Few performers have had as diverse and fascinating a career as Jim Dale. In the 1960s he became a pop star and songwriter, earning an Academy Award nomination for penning the title song for the film Georgy Girl. He has starred in dozens of stage productions with the British National Theatre Company and on Broadway, and in 1980 he won the Tony Award for his performance in Barnum. He currently stars in his own one-man show, Just Jim Dale at the Roundabout Theater Company in New York City. Recently, he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. His film work includes Pete’s Dragon and another Academy Award nomination for his leading role in 1973’s Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall. TV fans will recognize him as the narrator of the cult favorite series Pushing Daisies. And that's all before we even talk about his work as a narrator.
We’re lucky enough to know Jim as the voice behind some of our favorite stories. He has lent his voice to dozens of books in a variety of genres. He has won two Grammy Awards, seven Grammy nominations, ten Audie Awards, and was the first inductee into the American Audio Hall of Fame. His work includes The Night Circus, the Peter and the Starcatchers series, various classics, and most famously, the complete Harry Potter audio collection.
Learn more about this truly legendary performer in our exclusive interview – and explore some of his best work.
Jim Dale is perhaps best known as the beloved voice of the Harry Potter series. Over the course of the series, Jim voiced hundreds of J.K. Rowling's characters, and even once held a Guinness World Record for the number of voices he created for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (147).
One of Jim's Favorite Performances
Jim Dale calls this unique, fantastical novel "the most extraordinary book [he] ever recorded." It tells the story of Jack, a boy with a heart too fragile for strong emotions, who is warned never to fall in love. And, of course, he does: on his 10th birthday and with head-over-heels abandon.
"The Night Circus is a beautiful, enchanting, and utterly fascinating tale. I fell in love with this book in the first few minutes of listening - Jim Dale’s performance sets the scene effortlessly, brilliantly evoking the magic, history, and romance of the story. And Erin Morgenstern’s use of imagery is so memorable, it’s almost hard to believe that this is her debut novel." -- Laura, Audible Editor
Jim on narrating books for kids: "I don’t talk down to children and you should never do that as a narrator as well. Just be sincere."
Jim's Book Recommendation
The Latest Book He Enjoyed
Jim Dale recently finished Hampton Sides' In the Kingdom of Ice. He says: "It was one of the most fascinating books I've ever read... It really is a thriller."
Jim on narrating the classics: "After the Harry Potter series, lots of kids got in touch with me and said, 'What can we listen to now?' I remember recording [children’s classics like] Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan and probably my favorite, which was A Christmas Carol."