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Famous Bristolians and the Bristol Accent.

Posted by Professor Geoffrey Mountstevens on July 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I once posted a slightly shorter version of this on my Facebook page about Famous Bristolians' relationship with the accent:-

This is the result of my research into the extent to which famous Bristolians have a Bristol accent. 1) Extremely broad = Tricky (trip hop artist) 2) Broad = Ian Holloway (football manager) & Josie Gibson (TV's Big Brother winner) 3) Extremely noticeable = Gary Mabbutt (ex-Bristol Rovers, Spurs and England footballer), Justin Lee Collins & Steven Merchant (TV personalities) 4) Barely noticeable but detectable = Richard Scudamore (Chief Executive of the Premier League) 5) Non-existent = Sophie Anderton (model)-

I thought it would be interesting to display this research by adding some video evidence which includes all of the above famous Bristolians. So here goes.

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Extremely broad Bristol accent. Tricky, musician. Classic Knowle Wester. I loves it (and I actually prefer what I've heard of his music to that of Massive Attack's and Portishead's - it has more oomph!).

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Broad Bristol accent. Football manager Ian Holloway 'avin' an eppy about Wayne Rooney and agent. Becomes more Bristolian as he gets angrier. He's also a genuinely funny and passionate bloke.

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Broad Bristol accent. Big brother winner Josie Gibson. The wife of one of the Professor's best friends speaks just like her.

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Extremely noticeable Bristol accent. Gary Mabbutt, former Bristol Rovers, Spurs and England footballer. Gary's a diabetic and all round top bloke. The poor sod was once kidnapped by a group of Bristolians, which included the Professor, as a publicity stunt for a Christmas pantomime which had a Bristolian Dalai Lama among its characters. It was called Robinson Crusoe In Tibet.

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Extremely noticeable Bristol accent. Justin Lee Collins, TV personality. I know a lot of people don't like him but I think he has more talent than he's given credit for. Also, he gives the impression that he feels fortunate to have achieved what success he has achieved rather than let it go to his head. Something of a Bristolian trait I feel. (N.B. This was originally written before the court case in which JLC came off worse.)

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Extremely noticeable Bristol accent. Stephen Merchant, writer, actor and comedian. Has this lovely self-deprecating sense of humour, typical of a great many Bristolians.

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Barely noticeable but detectable Bristol accent. Richard Scudamore, Premier League Chief Executive. I've met so many people from Westbury-On-Trym who speak like this. I call this variety of the Bristol accent 'Poshstolian'.

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Non-existent Bristol accent. Bristolian model Sophie Anderton speaking RP or standard English. Sadly, not the slightest trace of her home town accent.

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