Thomas and Friends

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Thomas & Friends
Also known as ''Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (original title)
Genre Television series
Created by Britt Allcroft
Based on The Railway Series
by Rev. W. Awdry
Christopher Awdry
Written by
  • Rev. W. Awdry (1984–95)
  • Christopher Awdry (1986–95)
  • Britt Allcroft (1984–98)
  • David Mitton (1984–2002)
  • Various (2002–present)
  • Sharon Miller (2008–12; head writer)
  • Andrew Brenner (1991-92, 1998, 2013–present; head writer)
Directed by
  • David Mitton (1984–2003)
  • Steve Asquith (2002, 2004–08)
  • Greg Tiernan (2009–12)
  • David Baas (2013–14)
  • David Stoten (2014–present)
  • Rob Silvestri (feature length specials 2013–14)
  • Don Spencer (2014–15)
  • Dianna Basso (2015–present)
Voices of See List of Thomas & Friends voice actors
Narrated by
  • Mike O'Donnell
  • Junior Campbell
  • (1984–2003)
  • Robert Hartshorne (2004–16)
  • Ed Welch (2004–08)
  • Peter Hartshorne (2011–16)
  • Chris Renshaw (2016–present)
  • Oliver Davis (2016–present)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 20
No. of episodes 486 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Britt Allcroft (1984–86, 2002)
  • Angus Wright (1991–98)
  • Peter Urie (2002–03)
  • Jocelyn Stevenson (2003–06)
  • Christopher Skala (2007–11)
  • Marion Edwards (2009–15)
  • Lenora Hume (2009–10)
  • Karen Barnes (2011–13)
  • Kallan Kagan (2013–17)
  • Jeff Young (2013–15)
  • Steven Hecht (2013–15)
  • Michael Carrington (2013–14)
  • Christopher Keenan (2014–present)
  • Edward Catchpole (2015)
  • Marianne Culbert (2016)
  • Kyle MacDougall (2016–present)
  • Jamie LeClaire (2016–present)
  • Phil LaFrance (2016–present)
  • David Mitton (1984–98)
  • Robert D. Cardona (1984–86)
  • Britt Allcroft (1991–98)
  • Phil Fehrle (2002–03)
  • Simon Spencer (2004–08)
  • Nicole Stinn (2008–12)
  • Ian McCue (2011–17)
  • Halim Jabbour (2013)
  • Robert Anderson (2013; 2015–present)
  • Brian Lynch (2013–15)
  • Jennifer Hill (2014–15)
  • Lynda Craigmyle (2016)
  • Jane Sobol (2016)
  • Tracy Blagdon (2016–present)
  • Micaela Winter (2016–present)
  • Michael Dixon (1984)
  • Rebecca de Burgh Mound (1986)
  • John Wright (1991–2002)
  • Kate Buckland (2004–08)
  • Kevin Pavlovic (2009–12)
  • Adam Garner (2013–present)
  • Gavin Ebedes (2014–present)
Running time 4-5 minutes (1984–2003); 7 minutes (2004–08); 9-10 minutes (17 min.; one episode) (2004–present)
Production company(s)
Distributor Various distributors[1]
Original network
Picture format
Audio format
Original release 9 October 1984 (1984-10-09) – present
External links

Thomas & Friends (it used to be Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends) is a British children's television series. It was first broadcast on Anglia Television in September 1984. It is based on The Railway Series books by the Rev. W. Awdry and his son, Christopher. The main character is Thomas the Tank Engine, a tank engine that is painted blue. The show takes place on the made-up island of Sodor. There are two main railways there. One of them is run by Sir Topham Hatt. The other one is a different size. Thomas runs on the main one (the one that is run by Sir Topham Hatt).

Characters[change | change source]

The show is mainly about the machines and people who populate the fictional Island of Sodor. Since 2004, the show has had eight main characters:

Cast[change | change source]

Voices[change | change source]

Actor Region Role(s)
Joseph May US Thomas ("The Adventure Begins" onwards)
John Hasler UK Thomas ("The Adventure Begins" onwards)
UK/US Rheneas (series 20 onwards)[3]
David Bedella UK/US Victor, Carlos, The Mayor of Sodor and the Cuban man
Hugh Bonneville UK/US Merlin
Darren Boyd UK/US Theo
Jamie Campbell Bower UK/US Skiff
Jonathan Broadbent UK/US Bill, Ben and "The First Slip Coach"
Nathan Clarke UK/US Alfie
Olivia Colman UK/US Marion
Sophie Colquhoun UK/US Frankie
Tina Desai UK/US Ashima
Jules de Jongh US Emily, Lady Hatt, the Duchess of Boxford, Stephen Hatt ("Diesel's Special Delivery"), Bridget Hatt, Bridget Hatt's friends, Mavis (Season 13 - Season 16), the teacher, the laundry lady, some children, small little boy, the ginger-haired boy ("Diesel's Special Delivery", "Emily and Dash", "Percy the Snowman", "Emily's Winter Party Special", and "Pouty James"), little girl in the red dress, the blond-haired boy (series 15 – 18), the blond-haired girl, and the school children
UK/US Alicia Botti and Emily ("4-D Bubbling Boilers" only)
Jonathan Forbes UK/US Connor
Teresa Gallagher UK Emily, Lady Hatt, The Duchess of Boxford, Stephen Hatt ("Diesel's Special Delivery"), Bridget Hatt, Bridget Hatt's friends, the teacher, the laundry lady, small little boy, some children, the school children, little girl in the red dress, the blonde-hair girl, and the blonde-hair boy, and Albert's wife
UK/US Belle, Frieda, Gina, Mavis, Annie, Clarabel, Judy, the teacher (series 18 only), the ginger-hair boy, the shouting little boy, the lady with the big hat, some passengers, the Knapford Station speaker ("The Adventure Begins"), some children ("The Adventure Begins" onwards), the school children ("Lost Property"), Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt, the lady in the blue dress, the barrow fan, Albert's wife ("Thomas the Babysitter" and "Unscheduled Stops"), the lady in the spring green dress, the female puppet show entertainer, little girl in the turquoise dress with pink flowers, the lady in the white dress and gray vest, the lady in the white shirt, light brown skirt and hat, the lady in the grayish white shirt, blackish gray skirt, and white pearl necklace, the chubby little boy in dark green shirt and dark gray shorts and the lady in the yellow dress and hat.
US the blond-haired girl and the blonde-haired boy ("Very Important Sheep")
Bob Golding UK/US Stephen, Sidney (series 17 onwards), Ivan, some dock workers ("Tale of the Brave") and a railway inspector ("Lost Property")
Mike Grady UK/US Sir Robert Norramby
Rasmus Hardiker UK/US Philip and Some Troublesome Trucks ("The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor" only)
William Hope US Edward, Toby, Stephen Hatt ("Thomas and the Runaway Kite" only), Whiff, Bash, Rocky, Farmer McColl, the Duke of Boxford, the blond-haired boy ("Merry Misty Island" and "The Way She Does It" only), the Maithwaite stationmaster ("Double Trouble" and "Wonky Whistle" only), the man in the gray shirt and black pants ("Race to the Rescue"), the Dock Manager and the Wellsworth Station worker
UK/US Bert (the Diesel) (series 16 onwards), a railway inspector, a steamworks worker ("Wonky Whistle"), two farmhands ("Wonky Whistle"), a workman ("Toad and the Whale"), Passenger, and Farmer McColl ("Philip's Number" only)
Togo Igawa UK/US Hiro
Rufus Jones UK/US Flying Scotsman
Ashna Kapur UK the blond-haired girl ("Very Important Sheep")
Steven Kynman UK/US Duck, Dart (series 17 onwards), Paxton ("Blue Mountain Mystery" onwards), Peter Sam, "The Third Slip Coach", a workman (Journey Beyond Sodor), a railway inspector (series 17) and the bird watcher ("Who's Geoffrey?")
UK Porter, Jack and the dock manager ("Tale of the Brave" only)
US Charlie ("The Great Race" onwards) and Butch (series 17 onwards)
Michael Legge UK/US Luke
Clive Mantle UK/US Gator (Tale of the Brave and Series 18 only)
Oliver McCue UK the blond-haired boy ("Very Important Sheep")
Ian McCue US/UK The Blue Sea Serpent
Colin McFarlane UK/US Bulgy and Beresford
David Menkin US Porter (US; series 17 onwards, UK; "Pouty James" and "Cranky at the End of the Line" only) and Jack
Joe Mills UK/US Douglas, Oliver, Toad, the Welsh bird watcher ("Thomas and the Emergency Cable"), and a Knapford Station yard workman ("Toad and the Whale")
Lucy Montgomery UK/US Lexi, Hannah and Carly
Tracy-Ann Oberman[4] UK/US Daisy (series 20 onwards)
Maggie Ollerenshaw UK/US Henrietta
Rebecca O'Mara UK/US Caitlin and the Second Slip Coach
Nigel Pilkington UK Trevor
UK/US Passenger
Rob Rackstraw UK/US Monty, Donald (series 20 onwards), Raul, Axel, Étienne, Flynn (series 19 onwards), Bradford, The Great Railway Show announcer, some passengers, the man in the blue shirt and light brown hat, The Bird Watcher ("The Railcar and the Coaches"), Fergus Duncan, The Welsh Bird Watcher ("Mike's Whistle"), the Thin Clergyman ("Tit for Tat"), and The Red Sea Serpent.
UK Toby (series 19 onwards)
US James (The Adventure Begins onwards)
Christopher Ragland[5] US Percy (series 19 onwards) and Trevor
UK/US The Troublesome Trucks ("The Adventure Begins" onwards)
Miranda Raison UK/US Millie and the Knapford Station speaker
Eddie Redmayne UK/US Ryan ("Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure" onwards)
Kerry Shale US Henry, Gordon, Dash, Scruff, [[Harold the Helicopter|Harold], Kevin, Mr. Percival, Farmer Trotter, the Maithwaite stationmaster ("Time For a Story" and "A Blooming Mess"), a railway inspector, the photographer (series 16), the railway coal inspector, the zoo keeper and some workmen
UK/US Diesel (series 19 onwards), 'Arry, some groaning passengers ("Calm Down Caitlin"), the man on the bridge,Max and Kevin ("Hasty Hannah" only)
John Schwab UK/US Vinnie, Bridlington Diesel, Ulli
US Stanley (series 20 onwards, excluding "Saving Time")[6]
Nicola Stapleton UK/US Rosie (series 21 onwards)
Tom Stourton UK/US Duncan, Rex, Terence and The Fat Clergyman
Tim Whitnall UK/US Timothy, Mike, Jerome, Oliver the Excavator, Reg, the deputy minister and some workmen
US the man in the hat ("Spencer's VIP")
Keith Wickham UK Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Whiff, Dash, Harold, the Thin Controller, the railway coal inspector, the man at the fire, the Wellsworth station worker, The Man in the Gray Shirt and Black Pants, the Fat Controller's assistant, some workmen, some passengers, Gator's driver, and steamworks workman
UK/US Harvey, Glynn, Salty, Den, Norman, Stafford, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Bert, Bertie, Captain, Sir Topham Hatt (UK; "Hero of the Rails" onwards, US; "The Adventure Begins" onwards), Dowager Hatt, Sir Lowham Hatt, Lord Callan, the photographer ("Wild Water Rescue"), a railway inspector, the great composer, the Maron station speaker, the Wellsworth stationmaster, Thomas' guard, the grumpy passenger, Father Christmas, the groundsman, the postman, Gordon's driver ("The Adventure Begins"), James's guard ("The Adventure Begins"), a Knapford station worker ("The Adventure Begins"), some workmen, sometsignalmen, the dock manager ("Who's Geoffrey?" only), a Sodor search & rescue centre worker ("Toad and the Whale"), a policeman ("Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure"), a diver ("Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure"), The Man in the Hat, some passengers, Albert ("Thomas the Babysitter"), Mr. Bubbles, the man in the sea green shirt and glasses, the Welsh bird watcher ("Sidney Sings and Three Steam Engines Gruff"), one of Dowager Hatt's friends ("Best Engine Ever" and "Sidney Sings"), the museum manager, male puppet show entertainer, the man in the gray shirt and black pants, the Great Railway Show judge, the fat clergyman, the man in the blackish gray shirt and blackish gray pants, Willie the lazy farmer, the man in the black shirt and black pants, Franz, The Man in the Whitish Brown Shirt and Brown Pants, and The Station Announcer.
Robert Wilfort UK/US Samson and the Great Railway Show judge ("The Great Race")
Matt Wilkinson UK Spencer, Stanley, Charlie, Bash, Scruff, Rocky, Cranky, Butch (series 16 onwards), Kevin, Stephen Hatt ("Thomas and the Runaway Kite"), Farmer McColl, the Duke of Boxford, the photographer (series 16), the Maithwaite stationmaster, Farmer Trotter, the Knapford stationmaster, the bird watcher ("Henry's Good Deeds"), the blond-haired boy ("Merry Misty Island"), the dock manager, a railway inspector, some dock workers, the island inspector, the Sodor search & rescue centre manager, the Blue Mountain Quarry workman, the zoo keeper and the man with the hat
UK/US Diesel 10, Winston, Rusty, Merrick, Captain Joe and some workmen
Glenn Wrage US Spencer, Ferdinand, Cranky, the Sodor search & rescue centre manager, Sir Topham Hatt's Assistant, Gator's driver and a Steamworks worker

Former voices[change | change source]

Actor Region Role(s)
Rupert Degas UK Butch (series 15)
UK/US Dart (Day of the Diesels-series 16), Flynn (Day of the Diesels-series 16) and Bertie (series 15-16)
Michael Brandon US Diesel ("Series 13"-"Series 16") and Mr. Bubbles (Series 13-15)
Martin Sherman US Thomas ("Hero of the Rails" - series 18), Percy ("Hero of the Rails" – series 18), Diesel (King of the Railway - Series 18) The Bird Watcher ("Henry's Good Deeds") and some children ("Time for a Story", "Pop Goes Thomas" and "Toby and Bash")
Ben Small UK Thomas ("Hero of the Rails" – series 18), Toby ("Hero of the Rails" – series 18) and Ferdinand ("Misty Island Rescue" – series 16)
US Stanley (series 15) and Charlie (series 16 – 18)
UK/US Rheneas (series 16 – series 18), Flynn (series 17 only), Troublesome Trucks (series 16 – 18) and Owen ("Blue Mountain Mystery" – series 18)

Online videos[change | change source]

Actor Region Role(s)
Sabrina Frederick-Traub UK/US Tracy
Matthew Richardson UK/US Shane

Guest voices[change | change source]

Sir John Hurt UK/US Sailor John ("Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure")

Narrators[change | change source]

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