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Actor Christopher Eccleston homes in on Northern Ireland accent in BBC drama

The Northern Irish accent has often been butchered by even the best of actors - but Christopher Eccleston has little reason to be scundered.

The Manchester actor plays Northern Irish mechanic Greg, whose wife walks out on the family in new BBC drama Come Home, which started last night. Despite reservations over whether his accent would be dead on, reaction was largely positive on Twitter.

Belfast resident Shelley Marsden said it was "one of the most authentic accents I've heard from a non-Belfastian. Stellar actor".

Conor Stanage added: "Great to see a drama that doesn't revolve around The Troubles. I'll bet Eccleston gets a load of grief for his accent - which was actually very good."

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