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Michael Angelis
Born Michael Philip James Adam Angelis
18 January 1950 (1950-01-18) (age 60)
United Kingdom Liverpool, England
Other name(s) Michael Marlon Dean David Angelis

Michael Angelis (born 18 January 1950, Liverpool) is an English actor and voice actor.

Michael Angelis was one of the stars of the famous 1982 BBC drama serial Boys from the Black Stuff, and comedies such as Luv and The Liver Birds, in which he appeared between series 5 and 9. He appeared as a villain in the revived television series Auf Wiedersehen Pet, alongside former fellow Black Stuff star Alan Igbon.

Angelis is perhaps best known for narrating the British Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends series, which he has done since 1991, when he took over from Ringo Starr. Angelis was originally intended to provide some of the voices in the film adaptation of the series, Thomas and the Magic Railroad, but he was dropped from the project when US test audiences thought he made the characters he originally voiced, James and Percy, sound too old. In 2007, he was reported to have stepped down from his role, with Pierce Brosnan taking over the role. However, Brosnan's narration was only heard in one feature special The Great Discovery, and Angelis has continued to provide the narration ever since. Angelis has also narrated John Peel's autobiography, Margrave of the Marshes, on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.

In 2006 he starred in the movie Fated, set in his home town of Liverpool, as well as in episodes of Midsomer Murders and The Bill in 2007.

Angelis was married to the Coronation Street actress Helen Worth; however the two are now divorced.

Television roles

Year Title Role
1975–78 Bread Lucien Boswell
1978 Play For Today: "The Muscle Market" Christopher "Chrissie" Todd
1979 Me, You and Him Lucien Boswell
1982 Boys from the Blackstuff Christopher "Chrissie" Todd
1980 Minder Nick
1985 I Woke Up One Morning Max
1991–present Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends UK Narrator
1993–94 Luv Harold Craven
1996 Whatever Happened to The Liver Birds? Lucien Boswell
2004 Auf Wiedersehen Pet Mickey Startup

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Preceded by
Ringo Starr
Narrator of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
1991-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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