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Northern Irish accent is 'sexiest in the UK'

By Maureen Coleman

Published 23/10/2008

James Nesbitt and Christine Bleakley’s Northern Irish twangs are among the UK’s best loved accents, according to a new poll.

James, who comes from Coleraine, came out third in the survey of top male celebrity accents, while Christine’s Belfast brogue earned her fifth place among the females.

And the poll also found that the Northern Irish accent is deemed the sexiest in the UK.

Overall, the most loved was the Geordie lilt, with Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole and television hosts Ant and Dec topping the poll.

Other regional accents that proved popular were Cat Deeley’s Brummie, Edith Bowman’s Scottish and Tess Daly’s Lancastrian, as well as Peter Kay’s Lancastrian, Vernon Kay’s Lancastrian and Justin Lee Collins’ Bristolian.

The nation’s worst well-known whines, meanwhile, belonged to Amy Winehouse and David Beckham’s with their Cockney twangs.

Other accents loathed in the list were Colleen Rooney’s (Scouse), Gordon Brown’s (Scottish), Lily Allen’s (Cockney) and Charlotte Church’s (Welsh).

As well as finding that the Northern Irish accent was the sexiest, the survey, conducted by Travelodge, also showed that the most trustworthy is the Yorkshire acent while Brummies have the most boring brogue.

And the survey found that Britons had a better grasp of foreign languages than their own regional expressions.

In the poll of 3,000 people more were able to explain the meaning of wiener (German for sausage) and piazza (Spanish for square) than the Liverpudlian word “scran” meaning food and the Cornish expression “oggies”, meaning pies.

Greg Dawson, a spokesman for Travelodge, said: “Regional accents — whether you love them or hate them — are as diverse as ever in Britian, but it seems we have something of a national communication problem on our hands, as many Brits simply don’t understand some of the UK’s most loved regional dialects.”

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