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John Barrowman Leaves Fans Confused As He Speaks In Real Accent

John Barrowman Leaves Fans Confused As He Speaks In Real Accent

John Barrowman caused quite a stir when he appeared on Lorraine today, and many people heard his real accent for the first time.

While the Torchwood actor was originally born in Glasgow, he moved to America at the age of nine, meaning he's bidialectal (essentially, he speaks in both Scottish and American accents).

But when he appeared on the ITV daytime show to speak to fellow Scot Lorraine Kelly on her birthday, some fans were baffled to hear him speaking in his Scottish accent.

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As he sung 'Happy Birthday' to Lorraine over video chat, his Scottish accent took many of his less die hard fans by surprise - so much so that he even begun to trend on Twitter.

"The accent [threw] me COMPLETELY...," one person wrote. "I was like 'He looks like John Barrowman... he doesn't sound like John Barrowman...'"

Meanwhile, another confused viewer penned: "John barrowman doing a Scottish accent for Lorraine birthday is hilarious #lorraine".

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John Barrowman's accent changed on Lorraine (Credit: ITV)
John Barrowman's accent changed on Lorraine (Credit: ITV)

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"Right... so does John Barrowman put on that American accent? Even when he's talking on his own terms; interviews, live streams etc. I'm so confused," another wrote.

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As a fourth chipped in: "Today's gripe: John Barrowman's Scottish accent. That man has spent 17 years on our screens and never once sounded like a Scot but now? Is it because it's #Lorraine's birthday? I don't get it".

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While it may have confused some viewers, explaining what was going on, a Scottish Twitter user wrote: "For people confused by John Barrowman speaking in an interview in a Scottish accent, it's not that weird.

The actor was on the show to talk about his Doctor Who return (Credit: ITV)
The actor was on the show to talk about his Doctor Who return (Credit: ITV)

"As a Scot who spent much of my childhood living in England, I used to switch accents all the time depending on who I was speaking to. (And it was unintentional)".

"Everyone confused about John Barrowman speaking in a Scottish accent has never spent time with a Scottish person who's lived somewhere else for a long time.

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"It literally takes a minute on the phone with her sister for my mom to go from her South-Africanised accent to broad Scots," concurred another. So, that clears that one up.

Topics: TV News, Lorraine, TV Entertainment, ITV

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