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    desiredtime

    [1]Apr 23, 2006
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    I have only just started watching Frasier and I don’t know how I went through life without ever seeing it till now. It’s great apart from Daphne, who is supposed to be from Manchester, but I can’t seem to place the accent. Considering I have lived in Manchester, since I was born a long time ago. But i love the show alot.

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    GR8RLUV05

    [2]Apr 25, 2006
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    I only watched a few episodes but now I started watching the reruns on Lifetime and I'm hooked! This show is sooo funny! I even got my husband watching this show!

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    XanyKaos

    [3]Apr 30, 2006
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    I remember someone saying Lanchester, but according to Wikipedia, she's from East Grinstead.

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    dramafreezone

    [4]May 23, 2006
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    The dialect that Jane Leeves for the Daphne character is not the accent with which she normally speaks, to say where she came up with the accent is anybody's guess.  It's like the american Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana dialects, to people from the other states they all sound the same, but apparently to those who live in those states they're phonetically different. 
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    Munchsack

    [5]Jun 1, 2006
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    It's very similar to Manchester. I think Jane Leeves is very good at it. Her usual accent is a bit posher, not quite sure where she's from.
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    desiredtime

    [6]Jun 22, 2006
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    Munchsack wrote:

    It's very similar to Manchester. I think Jane Leeves is very good at it. Her usual accent is a bit posher, not quite sure where she's from.


    she sound nothing like she's from manchester at all
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    DHPLover

    [7]Jul 5, 2006
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    I think I remember her saying once that initially she did do a proper Manchester accent, but it was deemed not appropriate for the US audience. So the producers got her to experiment until she did something that they liked and would work on US TV.

    At any rate, it was better then Simon's accent!

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    HelloStuart

    [8]Jul 17, 2006
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    DHPLover wrote:

    At any rate, it was better then Simon's accent!


    Mostly because the actor who played him (one of the Lapaglia brothers, I'm not sure which one) is Australian. Granted, he's an actor and I have no right to question his abilities, but it's still dialect confusion.
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    DHPLover

    [9]Jul 18, 2006
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    It was Anthony LaPaglia who played Simon (there are more acting LaPaglias out there?). And even though his accent left a lot to be desired, I still think he is by far one of the most under rated actors around today - I'm still gutted his Al Capone was cut out of Road To Perdition
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    HelloStuart

    [10]Jul 18, 2006
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    DHPLover wrote:
    It was Anthony LaPaglia who played Simon (there are more acting LaPaglias out there?).

    Yes, his brother Jonathan used to star on 7 Days and The Agency.
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    HoldMyBreath

    [11]Nov 30, 2007
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    Daphne's family's accents are a pretty shoddy mixture of random British accents, none of which really sound like Manchester. That's another reason why I don't like the later seasons as much as the earlier ones. I found Simon funny by trying to pretend he was actually a Londoner, and not a relative of Daphne.
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