Audio: Film star Sam Neill has a go at a Northern Irish accent


An international film star has returned to his Northern Ireland roots this week.

Sam Neill achieved stardom battling dinosaurs in the Stephen Spielberg blockbuster Jurassic Park.

And while he is one of the more well-known New Zealand actors, his roots lie in County Tyrone.

His father was stationed in Omagh as an officer with the Irish Guards when Mr Neill was born in 1947.

He is currently shooting the BBC TV production Peaky Blinders, a gangster saga which is being filmed in Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool, set in the days after the First World War.

Mr Neill plays a new police chief, C.I. Campbell, sent in from Belfast to clean up the city.

However, since the series is being marketed in America he has to keep his Northern Irish voice toned down.

Sam was interviewed by BBC Arts Extra's Marie-Louise Muir.

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