Jo Dow

Member for 11 months
"warm, intelligent, friendly, reassuring, dramatic,"
Jo Dow

My voice has an approachable quality that has served me well for everyman characters, from the AA repair man to the Captain of a Frigate to the Christmas campaigns for Iceland supermarkets. I began as a replacement for Martin Freeman which led to bringing warmth and intelligence to TV ads and corporate text, a feeling of reliability and if necessary authority to instructional descriptions, and also harder-sell for the bigger markets like the Sun and Daily Mirror. I enjoy leading the listener through a story or narrative, but I am also able to represent the easy bloke-in-the-pub having a chat required of many internet companies, or tech-savvy products.

 Training

i trained at the Guildhall school of music and drama under Patsy Rodenburgh OBE, where I won the Lord Mayors prize. I learnt my trade in repertory theatre in Leeds and Cardiff, before the West End with Shared experience and the RSC. John Howard Davies gave me my break in TV in a sitcom akongside Penelope Keith, which led to playing regulars in the Bill (155 eps) Cardiac Arrest(3 series,) Invasion Earth, and Family Affairs (4 years.) I have worked with writers such as Jimmy McGovern, Jed Mercurio, and Stephen Poliakoff, and actors like Ray Winstone, John Duttine, Andy Serkis, John Culshaw, and Celia Imrie.
i now teach screen acting and voice-overs for Rose Bruford and the Lyric theatre, Belfast.

 Experience

I have been the brand voice for the Times and Sunday Times for many years, Waitrose, Dell Computers, Iceland, Heinz soup, Confused.com, UBS Neo and Harvey Norman and British Eurosport; I was the voice of the 'Go ahead, Teach' campaign, the first Spotify campaign, Fiat 500 voice, wix.com, I have done safety videos for oil rigs, corporate pitches for hundreds of clients, installation voices for Guinness, vidoe game characters for Dreamfall (5 years0 . I have been B & Q's in-store voice, and many radio campaigns for Global including Cancer research, and many intros and ads for Classic FM, ITN and channel 4.

 Specials

I am now experienced in editing in my home studio, and have done my first 2 full-length audiobooks, which are a joy.