Ellen McLain, best known for GLaDOS, has called Seattle home for over thirty years. The Pacific Northwest has nurtured her career in Opera, Music Theater, Voice Over, Film, and … Science.
Ellen’s many roles have ranged from Mimi in LA BOHEME to Linda Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN. Her work in the Video Game art form has taken a varied and surprising path from The Administrator in TEAM FORTRESS 2 to Combine Over-watch in HALF-LIFE 2 to the passive-aggressive computer, GLaDOS, in Valve's PORTAL series, singing songs such as Jonathan Coulton's STILL ALIVE and Mike Morasky's THE TURRET OPERA. This work led to Ellen being asked by Guillermo del Toro to voice Gipsy Danger in PACIFIC RIM and Gipsy Avenger in Pacific Rim 2. She also had the distinct joy to be cast as Lisa in Arthur Allen’s Gay Pride film, WINNING DAD, and as The Fairy Godmother in Synthetic PictureHaus’ irreverent comedy series, WISH IT INC.
Ellen is most amazed and proud of her work as NOTGLaDOS: Electromagnetic Spectrum The Musical and NOTGLaDOS: Fusion vs. Fission for NASA.
McLain has won awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and The National Institute for Music Theater. She has received the AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance for GLaDOS and the Spike Video Game Award for Best Performance by a Human Female for PORTAL 2. Her work with the stellar cast of LEGO DIMENSIONS received the BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award and, for her work as a terrified grandmother, she received the 48FILM Festival Best Actress Award for Horror short, SARAH.
Ellen McLain has been married to actor, author, director, composer John Patrick Lowrie for over a third of a century and she credits him with inspiring (no urging...OK forcing) her to get a voice demo.