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


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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