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The Best Documentary Narrators

Updated September 16, 2019 1.3k votes 267 voters 14.8k views20 items

List RulesVote up the voices you want to hear when watching a documentary.

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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  • David Attenborough is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentary Narrators
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    Notable documentaries: Our Planet, Saving Planet Earth: Fixing a Hole, David Attenborough's Tasmania, Natural World, Blue Planet II

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  • Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Documentary Narrators
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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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  • James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentary Narrators
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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

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  • Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Documentary Narrators
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    Notable documentaries: The Connected Universe, Death Zone: Cleaning Mount Everest, Journey to Space, Journey to Le Mans, Animal Superpowers

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