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Benjamin "Ben" Small (born on 9 June 1971 in Bristol, England, UK) is a British voice actor descending from Canadian stock. He provided voices for characters in both the UK and US dubs of Thomas & Friends until the end of the eighteenth series, when his contract with HiT Entertainment was not renewed and the executives wanted to look for a fresh new voice for Thomas, with John Hasler taking over in 2015; Hasler would also take over Small's role of Rheneas. Rob Rackstraw took over the role of Toby in the UK, as well as Owen and Flynn for both the UK and US. David Menkin was originally meant to take over the role for Stanley in the US, but that role would later go to John Schwab, and then Rob Rackstraw. Christopher Ragland took over the role of the Troublesome Trucks in both the UK and US. Steven Kynman took over the role of Charlie in the US.

Other credits include, "Lunar Jim", "Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs", "Clifford the Big Red Dog", "Watch My Chops", "Make Way for Noddy", and "Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions".

Voices

UK

US

UK/US

Songs

Filmography

Film

  • Skegs & Skangers (2002)
  • The Haunted Pumpkin of Sleepy Hollow (2003)
  • The Prince and the Pauper: Double Trouble (2007)
  • Alice in Wonderland: What's the Matter with Hatter? (2007)
  • Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails (2009)
  • Zorro and Scarlet Whip Revealed! (2010)
  • Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue (2010)
  • Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels (2011)
  • Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery (2012)
  • Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway (2013)
  • Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave (2014)

Television

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000-2003)
  • Xcalibur (2001)
  • Watch My Chops (2003)
  • Zorro: Generation Z - The Animated Series (2008)
  • Thomas & Friends (2009-2015)
  • Pet Squad (2011)
  • Matt Hatter Chronicles (2012)

Trivia

  • He also narrated the UK verisons of the Guess Who? Puzzles between the thirteenth and sixteenth series.
  • He also performs the song, The Wheels on Thomas, which can only be heard at Day Out with Thomas events and stage plays in the UK.
  • HiT Entertainment wanted him to concentrate on voicing Thomas alone, but it was later decided that he could also voice Toby if he wished to do so. This then snowballed because HiT wanted to have the same voices for some characters in both the UK and US versions. He auditioned to voice Thomas in the US version, but Martin Sherman was chosen instead.
  • Small said in an interview with the Sodor Island Fansite that he was a fan of the Railway Series in his youth. He said that he listened to the Johnny Morris recordings as a child.

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