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Sunday 20 April 2014

Clooney cowed by English accents

George Clooney took home the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film (AP)

George Clooney has revealed he finds actors with English accents very intimidating.

The Ocean's Eleven heartthrob was surrounded by Brits as he was honoured by Bafta Los Angeles at the Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, where he took home the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

Speaking on the red carpet, the former star of medical drama ER said: "Americans are very intimidated by the English accent in general, particularly if you are an actor you are just better, and I remember the second or third year of ER and (English actress) Alex Kingston came on the show.

"The first day we were in an emergency room scene and we are all looking at her like, 'She is very good, I mean she is really good'."

"It's the English language and the English accent that we are all very intimidated by," he added.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was presented with the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year and said it felt "amazing".

Asked about his contribution to advancing the entertainment arts he said: "Thanks very much for saying I'm doing that, I will just keep on doing what I'm doing but I'm really enjoying it."

Luther actor Idris Elba and Borat comedian Sacha Baron Cohen were also honoured at the star-studded ceremony and Sacha was floored to take home an award named after Charlie Chaplin.

"I feel pretty honoured I have even got this far, I thought I would last three months, there is no real plan, I just do what makes me laugh," he said.

The awards show also toasted Sir Ben Kingsley, who took home the Albert R Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow, who was presented with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing.

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