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Is Millie Bobby Brown's Accent Real In Enola Holmes 2?

Fans curious about the authenticity of Millie Bobby Brown's wholly convincing British accent in "Enola Holmes 2" have a bit of a Sherlockian mystery to untangle. The truth is, solving the riddle of precisely what constitutes the native language of this young star involves unraveling a case of chameleon-like linguistic skill and globe-trotting family history.

On the one hand, her character in the original "Enola Holmes" and its sequel comes across as sounding as British as tea with scones and clotted cream. On the other hand, her facility with language also makes her sound as American as deep-fried-apple-pie-on-a-stick playing the enigmatic Eleven in the paranormal hit "Stranger Things." And while she nailed the accent and landed the part in the sci-fi action-drama, she actually hid her true speaking voice in the process. As detailed in an article in the New York Post, when Brown auditioned for the part of Eleven, who was scripted as an American, she kept the show's execs in the dark about her British-ness. In fact, she concealed her native accent so thoroughly that it even fooled the series' casting director, Carmen Cuba, who said her American pronunciation was so naturally believable that she didn't know until afterward that a British accent was hiding underneath it. 

This said, then, should we consider Brown's accent in "Enola Holmes 2" as real –- or is it a deft imitation?

Millie Bobby Brown's accent in Enola Holmes 2 is genuinely British

As we dive into the linguistic details of Millie Bobby Brown's ability to mimic a range of accents and characters, let's make one thing clear: she's had plenty of practice. Beginning with her role as the young Alice in two episodes of 2013's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," Brown would go on to roles in such popular TV series as "Modern Family," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Intruders," as well as playing Madison Russell in the feature films "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" and "Godzilla vs Kong" (via IMDb).

But the truth is, Millie Bobby Brown is, in fact, British. While she was born in Spain, her family moved her to Blighty when she was just 4 years old, and she remains a British citizen to this day. After living in Bournemouth, U.K., and soaking up a very English accent until the age of eight, her family moved again, this time to Florida (per Glamour). And her path to learning her faultless way of speaking true American? By watching Disney's "Hannah Montana" (per Access Hollywood/YouTube). So, while Brown can serve up an entirely bullet-proof American turn of phrase, her accent in "Enola Holmes 2" is 100% certified Brit.