12 Sneaky Celeb Narrators You Might Not Have Noticed Rosie Stoff

Meg Ryan will be narrating the new How I Met Your Dad pilot as the future Tracy (the mother). This news has us thinking about celebrity voice-overs and that feeling of your brain being absolutely ON FIRE when you hear a commercial with a familiar voice, but can’t figure out for the life of you who it is. That feeling can drive you to insanity. You know it’s a voice you’ve heard before, one of note, one to remember. Here are 12 of the most popular celeb voice-over actors … and some you might not have realized until now.

1. Sigourney Weaver

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In 2007, the BBC brought their groundbreaking and all around INCREDIBLE series, Planet Earth, to BBCAmerica. For the American audience, the English actor, David Attenborough was replaced Alien, Avatar, Working Girl, Ghostbusters, and Political Animals star, Sigourney Weaver. With identical dialogue, I’m not sure why the switch was necessary, as Attenborough’s booming English accent and gentle tone was perfect for the series, not that Weaver’s wasn’t, I am just partial to Attenborough’s.

2. Alec Baldwin

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Again David Attenborough gets replaced with an American! When the BBC aired their new docuseries Frozen Planet in 2011, Attenborough voiced, but when BBCAmerica picked it up and began to air Frozen Planet in the U.S. in 2012, Alec Baldwin narrated. Baldwin actually did a fantastic job and stood up to Attenborough’s voice, that of the perfect English accent specimen.

3. Zach Braff
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How adorable are the commercials of the little white lab puppy at the spa advertising Cottonelle toilet paper! Awwww. Not quite sure what one has to do with the other, but it’s okay…because there is a puppy involved, anything can be excused in a puppy’s presence. Ever think that voice in the background is a little similar to Dr. John “J.D.” Dorian on Scrubs? Well it is, because they are both Zach Braff!

4. Will Arnett

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“I’ve made a huge mistake,” no Will Arnett doesn’t say the famous Gob Bluth words from Arrested Development in his GMC commercials, sadly. Arnett’s grave tone perfectly advertises the tough and rugged image that GMC is all about. That is some truly inspired voice over casting!

5. John Krasinski

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I sincerely hope that while John Krasinski was recording the voiceover for his Blackberry ads, there were cameras present that he looked into with that amazingly attractive smirk, a la The Office. CAMPAIGN FOR JOHN TO REPLACE SIRI!

6. Julia Roberts

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Who woulda thought Oscar winner and America’s sweetheart Julia Roberts would be voicing Nationwide insurance commercials? Well, she does, only wish there was a Vivian/Pretty Woman laugh in there somewhere.

7. Jeff Bridges

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Jeff Bridges, with all his “dudeliness” is pretty hard to miss in his Duracell ads. Sounding just like himself and the infamous Jeffery “The Dude” Lebowski, don’t you just want him to say, “Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not “Mr. Lebowski.” You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”

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  1. Interesting article! Where is Kristen Bell? There seems to be no mention of Bell…and her picture is the main photo of the article.

  2. Zach Braff also does the Pur sink filter add and Matt Damon does TD Ameritrade

  3. Tim Allen does commercials for Campbell’s soup and Michigan tourism commercials. Also, Jana Kramer is the singer and ninja person (lol) in the Nationwide commercials.

  4. I’m pretty sure Julie Bowen does the Olive Garden commercials.

  5. Jason Sudeikis is the Apple Bee’s voiceover!

  6. I’m pretty sure How I Met You Dad does not center around Tracy, but is about a whole new character named Sally. Or at least that’s what the show’s Imdb page says!

  7. My favorite is John Krasinski, every time I hear his voiceovers I feel like I should do exactly what he suggests. Who would you trust more than Jim Halpert?!

    Just in case you guys want to do a quick edit, it turns out How I Met Your Dad won’t follow Tracey but a completely new couple with a girl named “Sally”.

  8. John krasinski also does the e-surance ads!

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