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 OM CH CVO CBE FRS FZS FSA is an English broadcaster and naturalist. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on the planet. He is also 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, and 3D. Attenborough is widely considered a national treasure in Britain, although he himself does not like the term. In 2002 he was named ...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 is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus, and won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Freeman has appeared in many other box office hits, including Unforgiven, Glory, Seven, Deep Impact, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, Along Came a Spider, The Dark Knight Trilogy, March of the Penguins, The Lego Movie and Lucy. ...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 is an American actor who in a career of more than 60 years has become known 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 and Golden Globe Award for his role in The Great White Hope. Jones has won three Emmy Awards, including two in the same year in 1991, and he also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the film version of The Great White Hope. ...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, CBE is an English actor. Hurt has had a career spanning six decades and initially came to prominence for his supporting role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons. Since then he has played leading roles as Quentin Crisp in the TV film The Naked Civil Servant, the deformed man John Merrick in David Lynch's biopic The Elephant Man, Winston Smith in the dystopian drama Nineteen Eighty-Four, Mr. Braddock in the Stephen Frears drama The Hit, and Stephen Ward in the drama depicting the Profumo affair, Scandal. He is also known for his television roles as Caligula in I, Claudius, and the War Doctor in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special. Hurt's other films ...more on Wikipedia

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