Michael Angelis (born 18 January 1952) is an English actor and voice artist.


He trained at the College of Dramatic Art, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, where, inter alia, he played roles in Brendan Behan's The Hostage and The Zykovs by Maxim Gorky.

Michael Angelis featured in the BBC drama serial Boys from the Black Stuff (1982) and another Alan Bleasedale drama G.B.H.. He has also appeared in comedies such as The Liver Birds (1975-78), as Lucien Boswell, and much later in Luv (1993-94). In 1983, he appeared at the Manchester Royal Exchange in Harold Pinter's 'The Caretaker'. He was a villain in the revived television series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2002), alongside former fellow Black Stuff star Alan Igbon.

Angelis has narrated the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends series from 1991 to 2012, when he took over from Ringo Starr. Angelis was originally intended to provide some of the voices in the film adaptation of the series, Thomas & the Magic Railroad, but he was dropped from the project when U.S. test audiences thought he made the characters he originally voiced James and Percy, sound too old. In 2007, he was reported to have stepped down from his role, with Pierce Brosnan taking over the role. However, Brosnan's narration was heard only in one feature special The Great Discovery, and Angelis continued to provide the narration for Series 12 up until Series 16. Angelis also narrated John Peel's autobiography, Margrave of the Marshes, on BBC Radio 4 in 2005.

In 2006 he starred in the film Fated, set in his hometown of Liverpool, as well as in episodes of Midsomer Murders and The Bill in 2007.

Angelis was married to the Coronation Street actress Helen Worth, but the couple divorced in 2001.

In September 2011 he participated in the BBC Radio 4 programme The Reunion talking with others cast members about his roles in the Boys from the Blackstuff.

He is the younger brother of fellow actor Paul Angelis.

Assorted roles


Year Title Role
1975–78 The Liver Birds Lucien Boswell
1978 Play for Today: "The Muscle Market" Christopher "Chrissie" Todd
1979 Me, You and Him Lucien Boswell
1982 Boys from the Blackstuff Christopher "Chrissie" Todd
1980 [[Minder (TV series) Nick
1985 I Woke Up One Morning Max
1991 G.B.H. Martin Niarchos
1991–2012 Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends UK Narrator
US Narrator (Video 2004)
1993–94 Luv Harold Craven
1996 Whatever Happened to The Liver Birds? Lucien Boswell
1998 The Jump Donald Lewis
2000 Heartbeat Frank McCready
2002 Auf, Wiedersehen, Pet Mickey Startup
2009 Abe and the Amazing Promise UK Narrator
2012 Good Cop Robert Rocksavage

Video games

Year Title Role
1999 Thomas & Friends: The Great Festival Adventure All characters
2000 Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks All characters
2002 Thomas & Friends: Building the New Line All characters