|Born||Eric Norman Thompson
9 November 1929
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
|Died||30 November 1982
Camden, London, England
|Spouse(s)||Phyllida Law [m. 1957–82 (his death)|
Eric Norman Thompson (9 November 1929 – 30 November 1982) was an English actor, television presenter and producer. He is best remembered for narrating The Magic Roundabout, which he adapted from the French original Le Manège Enchanté.
Life and career
Thompson was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England, the son of George Henry and Anne Thompson, and grew up Rudgwick, Sussex, attending Collyer's School (now The College of Richard Collyer), Horsham. He trained to be an actor at the Old Vic acting school in London and joined the Old Vic theatre company in 1952.
He worked mostly for the BBC, and was a presenter of the children's television programme Play School in the 1960s. He was best known as the narrator of The Magic Roundabout, for which he wrote the English-language scripts, using the visuals from the French Le Manège Enchanté. These were transmitted between October 1965 and January 1977. Thompson rarely worked on television after his voice became well-known, but occasionally appeared in programmes such as Doctor Who in the serial The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve in 1966.
On 30 November 1982 Thompson died of a pulmonary embolism in London three weeks after his 53rd birthday.