Accent Success!

by rowenna2000 | last updated - 16 Jun 2014 | Public

To balance out my negative accent list, here are a few who got it right. You may disagree with those accents from countries I'm not familiar with, as in I've never lived there to find out what's real, and I'm sure you're right - but it goes on the list because it's good for me ;)

EDIT: Added Marsha Thomason.

1. Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress | Shakespeare in Love

A tall, wafer thin, delicate beauty, Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of noted producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Tony award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Her father was from a Jewish family, while her mother has German, and some English and Irish, ancestry. When ...

American succeeding at English, in Sliding Doors.

2. Daniel Gillies

Actor | The Originals

Like his fellow Winnipegger, Anna Paquin, Daniel was born in Winnipeg and moved to New Zealand at a young age. His parents were involved in the medical profession.

American playing (originally) a Viking with an English accent, as Elijah in The Vampire Diaries.

Great voice.

3. Christian Bale

Actor | The Dark Knight

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different ...

Welshman playing American, all over the shop!

When I heard he was Welsh, I assumed it was like how Americans say "I'm Irish" because their great-great-grandmother came across on a boat, but it's the real deal.

4. Jennifer Ehle

Actress | Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Ehle was born on December 29, 1969 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA as Jennifer Anne Ehle. She is an actress, known for Zero Dark Thirty (2012), A Quiet Passion (2016) and Little Men (2016). She has been married to Michael Scott Ryan since November 29, 2001. They have two children.

American playing English, in Pride & Prejudice. I'm English, and I didn't think for a second that she wasn't as well!

5. Marsha Thomason

Actress | White Collar

Marsha Thomason was born and raised in Manchester, England. Her love for acting began after watching the musical "Bugsy Malone". Soon after, aged 12, she joined Oldham Theatre Workshop, where she performed many diverse stage plays, including "Our Day Out" by Willy Russell and "Peace" by Aristophanes...

Englishwoman (Manc, no less!), playing an American in White Collar.

6. Renée Zellweger

Actress | Chicago

Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), is a Norwegian-born former nurse and midwife, of Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Swedish descent. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is a Swiss-born engineer. The two married in 1963. ...

American succeeding at English, in Bridget Jones' Diary. Although she sounded very posh (character thing maybe).

7. Nicole Kidman

Actress | Moulin Rouge!

Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas.

Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and ...

Australian attempting English, in The Others. Posh English, anyway.

8. Eric Bana

Actor | Munich

Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic on August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the younger of two brothers. His father, named Ivan Banadinovic, came from Zagreb, Croatia, and worked as a manager for Caterpillar Inc. His mother, named Eleanor Banadinovic, came from a German family ...

Australian playing American, in The Incredible Hulk. I only found out the other day that he wasn't actually American, I couldn't believe it when this Aussie accent came out!

9. Guy Pearce

Actor | Memento

Guy Edward Pearce was born 5 October, 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, UK to Margaret Anne and Stuart Graham Pearce. His father was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to English and Scottish parents, while Guy's mother is English. Pearce and his family initially traveled to Australia for two years, ...

English-born Australian playing American. I only found out he was English whilst compiling this list.

10. Naveen Andrews

Actor | Planet Terror

Born Naveen William Sidney Andrews in London on January 17, 1969. His parents were both Indian immigrants from Kerala, India. In high school, he auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Two of his classmates were Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis ....

Englishman playing Iraqi, in Lost. Okay, I'll be honest, I am no expert on the Iraqi accent so it could be terrible! But he gets on the list as it was realistic to me.