|Born||Rupert Joel Degas
17 August 1970
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
Rupert Joel Degas (born 17 August 1970 in London) is an English actor and voice actor. He is best known for his voice work in animation and advertising, and also as a crtically acclaimed audiobook narrator. He currently resides in Sydney, Australia.
Film and television
- Hold the Back Page
- Dead Romantic
- Van der Valk
- Waiting for God
- Lycée Alpin
- Cousin William
- Premiers Baisers
- Passport to Murder
- Venus in Furs
- The Short Walk
- Over Here
- A Touch of Frost
- Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years
- Holby City
- Coma Girl: The State of Grace
- Sam Jackson's Secret Video Diary
- Exorcist: The Beginning
- Nathan Barley
- Love Soup
- Shoot the Messenger
- Dark Corners
- Dead Man Running
- Pope Joan
- Red Dwarf
- A Place to Call Home
- Paper Giants – Magazine Wars
- Evil Dead
- Super Awesome
- #7 Days Later
- Tom Jones – Latchmere Theatre (London)
- Newsrevue – Canal Café Theatre (London) and in Edinburgh Fringe
- Restless Farewell – Battersea Arts Centre (London)
- The Boys Next Door – Latchmere Theatre (London)
- The International Cafe – Latchmere Theatre (London)
- Are We There Yet? – Latchmere Theatre (London)
- Becket – Southwark Playhouse (London)
- Stones in His Pockets – Duke of York's (London) / New Ambassador's (London) / Grand Opera House (Belfast) / Gaiety Theatre (Dublin)
- The 39 Steps - Tricycle Theatre (London) / Criterion Theatre (London) for which he and his fellow cast members won the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy – Royal Festival Hall (London)
- Asterix Conquers America
- Adventure Duo
- Black Magic M-66
- Kekko Kamen
- The Return of Arslan
- X (Shōgo Asagi)
- Global Bears Rescue
- The Odyssey
- Toby the Square Boy
- Skipper & Skeeto
- La Jangada
- The Southern Star
- Caesar Cascabel
- Mysterious Island
- Around the World in Eighty Days
- Journey to the Centre of the Earth
- Ultra Guardians
- Mr. Bean
- Storm Hawks
- The Spooky Sisters
- Skatoony (Chudd Chudders and other characters)
- Badgered (all voices) (Academy Award Nomination – Best Animated Short Film 2007)
- Little Rikke
- The Lighthouse and the Lock
- Robotboy (Gus, Constantine and other characters)
- World Leaders (Tony Blair, Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad).
- Planet 51 (Chief Golrlock)
- The Patriot of America (Redcoat #2)
- Cherry on the Cake
- Chop Socky Chooks (Bubba and other characters)
- The Amazing World of Gumball (Season 1 only: Mr. Robinson, Tobias, Clayton and other characters)
- Thomas & Friends (Seasons 15 and 16 only: Bertie (UK & US), Dart (UK & US), Flynn (UK & US), Butch (UK, Stuck on You only) and other characters)
- Lucky Fred (Fred, Super Commander and other characters)
- Groove High (Duke and other characters)
- Fish With Legs
- Blinky Bill (Pablo, Bandi and other characters)
Other voiceover work
He has recorded over fifty radio productions for the BBC including The Gemini Apes, The Glittering Prizes, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, The Brightonomicon, Dirk Gently and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Degas is also a prolific audiobook narrator, with well over 150 titles to his name, having recorded the likes of Philip Pullman, Peter Carey, Haruki Murakami, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, HP Lovecraft, Rose Tremain, Darren Shan, Mervyn Peake, Bram Stoker, Cormac McCarthy, Malla Nunn, Sven Hassel, Michael Pryor, Chris Wooding and Anthony Horowitz. He has received particular critical acclaim for his performances of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss and for Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy.
Over the years he has become one of the most sought after voices in the UK and Australia, working on thousands of promos and advertising campaigns. He is probably best known for the Bring on the Trumpets commercial with Matt Berry for The Natural Confectionary Company.
He also performs characters such as Father Cormac O'Leary, Dempster Trickett and Jacques Le Coq on Mansize Radio.
Degas also worked as an ADR looping artist for the Australian documentary series Australia: The Story of Us.
In 1995, he produced the short film, Police Procedure, which was followed by co-producing French short film Tattoo in 1998. In 2000, Rupert produced two more short films – Just the Ticket and Last Orders. In 2001, he produced and starred as King Henry II in Becket at The Southwark Playhouse, and in 1998 was voice director for the videogame The Feeble Files.
- Cavendish, Dominic (23 July 2003). "Cash Cow With a Rare Kick". London: telegraph.co.uk The Telegraph July 2003. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
- Bremner, Charles; Robertson, David. "The Essential Kipling". London: entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
- Matt Wolf (26 September 2006). "Hitchcock's '39 Steps' Gets Mirthful London Staging: Matt Wolf". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 26 December 2007.