12 Fake Celebrity Accents: The Good, the Bad, and the Terrible

Singer, songwriter, and virtually beloved by the whole world, Paul McCartney switched accents with Jimmy Fallon on last night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. We found out that while there is nothing Sir McCartney can’t do musically, he just doesn’t have an ear for accents.

Jimmy and Paul bumped into each other and “switched accents.” Paul’s American accent is terrible!

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Paul is not the first celebrity to try out an accent. David Tennant will join the cast of the American version of the UK’s critically-acclaimed Broadchurch with an American accent next year. Many celebrities have attempted a fake accent for film and television. Some have succeeded and some have failed miserably, Gov-nuh.

Take a look!

  • The Best and Worst Celebrity Accents 1 of 13
  • Gwyneth Paltrow 2 of 13

    Gwyneth Paltrow has a passable English accent and has used it on-screen in Emma and Sliding Doors. Living in the U.K. has probably helped her perfect it. One can imagine her lapsing into it at will when ordering the nanny to dry brush the children.

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  • Tatiana Maslaney 3 of 13

    Tatiana Maslaney, the break-out star from Orphan Black, is killing it with her accents. On the show she plays 5+ clones who all have different accents, mannerisms, and cadences. She pulls if off effortlessly.

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  • Elizabeth McGovern 4 of 13

    Oh, Lady Cora—No. That's not how Americans talk, even if they have lived at Downton Abbey for half their lives and had unfortunate spill on a slippery bar of soap. You're actually an American. You must stop it.

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  • Kevin Costner 5 of 13

    Kevin Costner played Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991 and it's not clear whether he failed miserably at an English accent or didn't even try to speak with an English accent. Either way, it wasn't easy on the ears.

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  • Gillian Anderson 6 of 13

    Gillian Anderson has a lovely British accent and put it to good use as Mrs. Havisham in the British mini-series Great Expectations.

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  • Keanu Reeves 7 of 13

    No one knows what kind of accent Keanu Reeves was attempting in Bram Stoker's Dracula. All we know is this: It's not good.

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  • Renee Zellweger 8 of 13

    Renee Zellweger is actually from Texas, which makes her awful southern accent in Cold Mountain unfathomable. Ever the equal opportunist, her British accent stinks too.

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  • Ewan McGregor 9 of 13

    He's so talented and darling but, sadly, his American accent in Black Hawk Down was just no good.

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  • Daniel Day-Lewis 10 of 13

    Daniel Day-Lewis does impeccable accents and he should probably give lessons to Paul McCartney, if Paul McCartney cared at all. London-born Day-Lewis handles Irish, British, or American with ease.

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  • Dick Van Dyke 11 of 13

    Dick Van Dyke is a national treasure. But, let's be honest, his "Cockney" accent as Burt in Mary Poppins was a travesty.

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  • Andrew Garfield 12 of 13

    Surprise! Andrew Garfield is neither Brazilian (like his character in The Social Networknor American (like Spider Man). He's American-born but was raised in London by his British mom and American dad. No wonder he's so good with accents.

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  • Hugh Laurie 13 of 13

    Oxford-born Hugh Laurie used an American accent on House M.D. for 8 seasons, and viewers were none the wiser. Well done, Hugh.

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