Strictly’s Layton Williams discusses his Bury accent on Graham Norton | Culture

Strictly Come Dancing star Layton Williams discussed his Bury accent with Sir Patrick Stewart, Ralph Fiennes, Joan Collins and Bella Ramsey on The Graham Norton Show.

After a chat with Sir Patrick about received pronunciation, Norton asked the two younger guests if they had ever been “encouraged” to lose their accents.

Williams, 29, who grew up on the “Dickie Bird” estate in Greater Manchester, said: “I went to theatre school from the age of 12 and it was just easier to speak sometimes like everybody else spoke and I just started to round my words.”

He added that he has “a little bit of a twang” and that his mother would be “proud” he still speaks with an accent.