Accent on having fun
"The first thing one expect when talking to "The Nanny's" Daniel Davis is a stiff-upper-lip British accent.
As Niles, the butler with the barbed wit in the hit series on Channel 10. Davis is very Britsh, but surprisingly, the veteran thespian is as American as Bill Clinton. "Because of my theatrical training. I've had this mental drawer of accents that I've kept with me over a long period of time, including a great variety of English accents." he said.
"So when I went for the audition, I tried to do for Niles an accent which was maybe even more proper than you would even think of the servant having to make him even more grander and over the top."
Originally, producers were after an "Older John Gielgud-type".
"I kind of came in and gave a more exagerated perspective which would have felt, in some ways, more real to American audiances."
Davis is filming the show's third season and enjoying every minute of it.
"Fran (Drescher) gives us all plenty of room to move and experiment." Davis said. "She's a lot of fun, but at the same time, very disciplined."