Lost Voice Guy Lee Ridley now has a Geordie accent after reprogramming his speech synthesizer.
The 40-year-old comedian, who suffers from cerebral palsy and cannot speak, listened to nearly 500 voices from across the Newcastle region in his quest for a voice that better reflected his Durham roots before choosing voice-over artist Dan Pye.
Each potential donor read a short excerpt from his 2019 book, I’m Only In It For The Parking, and winner Dan grew up in Whickham and currently lives in Hunwick, County Durham.
New Voice: Lost Voice Guy Lee Ridley, 40, now has a Geordie accent after reprogramming his speech synthesizer for a voice that paid tribute to his Durham roots
Lee previously communicated with an electronic voice through a voice app on his tablet, but wanted a new voice that pays homage to his roots in Consett, County Durham.
About the exciting result, Lee said, “I’m really excited to finally get a Geordie accent so I can be more like my family and friends.
“I had a great response to my request for a voice donor. In fact, the amount of people willing to help blew me away. So it was difficult to choose the voice that I think suited me best. ‘
He added, “But in the end, it was Dan’s voice that I kept coming back to and listening to.
Fortunately, my family agreed with my choice. I can’t wait to get started on the project with Dan and (technology company) CereProc, and look forward to all of you hearing my new Geordie accent soon. ‘
Intense: Lee listened to nearly 500 voices from across the Newcastle region on his quest before choosing voice over artist Dan Pye (pictured)
As for Dan, the artist talked about his joy and said, ‘I spend much of my life lending my voice to fictional characters for a series of projects, the idea of being able to lend my voice to a real person is such an honor. at the best of times, but if that person is just as inspiring as Lee, it’s an even bigger one. ‘
He continued, “Being able to help Lee communicate in a tone that is more personal to him is fantastic.
‘Being a Geordie has a very distinctive, nationally recognizable tone that I am very proud of.
“By sharing that with Lee, I hope it gives him a sense of identity that the rest of the Northeast is known for.”
Candid: Revealing whether he will be sad to see Graham go, Lee said during a performance at This Moring in February: ‘Absolutely, I’ve had this voice most of my life’
When Lee first got the voice synthesizer, he decided to go for the British adult male Graham – who he previously joked was a chic version of ‘Robocop’.
Revealing whether he will be sad to see Graham go, Lee said during a performance on This Moring in February: “ Absolutely, I’ve had this voice most of my life, so it’s part of me now.
“And of course everyone recognizes it as my own voice, so it gets weird to sound different.”
Lee captured the heart of the UK to win Britain’s Got Talent in the public vote in 2018, taking home £ 250,000 and a shot at the Royal Variety Performance.
He previously won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014 and has performed at several festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe.
The comic also created a sitcom on BBC Radio 4 called Ability.
Lee was raised in the village of Medomsley, County Durham, by his father David, who has since retired as a salesman for the Mars candy company, and mother Janet, who is a former cancer nurse.
His younger sister Nicola Roberts, of whom young Lee was fiercely protective, works in an administrative position at Newcastle University.
Lee’s grandmother, his Ethel Foster, who was widowed 10 years ago, previously related how Lee refused to let his childhood suffer from cerebral palsy, which only became apparent when he was two years old.
He fell ill in her home, developed a high fever and had to be taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where there was initially fear that he would not survive.
Lost Voice Guy was named a Britain’s Got Talent winner in 2018 after touching the hearts of the nation (pictured)