Canadian actress Neve Campbell feared she would never be able to master an upper-class English accent for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in new movie CHURCHILL: THE HOLLYWOOD YEARS.

The SCREAM actress was thrilled when she finally learnt the voice, after obsessively researching the British monarch's diction when she was a young woman.

Campbell also constantly watched tapes of British comedy show The Office, given to her by English actor Mackenzie Crook.

She says, "I listened to a lot of tapes of her when she was young to work on the accent.

"She doesn't speak with that clipped accent anymore because, as much as I understand it, people started making fun of it. She went more cockney. Back in the thirties it was so upper-class it was ridiculous."

08/09/2004 09:03