Voiceover

David’s facility with voices has undoubtedly been a great asset to him as a performer and helped him especially in his early days.  Today he continues to use that talent; both in children’s television, as he as always done, but also to record audiobooks for the RNIB.

Looking back on a long career, there are many highlights worth mentioning and his role in ‘giving voice’ to certain well-known characters has kept him much in demand at fan conventions.

Gerry Anderson

A lucky break happened for David with the launch of commercial television in Britain. It was about this time that he met Gerry Anderson:

“It all started when I did a live-action tv film at Elstree which Gerry directed. Although he happened to be directing this cops and robbers thing, his background was in the technical side of the business, and I think his mind was very set on puppet film making. When I heard that I pricked up my ears and said: ‘I’m not bad on accents and voices.’ When he got underway he was good enough to contact me and it all started”.

Four Feather Falls, a Granada production, was David’s first collaboration with Gerry Anderson. They were 15 minute children’s programmes featuring cowboy themed puppets. David played ‘Gramps’, a character he based on Hollywood star Walter Brennan.

This lead to a lot more work with Anderson, creating the voices for characters in Supercar, Fireball XL5 and Stingray.

But David is still probably best known amongst Anderson fans for Thunderbirds where he created the voices of ‘Parker’, ‘Brains’, ‘Gordon Tracy’, ‘Kyrano,’ as well as various other occasional characters.

The voice of Parker was based on a real person as David recounts here:

“Gerry took me to a restaurant in Cookham, near the studio in Slough. Gerry had already listened to this waiter and he invited him over. The waiter said: ‘Would you like to see the wine list?’ . . . We elaborated on the voice, but basically it was Parker.”

Dr Who

Another memorable job for David was inventing the voices of those mechanical villains, the Daleks, in Dr Who:

“I originated the Dalek voices for Doctor Who with Peter Hawkins. We went into the studio and created a style for these voices. Then they fed them through an electronic machine. I did quite a few of the early Dalek adventures.”

David worked on the first five Dalek stories but eventually was forced to leave it to Peter Hawkins for a while due to the pressure of other work.

 

Recent voiceover

Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom

Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom are the latest in a pedigree line of television programmes for children where David has been involved as a voiceover artist, supplying the voices for characters that are destined to become much loved by a new generation of children.

Peppa Pig, where David voices the character of Grandpa Pig, is already a brand name worth £95 million pounds with record viewing figures on both sides of the Atlantic. Ben and Holly (David plays The Wise Old Elf) is from the same stable and seems set to follow Peppa in the popularity stakes.

Not for the first time, David makes a valuable contribution to a winning formula . . .

 

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98 Responses to Voiceover

  • David Wachenschwanz says:

    Love this site! The first Gerry Andersen production I ever saw as a kid was SuperCar. Can’t get enough of the Supermarionation shows!

    Kind regards

  • david graham says:

    Dear David Many thanks for your kind remarks about my site and work

    David Graham

  • David Wachenschwanz says:

    Mr Graham, did you voice the character Dr. Horatio Beaker? “Satisfactory. Most satisfactory!”

  • david graham says:

    Yes

  • Jim Smith says:

    Dear David

    It was an honour to meet you and Matt Zimmerman in 2005 at the fanderson convention in Borehamwood. It was also great to meet Alan Perry and Gerry Anderson as well.
    Are you still in contact with any ot the other members of the production team?

    Jim

  • david graham says:

    Dear Jim Smith Thanks for your message. I do keep in touch with some of the production team but time is taking its toll.

  • Tony Bolton says:

    Dear David…

    One of those strange unexplainable moments in life. My twins, Bridget n Lewis love Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly. Of course I watch them also and being in my late 40s had a sort of Deja Vu moments when Grandpa and Wise old Elf spoke. Upon (some may say sad) investigation I discovered your many other voice overs in particular those in Thunderbirds. Mystery solved.

    Tony.

    • david graham says:

      Dear Tony Glad that your twins are fans of mine. We are at present recording another series of Ben and Holly in which I also play a very greedy Gnome. Very best to you and Bridget and Lewis.
      Davvid Graham

  • Jonny Feest says:

    Just heard you on radio solent… its brought back many happy memories from my childhood. The voice work in Thunderbirds was exceptionally skillful and involving. The converstations between Parker and Penelope legendary. Zimmerman , Rimmer and Graham three of the best voice over artists ever… BRAVO !!

  • Stephen R. says:

    Dear David,
    Heartfelt thanks for all the great voices! I’m most appreciative for the way you portrayed Brains. I remember an instance in ‘Sunprobe’ where Brains said ” I.. don’t think they’re going to make it ” . Just stands out to me amongst the many, MANY, wonderful performances. Best to you now and always,
    Stephen R.

  • Melenie says:

    What a great career you have had! Had no idea that Grandpa Pig and the Wise Old Elf were Parker in a previous existence!

    Just love the humour in Ben & Holly and Peppa Pig. Thank you so much, Grandpa ‘ig!

    All the best,

    Melenie

  • Dear David,
    Good god I am so pleased to have found your website1.Thank you for all the entertainment crown jewels you alone have created. How does a person speak to a legend. i suppose to humbly thank you for your amazing work I have enjoyed all my life.. and now my children enjoy. You sir truly span ages of television legend simply a heart felt thank you and my total admiration for your work
    yours kindly
    Geoff marriott in Norfolk 47 yrs ex Royal Air Force

    • david graham says:

      Dear Geoff I was quite touched by your warm words regarding my career. It is so good to know that my efforts have been appreciated.

      Best wishes david

    • david graham says:

      Dear Geoff So many thanks for your warm words regarding my work down the years. Much appreciated. My main aim has been to entertain and to give pleasure. By the way I am also ex RAF Radar Mechanic. Think i am a better actor though.

      Best wishes David Graham

  • Hi David or should I call you “The Wise Old Elf”

    Your voice is awesome, my son and I love watching Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly. In particular we love it when the wise old elf shouts “aarrrrgggghhhh”. My 2.5 year old son thinks it’s hilarious. Do you know of anywhere I can get hold of a sound clip of it. I would love to have that set as a ringtone on my mobile phone.

    Keep up the fantastic work.

    Kindest Regards,

    Alec & Ben Fletcher

    • david graham says:

      Dear Alec and Ben Fletcher Many thanks for your warm words on my voice.

      efforts. Much appreciated. I will try and get a clip of what you need for your mobile phone.

      Best wishes David

  • Jim SMith says:

    Hi David

    Do you ever get asked to do the voices of Gordon Tracy or Kyrano?

    Also have you got any memories of Reg Hill or Chrisitne Glanville?

    Jim

    • david graham says:

      Dear Jim Just picked up your message. As regards Gordon Tracy and Kyrano I don’t often get asked to do their voices. It’s mainly Parker and Brains.

      I have only good memories of Reg and Christine now sadly left us. Both of them made vital contributions to the series.

      Best David

  • Martin Lee says:

    Dear David

    I’m so delighted to have found your website. Your voice is amazingly distinctive, so much so that for me, it’s the voice of Supercar, Fireball XL5 and Thunderbirds. I know you have done so much more but I would like you to know that yours is the voice of my boyhood and means a lot to me. Thank you so much.

    Best Wishes

    Martin

  • david graham says:

    Dear Martin Many thanks for your message and kind words about my work. I shall be attending a Thunderbirds event in November at the RAF Museum in Cosford so the series reverberates down the years. Am working on a series called Ben and Holly at present.

    Best wishes David

  • Annabel says:

    Hello David. I worked as an engineer in the RNIB Talking Book studios in the late 90s, where you regularly, brilliantly recorded books. I now have a little girl and we have started to watch lots of episodes of Peppa Pig (which we both love!) I just had to look up to see if Grandpa Pig was the same David Graham with whom I worked, and am delighted to find that it is and you are still doing great stuff. Lovely to hear you again – thank you and keep at it!

    • david graham says:

      Dear Annabel Not sure if I replied to your message. Delighted to hear that your little girl is enjoying Peppa Pig. Does she watch Ben and Holly too as I play The Wise Old Elf in that.

      Afraid that I am out of favour with the RNIB. However I survive.

      Very best wishes David

  • Eric Smith says:

    Dear David,
    What a pleasure it was to speak to you on BBC Radio Shropshire. You were a delight to talk to, and thank you for all the pleasure you’ve given many of us with your wonderful “voices” over the years.

  • Colin Glover says:

    Hi David,
    Just found this site. Just seen the new Lemsip advert on TV, and what do I hear? Your dulcet tones! Well I think it is. Can you confirm or deny this please? On an unrelated note, can you tell me anything about the new series of Thunderbirds Gerry was talking about on BBC news 24 in 2011, as we’ve heard nothing since.
    Regards,
    Colin.

    • david graham says:

      Dear Colin Thanks for your message. Yes it is my voice on the Lemsip ad. As regards the proposed series of Thunderbirds it didn’t work out. Sadly Gerry is in a nursing home and very poorly. Have a happy festive season.

      Best wishes David

  • Paul Hampson says:

    Hi David,

    Just wanted to say how much myself and my kids enjoy watching Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly, and this is mainly down to the fantastic voiceovers from yourself and others. The Wise Old Elf is our favourite character in any cartoon and you make him so believable. Hope there are many more series to come, keep up the good work!
    Hope you have a great Christmas and New Year.

    Best wishes,
    Paul

    • david graham says:

      Dear Paul Many thanks for your warm comments about my work on Peppa and Ben and Holly. The Wise Old Elf is a lovely character to play thanks to the writers. Hopefully there will be more to come. So watch this space. Best wishes to you and the children for the New Year.

      David

  • Colin Glover says:

    So saddened to hear the news about the passing away of Gerry Anderson. Have you been contacted in regards to any tribute programmes that are being produced, and if so, have you any idea of when they were broadcast. Also, what’s your own favourite memory of Gerry?
    Keep up the Voicovers! You are an inspiration!
    Regards,
    Colin.

    • david graham says:

      Dear Colin Thanks for the message. Yes a sad day for me. I have given a number of radio interviews, but as yet I have not heard of any plans for a tribute programme. It is still early days. My favourite memory of Gerry was our first meeting on a television series called Martin Kane. He was directing and was the beginning of a long and fruitful working relationship. He warmly inscribed my copy of his official biography. Have a good 2013.

      David

  • Colin Glover says:

    I meant ‘Will be broadcast’ not were, sorry David.

  • Alexander Kay says:

    Dear David Graham, thank you so much for signing my merchandise and having your photo with me at the West Ham Doctor Who signing. It was so great to finally meet one of the people made my childhood so special through programmes such as Thunderbirds, Fireball XL5, etc.

    I owe it to people like you and Gerry Anderson for inspiring me to work in the Entertainment industry and your fantastic performances have led to my fascination with, and respect for, voice actors who I love working with and talking to.

    Thank you once again, it really was an absolute pleasure.

    Kind regards,

    Alexander Kay

    • david graham says:

      Dear Alexander Thanks very much for your very warm remarks regarding my work and career.I am gratified that I seem to have given a lot pleasure to a lot of people like yourself. if you decide to work in the entertainment field I want to wish you every success. However it is a tough road to follow. Have faith.

      Best wishes David Graham

  • Nick Boardman says:

    Dear David, I am big admirer of the television production of the 60′s and 70′s, do you think they have it easy today?

    • david graham says:

      Dear Nick Interested to hear your views and preferences. I was involved then and am involved now with Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom so I have a foot in both worlds fortunately.

      Best wishes David Graham

  • Simon Drew says:

    Dear David
    I am so pleased that I have found your website,and that you are obviously well and busy!
    Long time ago…in a studio far far away etc etc
    Take care
    Kind Regards
    Simon

    • david graham says:

      Dear Simon How nice to hear from you. I hope that you are well. Yes I am still active and in my eighties! Have kept myself in shape and my voice is still flexible. Am a regular in Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly. Hope it all lasts. Thanks once again for your message.

      V Best wishes David

  • Mat Smith says:

    Hi David, I have just been listening to you on radio 5 live, and I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you, for your work on Ben and Holly and Pepper pig. I know that your performance as the wise old elf brings me and my son hours of pleasure every weekend.
    Keep up the good work
    Thanks
    Mat and Oliver
    x

    • david graham says:

      Dear Mat and Oliver Many thanks for your kind words and pleased that my acting gives you both pleasure. That is the focus of all my efforts as a performer. Long may it continue.

      Best wishes to you both David

  • Tom Nichol says:

    Dear Mr. Graham:
    Like you, I was deeply saddened to hear, first of Gerry Anderson’s being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and then of his death, only six months after the diagnosis was announced. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of watching Supercar and Fireball XL5, and I am delighted to have the chance to establish contact with one of the creative team that helped Mr. Anderson bring both of those series to life. Those must have been halcyon days, I am sure!

    I am also glad to know that you are continuing to use your abilities to entertain audiences throughout Britain, and through today’s various technologies, around the world! I can only say, as Dr. Horatio Beaker would, “Satisfactory! MOST Satisfactory!” Take care and God bless!

    • david graham says:

      Dear Tom Thanks very much for your very kind message. Gerry’s death is a very sad loss. we had a long working relationship which was important to my career. However his work will live on in the memories of all those multitudes who loved it. Yesterday I attended an event in London and signed pictures of the Thunderbird series and talked to fans which is always rewarding. So thanks and be well.

      Best wishes David Graham

  • Simon Drew says:

    David
    Thanks so much for replying.
    So glad you are well and happy
    Hugs
    Simon

  • Lisa Hudson says:

    Dear David thankyou for all the wonderful characters youv brought us.My three little ones adore grandpa and wise elf.My favorite is wise elf although I’m old enough to know better. I have decided to adopt you as my grandpa as I never knew either of mine. You’ll be perfect. Love and thanks for all your work.

    • david graham says:

      Dear Lisa and little ones Thanks you for your kind and touching message and for my adoption. You may be interested to hear that they are going to bring back the Thunderbirds series from the 1960′s in which I was involved as the voice of Parker and Brains and many others. It is not due to transmit until 2015. I hope that I will still be around.

      Very best wishes Grandpa

  • Dave Penny says:

    Hi David
    First of all you are to Ben and Holly as what Ian Mckellen is to Lord of the Rings.
    I never actually realised that I have heard or seen so much of your Tv/radio appearances
    absolutely loved the Superman radio plays.
    you seem to do some conventions when and where are your next one?
    And just out of curiousity were you approached or are you doing the for the voiceover for the Dr Who special “Adventures in Space and time?

    I have just added you into my living legend list.

    Keep up the great work on Ben and Holly.

    Thanks Dave.

    • david graham says:

      Dear Dave many thanks for your very kind thoughts on my work. I always make every effort to please and messages such as yours make it all worthwhile. As regards conventions I mainly attend those connected with Dr Who and Thunderbirds. I will let you know when the next one is. i have not been approached to do the voice over for the Dr Who special although I hope to attend the 50th anniversary bash later in the year. I shall have a job living up to the living legend label.
      Thanks and best wishes David

  • Guy Jackson says:

    Hello, David, and greetings from a fan from “across the pond”!

    I was born and raised in a small town called Moline in the state of Illinois here in the US. While we received a smattering of UK shows there on occasion – one of my most favorite shows as a young boy was “Fireball XL5″ [along with an early Irwin Allen produced show - "Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea"]. Recently – I pulled out my XL5 DVD boxset and listened to your commentary track on one of the episodes. As luck would have it – I really became a fan of “Doctor Who” in the past year and started systematically watching episodes from the start with the First Doctor (William Hartnell). Imagine my surprise when I saw your name as one of the original Dalek voices AND there was no mistaking that voice (similar to Professor Matic) when “Charlie – the bartender” appeared in the First Doctor episode “The Gunfighters” (sorry – I haven’t gotten up to the Tom Baker years yet so I haven’t seen you as “Kerensky”).

    Thank you for all your years of entertaining the world. I wish you well and hope that perhaps – you might be able to travel to Los Angeles sometime for, say, the Gallifrey One convention.

    Guy

    P.S. “Fireball XL5″ was one of the inspirations for me having worked at NASA (the Langley Research Center). I’ve had a long association with science fiction and space and had 2 pieces of equipment on the Space Shuttle and am presently involved with space tourism.

  • david graham says:

    Dear Guy Many thanks for your complimentary and very interesting message. I am proud that in a small way I was the inspiration in your taking up science and working for NASA. Dr Who is a long time ago but is still very popular in this country and around the world. In November they are going to celebrate the 50th anniversary with a special celebratory event in London. I also created some of the famous voices in Thunderbirds. Parker and Brains and they are shortly to start making a new series for transmission in 2015. So I keep going.

    Best wishes David

  • Denise Manning says:

    Hello David
    I have just been watching Ben and Holly with my 3 year old daughter and laughing at the Wise Old Elf and was compelled to put a face to the voice so here I am! Loved finding that you also voiced the Gnome and your earlier work too – I loved Thunderbirds! Your voice is legendary.
    Take care
    Denise

    • david graham says:

      Dear Denise and three year old daughter. Glad that my voices have down well in the Manning household. It makes it all worthwhile to receive messages such as yours. There may be another series of Thunderbirds on the way. Happy viewing!

      Best wishes David

  • Tim Cooke says:

    Hi David, would you be kind enough please to drop me a brief line via timscribe@btinternet.com so I can discuss a small project with you for a community radio station.
    will explain all by return
    many thanks.
    Tim Cooke

  • Chris Morris says:

    Dear David aka Mr. Hackenbacker,
    I am a huge Thunderbirds & Captain Scarlet fan! I have both original series on dvd and love your character “Brains”. Did you do any v/o work on Captain Scarlet? Who is the new “Brains” on the upcoming Thunderbirds series? Keep up the good work! -Chris Morris
    Leesburg, Florida U.S.A.
    P.S.-I have the live-action Thunderbirds movie on dvd & Anthony Edwards does not do you or “Brains” justice!

    • david graham says:

      Dear Chris Many thanks for your kind remarks regarding Thunderbirds. I did not create any voices for Captain Scarlet. Thunderbirds was my swan song for Gerry Anderson. I begin recording the new series in July. I will be reprising Parker but don’t know about Brains at the moment. It is nice after 50 years to be still going strong.

      Thanks and best wishes David

      • Chris Morris says:

        Dear David aka “Nosey Parker”, It’s great that you get to reprise Parker! Here’s hoping you & he get to land your fair share of Parker Haymakers on the evildoers! I’ll pray for you that you get to reprise Brains. Your #1 fan, Chris Morris

  • Hi David
    Were you aware that Parker was born on May 30th 2013?
    Did anyone ask you to commemorate this momentous day?
    I have a full scale studio replica and thought we should have a party?!
    Cheers
    David

  • Griff Wason says:

    Hello David,

    I have only just discovered that you have a website! What can I say? I am so very grateful and indebted to you. Your wonderful work, your astonishingly versatile and amazing voice talent. I have always loved and adored the work of Gerry Anderson and his wonderful team. Your wonderful skill and voice – to me – has become synonymous with the beautifully created and enormously loved characters that you helped to create. Thunderbird’s especially helped me get through a fairly painful and wretched childhood, it helped me go to a place where my illness couldn’t get me. The myriad of voice characters you created are forever etched in my DNA. Simply wonderful work.

    Thank you so much again for everything you have done. My wife and I wish you and your family every health, wealth and happiness for now and forever.

    Best wishes,

    Griff

    • david graham says:

      Dear Griff I was touched by your very kind letter and unstinting praise of my work. It makes all the effort and occasional setbacks in my hazardous profession worthwhile. Gerry Anderson’s passing was a sad loss. I owe him a great deal. He kept faith with me over a long period. You will pleased to know that they are going to make a new series of Thunderbirds for transmission in 2015 and I shall be reprising my character of Parker which of course I am happy about. It gives me additional pleasure that in some way I enabled you to get over a difficult off your life.
      Very best wishes to you and your family David

  • Edward Staines says:

    Dear David, as the master of the voiceover what advice and tips would you give for anyone wanting to become a voice artist now?
    Kind regards,
    Edward

    • david graham says:

      Dear Edward Voiceover work is but a branch of the acting profession in which I served a long and sometimes hard apprenticeship. For the former one needs to have a flexible voice and an ear finely attuned to accents and dialects. If you are blessed with any of these attributes then by all means give it ago. However it is tough out there.

      Best wishes David

  • Jackson O'Connor says:

    Dear David,

    I just wanted to say that your voice, via Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, echos through our house at all times of the day. Thank you for your wonderful work, both my little boys (2 and 4 years) are in love with the shows and the characters you voice are favourites.

    Cheers from Australia,
    The O’Connor Household

    • Dear Jackson and the Lads Many thanks for your warm and kind remarks on my efforts on Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly. It makes it all worthwhile to know that my little customers approve. I went to a party the other week to mark the end of the second series of Ben and Holly so tell the boys that there is more on the way. I toured Australia with The National Theatre Company many years ago.
      Very best wishes David

  • Darren Martin says:

    Hi. My two year old loves Ben and Holly, as do I! Is it possible that you could do a little recorded message for him somehow as Wise Old Elf?? That would be brilliant! Darren

  • Dear Darren As for the recording how could it be done?

    David Graham

  • Laura Horder says:

    Dear Mr Graham,
    Francoise Pascal suggested I get in touch with you. I dated Jeremy Lloyd back in the eighties, and would simply love to see him again. Have you any ideas?
    Regards
    Lauta Horder

    • Dear Lauta Horder I was a little non plussed by your message. Although I know of Jeremy Lloyd I am not in touch with him. So I do not know how Francoise Pascal thought I could help. She might have confused me with someone else. Sorry not to be of assistance in this matter.
      Best wishes David Graham

  • Dear Mr Graham
    I was wondering could you spare some time to let me interview you over Skype.
    The reason why I’m asking is because I’m interested and I’m sure some of your fans are interested as well in what got you into acting and the roles you have played. I would only ask simple questions such as what got you into acting and what the hardest part of acting is for you. I would also like to ask about what has been your favourite role to play so far, any tips you could give to new voice actors and what do you have planned for in the future.

    Plus if you agree to the interview I would use a clip from one of your performances (if copyright will allow me too) or voice demos as a way to introduce you and if you want you could tell me which clip you would prefer to use and I would use it.

    If you are available for an interview let me know and we could arrange a date for it if you are unavailable for an interview or do not wish to be interviewed let me know and I won’t trouble you again.

    I will attach my channel so you can see the other interviews I have done with this message so you can see how it will be done if you agree. Just so you know it will be completely audio recording, no video recording what so ever.

    Hope to hear from you soon
    From
    Michael Morley

    P.S.
    Sorry for posting this interview request here as I did not know of any other way of contacting you.
    Also this will be my show’s 50th episode and it would mean a lot to me if you agreed to come on :)

  • Michael Morley says:

    (adding on from my last message)
    Sorry I thought I should attach my link in a separate message as when I posted my request I did not see my link appear in it. So I thought just incase it didn’t go through here it is.
    Again sorry for the second message
    http://www.youtube.com/user/goblinsrevenge

  • Colin Glover says:

    Hi David,
    Glad to hear you’re reprising Parker for the new ‘Thunderbirds Are Go!’ series, but why didn’t they cast you as Brains again? ‘That’s takin’ a di-habolical liberty Milady! I ‘ope the Rolls – Royce and the craft ‘aven’t changed too much in design Mr Tracy.’

  • Martin Newsome says:

    Hi David,
    Many thanks for your contributions to the entertainment industry. Your voice is legendary. My grandson loves Pepper Pig and Ben and Holly which is watched as often as possible. I too have a fairly flexable voice and quite often get asked to speak wirh my own voice for once as I keep changing accents and impressions. Kind regards, Martin.

  • Poppy and Isla says:

    Hello we are Poppy aged 8 and Isla aged 5 and we really really love watching Ben and Holly. Our favourite characters are Nanny Plum and the Wise Old Elf. We think it is really funny when they argue and go bright red. Our favouite episode is when they swap jobs for the day and when they got stuck in space playing I spy for ever!
    We also like it when his ears wiggle and he says “Nanny’s doing magic” and gets cross and shouts “Nanny P-lum”.
    You remind us of our grandad who we call Bumper. He is not very tall and he is like a wise old elf too!
    Thankyou for making us laugh every day (and our big brother and sister and mum and dad love it too). You are very wise too. love from Poppy and Isla xxx

    • Dear Poppy and Isla Thank you very much for your jolly nice message. So pleased that you enjoy Ben and Holly. I love giving pleasure to children. That is why I enjoy being an actor. I like your nickname for your grandad and hope that he has a Bumper Christmas and you as well. So best wishes to you brother sister and mum and dad from the Wise Old Elf and David Graham.
      PS I do the voice of the Gnome as well.

  • Keith Stewart says:

    Mr Graham, what a fantastic career you have had and still enjoy! As a boy I loved Supercar but more particularly Fireball XL5 and Steve Zodiac. After every episode my friend and I would rush outside and re-enact it! I enjoyed your work in Thunderbirds and my daughter also caught the Supermarionation fever to the extent she wore out my video with over use! Nowadays, my grand daughter is captivated by Peppa Pig. Deepest thanks from three generations of the Stewart family. F.A.B. David!

    • Dear Keith Many thanks for your very warm remarks on my work and career.I have always tried my utmost to use my gifts to the full and messages like yours make it all worth while. To give pleasure to young and old alike. I am now recording a new series of Thunderbirds to be transmitted in 2015 and hope to do more Peppa Pig as well. I also work on Ben and Holly. Thanks again and may I wish and your family a Very Happy Christmas.

      David Graham

  • Jay Frederick says:

    F.A.B. !! I’m sure you’ve been told MILLIONS of times how amazing and enjoyable it is to have had the pleasure of viewing your work over the years as I grew up……hopefully you aren’t getting tired of it!

    As a member of the Commonwealth (Canada) we “kiddies” grew up on Fireball, Thunderbirds et al and as I got older (and still watch episodes at age 54) have come to appreciate the varied character voices, requisite hard work and talent that you bring to the game.

    I am planning another trip to the UK (hopefully this year) and would welcome the chance to interview you for a local magazine as a freelance writer, but also to have the privilege of conversing with “Lord Parker” over a few pints – my treat of course – next to wanting to be Virgil and fly the big iron of Thunderbird 2, my favourite character was undoubtedly Parker – LOVE the accent!

    Truly a credit to the industry and the to memories of yet another little boy who grew up watching Supermarionation and listening to the dulcet tones of a great voice-over artist!

    Thank God for DVD collections of Gerry Anderson’s series, as well as the compilation of great musical material from Barry Gray.

    I look forward to the chance to meet you soon!

    • Dear Jay Frederick Thanks for your message and thoughts on my work. If you let me know when you will be coming to London I will try and set a time for an interview. By the way I am a half a pint man. I am now recording a new series of Thunderbirds which will be transmitted in 2015.

      Regards David Graham

  • Robin Hill says:

    Dear David,

    It is a real pleasure listening to your voice each morning with my two children, Kayla and Lachla, as we watch Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom here in ABC4kids in Sydney. Thank you for providing a voice to a character who brings a lot of laughs and enjoyment to me (Dad) plus the kids. I realise there is a whole underlying positive message in each episode which is so nice.

    I did want to ask if you had an inspiration for the voice of Wise Old Elf?

    regards

    Robin

    • david graham says:

      Dear Robin Sorry for the delay in replying to your kind message, Pleased that your children enjoy the Wise Old Elf. The series recently won an Emmy Award in New York. As for the inspiration for the character I plucked it out of my imaginative store house.

      Best wishes to you and the children David Graham

  • Josh Connor says:

    dear David,

    Thought you were brilliant in all your roles in Doctor Who. Where you offered or did you audition for any parts in the series? and if asked, would you return to the series to voice a dalek or play a part on screen?

    regards

    Josh

  • Simon says:

    Just found your website….I was a great fan of Thunderbirds during my childhood. Came up with a pretty silly joke the other day re. the Pistorius trial:

    Prosecutor: ‘Now, just supposing Mr Pistorius that you were called Parker and I told you to ‘Go and get the car!’, what would your reply be?’

    Pistorius: ‘Yes, M’lady!’

    All the best David!

  • Dan Cooper says:

    Dear David. I had the great pleasure of meeting you over the weekend at the Andercon event. You very kindly signed a wonderful picture of Parker for me and also a plaster cast bust of Parker. You are a true gentleman and someone I have admired for many years. You fullfilled a childhood dream for me. At 50 years old now I felt like an excited child at the Andercon event and meeting you Sir was the icing on the cake. A true entertainer! Bless you.
    Kindest regards
    Dan

    • david graham says:

      Dear Dan many thanks for your kind message. It was a pleasure to meet you and sign a couple of things. Am pleased that you enjoyed the Andercon event .

      Best wishes David

  • John White says:

    To Dear David,

    How many joyful moments you have given to so, so many people .. how richly fulfilling for you to know you have given so much happiness to so many …

    Your wise old elf character is so amusing .. this little man constantly frustrated with others .. thinking he is so capable yet often in need of rescue …

    To discover you were once a dalek was a shock .. you are so versatile .. your characterizations are so polished .. complete .. you create whole people with their own personality, foibles, touching ways .. you bring a warmth and humanity to your work .. you enrich our lives .. more than you will ever know …

    Thank you for all you give dear sir .. and bless you.

    John.

    • david graham says:

      Dear John I was quite touched to receive your very kind message and to know how much my efforts are appreciated. I am very lucky to be in a profession in which it is possible to entertain and bring such warm feelings to people such as you so eloquently express. I always make every effort to work from the heart and be truthful to my characters. Thanks again for your kind remarks.

      Best wishes David

  • Rose says:

    Hello Wise Old Elf,

    My name is Rose and I love watching Ben and Holly. It is my favourite programme ever! I am allowed to watch a couple of episodes before I go to bed! I have my very own Gaston too, but he is not very good at flying! I also love Peppa Pig too, I have all the DVD’sand sometimes catch my Mummy and Daddy watching them when I have gone to bed! Her hee hee!

    Thank you for being brilliant Wise Old Elf!

    Love Rose, aged 2 yrs and 4months

    • david graham says:

      Hello Rose What a very nice message you sent me. You are a very grown up 2 yrs and 4 months. Glad that you also like Peppa Pig. I also am the voice of the Gnome in Ben and Holly. He is very very greedy! I will think of you when I am next recording and try even harder to be good. Goodbye for now and lots of luck from the Wise Old Elf Grandpa Pig the Gnome and last but not least David.

  • Colin Glover says:

    Hi David,
    Glad to hear you’re reprising Parker for the new ‘Thunderbirds Are Go!’ series, but why didn’t they cast you as Brains again? ‘That’s takin’ a di-habolical liberty Milady! I ‘ope the Rolls – Royce and the craft ‘aven’t changed too much in design Mr Tracy.’

  • Gary Flynn says:

    Dear David, just a quick message to say your work over the years is appreciated, you really have played a part in some iconic pieces of work with generations of audiences. My boys love your work on Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. I wish you continued health, wealth, happiness and success for many years to come.

    Best wishes, Gary

    • david graham says:

      Dear Gary Very many thanks for your kind remarks about my work. I am delighted to have given your boys such pleasure, which has always been the object of the exercise.

      Best wishes to you all David Graham`

  • Simon Grove says:

    Hi David,
    Just wanted to write a message to thank for your excellent work over the years, as part of my childhood playing Parker and other roles with the Gerry Anderson productions and now my daughter Annabel is enjoying your work as The Wise Old Elf and Grandpa Pig as well as many other characters, to be honest the Ben and Holly cartoons as so well scripted and voiced, they are quite compulsive viewing for us as well.
    Best wishes for your future projects, may there be many,
    Simon :)

    • david graham says:

      Dear Simon Thanks for your kind words regarding my efforts to entertain down the years. It is very rewarding to be in a profession whose object is to give pleasure to people. I am at present recording a new series of Thunderbirds in which I am reprising my original role of Parker. It is due for transmission in the Spring of 2015 on ITV. Happy viewing!

      Best wishes to you and Annabel David

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