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The Best Documentary Narrators  

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These celebrities have narrated the best-loved documentary films and series of recent memory. A few of them have even narrated the same documentaries in different regions. David Attenborough is widely known as the Planet Earth narrator but he is also one of the most famous British narrators primarily known for his nature docs. Other narrators on this list have done documentaries that span several genres such as Morgan Freeman and Whoopi Goldberg. This list also has clips of documentaries, interviews, and readings to give you a sense of their voice if you want a refresher.

Who are your favorites on this list of famous narrators? It's time to determine the best documentary voice actors with your votes. Vote up the best documentary narrators that have narrated your favorite films or documentary series.

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Notable documentaries: Our Planet, Saving Planet Earth: Fixing a Hole, David Attenborough's Tasmania, Natural World, Blue Planet II

Sir David Frederick Attenborough (; born 8 May 1926) is an English broadcaster and natural historian. He is best known for writing and presenting, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, the nine natural history documentary series forming the Life collection that together constitute a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on Earth. He is a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s. He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, 3D and 4K.Attenborough is widely considered a national treasure in Britain, although he himself ...more on Wikipedia

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Notable documentaries: 30 for 30, Rameses: Wrath of God or Man?, American Masters, The True Story of Glory Continues, Through the Wormhole

Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and Invictus (2009). He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Freeman has appeared in many other box office hits, including Glory (1989), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Seven (1995), Deep Impact (1998), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Bruce Almighty (2003), The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), Wanted (2008), RED (2010), Now You See Me ...more on Wikipedia

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Notable documentaries: North Pole Promise, Earth (US version), The Clinton 12, By Any Means Necessary: The Making of 'Malcolm X', The Great Year

James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. His career has spanned more than seven decades, and he has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors and "one of the greatest actors in American history". Since his Broadway debut in 1957, Jones has won many awards, including a Tony Award for his role in The Great White Hope, which also earned him a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film version of the play. Jones has won three Emmy Awards, including two in the same year in 1990. He is also known for his voice roles as Darth Vader in the Star Wars film series and Mufasa in Disney's The ...more on Wikipedia

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Notable documentaries: The Final Reel, Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict, The World in Action Years, Planet Dinosaur, Human Planet

Sir John Vincent Hurt (22 January 1940 – 25 January 2017) was an English actor whose career spanned more than 50 years. Hurt came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966) and gained BAFTA Award nominations for his portrayals of Timothy Evans in 10 Rillington Place (1971) and Quentin Crisp in television film The Naked Civil Servant (1975) – winning his first BAFTA for the latter. He played Caligula in the BBC TV series I, Claudius (1976). Hurt's performance in the prison drama Midnight Express (1978) brought him international renown and earned Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, along with an Academy Award nomination. His BAFTA-nominated portrayal of ...more on Wikipedia

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