West Country Voice OverVoiceovers...with a Wescountry accent!
Warm, disarming and friendly.
Not so long ago, you’d rarely hear a West Country voice over on a TV ad.
But with the changes in the voice over industry and society in general, regional accents in the voice over world are more commonplace.
My normal voice is fairly neutral with a subtle, authentic Devonshire (Plymouth) lilt.
The Devonshire accent has rather an interesting history. It’s derived from the West Saxon dialect, which later developed into what is known as Old English, which was spoken broadly across the UK. As immigration into larger cities grew, this led to their dialects evolving. Meanwhile, in the more geographically isolated West Country, the lack of immigration meant the Old English accent changed less radically.
So if you want to know how a Shakespeare play would be performed back in the day, the modern West Country accent provides a good starting point! In more recent times, the West Country accent is most well known as the basis for international pirate talk!
If you’re still searching for a reason to cast a West Country voice over, may I hasten to remind you that the Plymouth accent was voted the 30th sexiest accent by Lovin’ Manchester (though surprisingly, Manchester came first in this completely unbiased survey).
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