Anthony Head reveals his house is HAUNTED by 'little girl'
James Marsters’ English accent was so good as bad boy vampire Spike in the much-loved TV show Buffy The Vampire Slayer that fans were shocked to learn that he is actually American.
He has now revealed that his accuracy with the accent was thanks to his English co-star Anthony Head.
Anthony, who was one of the stars of the hugely successful 80s Gold Blend adverts, played Rupert Giles in the show.
He was so horrified by James’s original attempts at an accent for Spike that he volunteered his services after he heard him speak.
“[I owe the accent to] Tony Head. He saved me. In the beginning, in the first couple episodes, it’s [the accent] not really that perfect,” James admitted.
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“And I mispronounced b*****ks and he got mad, and he came to me and he goes, ‘We don’t say it like that. I’m going to help you now’,” he revealed.
Laughing at the recollection as he spoke at Dublin Comic Con, he told how Anthony would come into his trailer and take him through the script.
“He basically tutored me by force,” he said. “A knock would come [on my trailer], this new script would come and that lunch he would come in and we would go over the script until he was satisfied that it [the accent] wasn’t going to embarrass him anymore.
“And if it hadn’t been for him, it wouldn’t have been as good of an accent for sure,” he confessed.
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London born Anthony became a cult hero after appearing in Buffy from 1997 until the last episode in 2003.
He then went on to delight audiences playing the British Prime Minister in Little Britain from 2003 until 2006 and has most recently been seen in Ted Lasso playing Rupert Mannion.
His dulcet posh tones helped make the Gold Blend adverts a massive success in the late 80s.
He appeared in the clips with future Holby City star Sharon Maughan, whose daughter is Star Trek actress Alice Eve.
Their will they won’t they romance storyline delighted audiences from 1987 until 1993 and the adverts became one of the most popular promotional clips on TV.
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