British director Guy Ritchie has laughed off claims he pretends to be working class despite having had a privileged upbringing.

Ritchie admits his Cockney (east London) accent doesn't reflect his background - but he claims it stems from his fascination with the "lower classes".

He says, "It's kitsch, I'd like to think I'm taking the p**s.

"It's obvious what I am. I am a middle-class lad, who has been exposed to various aspects of the English class system.

"I happen to be in the middle, but the bottom end interests me and the top end interests me, because that's where the characters are."