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The Story of The Voiceover Primer

Richard Cotton, the visionary creator behind The Voiceover Primer, has a wealth of experience spanning decades in the voice acting industry, Richard is a true pioneer in his field. His passion for storytelling and dedication to the craft of voiceover have driven him to establish The Voiceover Primer as the go-to resource for aspiring and established voice actors alike.

As a mentor, coach, and advocate for excellence in voice acting, Richard’s expertise shines through in every aspect of the primer, from his insightful teachings on vocal techniques to his invaluable advice on navigating the intricacies of the profession.

Born and raised in rural East Devon, UK, Richard Cotton came to London at the age of 19 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, under the incisive eye of the great Doreen Cannon and in awe of the unmatched encyclopaedic brain of Lloyd Trott, amongst many other inspirational teachers. For a while after graduating Richard wished that he had spent more time listening and less time partying. He no longer feels this, but instead sees his time at RADA, perhaps optimistically, as a period of osmosis, where the seeds of learning bear fruit only later and in increments.

Voiceover

Documentary and reality TV narration includes: Blowing Up History/Unearthed (2023) (in its sixth season) – Windfall/Discovery Channel; Dinosaurs (three films) (2023) – BBC; Amazon Archaeologists (three films) – Fremantle (Wild Blue Media)/Discovery Channel; The Blitz: Days that Changed WWII – Smithsonian Channel; How Animals Talk to Each Other – Hello Mary Productions/Sky Nature; Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial – series for the TwoFour Productions/BBC; Strip the Cosmos (2 seasons) – Windfall/Discovery Channel. Commercials include Prime Location, Cineworld, Bosch, Body Shop, Save the Children and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Recent dubbing includes the Turkish period drama Bihter (2023), French comedy Escort Boys (2023), Danish comedy Skruk (2022), the lead role of Magellan in the miniseries Boundless (2022) and the male protagonist Marco in the Italian movie, A Great Will to Live, all for Amazon Prime. Richard has voiced multiple characters for major video games including Kith’rak Voss in Larian Studios BAFTA and The Game Award-winning Dungeons & Dragons open world game Baldur’s Gate 3 (2023).

Other clients include Mitsubishi, Amazon Prime, Vodafone, Unilever, Orlebar Brown, HSBC, Financial Times, Glencore, Phillips, Barclays, KPMG, Bank of England, Shell, Ferrari, Christian Aid, Pearson Education, Royal Opera House, Gatwick Airport, Sony, Tesco, FIFA, Caterpillar, Dutch Rail, FujiFilm, Siemens, Burger King, De’Longhi, Universal Music, Freemantle, Alton Towers, Landrover, Synflorix, Vitec, Schweppes, Zurich, GSK, Basware, Final Fantasy, Salesforce, Jack & Jones Vintage Clothing, Citrix, Finnair, Worldpay, Etihad Airways, Toyota, Inter Milan Football Club, Lion TV/Channel4 and many others.

Coaching

Informal requests for voiceover and acting help became so frequent that, some 10 years ago, Richard began formalising his one-to-one coaching. Through word of mouth alone, these coaching sessions have become so successful that, in 2023, Richard consolidated his teaching into a no-nonsense online voiceover training course, The Voiceover Primer, for beginners just getting started, through to seasoned professionals looking to hone their existing skills.

For more information on in-person coaching, please head over to the Coaching page.

To access The Voiceover Primer, online voiceover training, please head over to the Voiceover Course page.

Acting

Richard’s work in Television includes The OfficeFoyle’s War and Murphy’s Law; big screen excursions include Love Actually and The Libertine; Richard has also found himself immersed in the British independent Horror scene, most recently playing the protagonist Graham in Midnight Peepshow (dir. Jake West, Ludovica Musumeci, Anthony Hayles, Andy Edwards), with more on the horizon.

Richard has performed on stage, with some of the UK’s major touring companies (ETT Macbeth, Oxford Stage Co. Great Expectations), and in many of the great regional theatres (Tom in The Glass Menagerie and Happy in Death of Salesman both at the Library Theatre Manchester; the title role in Oedipus and Orsino in Twelfth Night at the Northcott Theatre Exeter); Richard performed at the National Theatre in Phyllida Lloyd’s Pericles, for the RSC/Edinburgh International Festival in Peter Stein’s Troilus and Cressida, Antonio in Twelfth Night at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and as Captain Blick in the West End musical Imagine This. He was part of Howard Barker’s acclaimed company The Wrestling School, playing Guardaloop in I Saw Myself and Euripides in Dogdeath in Macedonia, both by Barker.

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