• Lindsay McKinnon
  • Narrator
  • Actor, writer, singer, comedian. VO work inc radio commercials and news reading. Taught American accents to Canadians at ACTRA. Member of ACTRA and EQUITY. Good sense of comic timing, having written and performed on the stand-up circuit myself. I have a good range of accents including British (most regional dialects and BBC English), Scottish (soft Edinburgh and harder edged Glaswegian) Irish (Northern and Southern) and Welsh. European accents including French, German, Italian. American accents (Generic American, New York, Southern). I have mostly worked in regional theatres as an actress and performed for many years as a singer, both of which have helped by vocal range, so can easily switch from high to low, young to old. Accents are one thing, getting the character's personality to come to life as the author has portrayed them is vital, so I also concentrate on getting that across in how the character speaks, so their personality is apparent by their pitch, speed and delivery of their dialogue.
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: England, United Kingdom
  • Website: www.theatreofthemindproductions.com
  • Available for: Royalty Share or Royalty Share Plus
Curmudgeon Avenue snippets

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
1: Older Male: Edith and Edna's dad. Old fashioned Manchester accent. Very 'dad' like 2: Adult Male: The Roofer. Strong Liverpool workman's voice. 3: Female: Annoying sales caller with overly upbeat telemarketing Southern voice 4: Adult Female: Railway announcer. Generic, smooth English voice with no discernible accent. 5: Adult Male: Police officer with fairly strong London accent. 6: Male: Desk sergeant with a strong, deep, gruff Manchester accent, shows authority but does not lack warmth.

Sharon/Shania

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Nasal
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: (Harold's sister), Shania's aspirations to grandeur are apparent in her change of name from Sharon to Shania. Hard and determined her attempts at a more refined accent are abandoned when she loses her temper and her heavy Radcliffe accent comes through.

Babycham Barbara

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Enthusiastic/Excited
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Babycham Barbara is a young woman with a high, affected, overly-upbeat vocal style. Her base accent is Manchester, but it is barely detectable beneath her pretensions.

Keeley Brimstone

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Deadpan
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Keeley Brimstone works as a Housing Officer. Her Manchester accent is flat and bored with little or no modulation.

Trisha's Brother

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-Welsh
Vocal Style : Female narrating a male part
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Trisha's brother, slightly older, a bit of a Jack-the-Lad, but protective of his sister. His accent has the same soft Welsh lilt but a little more pronounced.

Trisha

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-Welsh
Vocal Style : Feminine
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Trisha is the local barmaid, with a lilting, soft Welsh accent. Worldly wise enough to know that playing the ingenue will get her better tips.

Psycho Steve

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-Liverpool
Vocal Style : Female narrating a male part
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Psycho Steve is a slow talking renowned local influential thug. He speaks calmly, and quietly giving his Liverpool accent an extra edge of menace.

Sleeveless Steve

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Female narrating a male part
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Sleeveless Steve is a local thug. His voice is deep, gruff, slow and intimidating.

The Vet

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-West Country
Vocal Style : Warm
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: The Vet has a professional but warm West Country accent.

Toothless, Emphysema Man

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Female narrating a male part
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: A very old man with a gasping raspy voice. Every word is an effort for him to produce.

Maurice

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Female narrating a male part
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Maurice has a smooth, syrupy voice that has developed as an affectation to promote his image as an artist. It is low, slow and very laid back.

Homes Under the Hammer Presenter

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-Birmingham
Vocal Style : Female narrating a male part
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: The Homes Under the Hammer presenter is loosely based on one of the show's regular presenters. The Birmingham accent is slight as it's hidden by the overly emphasised style that is used in this TV program.

Patchouli

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Quirky
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Inspired by British actress Georgina Hale, Patchouli (Toonan and Wantha's mum) has a quirky way of speaking that is staccato yet seductive/flirtatious.

Wantha

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Urban/Street
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Wantha is Toonan's older half-sister. Wantha has a street smart harder edge to her accent.

Toonan

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Urban/Street
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Toonan is late teens early twenties Manchester girl. Thick as two short planks but has some street smarts and is a likeable character.

The Gameshow Contestants

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-General British
Vocal Style : Quirky
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Three gameshow contestants with very different voices: Hilda: An elderly woman with a shaky voice from Wakefield. Veronica: A young, enthusiastic, bright, breathy girl from Birmingham. Michael: An older gent from the South of England, whose clipped, precise voice makes him sound a little like a train-spotter.

Genevieve Dubois

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : French
Vocal Style : Seductive/Sexy
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Genevieve Dubois is not all she appears to be, but that is yet to be revealed. Using her good looks and sultry accent, Genevieve manipulates all in her path. Her voice is both worldly-wise and that of an ingenue.

Ricky Rickets

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Female narrating a male part
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Ricky Rickets is the only son of Edith, who has allowed him to get away with being a leach and a waste of space. He has a strong Manchester accent. Uneducated, he speaks at speed and always sounds guilty of something.

Margaret Lomax

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Mature
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Margaret Lomax is a bird-like elderly lady. Her voice is that of frail Manchester lady whose accent leans toward Lancashire; working class but never common.

Pauline Foote

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Snarky
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Pauline Foote is Edith's ex-boss from The Citizens Advice Bureau. Her voice is nasal, pretentious and snarky.

Harold

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Female narrating a male part
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Harold Goatshead is a jack-of-no-trades and isn't even a master of himself. He is one of life's wasters who has been fired from every short lived job he has ever had. His accent is almost as strong as his smell. Harold is that bloke who tries to sell you something in the pub.

Mrs Ali

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-General Scottish
Vocal Style : Warm
Performance Notes
Curmudgeon Avenue: Mrs Ali runs the corner shop and is the neighbour who knows everything about everyone. Her soft Scottish accent hides the canny business woman beneath. Mrs Ali is a warm woman though with a slightly devilish side to her.

Edith

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-Manchester
Vocal Style : Nasal
Performance Notes
One of the central characters of Curmudgeon Avenue, Edith is Edna's younger sister. Where Edna is snarky and full of her self, Edith is one of life's innocents.

Edna

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-BBC English
Vocal Style : Sarcastic
Performance Notes
Edna is one of the central characters of "Curmudgeon Avenue". With pretensions of grandeur, Edna, who is somewhere in her 70s, has long since lost her Manchester accent in favour of this shrill posh voice. Her voice is a blend of Mrs Bouquet (Keeping Up Appearances) and Sybil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers), with a smattering of Lady Bracknell (Importance of Being Earnest) thrown in.

The Narrator

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent : British-BBC English
Vocal Style : Deadpan
Performance Notes
"Curmudgeon Avenue" by Samantha Henthorn is narrated by the house in which the characters live. The voice is pompous and condescending with a very slight Manchester twang to an otherwise posh voice.

Have been in the entertainment industry since leaving school. Trained as an actor in the UK, working mostly in theatre. Wrote and performed on the alternative comedy circuit, but decided eating food was preferable to having it thrown at me. Became a singer to earn Equity, toured the world and lived in Canada for ten years where I continued to sing, act and write. Currently working as Marketing Exec for celebrity comedian; with whom I am also writing scripts for submission to TV and radio. Also formed Theatre of the Mind Productions, as I am working on comedy sketches and plays for the radio. (website under construction)
*First audio book Curmudgeon Avenue: The Terraced House Diaries by Samantha Henthorn due for release late February 2020. The book was great fun to produce as I worked closely with the author, who gave me free rein to create the variety of voices and accents for the 50 characters that appear in the first book in the series. I'm very pleased to say that Samantha has also asked me to narrate the remaining three books in the series. Theatre in the UK and Canada. Radio promos also in UK and Canada, also researched and read news for community radio station. Worked on indie films. Toured Europe, Mid East, Africa, Canada as a singer, as well as working on cruise ships. Formed and wrote sketch comedy for Little Devils. Played Sherilyn Fenn's mum (in a flashback I hasten to add) in The Outer Limits.
Won best Short Film (devised and wrote) at the Canadian Actors Union in Toronto for "Toques Off Stetson's On"