McLain at the 2017 Game On Expo
December 1, 1952|
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Occupation||Singer, voice actress|
John Patrick Lowrie (m. 1986)
Ellen McLain (born December 1, 1952) is an American opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee. She is best known for providing the voice of GLaDOS, the computer antagonist of the Portal video game series and "The Witch", a crying female zombie who can easily incapacitate or even kill any player who startled her, from Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Her voice roles also include the Jaeger A.I. in Pacific Rim, the Combine Overwatch in Half-Life 2 and the Administrator, the announcer of the video game Team Fortress 2.
McLain provides voices for many characters in several video games from Valve Corporation. Among them are GLaDOS, the artificial intelligence antagonist in Portal (for which she won an AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance), Portal 2 and Bridge Constructor Portal; the announcer in Team Fortress 2; and the voice of the Combine Overwatch for the Half-Life 2 series.
McLain sang "Still Alive" and "Want You Gone", the ending credits songs to Portal and Portal 2, respectively, both of which were written by Jonathan Coulton. She sang "Cara Mia Addio" at the end of Portal 2. It is sometimes called the "Turret Opera". In December 2011, McLain won the Spike Video Game Award in the category "Best Performance by a Human Female" for her voice acting as GLaDOS in Portal 2.
In 2013, she lent her public support to gathering donations for the Kickstarter-funded LGBT gaming convention GaymerX. She later was a special guest at the convention in August 2013. In 2015, she portrayed Lisa Clarke in the gay independent film, Winning Dad.
McLain has been married to fellow voice actor John Patrick Lowrie since 1986. In Half-Life 2, her husband voiced the citizens who assist the protagonist. In Team Fortress 2, Lowrie voices the Sniper.
|2004||Half-Life 2||Combine Overwatch|
|2006||Half-Life 2: Episode One|
|2007||Half-Life 2: Episode Two|
|Portal||GLaDOS / Turrets / Curiosity Sphere / Cake Sphere||AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance|
Sings "Still Alive"
See also: Critical reception to Portal and reception to GLaDOS
|Team Fortress 2||The Administrator||Also referred to as "The Announcer" or "Helen".|
|Godzilla: Unleashed||Vorticia||Features only in cutscenes.|
|2008||Left 4 Dead||The Witch|
|2011||Portal 2||GLaDOS / Turrets / Caroline||Sings "Want You Gone". Uncredited as 'Caroline'.|
|Defense Grid: The Awakening||GLaDOS||Appears in the DLC "You Monster".|
|2012||Dota 2||Broodmother, Death Prophet, GLaDOS announcer|
|2013||Pacific Rim||Jaeger A.I.|
|Poker Night 2||GLaDOS||Appears in a supporting role as the game's card dealer.|
|2015||Bee and PuppyCat||Temp Bot||Episode 5: Birthday|
|LEGO Dimensions||GLaDOS / Turrets||Appears in a supporting role. Sings "You Wouldn't Know"|
|Winning Dad||Lisa Clarke|
|2017||Bridge Constructor Portal||GLaDOS|
|The Gamers: The Shadow Menace||Lorraine Richards|
|2018||The Church in the Darkness||Rebecca Walker|
|Pacific Rim Uprising||Jaeger A.I.||Appears in trailer|
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- Hatfield, Dameon (2007-10-31). "GLaDOS Speaks". IGN. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
- "Game Music Showdown: Mirror's Edge Vs. Portal". IGN. 2008-10-22. Archived from the original on 2009-12-21. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- "Portal 2 Turret Opera". Valve. 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
- Video Game Awards (2011-12-13). "EVERY VGA WINNER FROM YEARS PAST". SPIKE. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
- Polansky, Lana. "Ellen McLain Summons GLaDOS to Voice Support for GaymerCon". Gameranx. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
- "Winning Dad (2015) - IMDb".
- "Married to John Patrick Lowrie". Retrieved 2016-10-07.
- Plunkett, Luke (2010-07-29). "The men and women behind gaming's most iconic characters". Kotaku. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
- Portal GCF archives[full citation needed]
- Narcisse, Evan (2012-10-11). "Guillermo Del Toro's Next Movie Has a Little GlaDOS in It". Kotaku. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
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