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To think Mr Bloom is just too northern?

(41 Posts)
Rattner Tue 08-Dec-15 13:33:12

He sounds like no one I've ever heard and more like a caricature of a northerner! Honestly it winds me up whenever I see him. Sorry.

ApocalypseNowt Tue 08-Dec-15 13:34:18

He isn't a northerner. That's why!

ApocalypseNowt Tue 08-Dec-15 13:34:51

Also, no need to apologise. He does my nut in too.

BessieBlount Tue 08-Dec-15 13:36:30

He sounds just like a large percentage of men from Greater Manchester. He is perfectly well spoken and clear and I've never had any trouble understanding him. Regional accents are one of the joys of being British IMO.
Oh and I'm a Southerner btw.

Rattner Tue 08-Dec-15 13:37:05

Is he not? Ah I didn't realise - I assumed he was just hamming up his accent or something grin

GoofyIsACow Tue 08-Dec-15 13:37:50

It's a fake yorkshire accent but they do talk like that!

BessieBlount Tue 08-Dec-15 13:38:00

That should say GM across the Pennines towards West Yorkshire.

sleepyhead Tue 08-Dec-15 13:38:29

Yes, but Bessie so is the actor who plays Mr Bloom hmm. He's from Cornwall.

And it all sounds the Manc equivalent to "see you Jimmie" to my ears, which grates.

Pootles2010 Tue 08-Dec-15 13:39:28

It is a fake lancashire accent, I can assure you Yorkshire folk do NOT talk like that angry

sleepyhead Tue 08-Dec-15 13:39:56

Actually, the accent would be ok if it wasn't for the whole thigh slapping, thumbs in braces persona.

BessieBlount Tue 08-Dec-15 13:40:07

Is that really not his accent? I take it all back. I met him out of character at the BBC in Salford and that was his he spoke. He didn't use the word tiddler though <boak> But he definitely spoke with the same accent.

BessieBlount Tue 08-Dec-15 13:41:44

I don't think it's a Yorkshire accent. More Oldham/Rochdale way to my ears. But clearly not. Why would he continue to speak that way when not being 'Mr Bloom'? Bizarre.

sleepyhead Tue 08-Dec-15 13:42:12

He went to theatre school in Leeds so presumably got his inspiration there.

museumum Tue 08-Dec-15 13:44:01

He doesn't sound northern to me he sounds like he's from the SW!!

museumum Tue 08-Dec-15 13:49:20

Aha! Wikipedia tells me he's from Cornwall educated in Leeds. That is pretty much exactly how he sounds!!

stairbears Tue 08-Dec-15 13:53:13

Interview with Ben Faulks:

cjt110 Tue 08-Dec-15 14:02:52

I actually googled him recently as he sounded far too northern. He is actually from Truro IRL but studied at Leeds uni.

And yes, living not far from Leeds myself, no-one in Yorkshire sounds like him.

AnonymousBird Tue 08-Dec-15 14:11:11

I don't even know who this is so am off to look him up....

gleam Tue 08-Dec-15 14:17:36

What accent is he supposed to have on that Youtube clip. Sounds pretty accentless to me! confused

Headofthehive55 Tue 08-Dec-15 14:24:00

Yes he sounds quite normal to me! Wakefield / Barnsley.

Nabootique Tue 08-Dec-15 14:29:39

I will not hear a word said against the dreamy Mr. Bloom, whether slapping his thighs and faking an accent or not! <huffs>

Pastamancer Tue 08-Dec-15 14:29:49

Can't hear any accent in that interview but it was very quiet and not very clear. Truro doesn't tend to be a particularly broad accent, that's more of a Mid Cornwall/West Cornwall trait although us Southern Cornish do occasionally break out into an accent Jethro would be proud of :D

Gruntfuttock Tue 08-Dec-15 14:34:38

"I don't even know who this is so am off to look him up...."

I'm glad I'm not the only one.

TheHouseOnTheLane Tue 08-Dec-15 14:55:05

He sounds Northern to me. He's not broad...but he is definitely Northern.

Fizrim Tue 08-Dec-15 14:58:00

I've heard him on breakfast TV and that is not his usual voice - just one he uses for that character. He's not northern.

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