rattyeely
    rattyeely  2 months ago +147

    The dialect coach talks in a vaugely American-ish accent for most of the video, but he could just be doing that for the video for all we know

  • Rhyan Shelby
    Rhyan Shelby  2 months ago +117

    Whenever I hear Hugh Laurie speaking with his normal accent it seems fake

  • Deo Gratias Anglia
    Deo Gratias Anglia  2 months ago +72

    Sean Astin playing Sam in the LOTR has to be the best American doing a British accent. It was regional and just sounded natural.
    I'm yet to see an American capable of doing a believable Yorkshire, Scouse or Geordie accent. If one exists I'd be very impressed.