Roger Tilling is one of the most well-known and trusted voices on British television. He is the legendary voice of BBC’s University Challenge; the world’s longest-running TV quiz, pronouncing names like Singanayagam, Tyszczuk-Smith, Gar?evi?, Bhattacharya, Warnakulasuriya, Drnovšek-Zorko and Papaphilippopulos at lightning speed and live in the studio. The show is watched by over 3 million viewers nationwide every week. With over 20 years of television and radio experience, the UK’s television networks have made Roger their first port of call when a “Voice of God” delivery is needed for major television events and primetime shows, from announcing Her Majesty The Queen at The Royal Variety Performance to The British Soap Awards, and Never Mind The Buzzcocks to Top Gear.
He began his career in independent radio, presenting shows that were networked across many regions of the country. During that time he presented on every radio air shift around the clock. In 1997 he moved into television to become a live announcer and has voiced the trailers of BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Universal, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, MTV, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.
He’s not just a one-voice wonder. His vocal acting range and versatility means that he is highly sought after for providing character voices for computer games, animated productions and movie trailers. His television commercials include everything from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter to Shreddies to Peppa Pig. Roger has also narrated over 100 documentaries for BBC, ITV and National Geographic. In 2014 he supported his University Challenge colleague Jeremy Paxman vocally in his Edinburgh Fringe Festival show PAXO.
Having originally graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of London and subsequently becoming a private pilot, Roger continues to follow all aspects of science, technology and aviation. He also has a passion for travelling and his globetrotting has taken him all over the world, including places off the beaten track such as North Korea.
Roger Tilling is available as your awards host, Voice of God for awards ceremonies, corporate events and conferences. He is always in demand for events across the country, and engagements outside the UK are also possible.