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Which British Actors Have the Best American Accents on TV?

Acording to a poll conducted by RadioTimes, (a kind of UK TV Guide) Hugh Laurie of House is the Brit who does the best American accent on TV. In second place is Anna Friel from Pushing Daisies, followed by Michelle Ryan of the ill-fated Bionic Woman. Damian Lewis takes the fourth spot for his work on Band of Brothers, and the stars of The Riches, Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard are at the fifth and sixth spots, respectively.

Who do you think does the best American accents on TV? And who does the worst? For the full list of the top 20 best American accents on TV according to the RadioTimes poll,


  1. Hugh Laurie (House)
  2. Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies)
  3. Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman)
  4. Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers)
  5. Minnie Driver (The Riches)
  6. Eddie Izzard (The Riches)
  7. Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck)
  8. Ian McShane (Deadwood)
  9. Louise Lombard (CSI)
  10. Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace)
  11. Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
  12. Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica)
  13. Matthew Rhys (Brothers and Sisters)
  14. Dominic West (The Wire)
  15. Lennie James (Jericho)
  16. Sean Maguire (The Class)
  17. Idris Elba (The Wire)
  18. Sophia Myles (Moonlight)
  19. Other
  20. Kevin McKidd (Journeyman)

House photo courtesy of Fox
Pushing Daisies photo copyright 2008 ABC, Inc.

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