As North Americans, falling into lusty bits of torment when faced with an accent is so prevalent that it's almost a right of passage -- especially for the ladies. There's always that person who seems just alright until he opens his lips to speak, and suddenly, he becomes all sorts of sexy. This is especially true of those sexy Brit accents.

You might remember the exchange in Love Actually -- Colin: American girls would seriously dig me with my cute British accent. Tony: You don't have a cute British accent. Colin: Yes, I do! I'm going to America. Tony: Colin, you're a lonely, ugly arsehole. You must accept it. Colin: Never. I am Colin, god of sex. I'm just on the wrong continent, that's all.

While accents may affect our levels of attraction, what about actors' abilities? Stephen Fry, British comedian, novelist, actor and Everyman, wonders if we're fooled by the accents into overestimating the actual talent of those accented actors we love so much. In an article in The Guardian, Fry stated: "I shouldn't be saying this, high treason really, but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren't fooled by our accent into detecting a brilliance that may not really be there." He went on to say: "Would they notice if Jeremy Irons or Judi Dench gave a bad performance?"

Bringing up Dame Dench might be a stretch, but could he be right? Do the masses love Hugh Laurie and all the rest of the current big-name Brits because they are great actors, or because we tingle when we hear them speak?
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