Ellen McLain

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Ellen McLain
Ellen McLain signing Atlas at Kitacon 2012.jpg
McLain at a signing at Kitacon 2012, UK
Born (1952-12-01) December 1, 1952 (age 63)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Singer, voice artist
Spouse(s) John Patrick Lowrie (1986–present)
Website ellenmclain.net

Ellen McLain (born December 1, 1952) is an American opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee. She is known for providing the voice of GLaDOS, the computer antagonist of the Portal video game series, the voice of the Jaeger A.I. in Pacific Rim, and the Administrator, the narrator of the video game Team Fortress 2.[1]


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) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine Overwatch for the Half-Life 2 series.[2]

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.[3] She sang "Cara Mia Addio" at the end of Portal 2. It is sometimes called the "Turret Opera".[4]

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.[citation needed]

In 2013, she lent her public support to gathering donations for the Kickstarter-funded LGBT gaming convention GaymerX.[5] She later was a special guest at the convention in August 2013.

Personal life[edit]

McLain has been married to fellow voice actor John Patrick Lowrie since 1986.[6] In Half-Life 2, her husband voiced the citizens who assist the protagonist. In Team Fortress 2, Lowrie voices the Sniper.[7]


Year Game/film Role Notes
2004 Half-Life 2 Combine Overwatch
2006 Half-Life 2: Episode One Combine Overwatch
2007 Half-Life 2: Episode Two Combine Overwatch
Portal GLaDOS / Turrets / Curiosity Sphere / Cake Sphere[8] 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 Administrator (also referred to as "The Announcer" and "Helen")
Godzilla: Unleashed Vorticia Features only in cutscenes.
2008 Left 4 Dead Witch
2011 Portal 2 GLaDOS / Turrets / Caroline Sings "Want You Gone"

During the credits, Caroline is not credited, whereas both GLaDOS and the turrets are.

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.[9]
Poker Night 2 GLaDOS Appears in a supporting role as the game's card dealer.
2015 Bee and PuppyCat Temp Bot Episode 5
2015 Lego Dimensions GLaDOS / Turrets Appears in a supporting role. Sings "You Wouldn't Know" (credits song).


  1. ^ Hamilton, Kirk (2013-07-01). "How GLaDOS is GLaDOS in Pacific Rim?". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  2. ^ Hatfield, Dameon (2007-10-31). "GLaDOS Speaks". IGN. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Game Music Showdown: Mirror's Edge Vs. Portal". IGN. 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Portal 2 Turret Opera". Valve. 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  5. ^ Polansky, Lana. "Ellen McLain Summons GLaDOS to Voice Support for GaymerCon". Gameranx. Retrieved 2014-09-12. 
  6. ^ "Married to John Patrick Lowrie". Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  7. ^ Plunkett, Luke (2010-07-29). "The men and women behind gaming's most iconic characters". Kotaku. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  8. ^ Portal GCF archives[full citation needed]
  9. ^ 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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