The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage by David Ives
At the age of seventeen Jim became the youngest professional comedian touring the British Music Halls. He became a pop singing star during the early Rock ’n Roll days, and the first recording artist under the wing of Sir George Martin. At the request of Laurence Olivier he joined the British National Theatre as a leading actor. To quote Lord Olivier, “Jim Dale is God’s gift to Shakespeare’s comedies”. In the category of ‘Best Actor’ Jim has won a Tony Award for Barnum, five Tony Nominations, (Joe Egg, Candide, The Threepenny Opera, Scapino) five New York Critics Awards, five Drama Desk Awards and eight Drama Desk Nominations. As a narrator he recorded all seven books in the Harry Potter series for the United States and Canadian markets, winning a record ten Audie Awards, the Oscars of the American narrating world, two Grammy Awards and seven Grammy Nominations. He became America’s Narrator of the Year 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008 and won the ‘Audiobook Book of the Year Award 2004’. He holds three Guinness World Records; one for creating 134 different character voices for, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," his second for breaking his own record with 147 different voices for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," and his third for ‘Occupying the First Six Places in the Top Ten Audio Books of America and Canada’. As a film actor he won a British Academy Award Nomination for his leading role in the film, Adolph Hitler – My Part in His Downfall. Other films include Walt Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, Arthur Miller’s The American Clock ,plus eleven of the legendary British, Carry On films. As a lyricist he won an Academy Award Nomination for the words to the title song of the film, Georgy Girl He has been inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame, the Narrating Hall of Fame and Audible’s Hall of Fame.