About Jim Dale

Jim Dale is beloved by millions of listeners for bringing the Harry Potter audiobooks to life through his playful character voices. His performances have captured the heart of even Queen Elizabeth II, who named him an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2003 for his work on Harry Potter and for “promoting English Children’s literature.” Dale’s numerous honors also include multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, Grammy Awards, and even a Tony Award and an Oscar nomination.

The magic that Jim Dale adds to the already-magical Harry Potter series helps account for why the perennial favorites in print are also among the best-selling audiobooks of all time. He tends to gravitate towards British children’s favorites such as The Hundred Acre Woods, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and A Christmas Carol, and has also ventured into YA territory with his performance of Erin Morgenstern’s bewitching fantasy The Night Circus. He says he loves the strange voices and fantastical creatures that these otherworldly stories allow him to create.

Dale is the one-time Guinness World Record holder for the greatest number of characters voiced in a single audiobook, and he has indeed voiced hundreds of characters in the Harry Potter series alone. Given a new world to voice, Dale is able to create an entire cast of characters that are distinct from the voices that he’s created in the past. And his instincts serve him well—moments into his performance of The Hundred Acre Woods, he is said to have swapped the voices of Piglet and Pooh because it just felt right.

In addition to his world-famous audiobook performances, Jim Dale has enjoyed a rich and varied stage and screen career dating back to the 1960s. He has starred in numerous award-winning performances on and off Broadway including his memorable turn as Scrooge in a musical production of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden Theater and has appeared in popular TV and film productions such as Pushing Daises and Pete’s Dragon.

Listener Favorites

Performance Highlights

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7
  • The Night Circus
  • Peter and the Starcatchers