Northern Irish accent voted the second sexiest in UK – behind Essex, of all places
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Northern Irish accent voted the second sexiest in UK – behind Essex, of all places

THE Norn Irish twang is the second sexiest accent in the entire United Kingdom, according to a new survey.

A poll of 1.5 million people found that only the people of Essex (you what?) speak with a saucier intonation than those in Northern Ireland.

That's no mean feat for the North given that there are no less than 56 recognised regional accents across the UK and Ireland.

The new survey, carried out by Big 7 Travel, ranked the top 50 sexiest accents across the UK.

See also: The Irish accent has been voted the third sexiest in the world

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Joining Essexian and Northern Irish in the top 5 were Glaswegian, the Queen's English and Mancunian – while the Brummie twang pronounced by our friends in Birmingham came rock bottom, and hardly for the first time in an accent poll.

Of the Northern Irish brogue, the travel firm wrote: "The Jamie Dornan-esque Northern Irish accent has our readers in love – or lust with NI. Probably just lust."

As for the sexiest Norn Irish accent of all? Well, who could forget this absolute legend...

Here are the UK's top 50 sexiest accents, according to Big 7 Travel:

50) Brummie

49) Gloucestershire

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48) Hull City

47) West Country

46) Wolverhampton

45) Bristolian

44) Cornish

43) Cheshire

42) Salford

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41) Sheffield

40) Leicester

39) Hampshire

38) Durham

37) Devon

36) Coventry

35) Cumbrian

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34) Nottingham

33) Manx

32) Bolton

31) Preston

30) Crawley

29) Norwich

28) Sunderland

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27) Bradford

26) Middlesbrough

25) Northumberland

24) Stoke-on-Trent

23) Hebridean

22) Surrey

21) East Anglian

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20) Kentish

19) Highlands

18) Multicultural London English (MLE)

17) Leeds

16) Somerset

15) Lancashire

14) Cardiff

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13) Edinburgh

12) Estuary English

11) Norfolk

10) Cockney

9) Yorkshire

8) South Welsh Valleys

7) Geordie

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6) Scouse

5) Mancunian

4) Queen's English

3) Glaswegian

2) Northern Irish

1) Essex