Re: A question for those living in Britain...
It's not too difficult to see why most American's impression of an English accent is a central london dialect. Most tourists only visit London. Outside of that, it's Prince Charles, Benny Hill, Rowan Atkinson & a selection of James Bond actors. Ringo's probably the most recognisable Brit drummer, but he's a Scouser, & a fairly weird sounding one at that (not that normal sounding Scousers actually exist), so he's best relegated to Thomas the Tank Engine scripts.
Whoops, did I say Ringo & Best in the same sentence :) Sorry Bernhard.