Donna Burke

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Donna Burke
Born Donna Margaret Burke
(1964-12-12) December 12, 1964 (age 53)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Residence Tokyo, Japan
Other names Donnna Burke
Occupation Singer, narrator, voice actress, businesswoman, teacher
Years active 1997–present[1]
Spouse(s) Bill Benfield

Musical career
Genres Pop, jazz
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1987–present
Labels Dag Music
Associated acts Ganime Jazz

Donna Burke (born 12 December 1964 in Perth, Australia)[2] is an Australian singer, voice actress, and businesswoman.


Burke graduated from Edith Cowan University. Her education included "operatic voice, speech and drama",[2] and she received classical voice training for ten years.[3]

From 1989 to 1995 Burke taught Media, English and Religious Education to senior students at Chisholm Catholic College. She moved to Japan in 1996 and initially worked as a teacher of English before obtaining some recording work.[2][4]

Burke married Bill Benfield,[when?] a British former teacher. In 2004, Burke and Benfield started a record label, Dagmusic, which catered for foreign artists. Burke released her debut album, Lost and Found, through Dagmusic.[2][5][6]

Burke has worked as a freelance announcer at NHK since 1999. She also is the lyricist for numerous Japanese TV commercials, anime songs, and J-pop group tunes.

Burke created Hotteeze in 2004,[7] a company she created to export Japanese heat pads worldwide.

Voice work[edit]

Burke's voice has been used in Japan since 2005 for announcements on the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train system. Her voice is also used in Narita Airport Delta lounges and in English-language guidance for the Emperor Showa Memorial Museum.

In 2007[citation needed], Burke narrated a documentary titled Climate in Crisis - Part 1, which won the 2007 silver medal for Environment/Ecology at the New York Television Festival and the 2007 Earth Vision Award at the Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Voices of a Distant Star Operator of the Lysithea
2003 Trip Trek Catherine, Bee #2
2004–present Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series Raising Heart [8]
2010 Little Charo 2 Kanon [9]
2014–2017 Fastening Days Anna, Kelly (ep. 2) [10]
2016 Princess Sesame Queen [8]
Mainichi Kaasan Grandmother [8]
Strange Dawn Yuko Miyabe

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Shenmue Others
2001 Virtua Fighter 4 Vanessa Lewis [1]
2001 Silent Hill 2 Angela Orosco [8]
2002 Shenmue II Additional Voices PC, PS4, Xbox, Xbox One versions
2003 Silent Hill 3 Claudia Wolf [11]
2003 Dino Crisis 3 Sonya Hart Motion capture
2003 F-Zero GX Mrs. Arrow [11]
2003 Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand Hel
2003 Bloody Roar 4 Uranus [11]
2004 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Storytelling Narrator [8]
2004 Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django Lady, Dvalinn
2004 Rumble Roses Anesthesia / Dr. Cutter
2005 Virtua Quest Vanessa Lewis [1]
2006 Let's Go Jungle!: Lost on the Island of Spice Norah [8]
2007 Lunar Knights Ursula
2010 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Battle of Aces Raising Heart
2011 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny Raising Heart
2012 Lumines Electronic Symphony Announcer [12]
2012 Diabolical Pitch Christina
2014 Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes iDROID [11]
2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain iDROID [11]
2016 NightCry Jessica, Angie, Maria, Kelly [13]
2016 Let It Die Various [8]
2017 Arms Dr. Coyle [14]

Solo discography[edit]

  • Lost and Found (with Bill Benfield) (2000)[6]
  • Éirí na Gréine (2001)
  • Donna Burke with the David Silverman Quartet (2002)
  • Goodbye Nakamura EP (2004)
  • Blue Nights (1 June 2005)[15]

Other discography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kemps, Heidi (31 December 2014). "Interview: Donna Burke, veteran singer and voice actor". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kato, Mariko (16 February 2010). "Instinct Key for Singer-Entrepreneur". The Japan Times. Toshiaki Ogasawara. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Japan-Australia Music Artist Exchange in Roppongi". Year of Exchange (Japan Australia Cultural Exchange Association). August 2006. Archived from the original on 25 August 2006. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Nibayashi, Maki. "Life in Japan: Donna Burke". Metropolis (341). Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lost and Found – Donna Burke". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Burke, Donna; Benfield, Bill (2000), Lost and Found, Dag Music. National Library of Australia, retrieved 16 January 2014 
  7. ^ "About Us – Hotteeze International". 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "ドナ・バークとは ?". (in Japanese). Retrieved 14 June 2018. 
  9. ^ Burke, Donna [@db_singer_actor] (1 November 2011). "Tomorrow November 3rd 9.00-9.45 I'll be interviewed on a Channel 3 NHK show about Little Charo 2 my role as Kanon" (Tweet). Retrieved 28 July 2017 – via Twitter. 
  10. ^ "YKK presents "FASTENING DAYS"". Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Donna Burke | Behind The Voice Actors". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 27 January 2016. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources. 
  12. ^ Burke, Donna [@db_singer_actor] (August 25, 2017). "no hang on I'm confusing this with something else...i have absolutely no memory of recording this but it is definitely me..!" (Tweet). Retrieved September 7, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  13. ^ "English Voice Cast Announced For NightCry | Rely on Horror". Rely on Horror. 2015-12-30. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  14. ^ Burke, Donna [@db_singer_actor] (December 25, 2017). ""I'm Unstoppable!" I'm Doctor Coyle!!!! #ARMS #Nintendo #AussieVoiceActress Hope you enjoy it! #soproud #lovemyjob !!!" (Tweet). Retrieved December 25, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  15. ^ "Blue Nights – Donna Burke". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "METAL GEAR SOLID VOCAL TRACKS". Konami. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  17. ^ Burke, Donna [@db_singer_actor] (8 April 2015). "Donna Burke - Way in the Dark ("Implosion - Never Lose Hope" Theme Song) - Single - (link: #iTunes" (Tweet). Retrieved 28 July 2017 – via Twitter. 

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