Voice of Peppa Pig Amelie Bea Smith, 10, who took over the role from Harley Bird, 18, after 13 years admits her school friends think her job is ‘really cool’
- Former Peppa Pig actress Harley Bird, 18, quit coveted role in January last year
- Has since been replaced with Amelie Bea, ten, who is fourth voice of character
- Young actress has already featured in Netflix show The Haunting of Bly Manor
- Amelie Bea’s first episode voicing anthropomorphic pig was in January last year
The schoolgirl who voices Peppa Pig has revealed that her school friends think her job is ‘really cool’.
Amelie Bea Smith, ten, took over the coveted role from Harley Bird, 18, in January last year and says she’s happily adapted her voice to the part – having often watched the show herself.
Harley, who spent 13 years voicing the hit cartoon character having started when she was just five, is said to have raked in £1,000 an hour for her role and has plans to pursue a career in acting after university.
Young actress Amelie, who has already bagged a sought-after role in Netflix horror series The Haunting of Bly Manor, appeared on This Morning today where she opened up about her new role.
Actress Amelie Bea Smith, ten, appeared on This Morning today where she opened up about her latest television role
The young actress took over the coveted role of Peppa Pig in January last year and first appeared on screen as the character last Valentine’s Day
When asked how many people she was up against for the role, Amelie said: ‘I’m not sure how many people. I think knowing would make me more nervous.
‘I don’t sound exactly the same as how the other people have done Peppe Pig before, but I listened a lot when I was younger and adapted it slightly to my voice normally.’
When asked whether it’s made her a celebrity in the school playground, she said: ‘We don’t talk about it much, but they think it’s really cool.’
‘But there’s one friend called Daisy and whenever it rains she says ‘There’s a puddle you have to go jump in that!’.
Amelie Bea took over the coveted role from Harley Bird, 18, (left) who spent 13 years voicing the hit cartoon character having started when she was just five
Hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are pictured chatting to Amelie during the show today
Fans were left reeling when they discovered that Amelie was also the voice of ‘creepy’ little girl Flora in supernatural horror The Haunting of Bly Manor – and the actress says even she hasn’t been able to watch the full series.
‘I’m only allowed to see the bits i’m in because it’s quite scary ‘, the young star admitted.
Amelie also starred in several episodes of EastEnders in 2018, where she played Daisy – the adoptive daughter of Ashley and Dan.
Lily Snowden-Fine was first to voice Peppa when the series debuted in 2004, before Cecily Bloom provided the voice of the character in the second series in 2006.
Amelie’s agent, Mark Jermin said upon her casting that the actress has been ‘a huge fan of the show since she was little, so voicing the title role is like a dream come true’.
When asked whether it’s made her a celebrity in the school playground, she said: ‘We don’t talk about it much, but they think it’s really cool’
Young actress Amelie has already bagged a sought-after roles in Netflix horror series The Haunting of Bly Manor and EastEnders
The show’s creators Neville Astley and Mark Baker added that they were are ‘confident’ Amelie would ‘continue the strong legacy of the previous Peppa voice actors.’
Former Peppa actress Harley previously revealed that when she first auditioned for the role of Peppa, she was too young to even read the script with producers having to get her to ‘repeat her lines’.
Harley previously said on This Morning: ‘I’ve done Peppa for 11 years now. I really understand the character; I know how she speaks, how she would do things, how she would react.’
And while Harley admits that her voice has ‘matured a bit’ she delighted Holly and Phil as she performed her world famous giggle and snort live on the show.
The hugely popular cartoon follows the adventures of a family of talking pigs and their farmyard animal friends. It has won a Bafta and is also popular in the States.