Women Vote the Scottish Accent as the Sexiest, But It’s Bad News If You’re from Essex


It’s the luck of the…Scottish? Yes, a quarter of British women have declared the Scottish accent as the sexiest, trumping the previous winner, the Irish accent.

In a poll conducted by IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people, the Scots trumped their neighbours with 25% of the vote. IllicitEncounters’ spokesperson, Christian Grant, explains: “A thick, deep accent exudes manliness, and on that criteria, the Scots have left the rest comfortably behind.”

“The popularity of the Scottish accent is also in no small part thanks to the array of Scottish actors, from Gerard Butler to David Tennant, and James McAvoy to Ewan McGregor; hot guys, hot voices,” added Grant.

Despite being knocked off their perch, the Irish accent still remained a popular choice among women, solidifying second place with 20% of the vote. It’s bad news however for the Essex contingent, with just 3% of women finding the dulcet tones of an Essex lad sexy.

“TOWIE might dominate the ratings, but that doesn’t necessarily translate well for blokes,” said Grant.

“The Essex accent can often be associated with the Joey Essex’s of this world and, for reasons best left unsaid, that isn’t a good thing.”

The full results for the sexiest male accent are as follows:

Accent (Male) Percentage
Scottish 25%
Irish 20%
Posh 13%
Welsh 12%
Liverpudlian 9%
Manchester 8%
Spanish 6%
Other 4%
Essex 3%

But it’s not all good news for the Scots; they might have dominated the male charts, but they didn’t fare so well in the female category, with men preferring a more European pallet. The French accent topped the men’s choice for the sexiest accent, closely followed by Spanish and Italian accents.

Connor, a 37 year-old sales manager from Watford, said: “A French accent is synonymous with elegance, class and romance…not to mention it’s unbelievably sexy!”

“The French accent is undeniably appealing because of what it represents: French cuisine, haute couture, style – French women possess this inimitable appeal that men find hard to resist,” explained Grant.

The full results for the sexiest female accent are as follows:

Accent (Female) Percentage
French 31%
Spanish 24%
Italian 16%
Posh 11%
Irish 7%
Scottish 7%
Other 4%


IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s leading and longest running dating site for married people. With over 1,000,000 members across the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 10 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

For comments, case-studies or more information, contact Christian Grant:

Email: press@illicitencounters.com
Office: 020 7729 6098
Twitter: @cheatsafer

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