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BAFTA fans left ‘shocked’ at hearing Sarah Lancashire’s accent during acceptance speech

BAFTA fans left ‘shocked’ at hearing Sarah Lancashire’s accent during acceptance speech

The actor picked up the final BAFTA tonight

BAFTA fans were left totally ‘shocked’ when they heard Sarah Lancashire’s accent during her acceptance speech.

The Happy Valley star picked up the BAFTA TV award for Best Leading Actress at the ceremony tonight (12 May).

In her acceptance speech, Lancashire said winning the award was an 'honour'.

Thanking the 'formidable cast and crew', she paid tribute to creator Sally Wainwright, adding: "I shall forever be grateful to you for this opportunity."

But as fans praised her 'well deserved' win for playing Sergeant Catherine Cawood in the popular show, many were very distracted by hearing her real voice.

She won the award for Best Leading Actress. (John Phillips/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA)
She won the award for Best Leading Actress. (John Phillips/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA)

As viewers will know, Lancashire speaks with a thick Yorkshire accent in Happy Valley.

However, in real life, her voice couldn't be more different.

While she hails from Oldham, Lancashire, many felt her voice sounded 'posh'.

One user pointed out on X: "Every time I hear Sarah Lancashire's voice it throws me where is Catherine Cawood!??!!"

"Always forget Sarah Lancashire is actually posh…" another even said.

Someone else echoed: "Sarah Lancashire not speaking with that thick Yorkshire accent somehow feels wrong."

With one other saying: "Sarah Lancashire’s accent was a jump scare."

The show also picked up the award for Most Memorable Moment, having been nominated for the tense finale scene that saw Cawood have a showdown with Tommy Lee Royce in her kitchen.

Actor Rhy Connah joked: "Thanks to Sally Wainwright for writing that memorable scene where my dad blows himself up in front of my grandma."

Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood (BBC)
Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood (BBC)

The full list of nominees and winners from tonight's TV BAFTAs are as follows:

Comedy entertainment programme

The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)

Late Night Lycett (Channel 4)

Rob & Romesh Vs... (Sky Max) - WINNER

Would I Lie To You? (BBC One)

Current affairs

Inside Russia: Traitors And Heroes (BBC Four)

Putin vs the West (BBC Two)

Russell Brand: In Plain Sight (Channel 4)

The Shamima Begum Story (BBC Two) - WINNER


Loose Women and Men (ITV1)

Lorraine (ITV1)

Make It at Market (BBC One)

Scam Interceptors (BBC One) - WINNER

Drama series

The Gold (BBC One)

Happy Valley (BBC One)

Slow Horses (Apple TV+)

Top Boy (Netflix) - WINNER

Entertainment programme

Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas (Apple TV+)

Later… with Jools Holland (BBC Two)

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC One)

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One) - WINNER

Entertainment performance

Ant & Dec - I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (ITV1)

Big Zuu - Big Zuu's Big Eats (Dave)

Graham Norton - The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)

Hannah Waddingham - Eurovision Song Content 2023 (BBC One)

Joe Lycett - Late Night Lycett (Channel 4) - WINNER

Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan - Rob & Romesh Vs... (Sky Max)

Factual entertainment

Celebrity Race Across the World (BBC One) - WINNER

The Dog House (Channel 4)

Endurance: Race to the Pole (Channel 5)

Portrait Artist of the Year (Sky Arts)

Factual series

Dublin Narcos (Sky Documentaries)

Evacuation (Channel 4)

Lockerbie (Sky Documentaries) - WINNER

Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland (BBC Two)

Female performance in a comedy

Bridget Christie - The Change (Channel 4)

Gbemisola Ikumelo - Black Ops (BBC One) - WINNER

Máiréad Tyers - Extraordinary (Disney+)

Roisin Gallagher - The Lovers (Sky Atlantic)

Sofia Oxenham - Extraordinary (Disney+)

Taj Atwal - Hullraisers (Channel 4)


The Bear (Disney+)

Beef (Netflix)

Class Act (Netflix) - WINNER

The Last of Us (Sky Atlantic)

Love & Death (ITVX)

Succession (Sky Atlantic)

Leading actor

Brian Cox - Succession (Sky Atlantic)

Dominic West - The Crown (Netflix)

Kane Robinson - Top Boy (Netflix)

Paapa Essiedu - The Lazarus Project (Sky Max)

Steve Coogan - The Reckoning (BBC One)

Timothy Spall - The Sixth Commandment (BBC One) - WINNER

Leading actress

Anjana Vasan - Black Mirror's Demon 79 (Netflix)

Anne Reid - The Sixth Commandment (BBC One)

Bella Ramsey - The Last of Us (Sky Atlantic)

Helena Bonham Carter - Nolly (ITVX)

Sarah Lancashire - Happy Valley (BBC One) - WINNER

Sharon Horgan - Best Interests (BBC One)

Limited drama

Best Interests (BBC One)

Black Mirror's Demon 79 (Netflix)

The Long Shadow (ITV1)

The Sixth Commandment (BBC One) - WINNER

Live event coverage

Coronation Concert (BBC One)

Eurovision Song Contest 2023 (BBC One) - WINNER

Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance (BBC One)

Male performance in a comedy

Adjani Salmon - Dreaming Whilst Black (BBC Three)

David Tennant - Good Omens (Prime Video)

Hammed Animashaun - Black Ops (BBC One)

Jamie Demetriou - A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou (Netflix)

Joseph Gilgun - Brassic (Sky Max)

Mawaan Rizwan - Juice (BBC Three) - WINNER

News coverage

Inside Gaza: Israel and Hamas at War (Channel 4) - WINNER

Inside Myanmar: The Hidden War (Sky News)

Israel-Hamas War (Sky News)


Banged Up (Channel 4)

Married at First Sight UK (E4)

My Mum, Your Dad (ITV1)

Squid Game: The Challenge (Netflix) - WINNER

Scripted comedy

Big Boys (Channel 4)

Dreaming Whilst Black (BBC Three)

Extraordinary (Disney+)

Such Brave Girls (BBC Three) - WINNER

Short form

Mobility (BBC Three) - WINNER

The Skewer: Three Twisted Years (BBC iPlayer)

Stealing Ukraine’s Children: Inside Russia’s Camps (Vice News)

Where It Ends (BBC Three)

Single documentary

David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived (Sky Documentaries)

Ellie Simmonds: Finding My Secret Family (ITV1) - WINNER

Hatton (Sky Crime)

Vjeran Tomic: The Spider-Man of Paris (Netflix)


Casualty (BBC One) - WINNER

EastEnders (BBC One)

Emmerdale (ITV1)

Specialist factual

Chimp Empire (Netflix)

The Enfield Poltergeist (Apple TV+)

Forced Out (Sky Documentaries)

White Nanny, Black Child (Channel 5) - WINNER

Sports coverage

Cheltenham Festival Day One (ITV1) - WINNER

MOTD Live: FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 (BBC One)

Wimbledon 2023 Men’s Final (BBC One)

Supporting actor

Amit Shah - Happy Valley (BBC One)

Éanna Hardwicke - The Sixth Commandment (BBC One)

Harris Dickinson - A Murder at the End of the World (Disney+)

Jack Lowden - Slow Horses (Apple TV+)

Matthew Macfadyen - Succession (Sky Atlantic) - WINNER

Salim Daw - The Crown (Netflix)

Supporting actress

Elizabeth Debicki - The Crown (Netflix)

Harriet Walter - Succession (Sky Atlantic)

Jasmine Jobson - Top Boy (Netflix) - WINNER

Lesley Manville - The Crown (Netflix)

Nico Parker - The Last of Us (Sky Atlantic)

Siobhan Finneran - Happy Valley (BBC One)

Memorable moment award

Beckham - David teases Victoria about her ‘work class’ upbringing (Netflix)

Doctor Who - Ncuti Gatwa being revealed as the 15th Doctor (BBC One)

Happy Valley - Catherine Cawed and Tommy Lee Royce’s final kitchen showdown (BBC One) - WINNER

The Last of Us - Bill and Frank’s Story (Sky Atlantic)

The Piano - 13-year-old Lucy stuns commuters with performance (Channel 4)

Succession - Logan Roy’s death (Sky Atlantic)

Featured Image Credit: John Phillips/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA

Topics: TV And Film, Celebrity