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."
Keep expecting Chris to say “situation”. #ComeHome— David (@davadsteel) March 27, 2018
#ComeHome OMG Christopher Eccleston has a Scottish accent. I wasn’t expecting that!— Lindsay Complin (@lindsaycomplin) March 27, 2018
Anyone else just praying that the rest of this isn't as bad as the first 10 minutes? Is it even possible that the writing's worse than that accent? #ComeHome— Stan Ferguson (@Stan_Ferguson) March 27, 2018
#ComeHome That accent is terrible. There are plenty of fabulous NI actors.— Lisa McGlinchey (@lisa488) March 27, 2018
Couldn’t they get a Northern Irish actor to play the main part in #ComeHome ?— Emma Lingard-Coleman (@rosereiki) March 27, 2018
Well sorry but these dodgy Irish accents are a turn off so that's what I have done #ComeHome— Johnboy710 (@Johnboy710) March 27, 2018
#ComeHome Northern Ireland accents baffle Northern Ireland viewers!— Tim McKane (@timmckane) March 28, 2018