What makes a gorgeous actor from your favorite TV show even more gorgeous? A foreign accent. We’d like to thank the academy for giving these actors visas! It can’t be easy to completely change the way you sound when you speak. The “True Blood” cast is full of multinational actors. Before filming, some say they avoid speaking to friends and family from home so they don’t accidentally start speaking in their native accent again. Others visit different parts of the U.S. to study different dialects for roles that require them to speak in accents other than their own. Sometimes they’re so good at what they do in front of the camera, you don’t even know they have accents in real life. Here are 10 actors you didn’t know had accents.
He’s well known as Rick from “The Walking Dead” but if you look back, he was a lovesick British man in “Love Actually,” and in that movie he speaks with his natural British accent. Lincoln says that filming “The Walking Dead” in Georgia helps him pick up the right accent.
The actor who has appeared in “The Walking Dead,” “Jericho,” and who will be in the upcoming AMC drama, “Low Winter Sun” is British in real life. Lennie James admits that putting on an American accent doesn’t come as easy to him as it might to other foreign actors.
Moyer doesn’t only cover up his British accent on “True Blood” with an American one, but with a deep Southern drawl at that! Moyer visited several parts of the U.S. to learn his American accent.
The actress from “Without a Trace” was born to Antiguan and St. Lucian parents, and raised in London, so she has a British accent with African traces.
The “Arrested Development” star and Ellen Degeneres’ wife is from Australia, but we only hear traces of her accent today.
Oyelowo was born in Britain, but you wouldn’t know it when he plays Louis Gaines in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.” Oyelowo says some producers and agents are still surprised when they realize he has an accent.
The man who makes our hearts melt on “The Mentalist” just got even hotter: he has an Australian accent in real life! So that’s what a Tasmanian devil looks like.
As if the doctor from “House” isn’t intimidating and smart sounding enough, imagine him with his true British accent.
The smoldering and hunky Idris Elba, otherwise known as Stringer on “The Wire,” has a British accent in real life. However, Elba has been accused of faking the British accent!
Along with boyish good looks and great acting chops on “Nashville,” Sam Palladio has an adorable British accent.