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.
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 Gwyneth was eleven...
“ American succeeding at English, in Sliding Doors. ” - rowenna2000
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. ” - rowenna2000
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 countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ 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. ” - rowenna2000
“ American playing English, in Pride & Prejudice.
I'm English, and I didn't think for a second that she wasn't as well! ” - rowenna2000
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. ” - rowenna2000
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. Renée has a brother named Drew Zellweger...
“ American succeeding at English, in Bridget Jones' Diary.
Although she sounded very posh (character thing maybe). ” - rowenna2000
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 clinical psychologist...
“ Australian attempting English, in The Others.
Posh English, anyway. ” - rowenna2000
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 and was a hairdresser...
“ 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! ” - rowenna2000
Guy Edward Pearce was born 5 October, 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, UK to Anne (Pickering) 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, after his father was offered the position of Chief test pilot for the Australian Government...
“ English-born Australian playing American.
I only found out he was English whilst compiling this list. ” - rowenna2000
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. ” - rowenna2000