Harley Bird

Harley Fiona Riley (born 13 December 2001),[1][2] better known by her stage name of Harley Bird, is an English actress.[3] She was the third voice of Peppa Pig, taking on the role in 2007 and leaving in 2020. She was replaced by English actress Amelie Bea Smith.

Harley Bird
Born
Harley Fiona Riley

(2001-12-13) 13 December 2001 (age 19)
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
Notable work
Peppa Pig

Early and personal lifeEdit

Bird was born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester in Northern England, as Harley Fiona Riley[4] and lives in Tring, Hertfordshire, with her parents, Gill and Craig Riley. She is the second eldest of four children and has two sisters, Taylor and Olivia, and a brother called Rosco.[5] Bird used to attend Tring Park School for the Performing Arts on their Tring Park Associates programme before enrolling into the main school, where she remains.[6]

CareerEdit

At age five, she was signed to Alphabet Kidz Talent Agency. A month later she gained the role of Peppa in the children's animated series Peppa Pig. She replaced the previous actors, Lily Snowden-Fine and Cecily Bloom. She first voiced Peppa on the 2007 "Peppa's Christmas" special and continued to voice the character for seasons 3, 4, 5 & the first half of the 6th. In her role, she has lent her voice to Peppa Pig in The Official BBC Children in Need Medley as well as various other pieces of show merchandise.[7]

Bird's TV appearances and radio broadcasts include a behind-the-scenes feature on CBBC's Newsround[8] and an interviewed in character as Peppa on BBC Radio One's Chris Moyles Show.[9] She became the youngest British Academy Film Award winner ever when she won the Performer award at the 2011 British Academy Children's Awards for her voice-artist work as Peppa Pig.[10][11]

Bird announced that she was leaving the role of Peppa Pig in January 2020, after 13 years and 185 episodes in the role.[12] She was replaced by Amelie Bea-Smith.[12]

Bird starred as Daisy in Blueberry, a 2009 short film which won the Audience Award at the Cinequest Film Festival,[13] She also starred as Piper alongside Saoirse Ronan[14] in Kevin Macdonald's How I Live Now, released in 2013.[15] She also starred in Goodbye, a radio drama by Morwenna Banks, her Peppa Pig co-star, that aired on BBC Radio 4 alongside Olivia Colman, Natascha McElhone, Darren Boyd, Alison Steadman, and John Simm.[16] Bird currently plays the lead role of Sammy in Disney Channel's webisode series, So Sammy.[17]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007–2020 Peppa Pig Peppa Pig and Baby Alexander Voice
2009 Blueberry Daisy Short film
2010–2014 Hailey and Friends Mika Dubbed Voice
2013 How I Live Now Piper Film
2013 Goodbye Maddy BBC Radio 4 drama
2013–2020 Milkshake! Peppa Pig Voice
2014 Doctor Who Ruby Episode: "In the Forest of the Night"
2017 So Sammy Sammy Disney mini series

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "12 today! I love my pressies....!x". Twitter. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  2. ^ Iuzzolino, Sarah; Lewis, Hannah; Matthews, Donovan; Vieni, Izzy (29 December 2017). "Harley Bird, voice of Peppa Pig, talks with Long Island kids". Newsday. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Alphabet Kidz talent agency". Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Pipers Corner School Pupil wins Children's BAFTA". UK Boarding Schools. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  5. ^ Thompson, Melissa (25 January 2015). "Meet TV's Peppa Pig... the 13-year-old girl from Rochdale". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  6. ^ Barns, Sarah (16 January 2015). "'I'm Peppa Pig' Meet Harley Bird, 13, the voice behind the world's most famous cartoon hog". Express. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Peppa Pig star Harley Bird on 10 years oinking", BBC News, 21 March 2017, retrieved 21 March 2017
  8. ^ "Harley Bird: The Voice Behind Peppa Pig". Retrieved 8 August 2012. BBC Newsround, 9 February 2012
  9. ^ "Chris Moyles Guests 2011". Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  10. ^ "BAFTA Children's Awards Winners 2011". Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  11. ^ Woods, Judith (22 December 2011). "Why middle-class England is potty about Peppa Pig". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 23 December 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Peppa Pig voice actor Harley Bird quits after 13 years". The Guardian. 31 January 2020. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Blueberry". Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Saoirse Ronan to star in How I Live Now". Studio Magazine. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Press release for "How I Live Now" film". 25 June 2012. Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2012.Meg Rosoff blog
  16. ^ "John Simm joins Olivia Coleman, Natascha McElhone & Olivia Poulet for 'Goodbye'". 27 October 2013.
  17. ^ Taylor, Frances (14 February 2017). "Miranda Hart makes foray into children's TV with new Disney web series So Sammy". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 April 2017.

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