Voices without a face

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First page of my voices-list memo

One of my 2014 discoveries is BBC Radio Audio Dramas. I enjoy listening to them, they make me company at work or during the boring domestic cleaning. Right now I have five podcasts in my ipod plus “I, Claudius” in Audible format. I am an organised person (while I write this I see clearly as if she was in front of me my mother rolling her eyes) therefore when I have realised that I was losing control of the voices, I arrived to the conclusion that I had to make something to solve the situation. I was not sure if a certain voice appeared in other of my podcasts, and my confusion grew with every new podcast as most of names did not rang a bell at all. Therefore I have made today, at work (I had nothing to do, bloody crisis) a very professional excel file with the name of the actors and actresses, their role and the play, underlining also my favourite voices. There is another column that I have not published, “seen in”, as a friendly reminder that, exception made for the obviously very famous as Derek Jacobi or John Hurt, if I was not able to connect some names with faces was all to blame to my poor memory. These are some faces of my favourite male voices of the plays. Of course, in alphabetical order (thanks to excel “order as” option). And yes, I hear you screaming “you did not know Samuel Barnett before?”. Mea culpa.

Jude Akuwudike_Chaerea
Jude Akuwudike plays Cassius Chaerea in “I, Claudius”
Samuel Barnett plays Caligula in “I, Claudius”
Sam Dale plays Ulysses in the "Dante's Inferno". Photo by Laurie Asprey
Sam Dale plays Ulysses in the Dante’s Inferno.
Photo by Laurie Asprey


Tom Goodman-Hill plays Claudius in "I, Claudius"
Tom Goodman-Hill plays Claudius in “I, Claudius” Screenshot from “Richard II” of “The Hollow Crown”
Matthew Gravelle
Matthew Gravelle plays Wilthsire in “The Beach of Falasa” Screenshot from “Broadchurch”
Paul Hilton
Paul Hilton plays King Claudius in “Hamlet” Photo from Donmar
John McKay plays John Chester in Barnaby Rudge Picture RSC
John McKay plays John Chester in Barnaby Rudge
Picture RSC


Zubin Varla plays Herod in "I, Claudius". Source BBC
Zubin Varla plays Herod in “I, Claudius”. Source BBC

My actors/actresses (I know, I have not published any picture of some of the very good and talented actresses who work in these plays, shame on me) list consists on eighty-two different names of which I “new” (or had to but I had forgotten) just fourteen, which makes me reflect on how hard show business world is. Behind a handful of well-known fan-assaulted celebrities there is a legion of talented workers of the scenes who remain unknown to the big public. To all of them I just can say “thank you” followed by an “I’m sorry for not having noticed you before”.

2 thoughts on “Voices without a face

  1. T.H.I.S.
    This is so painfully true. There are legions of astounding talents out there.
    Thanks for reminding me to pay some more attention to the big picture.

    1. Thank you for your comment! Indeed, so many talented artists we will never know of or we will not pay enough attention to. I think this is also the reason why most of today’s well known actors and actresses are very down-to-earth, because they are perfectly aware that talent is not enough, recall the years they have spent praying for their phone to ring, and know that they are hundreds of people out there ready to take their place.

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