So here I go – telling you a little about me; Emma Hignett, female British voice over and broadcaster.
I work from my own studio in Teesdale – geography is no hindrance as with broadband and ISDN I am working for companies across the world, from the US to Australia, and of course all around the UK.
I have been doing voiceovers since the early 1990s. I began voicing because an agent suggested I made a voice tape. That worked for me… but I have had a little luck along the way (being in the right place at the right time).
I have voiced tv and radio advertisements, corporate dvds, films and animations, e-learning programmes and more. I have narrated tv programmes and even put my voice to an interactive Christmas fairy!
I am extremely proud of the work I have done since 2006 with Transport for London. I am the voice of London’s buses, and more recently London’s Overground trains and Riverbus. Am I glad that they were looking for a female British voice over for the project. Since 2006, I have recorded around 45,000 announcements for Transport for London. I still record quite regularly for TfL and thoroughly enjoy working with the team. I also loved working with the production studio which did the initial lengthy recording sessions – Trident Studios in Soho.
Every fortnight for several months in 2006 we’d spend 6 or 7 hours in the basement studio recording the intial batch of bus announcements. It became a bit of a routine. I’d drink copious mugs of hot water with fresh lemon. Having set off from home at 5am, and eaten a very early breakfast on the train, by midday we’d be recording around my rumbling stomach. Thank you to the local Yo Sushi! for ensuring we didn’t face the same problem throughout the afternoon…
As you can imagine when you read that I’m the Voice of London’s Buses, my style is warm, friendly and clear. To hear recent work, please visit my voiceover demo page.
I aim to record and deliver voice work within 24 hours for shorter voice over projects. If you would like to discuss a project, please get in touch with the contact details to the left, or via my contact page. If you are interested in a female British voice over for your project, please get in touch.
Biography of a Female British Voice Over
Or how did I get here…
I spent my childhood performing at any opportunity – an aspiring dancer. Following O-levels, I went to the Hammond Dance School in Chester. Three years later I was a trained dancer and a qualified dance teacher. I spent the next few years ‘being paid to travel around the world’ working as a professional dancer in Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan, France and Germany.
A desire to be back in the UK and a seed sewed by my father many years before (‘I can see you reading the news on television one day’) led to a complete change in career. My first broadcasting job was in 1993 as a traffic reporter with Metro Traffic Control. From here I moved to Jazz FM as traffic girl and breakfast show ‘sidekick’. What followed was a fantastic career in radio – in the following years I presented for Heart FM in the West Midlands and Jazz FM London and North West.
In 1996, I got the opportunity to complement my radio work with television presenting, stepping in as weekend weather girl for HTV Wales and West. I also began voicing The Album Show for Capricorn Programmes.
Already well known in Wales from her television role, I jumped at the chance to relocate to Cardiff in 1998. Here I co-hosted Red Dragon FM’s breakfast show with Jason Harrold. Highlights from the following five years included the first broadcast from Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, covering the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales, interviewing Catherine Zeta Jones and the station winning Radio Station of the Year at the NTL Commercial Radio Awards. I even did panto in 2001… and still managed to get up each morning at 4.30am Monday to Friday despite 11 performances a week for 6 weeks.
I returned to London in 2003 to co-host Capital Gold’s breakfast show with Mick Brown. This led to an opportunity to interview Brad Pitt – and the chance to co-host a week of drivetime shows with Jerry Springer, across the whole Capital Gold network.
While all this was going on, I was also getting sought for voice over work. I sort of slipped into my work as a female British voice over without being aware it was happening. And no complaints whatsoever…
In 2006, I landed the job as the Voice of London’s Buses. They were looking for a female British voice over artist to work on the new iBus system. In summer 2006, I began recording thousands of announcements for London’s bus service. These are still updated regularly, I’ve probably recorded around 45,000 announcements by now, when you take into account the London Overground trains and Riverbus too. I also regularly receive tweets from bus travellers … such as @emmahignett – you’ve just told me to alight here for Holborn Station!
I now has my own voiceover studio and supply voiceovers for companies around the world. As well as working for Transport for London, I have recorded for Microsoft, X-box, VISA, Samsung, Cisco, Paypal, Tommee Tippee, Virgin Money, Rosetta Stone, British Gas and Mothercare.
I live in North East England with my husband and son. Away from work we are enjoying renovating our Queen Anne house and garden.