OUR READERS

 

Barnaby Edwards

Barnaby has been working in radio and voice over for more than twenty years. His credits include Dostoevsky (BBC Radio Four), Cultural Baggage (BBC Radio Three), Manfred, A Pinch Of Sage And Dredly, numerous commercials and over 100 episodes of the audio series of Doctor Who, for which he also writes and directs. On stage, Barnaby has appeared in plays by Alan Ayckbourn, Ray Cooney, Brian Clemens and others, as well as numerous Shakespeare productions both on tour and in the West End, including Romeo and Juliet (as Mercutio), Twelfth Night (as Malvolio), As You Like It (as Touchstone), A Midsummer Night's Dream (as Quince) and Macbeth (as Banquo). His screen credits include Alfonso Cuarón's dystopian thriller Children of Men, EastEnders and The Giblet Boys. He also voices various characters in the animated children's series Orsum Island. BBC Radio 7 recently broadcast a brand new adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera which Barnaby wrote, directed and produced.

You can hear Barnaby in: Edward Thomas - Selected Poems


 

Peter Guinness

Peter is perhaps best known for his many roles in television, film and theatre – everything from Alien3 to Bleak House - but he also works extensively in radio and voice over. Peter’s velvet tones have graced many a production, including playing Neville in The Waves (directed by Terence Davies for the BBC), J.M. Barrie in Never Never Land (BBC Manchester), the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (for BBC7) and a host of science fiction roles in the audio series of Doctor Who, Blake’s 7 and Judge Dredd.

You can hear Peter in: Bram Stoker - Dracula's Guest & Other Dark Tales


 

Martin Jarvis

One of the most celebrated audiobook performers in the business, Martin has lent his unmistakable voice to hundreds of spoken word productions on both sides of the Atlantic. Perhaps best known for his much-loved readings of Richmal Crompton's Just William stories, Martin has also recorded P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Blandings tales, alongside novels by contemporary authors like Dick Francis, Jeffrey Archer and Wilbur Smith, and classics by Dickens, Wilde, Kipling, Galsworthy and Stevenson. Martin first caught the public's attention as Jolyon Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga, going on to notch up countless screen credits including Nicholas Nickleby (as Nicholas), David Copperfield, Inspector Morse, Doctor Who, Rings on Their Fingers, Who Dares Wins, James Cameron's Titanic, and the charming ladykiller Harvey Freeman in EastEnders. Martin, who runs his own production company with his wife Rosalind Ayres, recently produced and narrated two star-studded radio adaptations of the James Bond novels Dr. No and Goldfinger.

You can hear Martin in: Robert Browning - Selected Poems


 

Miriam Margolyes

Miriam has been delighting audiences for nearly half a century with her astonishing versatility. From winning a BAFTA for her performance in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence to voicing the 'It's the taste!' chimp in those PG Tips ads, Miriam has done it all. Her audio credits are second to none: her award-winning audiobook of Oliver Twist gained her accolades from the likes of Prince Charles and her readings of Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch books have won the hearts of generations of children. And as if that weren't enough, she's also Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter movies!

You can hear Miriam in: Christina Rossetti - Selected Poems


 

Nicholas Pegg

Nicholas is an actor, a theatre director and also a prolific writer, with an MA in English Literature from the University of Exeter. On stage and screen his acting work has embraced everything from Oscar Wilde to Agatha Christie, from the title role in Hamlet to an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, and from a nerdy birdwatcher in Doc Martin to a deadly Dalek in Doctor Who. His writing credits include short stories, documentaries, the acclaimed reference book The Complete David Bowie, and more than thirty theatre shows for children.

You can hear Nicholas in: Andrew Marvell - Selected Poems


 

Andrew Sachs

Andrew's legendary performance as Manuel, the bumbling Barcelona bellhop in the classic sitcom Fawlty Towers, secured him a place in television's hall of fame. Yet Manuel represents no more than a brief spell in an acting career which began in the 1950s and is still going strong today. From The Saint to Coronation Street, from The History of Mr Polly to the BBC Shakespeare, Andrew has seldom been off our screens - and on those rare occasions when he has, he's usually to be found on the radio instead. A regular voice on BBC radio, Andrew has performed in hundreds of Radio Four productions ranging from Poetry Please to the long-running Father Brown and Sherlock Holmes series (in which he played Father Brown and Dr Watson respectively). One of Britain's busiest audio performers, Andrew has narrated countless documentaries for both radio and television, and among the scores of audiobooks he has recorded are works by George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Alexander McCall Smith, Evelyn Waugh, Dick King-Smith and, to great acclaim, C.S. Lewis's Narnia series.

You can hear Andrew in: M.R. James - Casting the Runes & Other Uncanny Tales


 

John Sessions

John made his name in the improvisational comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway? and has gone on to appear in countless television, film and theatre productions. His work in radio and voice over spans more than twenty-five years. He has starred in a plethora of productions for BBC radio including Barbershopera, Miles on the Clock, A German Story and The Grand Hotel Babylon (all for Radio Four), and The Reith Affair and The Company of Men (for Radio Three), as well as many readings for BBC Radio 7. John has also recorded numerous audiobooks including Tom Jones, Muddle Earth, Cold Granite, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Great Ghost Rescue, Armageddon and Asterix. John regularly voices commercials and documentaries, and has joined the Doctor for several adventures in the audio series of Doctor Who.

You can hear John in: Charles Dickens - The Signalman & Other Ghostly Tales


 

David Soul

David is a true Renaissance man: actor, writer, producer, director and performer of a string of hit songs including the classic number one singles 'Silver Lady' and 'Don't Give Up On Us'. His long and prestigious acting career has encompassed everything from Star Trek to Jerry Springer: The Opera by way of Magnum Force, Salem's Lot and Starsky and Hutch. In the audio world, his many credits include the BBC's acclaimed radio production of Maeve Binchy's Firefly Summer and the audiobooks of Michael Connelly's Detective Bosch novels Lost Light, The Narrows and The Closers.

You can hear David in: Edgar Allan Poe - The Pit and the Pendulum & Other Macabre Tales