How to sound posh with David Attenborough (Voice Impression Tutorial)

5 mar 2020
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Charlie Hopkinson is a comedic impressionist, impersonator, voice guy, whatever you want to call it who specialises in voices from current television shows and films. His standup is a character act about a retired maths teacher, his standup set includes impressions of Sir David Attenborough, Robin Williams, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Peaky Blinders, Tommy and Arthur Shelby and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.
Always looking to update my roster I look to try out subscriber suggested impressions in the impressions challenge series before honing the best ones. Recently I have added Peaky Blinders and Marvel / Avengers characters to my arsenal!
I currently run a number of series including:
Impression Reels - The very best impressions I can do, Including LOTR, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Cartoons .etc
Impression Challenges - Trying out new impressions in a less polished form.
Impression Dramatic song covers - Voices of Reason.
Low Budget Animation - Stickman sketch remakes of Iconic Tv shows and movies.
How to do Impressions - An audience lead tutorial series where I attempt to pass on my Impressions knowledge.
Dubs - Comedic dubs of iconic scenes with new dialogue, (My Peaky Blinders and Lord of The Rings dubs have grossed over 6 million views on Facebook)
Standup - Clips from Standup sets I have performed over the last year.
Comedy Sketches - Comedy Sketches
I started learning impressions in 2012, at the age of 20. You can follow my full impressions journey in my new ‘How to do impressions’ tutorial series
After graduating from the University of Warwick in the summer 2013 he took 4 months out to concentrate on SEworld videos full time, including producing his most viewed video to date ‘Morgan Freeman and 40 other impressions’ with just over 12 million views. This foray into being a ‘full time SEworldr’ was cut short as he went travelling for 3 months before starting a 2 year teaching Graduate scheme with Charity ‘Teach First’.
While teaching he has performed in and narrated the 4 episode series ‘Lookalikes’ as Morgan Freeman. The show and the narration received a positive reception. The show aired on Channel 4 during the prime time slot of Friday 10pm for three weeks. It is now currently available on Netflix. Charlie also performed with other well known impressionists for an unaired pilot.
Charlie has worked for several prominent brands in relation to their products, including google and formula 1.
Since the summer of 2016 Charlie has once again dived into the world of SEworld, for the first time producing content on a weekly basis. He is also focusing on live performance; he has performed in live venues a total of 3 times to date.
His top impressions include:
Morgan Freeman (Red -Shawshank redemption)
Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf - Lord of the Rings)
Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman - Breaking Bad)
Alan Rickman (Snape - Harry Potter)
Michael Caine (Alfred - Batman)
Jon Snow (Game of Thrones)
Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Carribean)
Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious bastards)
Alec Guiness (Ben Kenobi - Star Wars)
Agent Smith (The Matrix)
Sean Bean (Boromir - Lord of the Rings)
Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield - The Hobbit)
Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister - Game of Thrones)
Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)
Bryan Cranston (Walter White - Breaking Bad)
Frank Underwood (House of Cards)
Tommy Shelby (Peaky Blinders)
The Equipment that I use:
Recording Microphone:
DSLR Camera:
Intro Audio Mic:
Rode Mic Stand:
BOSE Headphones:

  • That ending skit had me dying. 😭🤣

    Alex Love !Alex Love !Dag sedan
  • what song is in the background, i been lookin for that chill music for awhile

    ItzzGr1mItzzGr1m19 dagar sedan
  • please do me with that voice, kind Sir.

    The HansolocoThe Hansoloco21 dag sedan
  • Is that a leopard, fighting a pigeon? 😆

    KiloechovictorKiloechovictor21 dag sedan
  • Grass

    Brody KirtonBrody KirtonMånad sedan
  • Pronounce “grass” for the whistle

    Brody KirtonBrody KirtonMånad sedan
  • You can do no wrong

    MishkaMishka2 månader sedan
  • I searched this impression to gain a better understanding of how to better achieve it myself. Then I found your video actually giving tips on this very one!! Bless you, kind sir.

    Aaron SwearingenAaron Swearingen2 månader sedan
  • Funny 👍

    Your RecommendYour Recommend2 månader sedan
  • You can do a Bruce Wayne impression

    Franko 3000Franko 30002 månader sedan
    • An average one...

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson2 månader sedan
  • I used to do Dolly Parton, four decades back. She had that whistle to her s-es, too, but it's much more pronounced than that of Attenborough's. The difficult thing was doing it without the slightest chance in facial expression. Everyone was doing Thatcher at the time. It took me years to provide her with the kind of text that really nailed her. Winnie the Pooh. Make it sound as if every character is trying to guilt-trip every other character.

    Sophie DockxSophie Dockx2 månader sedan
  • I can't even do the whistling sound... am I screwed?

    TheUKNutterTheUKNutter2 månader sedan
  • Yo Charlie! Thanks for this video man. I had the idea a couple months ago to make a fake nature documentary for my channel but I didn't know how to do the voice. I found this vid right away and I watched it so many times man. It was super helpful. I found myself using the starter phrases you provided as sort of an anchor and a standard when I could hear myself getting off course. I just finished the edit and posted it this morning, it ended up being 25 mins long so there was a lot to narrate. It could have been considerably harder to do it without this video as a guide, really appreciate you putting this out into the world.

    Scott HebertScott Hebert3 månader sedan
  • If you do a voice over on a natural geographic episode will be tremendous

    Obie Marks - ParkinsonObie Marks - Parkinson3 månader sedan
  • Those clouds, look ominous. Haha When the time comes we have a new narrator for those glorious documentaries. Keep up the progress!

    Jonas De BieJonas De Bie3 månader sedan
  • Thank you Bro, from india. I also love to mimic Sir David Attenborough.

    JOHNJOHN5 månader sedan
  • Guy i found a webiste who make sir david attenborough say anything! The webiste is

    Mithrandir catteryMithrandir cattery5 månader sedan
  • Sounds nothing like Sir David...

    TheGerike51TheGerike515 månader sedan
  • If David dies (BTW he’s immortal) BBC should hire you

    Royalte LuisRoyalte Luis6 månader sedan
    • He's going to have to go one day 😭

      PoliceNews9740PoliceNews97403 månader sedan
    • 😭

      PoliceNews9740PoliceNews97403 månader sedan
  • dude nailed it on every aspect of this video

    Caleb RohrerCaleb Rohrer6 månader sedan
  • Pretty sure your intro made me laugh so hard it took years off my life

    BlaketatoBlaketato7 månader sedan
  • Can you do Liam neeson

    Danny GravesDanny Graves7 månader sedan
  • 1:50 has me dying and I’m not sure why

    Test TesterTest Tester8 månader sedan
    • I know what your on about😂

      DriFtLewisDriFtLewis17 dagar sedan
  • that is soo...... AWESOME !

    Captn TunabeerdCaptn Tunabeerd8 månader sedan
  • Do funny words

    Polar 115Polar 1158 månader sedan
  • When you started talking, i thought you were gonna say, “Welcome to Jurassic Park”

    Dorinda MitchellDorinda Mitchell8 månader sedan
    • That was Richard Attenborough.

      Charanjeet SinghCharanjeet Singh8 månader sedan
    • 😀

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson8 månader sedan
  • Can you do Jason Statham please?

    Dan MarinDan Marin9 månader sedan
  • Love it. Can you do Dickie Attenborough in The Great Escape?

    John BrassJohn Brass9 månader sedan
  • What an amazing impression of Sir David, well done!

    JoseJose9 månader sedan
    • Thanks!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson9 månader sedan
  • U tried but it was so far

    ANDROID APKANDROID APK9 månader sedan
  • Please can you do Boris Johnson

    J ColeJ Cole9 månader sedan
  • I am not english and i can do his voice much much better

    Gota PlotGota Plot9 månader sedan
    • @Gota Plot Post a vid

      MORPHOMORPHO9 månader sedan
    • @Charlie Hopkinson how and where?

      Gota PlotGota Plot9 månader sedan
    • Prove it

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson9 månader sedan
  • loved nicely done...pure skill man...thanks

    BAGUIO JPOBAGUIO JPO9 månader sedan
  • This is so great and extremely fortunate since I'm going to launch a SEworld channel using this voice! Thank you for creating! You are talented and hilarious!

    Nicholas McCullochNicholas McCulloch9 månader sedan
  • this is so good

    Power flex HistoryPower flex History9 månader sedan
    • Thanks!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson9 månader sedan
  • Can you teach us Christopher Lee or Vincent Price?

    KaihuafilmsKaihuafilms9 månader sedan
  • Ah your very good, what do you think of my first impersonation of David? You can give it a watch here

    K McGK McG10 månader sedan
  • Please do Ragnar lothbrok from vikings

    Joel SteigerJoel Steiger10 månader sedan
  • I NEED a walken tutorial. How is it done???

    AsturiasAsturias10 månader sedan
  • Awesome as always, can you please do Jesse Pinkman next? You sooooo good at it!!!

    Akezhan TulkibaevAkezhan Tulkibaev10 månader sedan
    • Thanks! It’s certainly in the pipeline at some point!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • Optimus Prime

    Tiaan WhelptonTiaan Whelpton10 månader sedan
  • do Till Lindemann please

    burayı boş bırakamıyor muyuzburayı boş bırakamıyor muyuz10 månader sedan
  • Amazing as always cheers I needed a few tips thanks

    John big daddy stevo StevensonJohn big daddy stevo Stevenson10 månader sedan
  • waaaw ... BBC should sign you now

    KEY SKEY S10 månader sedan
    • Haha!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • Hey Charlie, I'm an aspiring singer who decided to learn some impressions to improve my understanding of how the voice works. I gotta say, your stuff is really helpful. I've learned a lot watching you. Thank you for another awesome video. Also, I can think of ZERO examples of SEworld personalities that balance humor better than you do. Well done. Genuinely funny, without it taking over the video. Keep pushing, man. No limit to where your channel can go.

    Joshua SturgeonJoshua Sturgeon10 månader sedan
    • Thanks Josh! Much appreciated

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • Man I've become like addicted to watching your vids, been pissing off my family though 😬😬

    M1AKM1AK10 månader sedan
    • Charlie Hopkinson I love alone I a flat so I’ve not got that problem..... awesome videos by the way find the very funny to watch when I can’t sleep

      Zac HallZac Hall9 månader sedan
    • Haha worse things to be addicted to!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • any tips for starting a voice impression/singing channel?

    JoetheButtJoetheButt10 månader sedan
    • Watch these vids

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • 100% 😊. Thanks again Charlie for another good video.

    Love.Love.10 månader sedan
    • Thanks!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • Please .. How to do episode for Ragnar Lothbrok

    K.JamalK.Jamal10 månader sedan
    • Skál!

      parasitegdparasitegd10 månader sedan
    • Yes do Ragnar Lothbrok

      Devon HarriganDevon Harrigan10 månader sedan
  • Thankyou for a brilliant video that was hilarious yet educational 😁 loved it

    Megan GrayMegan Gray10 månader sedan
    • your welcome 😁

      Megan GrayMegan Gray10 månader sedan
    • Thanks so much! Comments like this make it worth it!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • I've always wanted to hear David attenborough saying shit

    Andrew ChalmersAndrew Chalmers10 månader sedan
    • 😀

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • Try Jeremy wade, I havnt seen anyone do his voice

    phantomphantom10 månader sedan
    • Charlie Hopkinson he does river monsters tv series 👍🏻

      phantomphantom10 månader sedan
    • Pardon my ignorance but who is that?

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • Always been pretty good at him but this did teach me some new things thanks

    axel stoneraxel stoner10 månader sedan
    • Yeah, I think that’s what this video is best for

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • Earl Jones

    ARTHUR OYAROARTHUR OYARO10 månader sedan
    • Good shout!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • Great... Can't wait...

    Mila SophiaMila Sophia10 månader sedan
    • 😀

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • What do you think of the new style and leave a comment on which other impressions you would like :)

    Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
    • Would you be able to do Dwayne Johnson?

      Leroy GlassLeroy Glass10 månader sedan
    • Can you please do Berlin, El professor and other male characters from Money heist (la casa de papel) thank you!!! ❤️❤️❤️

      joel Millerjoel Miller10 månader sedan
    • @Charlie Hopkinson awesome! :)

      arielariel10 månader sedan
    • Haha, just sell it as a ‘pained Attenborough’

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
    • Thanks very much Ariel! Don’t worry I will try him at some point!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • Any plans to do audiobooks?

    Hyperspace JesterHyperspace Jester10 månader sedan
    • Shalom Hermione. Shalom. 😆

      Hyperspace JesterHyperspace Jester10 månader sedan
    • Harry Potter... starring Alfie Solomons as Harry 😂😂😂

      Hyperspace JesterHyperspace Jester10 månader sedan
    • The options are limitless... I'm sure you'd get a BILLION views/downloads if you read some of the classics as Morgan Freeman. Or you could choose a book with 3 or 4 major characters and have "celebrities" playing their parts! I'd love to hear Arthur Shelby reading the "... OLD.. TESTAMENT" too! 😆

      Hyperspace JesterHyperspace Jester10 månader sedan
    • What kind?

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • I'll give it a go but I'm sure my voice wont be deep enough :)

    mandy cmandy c10 månader sedan
    • @mandy c that's the spirit!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
    • @Charlie Hopkinson I'll have a good laugh trying.

      mandy cmandy c10 månader sedan
    • You'll nail it!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • Hink dugs go tae heaven mate?

    MoriorioriartyMoriorioriarty10 månader sedan
    • What?

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • Can't wait! 😀

    arielariel10 månader sedan
    • me too!

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan
  • Nice

    Max DawsonMax Dawson10 månader sedan
    • Max Dawson Nice

      JS XXIIIJS XXIII10 månader sedan
    • :)

      Charlie HopkinsonCharlie Hopkinson10 månader sedan