I’m originally from the Midlands region of England. Characterised by unique accents, this environment helped to build my repertoire as a female voice over artist.
According to experts, the distinctively minor-key, sing-song West Midlands sounds can be traced back to medieval times.
The West Midlands dialect now includes some bostin’ (smashing) expressions, perfect for clarting about (mucking around).
My parents came from Sedgeley and Tipton in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and I was born in Wolverhampton (pronounced “Wolverrampton” by locals). I spent part of my growing-up years in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire. I’m as Midlands as they come, so I can give you the right sound for your female West Midlands voice-over project.
Since I was immersed in Midlands sounds from early childhood, they are second nature to me. I can easily provide your Black Country female voiceover, or your Birmingham female voiceover in a Solihull style. I am the on-hold voice for Worcester-based Vax, and my other clients in the Midlands region include West Midlands buses and the Birmingham City Council.
People from outside the Midlands might not be able to distinguish between Black Country and Birmingham dialects, but locals can tell the difference! My birthplace, Wolverhampton, is in the Black Country, where we’re referred to as “Yam Yams.” I’m the consummate Midlands voice over actor—and in regions of the UK like the Midlands, using genuine professional voiceover actors pays off.
My mother was an actress, and thus I was made to be RP (Thank you, Mummy!), and this is why RP is my default, natural tone. For many years, I have lived “down south” and am a trained RP speaker.
As you’ll hear in my demos above, you can take the voice out of the Midlands, but you can’t take the Midlands out of the voice. Ta ra a bit! (Bye for now!)