I am a movie activity voiceover star and sneak Scottish slang into some of the greatest releases


VOICEOVER artist Elle Newlands has discovered how she slipped The Krankies’ catchphrase Enthusiast-Dabi-Dozi into the mega-hit game Apex Legends.

The East Kilbride-born actress performs on the net character Horizon in the $1billion shoot-’em-up franchise.

Elle loves getting Scottish phrases into big games


Elle loves receiving Scottish phrases into significant video games
The star plays Horizon in Apex Legends


The star performs Horizon in Apex Legends

But when she was questioned to add some Scottish phrases she instantly considered of Wee Jimmy Krankie, played by Janette Tricky, along with Mary Doll’s “Pure Lifeless Brilliant” produced well-known by Rab C. Nesbitt actress Elaine C. Smith.

Elle claims: “The game designers had written loads of Scottish phrases and text, but due to the fact they had employed me as a Scot to engage in a Scot they explained to me to come to feel free to tweak them.

“So Horizon will get to say ‘That was enthusiast-dabi-dozi’ just like The Krankies as very well as Mary Doll’s ‘Pure Lifeless Brilliant’.

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“The point is Horizon’s backstory is she’s 37 several years old so I required her to say matters anyone approaching their 40s would know.”

And Elle didn’t halt there as she also chucked in some Scottish slang phrases to Horizon’s vocabulary for the sport.

She provides: “I also had Horizon contacting a person an ‘eejit’ and indicating ‘Dinnae fash yerself’ — do not be concerned by yourself.

“It’s so amusing as I am going to get messages from Scottish avid gamers stating how they ended up killing themselves laughing at all the Scottish words.

“But then the majority of other gamers from all about the globe get in contact inquiring what the heck Horizon is banging on about?”

Elle was made available a put at a prestigious drama university in Glasgow when she made a decision to try her luck as an actress in Los Angeles as a substitute.

She moved to Hollywood in excess of 15 years ago where she finished up kipping on a friend’s couch as she went as a result of the rigmarole of striving out at audition right after audition.

Nonetheless, her career path took a new direction when it was prompt she ought to check out voiceovers alternatively.

In the very last decade by yourself she’s had practically 50 important credits in smash-hit world video games such as Halo, Assassin’s Creed and Globe of Warcraft.

She points out: “I just little bit the bullet and determined to move.
“It appears clichéd but I am a singer/songwriter as well so I had a guitar case in 1 hand, and a suitcase in the other. I knew two people in the complete of LA and slept on someone’s couch for a though.

“Then one particular day an agency claimed ‘Have you at any time considered of performing voiceovers?’ so I did.

“My initial job was the video clip for a match named SOCOM where I did the voice of Oracle, who was the central laptop that was a little bit like HAL from the film Space Odyssey.

“After that I just saved receiving booked for extra and additional online games. I do American accents and Russian also, but very frequently they want a Scot.

“I’ve ended up functioning on what’s called Triple A titles, such as Halo, Get in touch with of Obligation, Star Wars: The Previous Republic. I have completed a large amount of the Star Wars Lego franchises much too including enjoying Lt Wright and Darth Savik.

“But I’ve played lots of other Scottish people. In Environment Of Warcraft I was Moira Thaurissan and Avril the Frost Elf in the Skylanders activity.”


She was also hired 2 times by hotshot director JJ Abrams for his 2013 Star Trek film Into Darkness and his Star Wars reboot The Force Awakens.

Elle claims: “In the opening scene in Star Trek there are aliens operating and chanting. They have their own language and I, and other actors, designed it.

“We did tribal noises and buzzing appears, as perfectly as struggle cries.

“There’s a scene where Chris Pine’s Cpatain Kirk is helping a screaming female damage in an attack — which is me.’”

She adds: “But voiceovers are a completely different recreation from performing. For starters when you do a voiceover, you are virtually generally by yourself. You just say your traces with the director, playing a scene by by yourself so you really have to toss oneself into the globe the developers have designed.

“And in a movie you could have just one or two strains, but in a online video match you can have 300.”

Operate FROM House

Though the pandemic shut down the whole film and Tv market, Elle was able to keep on to operate from her California residence right after converting a wardrobe into a audio studio.

She claims: “Normally, I would get into my car and go from studio to studio in LA, but obviously that all came to a sudden halt. As an alternative I was recording out of a wardrobe — I sound-proofed it and put my seem and face seize gear in there.

“It’s only 2ft by 3ft but that is where I recorded all the traces for Horizon. The last yr has essentially been the busiest since I obtained right here.”
It keeps Elle, who is now an American citizen, in the style she has turn out to be accustomed to, with morning rides on her horse Nosara, accompanied by her puppy Nochera, ahead of voiceover get the job done in the afternoon.

Unquestionably her most significant games function so significantly has been participating in Horizon — whose real character identify is Dr Mary Somers — who joined Apex Legends at the end of previous 12 months. The Scottish astrophysicist proved an instantaneous strike with gamers for her abilities to manipulate gravity.

Meanwhile, they’ve also been captivated by her backstory, which sees her go away her youthful son on Earth as she departs on a area mission, only to be sucked into a black hole losing 87 years of her lifestyle.

Elle suggests: “Apex Legends is a battle royale video clip sport where just about every 90 times they introduce a new legend. So Horizon’s was launched for time seven and ran from November final 12 months to the conclusion of January.

“Apex Legends is very common in Japan, where Horizon would seem to have been properly-obtained, as out of the blue this individual posted pics of my character on posters plastered all more than the coach stations. She’s big in Scotland as well. In simple fact I would really like to appear and do an Apex Legends Glasgow Comic-Con panel.”

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Elle provides: “But my favourite Scottish phrase I made use of for Horizon was ‘A wee cuppa tea’. She enjoys her tea, as do I.

“It’s funny simply because when the Apex Legends products arrived out, instead of sending me a beer glass, they sent me a mug for my tea.

“So concerning cuppas, the Krankies and Mary Doll, and the place I’m from, Horizon is Scottish by and by way of.”

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