David Beckham’s Cockney twang is Britain’s most hated celebrity accent, a survey says.
Only slightly less disliked are Gordon Brown’s brogue and Coleen Rooney’s Liverpudlian lilt.
Singer Lilly Allen joined fellow Londoners like Amy Winehouse in the blacklist, along with Charlotte Church’s Welsh accent, Ozzy Osbourne’s Birmingham twang and Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles’ Leeds accent.
However, it was better news for the north-east, according to the 3,000-strong poll commissioned by hotel chain Travelodge.
The Geordie accents of pop singer Cheryl Cole and TV presenters Ant and Dec headed the poll for the nation’s favourite celebrity accents.
Other popular regional accents included Bolton comic Peter Kay, Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt and Fife-born presenter Edith Bowman.
The survey also discovered Britons have a better grasp of foreign languages than their own regional expressions.
For example, more people were able to explain the meaning of piazza (Spanish for square) than the Liverpudlian “scran”, meaning food, and the Cornish expression “oggies”, meaning pies.
Greg Dawson, from Travelodge, said: “Regional accents – whether you love them or hate them – are as diverse as ever in Britain.
“But it seems we have something of a national communication problem on our hands, as many Brits simply don’t understand some of the UK’s most loved regional dialects.”