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Juliet had the best English accent. I have no idea what Victorian Cockney would sound like, but Juliet's accent always convinced me Dru came from Victorian London and was lower middle/working class.
James was also very convincing, though there are one or two moments were the stress is in the wrong place, or the dialect slips. Still he was very good. I always thought David's Irish accent was really pretty bad and completely unconvincing, though it did improve slightly when he moved over to AtS
I think James, I didn't realise he wasn't British until I saw him in something else. My husband always says he gets his vowel sounds wrong on odd occasions, but I don't tend to notice that kind of thing. Juliet's accent was somewhat dramatic, but it isn't like that wasn't/isn't sometimes true of extreme examples of accents, so I still think she was good.
I actually find myself a rare exception with David's Irish accent in that I didn't mind it. I had an Irish aunt and her accent was strong and not dissimilar. But I am terrible at even noticing accents most of the time, like seriously oblivious, and my hubby tells me that despite the Irish aunt that invalidates my opinion on DB's accent and that I'm wrong and it was awful. *shrugs*
James' accent is pretty spot on, even though it fluctuates throughout the show. I actually prefer that accent to his natural American accent, but he sings with an American accent in OMWF. That's kind of the only flaw he has.
Juliet is good. David is terrible. He might as well be saying "to be sure, to be sure" on repeat.... He does improve slightly to be fair though.
I agree with what most have said..
As a Brit, I found James the most convincing.
Juliets was the most interesting with the crazy talk and sometimes odd pronunciation.
Davids Irish accent was awful & cliched.
I found Juliet's accent to be the best, though that may be because she had less scenes than Spike so there's less fluctuation in the accent. James did a really good job considering he had a lot more work to do but there was moments where it didn't convince me. But then I'm not English, so what do I know.
Not even worth mentioning David's accent... Poor fella.
James seemed to have the most believable accent to me, though I have heard some who are more familiar with a REAL British accent say that it wasn't so good. I don't think that there is much argument, however, that David's Irish accent was absolutely pathetic.
Most of the British people I've talked to say Alexis Denisof had the best accent of any non-Brit playing a Brit in the Buffyverse. James was pretty good if a little (deliberately) stereotyped... apparently ASH coached him. And Juliet's was pretty bad, but she was supposed to be kind of an over-the-top character. And David's attempt at an Irish accent was... well, an attempt.
My brother thought that James was English when we were kids, although personally I always knew and liked to call him Dick van Spike. I love the "Room of Pain" scene in The Girl in Question. When Spike is shackled up and says "That roit basturd!" To my British ears it sounds more Yorkshire than London. I think it was made clear that Spike changed his accent from middle class to rough working class intentionlly, but that isn't the subject of this discussion. James is pretty convincing.
James had by far the most convincing accent.
I never really likes Alexis trying to be English (Which is odd as he spent some time over here so had a chance to pick it up).
An American I used to work with (From Denver) said that he had never noticed how different we spoke until he came here & that he couldn't even begin to copy a west London accent. (I introduced him to a couple of people from Newcastle & that just blew his mind ) so I guess it's not easy for an American to do a convincing English accent.
Mine is all over the place & I've lived here for 50 years!
Anyhoo....James had the added advantage of working with Tony who coached him on his accent during the show......
The Irish accent is something else though....most Brits can't do it, so I feel sorry for an American having to try.....
James and Juliet are both fantastic. I guess I'll say James wins because he had to do it for way longer and it was always pretty spot on. David's accent sounded like a regular American drunk trying and failing to do an Irish accent.
Actually, a lot of British singers appear to lose their accents when they sing. This is due to the stretched out vowel sounds that music requires. When you stretch the vowel sounds, the scent sounds more American.