London: 8 stories from its residents

8 Londoners tell their stories about living in the city that will host the Olympics.


2. The woman whose voice was used for the subway announcements

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    By Chris McKenna
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Emma Clarke, an actor who also trained herself to do voiceover work, was chosen after a lengthy process as the actor whose voice would be used for announcements on the London subway system. Clarke remembers recording the lines that would be played if there was a minor problem, such as "This train will not stop at...." "I was very conscious when I read those lines not to sound like I was gloating, or like I sounded smug," she said. "It is important to sound clear and empathetic, authoritative and somehow nurturing at the same time."

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