Kerry Shale

Kerry Shale is a Canadian born British actor, voice actor, singer and writer based in London, England.

Kerry Shale
Born (1958-06-17) 17 June 1958
ResidenceLondon, England, U.K.
OccupationActor, voice actor, singer, writer
Years active1978–present
Suzanne Shale (m. 1996)



Shale's film appearances include Barbra Streisand's Yentl, Michael Winterbottom's films Genova, Code 46, Jude and Welcome to Sarajevo, the Emmy-winning HBO film RKO 281 as well as 102 Dalmatians, Max, Little Shop of Horrors, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, The Special Relationship, The Jacket, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Final Portrait, Show Dogs and Angel Has Fallen. He played Adolf Eichmann in the short film Incognito, external link below.


Shale has played roles in Patrick Melrose, Living The Dream, The Trip To Spain, New Blood, Undercover, New Tricks, Mr. Selfridge. Other television acting work includes Red Dwarf (Series X), Life's Too Short, Doctor Who, The Trip, 10 Days To War, Holby City, Not Going Out, Gideon's Daughter and Love Soup, as well as episodes of Cracker, Joking Apart, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sharpe's Rifles, and The Tomorrow People. He played Mr. Beaver in the BBC's 1988 TV adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. He also played Ronnie Corbett's godson, Gavin in the TV series 'Sorry.'


Shale has voiced many UK series such as Dennis the Menace, Budgie the Little Helicopter, Captain Star and Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop. He has also voiced characters in the US version of Roary the Racing Car. His latest animation series is the BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning The Amazing World of Gumball for The Cartoon Network (UK and US). He has also voiced the narrator and characters of the US version of The Transporters.

Shale is a regular cast member of Thomas & Friends, providing voices for Henry, Gordon, Scruff, Harold, Max, Kevin, and Dash in the US as well as Diesel and Arry in the UK and US. He previously voiced James and Sir Topham Hatt in the US until Season 18, Rob Rackstraw and Keith Wickham took over the roles.


Shale's extensive work for the stage includes six solo shows (five of which he wrote). Other theatre credits include On The Town at the Royal Albert Hall, His Girl Friday at the National Theatre, Aunt Dan and Lemon at the Almeida, Lion In The Streets at Hampstead Theatre, True West for Shared Experience, Henry V at the Bristol Old Vic, The Normal Heart at the Royal Court, The Exonerated at the Riverside Studios and Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse. Shale also appeared in the Royal Exchange Theatre production of C P Taylor's Good. He co-wrote and appeared in the verbatim play Listen, We're Family and performed the title role in The 2000 Year Old Man by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.


Shale has acted in over 200 BBC radio plays, recorded Bill Bryson's travel books on the radio and as audiobooks, has won a Sony Award as Best UK Radio Actor and a Writers' Guild Award for his radio dramatisation of Dr. Strangelove in which he also played half a dozen roles. From 2002 - 2004, he wrote and presented Kerry Shale's Listy Show, an eclectic music program on Oneword Radio. He has often been the reader for BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week.


In addition to writing five one-man stage plays and a number of radio adaptations, Shale has written columns, reviews and sketches for BBC Radio, articles for The Guardian and The Word and a BAFTA-nominated video game Dog's Life. His play The Prince of West End Lane was given a staged reading at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Video games

Shale has voiced hundreds of video games. According to The Guinness Book of World Records - Gamers' Edition, Shale has provided more voices for a single video game (Dog's Life) than any other actor.[1]


He has narrated many television documentaries for the US and UK, including 1959: The Year That Changed Jazz and Shadows of Liberty. Shale's many audio books include the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child as well as Life of Pi (Reader of the Year, APA Awards), Slumdog Millionaire (Audie Award Winner, Best Male Reader), and The White Tiger, winner of the Man Booker prize.

Other work

In 2005, he began appearing on the panel of BBC programmes such as Newsnight Review, The Review Show and Radio 4's Saturday Review. He was one of the organizers (and MC) of the monthly London story-telling evening, True Stories Told Live. He was a member of the comedy Improv group People People.

Personal life

Shale is married to Suzanne Shale, a former Oxford University law don, who now works as a specialist in medical ethics.[2][3]



1983YentlYeshiva Student
1986Little Shop of HorrorsHer Assistant
1987The Living DaylightsVoice of Necros
1989Asterix and the Big FightAdditional VoicesEnglish version
1997Welcome to SarajevoUN Convoy Official
1998B. MonkeyTexan
The Misadventures of MargaretLibrarian
1999RKO 281Bernard Herrmann
2000102 DalmatiansLe Pelt's assistant
2002MaxDr. Levi
2003Code 46Clinic Doctor
2005The JacketProsecutor
Gideon's DaughterBadalamenti
The Wedding Date Clipboard ManagerUncredited
2006Manga Latina: Killer on the LooseVictor La Cruz
2009Universal Soldier: RegenerationDr. Robert Colin
Hero of the RailsThomas and SpencerOriginal UK voice
Henry, Gordon, James, Kevin and Sir Topham HattUS voice
2010Misty Island RescueDiesel (UK)
Henry, Gordon, James, Dash, Harold, Kevin and Sir Topham Hatt (US)
Voice; direct-to-DVD
London BoulevardLawyerUncredited
2011Day of the DieselsDiesel (UK)
Henry, Gordon, James, Kevin and Sir Topham Hatt (US)
'Arry, Bert and Sidney
Voice; direct-to-DVD
Arthur ChristmasUNFITA OPSVoice[4]
2012Blue Mountain MysteryDiesel (UK)
Henry, James, Kevin and Sir Topham Hatt, Mr. Percival and some workmen (US)
Voice; direct-to-DVD
A Fantastic Fear of EverythingHarvey Humphries
Tad, the Lost ExplorerTad Stones and KopponenVoice[4]
2013King of the RailwayDiesel (UK)
Henry, Gordon, James, Kevin and Sir Topham Hatt (US)
Voice; direct-to-DVD
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedHarry S. Truman
Hello CarterTara Evans
2014Tale of the BraveHenry, Gordon, James, Kevin and Sir Topham HattUS voice; direct-to-DVD
Blood MoonFather Domonic
2015MoonwalkersMr. White
NarcopolisMartin Fox
The Cannibal in the JunglePeter Kalas
Thomas (the Tank Engine) & Friends: The Adventure BeginsHenry and GordonUS voice; direct-to-DVD
Sodor's Legend of the Lost TreasureHenry, Gordon and Kevin
2016Thomas & Friends: The Great RaceHenry, Gordon and Kevin (US)
Diesel and Scruff
Voice; direct-to-DVD
2017Journey Beyond SodorHenry and Gordon (US)
Kevin and the Troublesome Trucks
Final PortraitArt Dealer
The Trip to SpainMatt
2018Show DogsKlaus Hochauser
Big World! Big Adventures!Henry, Gordon, Harold and Mr. Percival (US)
Diesel and Beau
2019Angel Has FallenAdmiral Paul Sebring


1994The Adventure of the Red CircleLeverton, a Pinkerton (detective agency) detectivePart of the Granada Television series Sherlock Holmes (1984 TV series), originally broadcast on ITV on 28 March 1994
1994-96Budgie the Little HelicopterChuck
2002Wilf the Witch's Dog
2009–presentThomas & FriendsHenry, Gordon, Dash, Scruff, Max, Farmer Trotter, Mr. Percival and Sir Lowham Hatt (US)
Diesel (US; 2015 onwards / UK), Kevin (UK; "Hasty Hannah" only / US), 'Arry and the Troublesome Trucks
Succeeded by Rob Rackstraw as James (US), Michael Brandon and Martin Sherman as Diesel and Keith Wickham as Sir Topham Hatt
2010The TripSteve's US Agent2 episodes
2011–19The Amazing World of GumballLarry Needlemeyer, Bobert, Leslie, Various characters

Video games

2003Space Channel 5: Part 2Fuse
2004Dog's LifeAdditional voices[1]
KillzoneISA Troops[4]
2008Hot Shots Golf: Out of BoundsFernando, Shigeki Maruyama, Maru-Chan, Clark[4]
2010Hot Shots Tennis: Get a GripToshi and Xavier[4]
2011LittleBigPlanet 2Lex Luthor[4]
2012DeponiaRufus, Cletus, Argus
LittleBigPlanet PS VitaLex Luthor
Chaos on DeponiaRufus, Cletus, Argus
2013Lego City UndercoverMarion Dunby
PuppeteerYing Yang and General Dragon[4]
Goodbye DeponiaRufus, Cletus, Argus
2014Transformers UniverseDerail[4]
2016Deponia DoomsdayRufus, Cletus, Argus
Batman: Arkham VRThug 3[4]
2017Xenoblade Chronicles 2Cressidus and Perceval[4]
2018Lego The Incredibles
2019Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with LoveThe Leader


  1. The Guinness Book of World Records - Gamers' Edition. Time, Inc. Home Entertainment. 2009. ISBN 978-1-904994-45-9.
  4. "Kerry Shale". Behind The Voice Actors. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
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