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Thomas & Friends
Created by Wilbert Awdry
Britt Allcroft
Chistopher Awdry
Starring Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
Voices of Christopher Ragland (2015-present)
John Hasler (2015-present)
Martin Sherman (2009–2015)
Ben Small (2009–2015)
David Bedella
Jonathan Broadbent
Olivia Colman
Jonathan Forbes
Teresa Gallagher
Bob Golding
William Hope
Togo Igawa
Jules de Jongh
Steve Kynman
Michael Legge
Clive Mantle
David Menkin
Joe Mills
Maggie Ollerenshaw
Rebecca O'Mara
Miranda Raison
Kerry Shale
Tom Stourton
Tim Whitnall
Keith Wickham
Robert Wilfort
Matt Wilkinson
Glenn Wrage
Michael Brandon (2010–2012)
Rupert Degas (2011–2012)
Narrated by Ringo Starr (1984–1986) (UK and U.S. series)
Michael Angelis (1991–2012) (UK and U.S. series)
George Carlin (1991–1995) (U.S. series)
Alec Baldwin (1998–2002) (U.S. series)
Michael Brandon (2003–2012) (U.S. series)
Pierce Brosnan (2008) (UK and U.S. series; guest narrator)
Mark Moraghan (2013–present) (UK and U.S. series)
Composer(s) Junior Campbell (1984-2003)
Mike O'Donnell (1984–2003)
Robert Hartshorne (2004-present)
Ed Welch (2004-2008)
Peter Hartshorne (2011-present)
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of seasons 19
No. of episodes 458
Running time four and a half minutes (season 1-7) seven minutes (season 8-12) nine minutes (season 13-present)
Original network

United Kingdom ITV (1984-1992) CITV (2002-2004), Cartoon Network (1994-2001), Nick Jr. (1999-present), Noggin (2004-2010), Milkshake! (2004-present), Five (2004-2011) and Channel 5 (2011-present)
United States PBS (1989-1993), PTV (1993-1998), PBS Kids (2004-present), PBS Kids Sprout (2005-present) and Nickelodeon (2000)
Australia ABC, Nick Jr. Australia
Japan NHK
Brazil Rede Manchete,
Canada BBC Kids, Treehouse TV
Germany Super RTL
Italy Rai Due, Rai Tre
Malaysia RTM2, Astro Ceria
Mexico Azteca 7, Azteca 13, Proyecto 40 Discovery Kids
Netherlands Nick Jr.
New Zealand TV3
Norway NRK 1
Philippines 3ABN
Russia Telenyanya (First Channel Worldnet)
Poland TV4, MiniMini
Spain Cadena Tres

Denmark TV2
Original release September 4, 1984 – Present

Thomas & Friends (it used to be Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends) is a British children's television series. It was first broadcast on Anglia Television in September 1984. It is based on The Railway Series books by the Rev. W. Awdry and his son, Christopher. The main character is Thomas the Tank Engine, a tank engine that is painted blue. The show takes place on the made-up island of Sodor. There are two main railways there. One of them is run by Sir Topham Hatt. The other one is a different size. Thomas runs on the main one (the one that is run by Sir Topham Hatt).


The show is mainly about the machines and people who populate the fictional Island of Sodor. Since 2003, the show has had eight main characters:



Current voices
Actor Region Role(s)
John Hasler UK Thomas (The Adventure Begins onwards)
Christopher Ragland US Thomas (The Adventure Begins onwards) and Percy (Series 19 onwards)
David Bedella US Victor and The Mayor of Sodor
UK/US Victor (Blue Mountain Mystery onwards) and The Cuban Man
Jonathan Broadbent UK/US Bill & Ben, and A Slip Coach
Nathan Clarke TBA TBA
Olivia Colman UK/US Marion
Jonathan Forbes UK/US Connor
Teresa Gallagher UK Emily, Rosie, Mavis, Lady Hatt, Stephen Hatt (Diesel's Special Delivery), Bridget Hatt, The Duchess of Boxford, Bridget Hatt's Friends, The Teacher, The Laundry Lady, The School Children, The Girl in Red Dress, The Blond-hair Boy and Some Passengers
UK/US Belle, Mavis (Series 17 onwards), Annie & Clarabel, Lady Hatt (Series 17 onwards) and The Lady with the Big Hat
Bob Golding UK/US Stephen, Sidney and Some Dock Workers
Mike Grady UK/US Sir Robert Norramby
William Hope US Edward, Toby, Whiff, Bash, Rocky, Stephen Hatt, Farmer McColl, The Duke of Boxford, The Maithwaite Stationmaster (Double Trouble and Wonky Whistle only), Farmer Trotter, The Dock Manager, and The Wellsworth Station Worker
UK/US Bert (Series 16 onwards) and A Railway Inspector
Togo Igawa UK/US Hiro
Jules de Jongh US Emily, Rosie, Mavis (Hero of the Rails - Blue Mountain Mystery), Lady Hatt, Bridget Hatt, The Duchess of Boxford, Bridget Hatt's Friends, The Teacher, The Laundry Lady, The Blond-haired Boy and The School Children
UK/US Alicia Botti
Steve Kynman UK Porter, Jack, and The Dock Manager (Tale of the Brave only)
US Butch (Series 17 onwards)
UK/US Duck, Peter Sam, Dart (Series 17 onwards), Paxton, A Slip Coach, and A Railway Inspector
Michael Legge UK/US Luke
Clive Mantle UK/US Gator
David Menkin US Porter and Jack
Joe Mills UK/US Donald & Douglas, Oliver, Toad, Skiff and The Welsh Bird Watcher
Maggie Ollerenshaw UK/US Henrietta
Rebecca O'Mara UK/US Caitlin and A Slip Coach
Miranda Raison UK/US Millie and The Knapford Station Speaker (Missing Gator)
Kerry Shale US Henry, Gordon, James, Dash, Scruff, Harold, Kevin, Sir Topham Hatt, Mr. Percival, Sir Lowham Hatt, The Maithwaite Stationmaster (Time For a Story and A Blooming Mess only), A Railway Inspector, The Railway Coal Inspector, The Zoo Keeper, and Some Workmen
UK Diesel, and The Zoo Keeper (Not Now, Charlie! only)
UK/US 'Arry, Bert (Series 14 - 15), and Some groaning passengers (Calm Down Caitlin)
Tom Stourton UK/US Duncan
Tim Whitnall UK The Deputy Minister
UK/US Timothy and Reg
Keith Wickham UK Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Whiff, Dash, Harold, The Fat Controller, The Mayor of Sodor, The Thin Controller, Sir Lowham Hatt, Mr. Bubbles, The Railway Coal Inspector, The Man at the Fire, The Wellsworth Station Worker, The Wellsworth Stationmaster, Some Workmen, Some Passengers, Gator's Driver, A Steamworks Worker, A Groundsman, and A Postman
UK/US Harvey, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Salty, Den, Norman, Stafford, Bertie (Series 17 onwards), Captain, Dowager Hatt, A Railway Inspector, The Great Composer, The Maron Station Speaker, The Fat Controller's Assistant, Thomas' Guard, The Grumpy Passenger, and Father Christmas
Robert Wilfort UK/US Samson
Matt Wilkinson UK Spencer, Stanley, Charlie, Bash, Scruff, Victor (Hero of the Rails - Series 16), Rocky, Cranky, Butch (Series 16 onwards), Kevin, Stephen Hatt, Farmer McColl, The Duke of Boxford, The Photographer, The Maithwaite Stationmaster, Farmer Trotter, The Knapford Stationmaster, The Bird Watcher, The Dock Manager, A Railway Inspector, Some Dock Workers, The Island Inspector, The Sodor Search & Rescue Centre Manager, The Blue Mountain Quarry Workman, and The Zoo Keeper
UK/US Diesel 10, Rusty, Winston, and Merrick
Glenn Wrage US Spencer, Charlie (Series 13 - 15), Ferdinand, Cranky, Butch (Series 15 - 16), The Sodor Search & Rescue Centre Manager, Gator's Driver, and A Steamworks Worker
Former voices
Actor Region Role(s)
Martin Sherman US Thomas (Hero of the Rails - Series 18), Percy (Hero of the Rails - Series 18), Diesel (King of the Railway - Series 18), and some children (Toby and Bash)
Ben Small UK Thomas (Hero of the Rails - Series 18), Toby (Hero of the Rails - Series 18), and Ferdinand (Misty Island Rescue - Series 16)
US Stanley (Series 15 - 18) and Charlie (Series 16 - 18)
UK/US Rheneas (Blue Mountain Mystery - Series 18), Flynn (Series 17, only), Troublesome Trucks (Series 16 - 18) and Owen (Blue Mountain Mystery - Series 18)
Michael Brandon US Diesel (Series 13 - Blue Mountain Mystery), Mr. Bubbles (Series 13 - 15), and The Knapford Stationmaster (Series 13 only)
Rupert Degas UK Butch (Series 15 only)
UK/US Diesel 10 (Misty Island Rescue; original cut only), Dart (Series 15 - 16), Flynn (Series 15 - 16), and Bertie (Series 15 - 16)


  • Ringo Starr (UK/US Series 1–2) (1984–1986)
  • Michael Angelis (UK Series 3–16/US Video 2004) (1991–2012)
  • George Carlin (US Series 3–4/re-dubbed Series 1–2) (1991–1995)
  • Alec Baldwin (US Series 5–6) (1998–2002)
  • Michael Brandon (US Series 7–16/re-dubbed eight episodes, Series 6) (2003–2012)
  • Pierce Brosnan (UK/US "guest narrator" for DVD special The Great Discovery) (2008)
  • Mark Moraghan (UK/US Series 17–present/re-dubbed one episode, Series 13) (2013–present)

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