Marietta Meade

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Marietta Meade
Born Ora Simcha Mead
(1956-12-08) December 8, 1956 (age 64)
Occupation Actress, voice-over talent, translator, author
Years active 1962–present

Marietta Meade (born Ora Simcha Mead, December 8, 1956) is a veteran voice-over talent/dubber, actress, translator, and author. In the course of a career spanning 53 years to date (2015), she has acted in numerous television, feature-film, and stage productions. She holds dual citizenship of Belgium and the United States of America.


Meade has worked speaking US English, British English, German (Hochdeutsch), French (France), Spanish (Castellano), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Danish, Swahili, and Hebrew.

Exclusive Voice Work

BMW: Meade is the original voice of automobile manufacturer BMW’s navigation system, CARIN (in German, English, and Italian).

Audi: Meade is the original German voice of automobile manufacturer Audi’s navigation system.

UBS Bank: Since 2000, Meade has been the original English voice of Switzerland’s UBS Bank (automated human response system).

Additional Voice Work

Meade has recorded a vast number of language courses (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch), video games, audio books, radio plays, commercials, narrations, documentaries, trailers, and television promos.

Meade has also voice-acted in many animated films (Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove, Buena Vista International’s Princess Mononoke, etc.).

In addition, Meade was a member of the German cast of Allegra’s Window, a children’s television series where she provided the dubbing and singing for the Ms. Melody character.


Meade has prepared numerous translations of voice-over / dubbing scripts, from French and English to German. She has also prepared scripts for TV documentaries.


Running the European office of UK-based Credence Publications—as Ora S. James, from 2000-2006—Meade translated three books by British investigative journalist, Phillip Day: Cancer - Why We Are Still Dying to Know the Truth, Health Wars, and Food for Thought, from English to German.

In 2004, Meade self-published her first book, Tatwaffe Handy - Das (un-) heimliche Legat', (as Ora S. James).

She subsequently prepared the English translation (A Handy Way to Cook Your Brain - What's the Damage?).

In 2009, Meade self-published the updated and abridged version, Cellular Radiation: Is This Our Next Titanic.

Voice-Over Career

Meade is the German voice of (to name but a few):

Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, 1993-1998; exclusive German voice for Ms. Seymour until 2005)

Hunter Tylo (The Bold and the Beautiful, 1992-2005)

Tilda Swinton (Orlando (1992), Edward II, Female Perversions (1996), Adaptation (2002), Young Adam (2003))

Geena Davis (A League of Their Own (1992), Stuart Little 1,2 & 3, Will & Grace)

Emma Thompson (My Father the Hero, Angels in America, 2003)

Alexandra Vandernoot (Tessa Noel/Lisa Halle in The Highlander television series, 1992-1998)

Catherine Zeta-Jones (Catherine the Great, 1995)

Ellen DeGeneres (Will & Grace)

Uma Thurman (Where the Heart Is)

Marcia Gay Harden (Flubber, 1997)

Diana Rigg (as Emma Peel in The Avengers)

Shelley Hack (Charlie’s Angels television series)

Tanya Roberts (That 70s Show, 1998)

Anne Parillaud (Che ora è)

Nana Visitor (Dark Angel television series, 2000-2002)

Birgitte Raaberg (The Kingdom, Danish television mini-series)

Anne Ramsay (Mad about you)

Greta Scacchi (A Man in Love)

Patsy Kensit (21, Bitter Harvest)

Anette O’Toole (Kiss of a Killer, Smallville television series, 2001)

Joanne Whalley-Kilmer (Scarlett television mini-series (1994), Trial by Jury)

Muriel Hemmingway (Central Park West)

Melanie Mayron (Thirtysomething television series, 1987-1991)

Barbara Hershey (Paris Trout)

Veronica Hamel (Nora)

Carry Otis (Wild Orchid)

Saffron Burrows (Klimt)

Ashley Judd (Simon Birch)

Marilu Henner (Noises Off)

Mathilda May (The Cry of the Owl/Le cri du hibou, Sweetheart/Toutes peines confondues)

Miriam D’Abo (Double Entendre)

Ylva Lööf (As It Is in Heaven)

Béatrice Dalle (La fille de l’air)

Carole Bouquet (Trop belle pour toi), Anika Pages (Tafelspitz, dubbed in English), Jane Alexander (Johnny Bristol), Madeleine Stowe (To Live and Love in L. A., 1998), Julie Haggerty, Amanda Plummer, Melissa Gilbert, Sela Ward, Barbara Stanwyck, Rebecca de Mornay, Vanessa Williams, Donna Reed, Carole Bouquet, Miriam D'Abo, Marisa Berenson, Mary Elisabeth Mastrantonio, Arielle Dombasle, Dyann Cannon, Kate Capshaw, Rae Dawn Chung, Virginia Madsen, etc.

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