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Martin T. Sherman (born in Evanston, Illinois, 28th November 1966) is an American actor, voice actor, voice director, writer and director who provided voices for the US dub of Thomas & Friends from 2009-2015.

He started acting around the age of 9 at a local Jewish community centre in Florida. He also provides voices for several video games. Two of his better known roles are Pac-Man in the video game Pac-Man World 3 and Ryan from DreamWeb.




Departure from the Series

In 2014, it was announced that Sherman would leave his roles on Thomas & Friends due to contractual disagreements with the production team. He announced his departure via The SiF Blog in July. In the post, he claimed to be feeling exploited and complained about the low wage the series was paying him. He also apologised to any fans who might be affected by his departure.

Later that month, in an interview with The Guardian, he stated that HiT Entertainment contacted his agent and had threatened to take legal action against Sherman, if the blog post was not removed. Sherman said he felt bullied and silenced and was reportedly seeking legal advice regarding the blogpost. The blogpost was later removed. In the same Guardian interview, HiT Entertainment refused to comment on the contracts it has with its talent and wished Martin Sherman the best in his future professional endeavours.

After his Departure

Joseph May took over the voice of Thomas starting with The Adventure Begins, Christopher Ragland took over the role of Percy and Kerry Shale took over the role of Diesel, respectively, in the nineteenth series.

During an interview in December 2020, he apologized again to the fans for putting them in the middle of the situation, along with apologizing to David Menkin for asking him to not accept the offer to voice Thomas, in order to show support towards Sherman. However, Sherman stated he regretted this decision and Menkin would have done a very well with voicing Thomas.



  • Green Street Hooligans (2005)
  • Spirit of the Forest (2008) 
  • Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails (2009)
  • Leap Year (2010)
  • Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue (2010)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels (2011)
  • Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery (2012)
  • Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway (2013)
  • Burton and Taylor (2013)
  • Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave (2014)


  • Adventures on Orsum Island (2008)
  • Thomas & Friends (2009-2015)
  • Doctor Who (2015)


  • DreamWeb
  • Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard, and the Wardrobe
  • Conflict: Desert Storm II - Back to Baghdad
  • Driv3r
  • Second Sight
  • Pac-Man World 3
  • Timesplitters: Future Perfect
  • Juiced
  • Sniper Elite
  • Kameo: Elements of Power
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • The Witcher
  • Haze
  • So Blonde
  • Crysis Warhead
  • IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
  • Driver: San Francisco
  • Deponia


  • In an interview with Sodor Island Fansite, he said he had auditioned for Henry, but Kerry Shale got the part instead.
  • The Strasburg Railroad still uses Sherman's voice samples for their Thomas rides, even after his departure.
  • In a 2020 interview, he stated after one year in doing the show, he pitched the concept of Thomas globetrotting. HiT Entertainment turned down the idea however the idea would form the basis for Big World! Big Adventures! under Mattel.


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