Sarah Lancashire sent fans into a tizzy when she opened her mouth to thank them for her National Television Award on Tuesday night.
The 58-year-old actress received a gong at London’s O2 for her role in BBC drama Happy Valley and delivered a speech to the packed out arena.
Shocking viewers and the evening’s host Joel Dommett, the audience couldn’t get over how different the star’s real voice was from her on-screen character’s accent.
Used to hearing a broad northern twang come out of Sarah’s mouth, no one was ready for the well-spoken, southern drawl that escaped her lips as she thanked her list of nearest and dearest.
Members of the public took to Twitter to express their amusement and disbelief at the winner of the best actress award’s real voice.
One penned: ‘Watching the NTAs-always good entertainment value-and when you realise/hadn’t realised before (like the Compere) that is Sarah Lancashire’s real accent and demeanour (quite prim and proper and quietly-spoken)-so very different from the characters she’s played over the years….’
Later on in the evening, the star was awarded a special recognition presented to her by Sir Ian McKellen.
As she walked to the stage, the crowd chanted her name and wiping back tears she exclaimed: ‘You have no idea how it feels to have so many nice things said about you!’
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