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Top Five English Voice Actresses

Following on from our Japanese voice actresses article, it’s time to share with you our favourite English language voice actresses!

Laura BaileyLaura Bailey
Laura Bailey has been active in the industry since 1999 where she lent her voice to Trunks, Dende and Marron in the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Z. Starting with a bang, she then went on to voice popular characters including Pao-Lin Huang//Dragon Kid in Tiger & Bunny, Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist, Kushina Uzumaki in Naruto and the titular character of Shin-chan. She might be better known in the world of games where she’s voiced Rise Kujikawa in Persona 4 and Golden as well as the animation, Chun-Li in recent Street Fighter games, Serah Farron in Final Fantasy XIII and Kainé in NIER. Laura has also had a hand in ADR Directing and motion-capture work.

 

Tara Platt Tara Platt
Tara Platt has plenty of voice-acting experience under her belt with a slew of awe-worthy roles. Voice-acting since 2003, Tara has lent her voice to Temari in Naruto, Agnes in Tiger & Bunny, Ikuko Tsukino in Sailor Moon and Seri in K. When it comes to games, Tara has voiced Mitsuru Kirijo and Elizabeth in Persona 3, Vert in Hyperdimension Neptunia which she reprised for the anime and Zero in Drakengard 3. Tara, along with her husband and fellow voice actor Yuri Lowenthal, has written a book called Voice-Over Voice-Actor featuring tips for those who want to get into the industry and stories of their own experiences.

 

Karen StrassmanKaren Strassman
Karen Strassman has been voice-acting in games since 1992 and anime since 1999. Her voice can be heard across dozens of anime including Michelle in Blue Exorcist, Kallen in Code Geass, Yasuko in Toradora! and Sawako in K-On! Her unique voice can be heard in many games including Nanako Dojima in Persona 4, Aigis in Persona 3, Helena Douglas in Dead or Alive and Rosa Joanna Farrell in Final Fantasy IV. Karen has also dubbed in French, and has trained as a dialect coach on training French voice-actors and actresses on how to act in English.

 

Michelle RuffMichelle Ruff
Michelle Ruff made her voice-acting debut back in 1997 and has become a well-known and well sought after actress. She’s voiced Rukia in Bleach, Sinon in Sword Art Online and Yoko in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and so you’ll find it difficult to not have had Michelle pop up in one of your favourite shows. She’s also made a name for herself in games having been both Jataro Kemuri and Yuta Asahina in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, Jill Valentine in recent Resident Evil games, Yukari Takeba in Persona 3 and Katherine McBride in Catherine.

 

Erika Harlacher

Erika Harlacher

Erika Harlacher is the newest voice-actress on this list. She might not have a robust catalogue of voices to pick from, but she can perform with the best of them with her roles including Asuna Kisaki in Occultic;Nine, Sasha and Siune in Sword Art Online, Dunya in Magi: The Kingdom of Magic and Ami Kawashima in Toradora! Erika has also branched into games where she voiced Kyoto Kirigiri in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Momoka in Omega Quintet and Ayesha Altugle in Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk.

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