Friday 30 September 2016

Angela Scanlon: 'I have to tone down my Irish accent on British TV'

Elaine McCahill

Published 09/09/2015 | 02:30

Angela Scanlon at the launch of the RTÉ 2 autumn schedule
Angela Scanlon at the launch of the RTÉ 2 autumn schedule
Panti Bliss during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Louise McSharry during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to R) Vogue Williams & Angela Scanlon during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Carla O Brien during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Baz Ashmawy during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Eoghan McDermott during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Al Porter during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Louise McSharry during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Vogue Williams during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Vogue Williams during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Bernard O'Shea & Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Angela Scanlon admitted she sometimes has to tone down her Irish accent when she's working on British TV.

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The Meath native is a TV regular here and got her break in the UK as the digital presenter on BBC One's The Voice last year.

"Rightly or wrongly we're seen as a region which I fight against but I'm sometimes told I need to tweak certain things, intonations or pronunciations," she told the Herald.

"And I speak slightly more slowly which makes me sound like I'm speaking more correctly I suppose, but I have no intention of getting rid the accent.

(L to R) Vogue Williams & Angela Scanlon during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to R) Vogue Williams & Angela Scanlon during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"One time I was saying the word 'now' on The Voice and I don't know if that's a weird pronunciation for Ireland in general but the cameraman started laughing and he said 'sorry that was very Irish'.

"And so I did it again and again and I realised I didn't think I was doing anything wrong. So I did it in an English accent and brought it on from there so it's kind of annoying sometimes but it's all part of the job," she added.

There'll be no accent changes in her new show as Angela (31) spends 24 hours with five different celebrities for documentary series Close Encounters on RTE2.

While one star has yet to be revealed, Angela has "ran away to the circus" with comedian Jason Byrne, had the chats in a boat in Central Park with Dawn O'Porter, got into bed with Katie Hopkins and visited WWE wrestling star Sheamus.

Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

"Katie Hopkins is known as 'the biggest bitch in Britain' and she's a really interesting character," Angela said.

"I've always been intrigued by her and curious about whether it's a persona versus reality and she's a ball of contradictions, but I certainly tackled her in places."

Louise McSharry during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Louise McSharry during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

RTÉ 2 has promised to showcase "strong female voices" including Scanlon as it unveiled its autumn schedule.

Chief among them are Maia Dunphy and Vogue Williams, who will each host a documentary series. Dunphy will look at childbirth and the modern Irish emigrant experience; Scanlon will explore celebrity life; while Williams will front 'Mean Girls' in which she will meet women who defy traditional perceptions of the 'fairer sex'.

Speaking at the launch in Dublin yesterday, RTE 2 channel controller Bill Malone said he was "particularly proud" of the new schedule, especially the "strong female voices".

Also coming to our screens is an episode of the 'Reality Bites' series which follows 2fm DJ Louise McSharry as she battled Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

McSharry said it was a tough decision to bring the cameras with her during her treatment. "This happens to thousands of people and the more information they have, the better... That got me through any days I didn't want to do it."

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