Jen Taylor (born February 17) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Cortana in various Halo games as well as the intelligent personal assistant of the same name. She also voices Zoey in Left 4 Dead; Princess Peach, Toad, and Toadette in various Mario games between 1999 and 2006; Salem in RWBY, and Lina, Windranger, Puck and Medusa in Dota 2.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Jen Taylor was born on February 17 in Seattle, Washington. She taught herself how to do voice work by recording the radio and imitating what she heard. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in theater. Before starting in voice work, she worked as a radio DJ for KNDD.
Taylor has voiced characters in multiple video games. She voiced Princess Peach, Toad, and Toadette in Mario games between 1999 and 2006. She has voiced the character Cortana in Halo games since the first game in the series, Halo: Combat Evolved (2001). She also voices the virtual assistant Cortana, which was named after the character and first released in 2014.
Taylor has played Salem, the main antagonist in the animated web series RWBY, since 2013. She has also acted on radio, in an episode of the radio series The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes that aired in 2014.
|1993||Mad Dog and Glory||Pam Delmer||Uncredited|
|1993||This Boy's Life||Deputy Commissioner O'Riley||Uncredited|
|1999||The Big Kahuna||Mrs. Johnson||Uncredited|
|2000||The Brainiacs.com||Woman at Accident||Uncredited|
|2001||I Am Sam||Woman Chauffeur||Uncredited|
|2010||Leverage||Jodie McManus||Ep. "The Future Job" (season 2, episode 13)|||
|2018||Everything Sucks!||Miss Stock||2 episodes|||
|2013–present||RWBY||Mysterious Narrator / Salem|||
|2015||Halo: The Fall of Reach||Dr. Catherine Elizabeth Halsey|
|1997||Backyard Baseball||Sunny Day|||
|1998||Thinkin' Things: Sky Island Mysteries||Glove|
|1998||Backyard Soccer||Sunny Day|||
|1999||Backyard Football||Sunny Day|||
|1999–2006||Mario franchise||Princess Peach, Toad, Birdo, Princess Daisy, Toadette|
|2000||Backyard Soccer MLS Edition||Sunny Day|||
|2000||Backyard Baseball 2001||Sunny Day|||
|2000||Backyard Football 2002||Sunny Day|||
|2001||Aliens versus Predator 2||Tomiko / Various|||
|2001||Halo: Combat Evolved||Cortana|||
|2001||Super Smash Bros. Melee||Princess Peach|||
|2001||Backyard Basketball||Sunny Day|||
|2002||No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way||Cate Archer / Isako / Ninja Girls|||
|2006||SiN Episodes||Jessica Cannon|
|2008||Left 4 Dead||Zoey|||
|2009||F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin||Lt. Keira Stokes|||
|2009||1 vs. 100 Live||herself|
|2010||Left 4 Dead 2||Zoey|||
|2010||Halo: Reach||Halsey, Cortana (Firefight)|||
|2012||Guild Wars 2||Demmi Beetlestone|||
|2012||Halo 4||Cortana, Halsey||Also motion-capture performance for Halsey|||
|2013||Dota 2||Lina, Puck, Windranger, Medusa|||
|2014||Destiny||City Civil Frame, Archive Security A.I., City P.A.|||
|2015||Infinite Crisis||Atomic Wonder Woman|||
|2015||Halo 5: Guardians||Cortana, Dr. Halsey||Also motion-capture performance for Dr. Halsey|||
|2018||Forza Horizon 4||Cortana|||
|2021||Halo Infinite||Cortana, Dr. Halsey, "The Weapon"|
|2014–present||Windows Phone 8.1||Cortana|||
- Taylor, Jen [@jentaylorfortown] (February 17, 2017). "Thank you for my happy birthday wishes, friends! It has been relaxing and full of cheese which explains this photo" (Tweet). Retrieved March 22, 2017 – via Twitter.
- Kindel, Ryan (October 2015). "The Voice Behind Cortana, Halo's Dr. Halsey". Seattle Magazine. Tiger Oak Media. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
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- "Jen Taylor - South Texas Gamers Expo". South Texas Gamers Expo. August 19, 2016. Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
- Benedetti, Winda (October 29, 2012). "The heart of Halo: Actress talks a decade spent playing Cortana". NBC News. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
- Blair, Nancy (April 3, 2014). "Who is Cortana? It's Halo's Jen Taylor". USA Today.
- RWBY. Season 1. Event occurs at Closing credits.
- "Video Games and Audio Dramas Meet at Imagination Theater". Imagination Theatre. January 23, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
- Wright, Stewart (April 30, 2019). "The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Broadcast Log" (PDF). Old-Time Radio. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
- "Jen Taylor". Cedar House Audio Productions. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
- "2009 Audie Awards". Audio Publishers Association. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
- "Jennifer Lee Taylor". AboutTheArtists. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
- "Seattle Actor Profile – Jennifer Lee Taylor". Seattle Shakespeare Company. February 11, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
- "Inheritance - Press: Interview with Jen Taylor". June 13, 2003. Archived from the original on June 13, 2003. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- ""Leverage" the Future Job (TV Episode 2010) - IMDb".
- "Hyper Chat: Jen Taylor". Archived from the original on August 29, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
- "Halo TV Series Recasts Cortana With Original Voice Actress".
- RWBY. Season 3. Episode 12. Event occurs at Closing credits.
- "Jen Taylor (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved September 14, 2017. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
- Monolith Productions (October 22, 2001). Aliens Versus Predator 2 (Windows). Sierra Entertainment. Scene: Credits.
- HAL Laboratory. Super Smash Bros. Melee. Nintendo. Scene: Ending credits, 0:26.
- Humongous Entertainment. Backyard Basketball. Infogrames. Scene: Ending credits, 1:33 in, Featuring Voices of.
- Jen Taylor - Guild Wars 2 Wiki (GW2W)
- Voice actors - Dota 2 Wiki
- Destiny – End Credits – IGN Video. IGN Video. September 11, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
- Turbine, Inc. Infinite Crisis. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Credits, Voice Over Talent.
- "Infinite Crisis Credits". Archived from the original on October 11, 2014.
- 343 Industries. Halo 5: Guardians. Microsoft Studios. Scene: Closing credits, 7 minutes in, Main Voice and Performance Cast.
- Skrebels, Joe (August 21, 2018). "Forza Horizon 4's Halo In-Game Event Is Real, Amazing - Gamescom 2018". IGN. Archived from the original on August 21, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
- tomwarren (April 2, 2014). "The story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri killer". The Verge. Vox Media.
- Judith Aparri (May 17, 2015). "Microsoft Corporation Lets Cortana Open Apps in Windows 10". Guardian Liberty Voice.