Rob Rackstraw

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Rob Rackstraw
Born Robert Rackstraw
(1965-10-31) 31 October 1965 (age 50)
West Riding of Yorkshire, England, U.K.
Nationality British
Occupation Voice actor
Years active 1993–present
Notable credit(s) Bob the Builder
as the voices of Scoop/Muck/
Travis and Spud
Watership Down
The Secret Show
Professor Professor
The Octonauts
Thomas & Friends as
James (US) and Toby (UK)

Robert "Rob" Rackstraw (born 31 October 1965)[1] is an English voice actor well known for his various voice-over roles in the popular television series Bob the Builder, mainly the scarecrow Spud.

As of 2015 he joined the voice cast of Thomas & Friends voicing the characters of Toby in the UK, James and Stanley in the US and Flynn in the UK and the US.


He has an extensive voice over career over 20 years and is considered to be one of the UK's leading male voice-over actors. He also played the main villain Pew in The Legends of Treasure Island, Tod, Ghengis and Farmer Farmer in Foxbusters, Buster and George in The Koala Brothers, Professor Professor in The Secret Show, Mr. Messy, Mr. Noisy, Mr. Fussy, Mr. Tickle, Mr. Happy in the UK version of The Mr. Men Show, Dad in Dennis and Gnasher, Kwazii in The Octonauts and Captain Campion in Watership Down.

He also wrote episodes of Avenger Penguins and Fantomcat.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Friendly Monsters: A Monster Holiday Additional voices
2001 Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember Roley, Scoop, Muck Spud and Scoot Main role
2003 Bob the Builder: The Knights Of Fix a Lot Roley, Scoop, Muck and Travis Main role
2004 Bob the Builder: Snowed Under Roley, Scoop, Muck, Spud and Travis Main role
2005 Renart the Fox Rufus
Zemanovaload Finger Bob and Finger Pete
2010 Bob the Builder: The Legend of the Golden Hammer Roley, Scoop, Muck, Spud and Travis Main role
2011 Eats, Shoots & Leaves Narrator
2011 Bob the Builder: Big Dino Dig Scoop, Muck, Roley, Packer (UK/US), Spud (UK/US) and Mr. Bentley (UK/US) Main role
2012 The Patriot of America Redcoat #1
2015 Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins James (US) Main role
Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure James (US) and Toby (UK) Supporting role
2016 Thomas & Friends: The Great Race James (US), Stanley (US), Axel (UK/US), Raul (UK/US), Etienne (UK/US), Flynn (UK/US) and the Great Railway Show Announcer (UK/US) [2] Supporting role


Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1994 Retribution Additional voices
1997 Realms of the Haunting
2004 Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
2005 Shinobido: Way of the Ninja Taraba Ninja
2007 The Witcher Savolla
Salamandra Bandit
Salamandra Mage
2009 Venetica Additional voices
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Announcer
Death Eater
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Additional voices
2013 Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse Hector Laine, Shears, Adam


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