Martin Freeman admits he spoke to himself in a Liverpudlian accent in preparation for The Responder


‘It’s a terrible one to get wrong’: Martin Freeman admits he spoke to himself in a Liverpudlian accent for over a YEAR before filming BBC’s The Responder


Martin Freeman has confessed he spoke to himself in a Liverpudlian accent for a year and a half in preparation for BBC’s upcoming comedy-drama, The Responder.

The actor, 50, who stars as former first responder Chris Carson in the series based upon a true story, admitted he’s ‘not always the best judge’ of himself though.

Having filmed the series on the streets of Liverpool, The Hobbit star revealed he ‘followed his ear’, having spent a lot of time speaking to residents of the city.

Dedicated: Martin Freeman has confessed he spoke to himself in a Liverpudlian accent for a year and a half in preparation for BBC’s upcoming comedy-drama, The Responder (pictured in 2019)

He told Metro: ‘I walked around for a year and a half, occasionally just talking to myself in scouse. Even though you’re not always the best judge of your own thing, I do trust my ear.

‘If I say something, I know when it sounds off. I got very, very exact about that stuff. You have to be, because if I don’t do it well, it’s a terrible accent to get wrong.

He went on to joke: ‘There are some accents where you don’t want to be in that city among the inhabitants of that city making a balls up of it.’  

The six-part miniseries is written by ex-police officer Tony Schumacher, with the story following crisis-stricken, unconventional officer Chris as he works a series night shifts while on the beat.

Hilarious: The actor, 50, who stars as former first responder Chris Carson in the series based upon a true story, admitted he's 'not always the best judge' of himself though (pictured in-character)

Hilarious: The actor, 50, who stars as former first responder Chris Carson in the series based upon a true story, admitted he’s ‘not always the best judge’ of himself though (pictured in-character)

His character battles to keep things together both professionally and personally as his marriage is on the rocks, while he’s also struggling with his mental health.

With Chris forced to work with new rookie partner Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo), both officers will have learn that in order to survive the high-pressure and unabating environment of the night shift, they’ll have to work together.

Scenes from the series will highlight the comical and challenging aspects of the job.

The new show is based around the real-life experiences of ex-Merseyside officer and first-time writer Tony, and aims to ‘holdup a mirror up to the emotional, heartbreaking extremes of modern day policing’. 

Film and TV star Martin has featured in a number of big name hits over the years including The Office, Black Panther, Sherlock and Love Actually.

As well as The Capture star Adelayo, he’ll be supported by a stellar cast in The Responder, including Ian Hart and MyAnna Buring.

Meanwhile, Warren Brown, David Bradley, Kerrie Hayes and Rita Tushingham, as well as newcomers Josh Finan and Emily Fairn, make up the cast.

Talented: Having filmed the series on the streets of Liverpool, The Hobbit star revealed he 'followed his ear', having spent a lot of time speaking to residents of the city (pictured in-character)

Talented: Having filmed the series on the streets of Liverpool, The Hobbit star revealed he ‘followed his ear’, having spent a lot of time speaking to residents of the city (pictured in-character)

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