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From calling dresses “jumpers” to putting “u’s” in words unnecessarily, Brits do the darndest things. But when they take on American accents… well we just have to weigh in. Here, six Limeys (and Aussies) who get it right--and three who don’t.


Nailed it: Hugh Laurie, “House”

There’s a reason this Scottish born actor has been nominated for a gazillion Emmy’s. His brilliant and narcissistic Dr. Gregory House is totally believable. You’d never know he’s not actually from New Jersey.


Nailed It: Idris Elba, “The Wire” and “The Office”

Whether he’s playing cunning gangster or a humorless manager, Idris crushes the accent game. Plus, he’s smokin’ hot.


Nailed it: Rose Byrne, “Bridesmaids”

We could listen to her turn down Brazilian food all day long.


Nailed it: Daniel Day Lewis, Anything

DDL is Abraham Lincoln.


Nailed it: Toni Collette, “The United States of Tara”

It's not easy to master one American accent, let alone five--which this Aussie did in her acclaimed series about a woman with multiple personalities.

Rosamund Pike

Nailed it, sorta: Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

To be honest, we’re a little confused: was Rosamund affecting a prep school/Upper East Side thing, or was that her London lilt coming through? Either way, it didn’t interfere with our enjoyment as she tormented Ben Afleck for 149 minutes.


Meh: Nicole Kidman, Anything

Whenever she says “home” it sounds like “hy-oome.”


Yikes: Dominic West, “The Wire”

McNulty’s Yorkshire-by-way-of-Baltimore accent was the absolute worst thing about The Wire. And that includes Rhonda’s pantsuits.


Yikes: Anna Paquin, “True Blood”

Louisiana… New Zealand… whatever. Who can worry about a dialect coach when your abs are this good?

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