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‘I’m determined to stay British!’ The Last Of Us star Bella Ramsey reveals she keeps slipping into an American accent after spending months filming post-apocalyptic drama in the US

Bella Ramsey admits she struggles to maintain her natural English accent after playing an American character is post-apocalyptic drama The Last Of Us

The actress, 19, has won universal praise for her starring role as Ellie in HBO‘s adaptation of the award winning video game, set some twenty years into a world still recovering from the ravages of a global pandemic. 

But the American accent she adopted to portray the young survivor while on set in the United States has been hard to shake off following her return to the United Kingdom.

Speaking to The One Show, Bristol-born Bella said: ‘I woke up speaking American…. it happened last week, like I’m living back home.

‘I don’t know why it’s happening, I’m determined to stay British, but it’s difficult when I’m around people with American accents. I do find myself slipping back into an American accent quite easily.’ 

Success: The actress has won universal praise for her starring role as Ellie in HBO's adaptation of the award winning video game, set some twenty years into a devastating pandemic

Success: The actress has won universal praise for her starring role as Ellie in HBO’s adaptation of the award winning video game, set some twenty years into a devastating pandemic 

The actress – who found fame as the young, outspoken noblewoman Lyanna Mormont in Game Of Thrones – recently confirmed she is gender-fluid, but admitted she isn’t troubled by the use of specific pronouns. 

‘I guess my gender has always been very fluid,’ she told the New York Times. ‘Someone would call me she or her and I wouldn’t think about it, but I knew that if someone called me he it was a bit exciting.’

The star said she ticks ‘non-binary’ if it is an option on a form, before adding: ‘I’m very much just a person.

‘Being gendered isn’t something that I particularly like, but in terms of pronouns, I really couldn’t care less.’

The Last Of Us is set 20 years after a pandemic wiped out most of the world, centering on Ellie, who may be integral to curing the pandemic, and a smuggler named Joel – played by Pedro Pascal. 

High drama: The Last Of Us is set 20 years after a pandemic wiped out most of the world, centering on Ellie and a smuggler named Joel - played by Pedro Pascal (pictured)

High drama: The Last Of Us is set 20 years after a pandemic wiped out most of the world, centering on Ellie and a smuggler named Joel – played by Pedro Pascal (pictured)

Previously: Ramsey The actress found fame as the young, outspoken noblewoman Lyanna Mormont in Game Of Thrones (pictured)

Previously: Ramsey The actress found fame as the young, outspoken noblewoman Lyanna Mormont in Game Of Thrones (pictured)

Bella plays Ellie, a 14-year-old orphan, who struggles with learning she may have a big role to play in saving the world as she knows it.

The game is considered by many to be one of the greatest of all time, which lead to the sequel, The Last Of Us Part II, released in June 2020.

The sequel sold more than 4 million copies in its first weekend, making it one of the fastest-selling PS4 games.

Before this new HBO series came to fruition, the game was previously in development as a movie adaptation at Sony Pictures. It will be released on January 15.

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