The Elder Scrolls Online Voice Cast Revealed

We are pleased to announce that a renowned group of actors will be lending their voices to The Elder Scrolls Online. John Cleese, Michael Gambon, Kate Beckinsale, Malcolm McDowell, Lynda Carter, Bill Nighy, and Alfred Molina – and many more – take on the roles of just some of the interesting characters you’ll meet while exploring Tamriel.

Get all the details on the star-studded voice cast – and the characters they play – in the press release below. And if you’re hoping to meet these characters before the game officially launches for PC/Mac on April 4th, sign up for beta today!


Latest Game in Award-Winning Franchise Brings Together All-Star Cast

January 23, 2014 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced the members of the renowned cast lending their voices to The Elder Scrolls® Online, the highly-anticipated game arriving April 4, 2014 on PC and Mac and June 2014 for the PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The Elder Scrolls® Online ensemble includes Academy Award nominee John Cleese (“A Fish Called Wanda,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail“), Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Kate Beckinsale (“The Aviator,” “Pearl Harbor”), Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2”) and Golden Globe nominees Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”), and Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”). In addition, Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) returns to the Elder Scrolls series to reprise her role from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest chapter of the award-winning franchise and will bring the legendary experience online for the first time. Players can choose their own style of play as they embark upon an epic adventure across all of Tamriel, playing alone on heroic quests as in previous Elder Scrolls games, exploring the huge, rich world with a few friends, or joining with hundreds of others in massive PvP battles to save the Empire.

“This extraordinary group of actors helps bring the distinctive characters in The Elder Scrolls Online to life,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “In The Elder Scrolls tradition, we sought world class talent to add a deep and enriching component to the immersive world the series offers players.”

John Cleese plays Cadwell, the cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince. Joining the cast as High King Emeric, Bill Nighy portrays a merchant prince whose luck and determination won him the throne. Kate Beckinsale takes on the role of Queen Ayrenn, the leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and Queen of the High Elves who is far more comfortable with a blade than her crown.

In addition, Alfred Molina takes on the role of Abnur Tharn, a wily old wizard and politician who is the head of the Empire’s Elder Council, and the de facto power behind the Ruby Throne. Lynda Carter plays Azura, the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Skyrim who is a popular part of Elder Scrolls lore.  Michael Gambon voices The Prophet, a mysterious blind man who guides the player through their journey to retrieve their soul; and Malcolm McDowell plays the key figure Molag Bal, an evil Daedric god from another plane who schemes to enslave the mortal souls of Tamriel.

The Elder Scrolls Online cast also includes:

  • Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) plays Jorunn the Skald King, an unexpected monarch who led his people into an unlikely alliance.
  • Jim Ward (“WALL·E,” “Despicable Me 2”) voices Mannimarco, a renegade High Elf wizard exiled from the realm for raising the dead and the world’s most powerful necromancer.
  • Jennifer Hale appears in the role of Lyris Titanborn, a Nord half-giant, who, along with the Prophet, aids the player on their journey..
  • Kevin Michael Richardson rounds out the cast as Sai Sahan a noble martial artist and master swordsman.

The Elder Scrolls Online has been named one of the industry’s most anticipated titles for 2014 and marks a historic point for the franchise with its multiplayer online play after nearly 20 years of developing these best-selling, award-winning fantasy role-playing games for single player only. The previous chapter in this franchise was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® which was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. As the sequel to the 2002 Role-Playing Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind®, and the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, Skyrim earned hundreds of ‘Game of the Year’ awards and sold over 20 million copies.

The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed for the PlayStation4 system, Xbox One, PC, and Mac by ZeniMax Online Studios. The studio is headed by industry veteran Matt Firor who has more than 20 years of online game development experience. Working with Matt is a team of highly regarded professionals who have created some of the best known online games ever released.

The Elder Scrolls Online has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.

Reader Comments

  1. I really love tgis line up of voice actors!!! Great job on selecting such a great group of actors. Looking forward to hearing them portray there characters in game.

  2. Also… i know many have said this before but im kinda hoping this game pulls out a good vibe to the Elder Scrolls serie. Yes i know the artwork feel is of as a Bethesda created Elder scrolls game but im going to be obtimistic here and hope its a good game. Im not bashing on this game but with what games Bethesda is publishing imma try out this game an ill keep it only if it feels right. The only other game im sure to get is The EvilWithin cuz that is one looking sick Horror game and god! Ive been wanting one sooo bad. So all in all i really hope the team pulls his game of right and then ill be on board. Heres hoping because i really do like this cast and wanna hear them out!

  3. It’s wrong to say Daedric “Princess”! Each is called a Daedric “Prince” in the lore of TES. Daedra have no gender. Get it right Bethesda.

    • Its not Bethesda you should be arguing to, its Zenimax online, Bethesda wouldn’t make such a careless mistake, but we cant really judge anything till we get the full content of the game.

    • I just looked it up and interestingly Molag Bal has been voiced by 3 voice actors already. McDowell would be the 4th voice actor to portray the role.

      Listening/watching through youtube I noticed the Morrowind version looked like a horned human. Oblivion Molag Bal talked like an Argonian and the statue looked like an Argonian. The Skyrim one sounded like the Morrowind one (not Argonian), but I don’t think there were any depictions of Molag Bal in Skyrim. I wonder what direction ESO’s Molag Bal will go.

      As for the Skyrim actor, he plays in Lego Batman: The Movie.

      The Oblivion actor seems to have stopped doing Voice-Acting work since 2007.

      I have no doubt the Morrowind actor will voice some minor roles in ESO. He has worked on most BGS games.

    • Loved Mr. McDowell as President Eden in FALLOUT 3. Having him become Molag Bal is like a perfect dream come true.

      Truly a stunning voice line up with world class Actors and Actresses. Great to see Lynda Carter once again at the helm as the strong Azura.

      My my my ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE might be my first MMO after all and just in time for my new pc upgrade today.

  4. I think its marvelous…they blew the budget on this awesome cast of voice actors to do the main NPCs in the game and ended up having to use the AT&T text to speech freeware to fill out the rest. I had a blast finding all the shop keeps and random NPCs, even found one shop keep that had no voice at all! can’t wait to see who they are going to get to top that!

  5. I like Malcolm McDowell as Molag Bal, he doesent sound so Satanic like the Voice Actor in Skyrim where we were Forced to Murder a Priest that has No Option in Saving he’s Life and Dropping the Mace.

    Anyway, Voice Actors isent going to win me over a MMO that Especially has Monthly Fees.

  6. Hopefully you’ll give the actors something interesting to say this time, instead of them having bit parts and one guy as all the guards.

    Also, 20 million copies for Skyrim… *whistles*