How to say “Ay Up Me Duck”: a lesson from Unbroken star Jack O’Connell

After Angelina Jolie's brave attempt at a Derby accent, her leading man shows how it's done...

When Unbroken director Angelina Jolie stepped onto stage at the Hollywood Film Awards last month to present a gong to Jack O’Connell, she took us all by surprise.


After extolling the virtues of her young star, Jolie attempted the unthinkable: a Derby accent. Yup, in an effort to mimic O’Connell’s Derbyshire twang, the Oscar-winning actress stole his on-set greeting “Ay up me duck” and Hollywood was – how can we put this politely – rather bemused.

But, you know what? Derbyshire accents are harder than you think, as we found out when we sat down for a chat with O’Connell ourselves. So he gave us a lesson. Angelina, we hope you’re taking notes…


Unbroken is released in UK cinemas on Friday 26th December