I’m Maria Cusick ‘The Velvet Voice’, a professionally trained voiceover artist, actor, radio presenter & singer.

I am based in the North West of England where I work from my home studio.

With years of experience performing on stage and screen, I can use my excellent characterisation skills to bring any script to life. I have appeared in a number of TV programmes such as Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale & Last Tango in Halifax.

Having trained and worked as a speech & drama teacher in my younger days I knew I was passionate about voice work. I went on to be successful in the world of business and in recent years I decided to focus on voiceover work.

I have a versatile voice which suits a variety of projects. I have excellent sight reading & self-direction skills due to my acting & teaching experience.

Whilst my natural voice is Northern, I can do a range of dialects and often record using my neutral voice or RP, such as when I narrate audiobooks, which have included Mansfield Park, Little Women and Anne of Green Gables.

For the last couple of years I have presented on a local radio station Mighty Radio 107.9FM, which I thoroughly enjoy as I can indulge in my passions of showtunes & celebrity gossip!

If you think ‘The Velvet Voice’ can help bring your next project to life, please contact me anytime avemaria@live.co.uk.


What my clients say

I have finished listening to Anne of Green Gables.  I thought Maria was a super choice – she made the story even more lively and funny. Would love to proof listen to more in the series when she does anymore.

Philippa, Proof Listener, Bookstream Audiobooks

Maria’s voiceovers for us have been so professional. She can do several different variations with a script, this I love, and is what I expect to hear. It comes out far greater when Maria adds her creativity with her clear and warm professional voice.

It’s an absolute bonus that she is also a professional actor, as the scripts come alive for the client and they make the whole production come alive. I would recommend Maria to any broadcaster or producer for their next project.

Paul Tasker, Mighty Radio

‘Maria recorded  some jingles for our hospital radio station at a time when we were rebranding ourselves. She was very professional and easy to work with and the material we recorded is still very much a part of our station’s output.

She gave us exactly what we asked for and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for a female voice artist.’

Brian Conlan, Programme Controller, Radio Heartbeat

Maria is a multi-talented VO, who delivers outstanding results for your media project.

Would highly recommend her.

Tony Topping, Author & Broadcaster

Maria has recorded a number of my original poems. I am delighted with the results – She has brought my work to life!

Laidlaw Wilson , Poet