Kerry Shale

Kerry Shale is a Canadian actor, voice-over artist and writer, based in London, England.

Kerry Shale
OccupationActor, voice-over artist, 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 to 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 gamesEdit

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 also voiced ‘Fuse’ in the video game Space Channel 5 and ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in "The Testament of Sherlock Holmes" and "Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments".


He has narrated many television documentaries for the US and UK, including 1959: The Year That Changed Jazz and Shadows of Liberty, even Wild Discovery. 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 workEdit

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 lifeEdit

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



Year Title Role(s) Notes
1983 Yentl Yeshiva Student
1985 Runaway Train Dubbing Voice, Uncredited
1986 Labyrinth Goblin Voice
Little Shop of Horrors Her Assistant
1987 The Living Daylights Voice of Necros
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace MBC Newscaster
1989 Asterix and the Big Fight Additional Voices English version
1996 Jude Showman
1997 Welcome to Sarajevo UN Convoy Official
1998 B. Monkey Texan
The Misadventures of Margaret Librarian
1999 RKO 281 Bernard Herrmann
2000 102 Dalmatians Le Pelt's assistant
2002 Max Dr. Levi
2003 Code 46 Clinic Doctor
2005 The Jacket Prosecutor
Gideon's Daughter Badalamenti
The Wedding Date Clipboard Manager Uncredited
2006 Manga Latina: Killer on the Loose Victor La Cruz
2008 Genova Stephen
2009 Universal Soldier: Regeneration Dr. Robert Colin
Hero of the Rails Thomas and Spencer Original UK voice
Henry, Gordon, James, Kevin and Sir Topham Hatt US voice
2010 Misty Island Rescue Diesel (UK)
Henry, Gordon, James, Dash, Harold, Kevin and Sir Topham Hatt (US)
Voice; direct-to-DVD
London Boulevard Lawyer Uncredited
2011 Day of the Diesels Diesel (UK)
Henry, Gordon, James, Kevin and Sir Topham Hatt (US)
'Arry, Bert and Sidney
Voice; direct-to-DVD
Arthur Christmas UNFITA OPS Voice[4]
2012 Blue Mountain Mystery Diesel (UK)
Henry, James, Kevin, Sir Topham Hatt, Mr. Percival and some workmen (US)
Voice; direct-to-DVD
A Fantastic Fear of Everything Harvey Humphries
Tad, the Lost Explorer Tad Stones and Kopponen Voice[4]
2013 King of the Railway Diesel (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 Disappeared Harry S. Truman
Hello Carter Tara Evans
2014 Tale of the Brave Henry, Gordon, James, Kevin and Sir Topham Hatt US voice; direct-to-DVD
Blood Moon Father Domonic
2015 Moonwalkers Mr. White
Narcopolis Martin Fox
The Cannibal in the Jungle Peter Kalas
Thomas (the Tank Engine) & Friends: The Adventure Begins Henry and Gordon US voice; direct-to-DVD
Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure Henry, Gordon and Kevin
2016 Thomas & Friends: The Great Race Henry, Gordon and Kevin (US)
Diesel and Scruff
Voice; direct-to-DVD
2017 Journey Beyond Sodor Henry and Gordon (US)
Kevin and the Troublesome Trucks
Final Portrait Art Dealer
The Trip to Spain Matt
2018 Show Dogs Klaus Hochauser
Big World! Big Adventures! Henry, Gordon, Harold and Mr. Percival (US)
Diesel and Beau
2019 Angel Has Fallen Admiral Paul Sebring


Years Title Role(s) Notes
1981 Sorry! Gavin Episode: "The Godfather"
1983 The Comic Strip Presents... Willy Episode: "Five Go Mad on Mescalin"
1984 Freud Otto Rank Miniseries
1988 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Mr. Beaver 6 episodes
1992 A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia American Reporter TV Movie
1993 Cracker Scene of Crime Expert Episode: The Mad Woman in the Attic: Part 1
1994 The Adventure of the Red Circle Leverton, a Pinkerton (detective agency) detective Part of the Granada Television series Sherlock Holmes (1984 TV series), originally broadcast on ITV on 28 March 1994
1994–96 Budgie the Little Helicopter Chuck
1996-98 Dennis the Menace Gnasher Voice
2002 Wilf the Witch's Dog
2007 Holby City Dr. Costello Episode: Paranoid Android
2009–present Thomas & Friends Henry, Gordon, James, 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, Connor (UK/US; 2020 onwards)
Succeeded by Rob Rackstraw as James (US), Michael Brandon and Martin Sherman as Diesel and Keith Wickham as Sir Topham Hatt
2010 The Trip Steve's US Agent 2 episodes
2011 Doctor Who Doctor Renfrew Episode: Day of the Moon
2011–19 The Amazing World of Gumball Larry Needlemeyer, Bobert, Leslie, Various Characters
2020 The Sandman Abel, Brute, Various Characters

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role(s) Notes
2003 Space Channel 5: Part 2 Fuse
2004 Dog's Life Additional voices [1]
Killzone ISA Troops [4]
2008 Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds Fernando, Shigeki Maruyama, Maru-Chan, Clark [4]
2010 Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip Toshi and Xavier [4]
2011 LittleBigPlanet 2 Lex Luthor [4]
2012 Deponia Rufus, Cletus, Argus
LittleBigPlanet PS Vita Lex Luthor
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes [4]
Chaos on Deponia Rufus, Cletus, Argus
2013 Lego City Undercover Marion Dunby
Puppeteer Ying Yang and General Dragon [4]
Goodbye Deponia Rufus, Cletus, Argus
2014 Transformers Universe Derail [4]
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments Sherlock Holmes [4]
2015 Lego Dimensions Marion Dunby [4]
2016 Deponia Doomsday Rufus, Cletus, Argus
Batman: Arkham VR Thug 3 [4]
Steep Radio DJ Larry Miller [4]
2017 Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Star-Lord [4]
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Cressidus and Perceval [4]
2018 Lego The Incredibles Additional voices
2019 Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love The Leader
Terminator: Resistance NPCs [4]


  1. ^ a b The Guinness Book of World Records - Gamers' Edition. Time, Inc. Home Entertainment. 2009. ISBN 978-1-904994-45-9.
  2. ^ "True stories told live: Storytelling with Meg Rosoff and Kerry Shale at Voewood". The Guardian. 14 October 2011. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
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  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "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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