These are some of the speaking voices in English I like the most, and that I regard as ‘models’ of good pronunciation, stress, enunciation…At some points in life, when I have had to do public speaking, I have reminded myself of some of them, thinking, for example: ‘you should show the same poise as Audrey Hepburn when you’re speaking’.
To my mind, their voices are a delight to listen to and might prove a model to imitate when speaking English.
Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4)
Sherlock (BBC 2010-2017)
The Imitation Game (2014):
Brideshead Revisited (Granada TV 1981)
Much Ado About Nothing (1992)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002):
This Cultural Life, BBC Radio 4 (interview-extract)
The Others (2001)
You can notice Nicole Kidman’s ability to change accent effortlessly in the first minute of this conversation with Hugh Grant to promote the TV show The Undoing (2020):
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Notting Hill (1999)
‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’ (1987-1995)
Michael Sheen: Welsh actor who, in spite of his classical training, seems to have specialised in portraying real-life characters.
The Queen (2006)
David Tennant: Scottish actor David Tennant makes frequent appearances on British TV. He usually keeps his Scottish accent, but sometimes he puts on a more neutral accent.
Inside Man (2022):
Ten Percent (2022)