First off, what do you mean by "a British accent"? Do you not realise that a Scottish accent (and n.b. there are a whole slew of different Scottish accents) is British? If you really meant "an English accent", what kind of English accent did you have in mind? Have you even heard of Wales and the...
Best answer: First off, what do you mean by "a British accent"? Do you not realise that a Scottish accent (and n.b. there are a whole slew of different Scottish accents) is British? If you really meant "an English accent", what kind of English accent did you have in mind? Have you even heard of Wales and the Welsh? If you're even thinking about accents for characters, you need to think and speak a whole lot more carefully around the subject.
Not only did Celts have accents, they actually had entirely different languages. The Celtic languages fall into two main group: Q-Celtic, which includes modern Scottish and Irish Gaelic, and P-Celtic, which includes modern Welsh, Cornish and Breton. But In the Roman era Celtic languages were spoken far more widely, including not only most of modern France and parts of modern Germany but as far east as modern Turkey. Obviously, Celts from different regions would have sounded funny and foreign even when speaking in Celtic to each other, let alone when speaking in Latin to Romans.
I'm assuming that you realise that none of your characters would be talking in English, and so whatever accents you give them will be a dramatic choice - there is no "right" answer. (N.B.: if anyone suggests it would be more "authentic" to write the dialogue in Latin and Old Brythonic, that is actually not true: we simply do not know enough about how people spoke those languages in everyday life, so any such dialogue would be a wholly artificial construct.)
Actually the *first* decision you need to make is: what accent do your Romans have? There is a long tradition of giving them upper-class English accents, mainly just because that is what classically-trained British actors speak, and because Americans think vaguely of that accent as more 'historical'. But these are not particularly good reasons; it would be just as valid, if not more so, to give them all American accents. Think about it. Rome was a world superpower, extremely rich but with an impoverished and volatile underclass, that kept trying to bring order, technological know-how, modern ideas and proper sanitation to a variety of illiterate, unwashed, fanatical natives who loved the materials goods they brought but were often inexplicably ungrateful. Remind you of anywhere?
If anybody in your movie has an upper-class English accent, they should be Greeks. Greece had earlier been a major political player but Rome had totally eclipsed her politically and economically. But the Romans felt great reverence for Greece's heritage of learning, art and general civilisation (again: sounds familiar?) and liked to employ Greek scholars, philosophers and writers.
Okay, your Celt. Where is he from? If he is from the province of Britannia (which equates very roughly to modern England and Wales), a Welsh or regional English accent - e.g. Yorkshire, West Country, Cumbrian - will serve to locate him as a native of that part of the world. If from Hibernia (Ireland) or Caledonia (Scotland), any Irish or Scottish accent - bear in mind that, again, there are many of these - would be appropriate. If he is from Gaul, on the whole I would go for a Flemish or German accent - given that French is a Latinate language, a French accent would carry a bundle of wrong connotations.
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