Steven Crossley


Actor and narrator Steven Crossley has made an enchanted journey from sitting in front of his family’s radio when he was a child to sitting behind a microphone at the Recorded Books studio in Manhattan as a narrator. “Almost my first recollection of listening to stories—and this is in line with a lot of English children—was listening to the radio as a child,” said the London resident, “in particular, Children’s Hour at three in the afternoon.”

Besides his love of that radio show, one of Crossley’s first oral readings deeply planted the acting seed in his heart. “I’ve always had a feeling for reading stories,” he said. “I didn’t have any drama classes in my school, but I had a wonderful English master who had us read in front of the class. I read Lord of the Flies by William Golding.” When he saw the looks on the other students’ faces and felt their rapt attention, “I knew I had a bit of aptitude for it even then.”

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he embarked on a busy acting career. He has appeared in two films, a dozen television shows and nearly 30 roles in regional theaters and on larger stages in both the USA and England. Crossley has even played a part on an interactive CD-ROM. Finally, though, it is the challenging variety of roles in his audiobook assignments that keeps attracting him to the recording studio. “I get to play such a wonderful cast of characters, from 65-year-old men to 14-year-old women. I’m being stretched as an actor.”

 

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