Lara J West

Coventry, Warwickshire, GB 8:40 PM (GMT) Local Time

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As a classically trained actress - Bristol Old Vic – taught by the same voice & acting coaches as Anthony Hopkins & Daniel Day Lewis, I bring authenticity & depth of characterisation to every role. I specialise in accents & offer creative voices ranging from warm, soft tones to strident and authoritative timbres when required. Having recorded over 20 full-length audiobooks, my voice has been described as warm with captivating intonation, clear enunciation, phrasing & connection to the text.

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Vocal Characteristics


English (British), French

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Voice Ages

Child (5-12), Young Adult (18-35), Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+)


Australian, British, England - London (Cockney, Estuary, East End), England - North West (Liverpool, Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire), England - Received Pronunciation (RP, BBC), England - South East (Oxford, Sussex), England - South West (Cornwall, Devon, West Country), England - West Midlands (Shropshire, Birmingham, Brummie), England - Yorkshire & Humber, French, French (Parisienne), German, Irish, Irish Eastern (Leinster, Dublin), Irish Northern (Ulster, Belfast), Polish, Scottish, Scottish (Edinburgh), Scottish (Glaswegian), Scottish (Standard Scottish English), Trans-Atlantic, US Mid-Atlantic, US New York (New Jersey, Bronx, Brooklyn), Welsh

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Voice Over Skills

Animation, Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet Video, Movie Trailers, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television, Videogames

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Turnaround Time

12 - 24 hours

Live Directed Sessions

Phone Call, Video Conferencing (Zoom, Skype)


Rode NT1 A Studio Mic with SM6 Shock Mount and Pop Shield

Computer & Software

Cubase Pro 8.5 Advanced Production Software. Plus Steinberg UR-22 USB Audio Interface. 24 bit / 192 khz 2 x D-Pre + 192khz support.

Special Equipment

Soundproofing, Acoustic Foam Vocal Booth in converted attic. SE Electronics Project Studio Reflection Filter.

Service Overview

Voice Over

From my own purpose-built, professional home studio, I guarantee a rapid, friendly, high quality service, where complete customer satisfaction is paramount.
I have a highly creative voice that can portray multiple genres, from complex character-based fiction, through to quick-fire comedy, passionate romance, and appealing marketing.
Classically trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, I have a versatile, sincere voice, with a rich timbre and delivery, honed over twenty years of acting, singing, television, voice over and radio experience.

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Voice Over Experience

Edna in 'Home Front'

BBC Radio 4 • Contract Part-time

Jan 2015 - Dec 2017

Regular character in a long-running serial / war time Radio Drama. Director Allegra McIroy

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Lady Catherine De Burgh / Caroline Bingley in 'Pride and Prejudice'

BBC Radio 4 • Freelance

May 1994 - Jun 1994

Two character voices in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Radio adaptation. Directed by Shaun McLoughlin

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Marilyn Monroe in 'Just The Way You Are'

BBC Radio 4 • Freelance

Aug 1994 - Sep 1994

The voice of Marilyn Monroe in an original radio play. Directed by Kate MCall.

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W. F. Howes (Clipper / Whole Story Audiobooks) • Freelance

Oct 2020 - Dec 2020

Narrator and All Voices - Audiobook written by Henrietta Heald.

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Audiobook Narrator - THE LOST SISTERS

W. F. Howes Ltd (Lamplight Audiobooks) • Freelance

Aug 2020 - Oct 2020

Narrator and All Voices - Audiobook written by Lindsey Hutchinson

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Audiobook Narrator - 'PERFECT ALIBIS'

W. F. Howes Ltd (Whole Story Quest Audiobooks) • Freelance

Jun 2020 - Aug 2020

Narrator and All Voices - Audiobook written by Jane Wenham-Jones

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Audiobook Narrator 'ONE HUNDRED MIRACLES'

W. F. Howes (Whole Story Quest / Clipper Audiobooks) • Freelance

Aug 2019 - Dec 2019

Narrator and All Voices - Audiobook written by Zuzana Ruzickova

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Audiobook Narrator - 4 x LITTLE LADY AGENCY Books.

W. F. Howes (Whole Story Quest and Rosa Audiobooks) • Freelance

Jan 2019 - Jul 2019

Narrator and All Voices on 4 Audiobooks written by Hester Browne

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Whitehouse Sound / W. F. Howes Ltd • Freelance

Sep 2018 - Dec 2018

Narrator and All Voices - Audiobooks written by Laura Briggs

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W. F. Howes / Whitehouse Sound • Freelance

May 2018 - Aug 2018

Narrator and All Voices - Audiobook by Shelley Wilson

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W. F. Howes ltd / Whitehouse Sound • Freelance

Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

Narrator and All Voices Audiobook by Shelley Wilson

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Elsie Parnell, Mrs Casey and Mary in FINAL ARRANGEMENTS - HITCHCOCK

SpokenWorld Audio / Dolls House Studios • Freelance

Sep 2017 - Nov 2017

3 x Character Voices in Audiobook by Lawrence Page (Pub. Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine 1961)

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W. F. Howes Ltd / Whitehouse Sound • Freelance

Aug 2017 - Oct 2017

Narrator and All Voices Audiobook by Fay Keenan

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Whitehouse Sound / Harper Collins Publishers • Freelance

Jan 2017 - Mar 2017

Narrator and All Voices Audiobook by MERRYN ALLINGHAM

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Narrator Audiobook JUST HAVEN'T MET YOU YET

Whitehouse Sound / Quercus Publishing • Freelance

Oct 2016 - Dec 2016

Narrator and All Voices Audiobook by Cate Woods

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Narrator Audiobook MY OWN DEAR BROTHER

Whitehouse Sound / Whole Story Audiobooks • Freelance

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

Narrator and All Voices Audiobook by Hollie Muller

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Narrator Audiobook WHEN THE SKY FELL APART

Lamplight / Whole Story Audio • Freelance

Apr 2016 - Jun 2016

Narrator and All Voices Audiobook by Caroline Lea

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Narrator & Singer Musical Audiobooks ADVENTURES IN MUMU LAND Vol 1 & 2

Spoken World Audio / Neil Gardner • Self-employed

Jul 2015 - Oct 2015

Narrator, All Voices, Songwriter & Singer in these two Musical Audibooks for children by Lara J. West.

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Narrator Audiobook BRING DOWN THE SUN

BeeAudio / Audible Studios • Freelance

Sep 2014 - Dec 2014

Narrator and All Voices Audiobook by Judith Tarr

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W. F. Howes Ltd. • Freelance

Oct 2020 - Dec 2020

Narrator and All Voices Audiobook by Nicole Libin

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Client List

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Voice Over Testimonials

Lovely clear mezzo soprano voice with clear enunciation and great delivery. Good intonation, phrasing and connection with text. Great storytelling and characterisation.
A really engaging, consistent performance from a smooth and silky voice. Great potential. We love your read.

Mike Kitson, Chief Sound Engineer, BeeAudio

Author-composer Lara J. West does an irresistible job narrating these musical stories – ‘Adventures in Mu Mu Land’ - which are specifically designed as audiobooks for the very youngest listeners.
West creates engaging little-girl voices as the characters describe their adventures, meeting Confucius the dragon; Prince Lu; and a clown who's lost his red nose.
Exuberant songs are presented throughout each short tale. Most fun is the catchy song about brushing one's teeth. The music cleverly fades as the girls fall asleep. This is an ideal way to make young ones eager for bedtime.

Audiofile Magazine - Professional literary review

Lara’s original audiobook for kids, went down a storm after I picked up my daughter up from nursery yesterday. She said: “I really like it because there are songs AND stories!”.
From a sound point of view … I thought it was great, a fabulous product, with ingenious content and presentation.
And, of course, your voice Lara, was perfect, just the right balance, a lovely warm and light touch with a positive delivery. Thank you so much.
It’s CD 2 tomorrow. I have a feeling I’ll be getting repeated requests for ‘Adventures in Mu Mu Land’ on all our car journeys.

Whitehouse Sound - Chris Perks - Sound Engineer (and Dad!)

Vocal Characteristics



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Voice Ages

Child (5-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-35), Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+)


Classical, Country, Easy Listening, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Holiday, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock



Logic Pro, Audacity

Skill Overview


I am a mezzo-soprano/alto, classically trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre Sch. incorporating musical theatre. I have appeared in 20 stage musicals. I have recordings over 30 yrs. as vocalist on 4 albums & in collaboration with musicians in home studios. I use Cubase Pro to record jingles for commercials; underscores for short-stories, video games & movie trailers; as well as fully orchestrated ballads. I have sung as Marilyn Monroe, Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse, Tina Turner & Shirley Bassey! More seriously, I have worked for many Musical Directors & am used to feedback & direction. My musical theatre experience spans many genres, ranging from 7/9 time & Egyptian scales - in ‘Arabian Nights’ - to singing 4-part harmonies - in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. I am a singer / songwriter with 2 published CDs featuring original songs for children - Adventures In Mu Mu Land. I have written a one-woman musical called: ‘One Kiss’ featuring 9 original songs, for the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, July 2022.

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Singers Experience

Mary Magdalene

The Great and Small Theatre Company • Freelance

May 1988 - Jun 1988

Lead Role (Mary Magdalene) in 'Jesu' - a gospel musical composed by Gary Watson. I was also lyricist and songwriter for this original musical show, directed by Paul Monaghan.

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Fairy Godmother / Baroness Hardup in 'Cinderella'

Creaking Door Productions, Bristol • Freelance

Dec 2007 - Jan 2008

Fairy Godmother and Baroness Hardup, in this traditional pantomime - 'Cinderella' - with songs and music, directed by Tom Sherman.

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Glind the Good Witch and Auntie Em in 'The Wizard of Oz'

Bristol Old Vic Theatre • Freelance

Dec 2001 - Jan 2002

Two featured singing roles and ensemble work in this musical adaptaion of 'The Wizard of Oz' directed by Gareth Machin.

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Jumila and Various/Ensemble in 'Arabian Nights'

The Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster • Freelance

Jul 2001 - Aug 2001

Jumila's tale and various other stories in this open-air, summer theatre production in Williamson Park, Lancaster. Stories adapted from 'A Thousand and One Nights' by Les Smith, produced by The Duke's Playhouse, and directed by Ian Hastings.

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Fairy Tweet in 'Babes in the Wood'

Brstol Old Vic Theatre • Freelance

Dec 2000 - Jan 2001

Once again I played The Fairy in this traditional pantomime - ' Babes in the Wood' - directed by Elwyn Johnson.

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Mrs Duster and Belinda Bear in 'Mrs Duster's Magic Toy Shop'

Simon Fielder Productions at 'The Ark', Borehamwood • Freelance

Dec 2013 - Dec 2013

The lead role in this musical, family Christmas show, directed by Sally McCormack.

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Honey M'Lou/Jackson/Hazza Hegarty/Little Miss Bad in 'The Mu Mu Club'

The Tobacco Factory, Bristol • Self-employed

Jul 2008 - Aug 2008

I played various roles in this original, musical soap-opera for young audiences. I wrote and performed these two shows, in Bristol ... then later at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (2009).

They became the foundation of a now published musical-audiobook for children called 'Adventures in Mu Mu Land' - released on Amazon / Audible.

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Rene / Valetine in 'The Count of Monte Cristo'

The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton • Freelance

Dec 1995 - Jan 1996

A musical adaptation of the famous tale of 'The Count of Monte Cristo' staged as a family Christmas show, directed by Patrick Sandford.

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Singers Testimonials

Lara and I first worked together, when I was serving as Musical Director for ‘The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’ – and we have collaborated musically ever since, for over 25 years.
I have conducted Lara as M.D. many times but more significantly we have a strong song-writing and composition partnership.
Lara is a great original musical thinker, as well as a first-class vocalist and her ability as an accomplished singer most certainly underscores and supports her capacity as an outstanding songwriter.

Andy Allpass – Published Freelance Composer, MD & Keyboards Player. M.D. at Bristol Old Vic, The Sherman Theatre (Cardiff) The Playhouse Theatre (Salisbury) and The Roses Theatre (Tewksbury)

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