Zeb Soanes is a familiar and trusted voice across the BBC.

He is a Radio 4 Newsreader for those who wake up to The Today Programme and puts the nation to bed with The Shipping Forecast; he read the forecast to a worldwide audience at the Olympics and has broadcast it from the top of a lighthouse.  He is a regular on Radio 4’s The News Quiz, reports for From Our Own Correspondent and has presented Radio 3’s Saturday Classics.  On television his voice launched BBC FOUR, where he presented the BBC Proms and he has made films for The Culture Show, Newsnight and Songs of Praise.  The children's author Francesca Simon featured Zeb as the newsreader in her book The Lost Gods and Sunday Times readers voted him their favourite male voice on UK radio.

Documentary narration includes 50 years of Doctor Who for BBC Worldwide and Unlocking Sherlock for PBS in the United States.  He is the brand voice of the BBC Store.

He has hosted major live public events for the Royal Opera House, relayed to screens around the UK and introduced concerts at London’s Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, King's Place and venues across the country.

Concert work with orchestra includes Peter and the Wolf, Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and The Snowman; he was the Voice of God in the Aldeburgh Festival production of Noye’s Fludde to conclude the 2013 Benjamin Britten Centenary and has made a new recording of William Walton's Façade, conducted by John Wilson.  He is the narrator for the choral ensemble Opus Anglicanum, performing sequences of words and music commissioned from Britain's leading contemporary composers; currently touring Coleridge's epic Rime of the Ancient Mariner with music by Lynne Plowman.

Zeb trained as an actor and has performed in BBC radio dramas with Simon Russell-Beale and Toby Jones.  In the short film Mayday, starring Juliet Stevenson, he relays the unfolding chaos of an earthquake in London.  He played Derek Nimmo in a drama about the classic BBC comedy series All Gas and Gaiters and was the sinister librarian in a Doctor Who audio adventure with David Warner.

Zeb is an active patron of the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine and Awards for Young Musicians.  He recently hosted a gala auction of theatrical portraits of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in aid of St Martin-in-the-Fields.



Zeb is a true professional and was thoroughly committed to the event, planning the programme, writing links between the works and attending a full rehearsal prior to the day.
He is an engaging presenter and the audience from pre-school to grandparents responded with enthusiasm to his narration of Peter and the Wolf and Red Riding Hood. We felt fortunate to work with him.
— Marion Friend MBE, Chair of Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra
Many people have commented on how warm and distinctive the channel feels and that’s a real tribute to Zeb’s instinctive understanding of its values. He should feel very proud of what he has achieved here.
— Roly Keating, Controller, BBC FOUR
Zeb moderated the Construction Equipment Association 2014 conference. He was thoroughly professional and did a lot of background reading to learn about our industry. Zeb’s role at the conference comprised: moderating individual speaker presentations, panels sessions and an interview with a leading industry representative. I thoroughly recommend Zeb to anyone wanting a familiar voice and a competent, professional and friendly moderator at their conference.
— Joanna Oliver MBE, Director of Global Programmes, Construction Equipment Association
Zeb gave a great after dinner speech to the Chartered Institute of Tax Branches Conference which was very funny, but also interesting as well. We have received lots of very positive feedback regarding our conference and in particular Zeb’s involvement in it. All of the delegates were delighted that he remained chatting after the dinner finished and that he was so approachable and friendly. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an after dinner speaker or for any other similar event.
— Andrew McKenzie-Smart, Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Tax Branches Networks

New recording of Walton Façade

'We have on this recording two of the loveliest, most characterful voices on British radio.' - Andrew Keener, Gramophone Magazine

'We have on this recording two of the loveliest, most characterful voices on British radio.' - Andrew Keener, Gramophone Magazine

Recording Façade with John Wilson and Carole Boyd at the Henry Wood Hall, October 2015