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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Barbie with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Barbie

As the Top-Selling doll of all-time, Barbie needs no description. For over 50 years girls everywhere have had the enjoyment of owning, dressing and playing with a variety of Barbie dolls. However, it took until the 1980s for us to put a 'voice' to the classic character.

We first heard Barbie's voice on a television special in 1987 entitled, Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World. In this performance she was voiced by Sharon Lewis the voice of Broo from the 80s hit The Raccoons.  In both the Dance! Workout with Barbie Video as well as in all of the Toy Story related appearances Barbie was voiced by Jodi Benson, best known as Ariel in the Little Mermaid. Then came the direct-to-video movie series in which we heard Kelly Sheridan voice Barbie in 17 straight films only to hand over the reigns to Diana Kaarina in 2010.

Barbie has also had a voice in the video game world. In the 90s her game voice was provided by Chris Anthony.  She has also been voiced in video games by Danielle Judovits and Anndi McAfee but unfortunately we have not been able to find audio to include these two in our voice compare for now.
Created by OptimusSolo on Feb 11 2012
Special thanks to TylerMirage, CatsTuxedo for additional sound clips.
Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World (1987)
BarbieSharon Lewis
Sharon Lewis
Barbie Riding Club (1998)
BarbieChris Anthony
Chris Anthony
Toy Story 2 (1999)
BarbieJodi Benson
Jodi Benson
Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001)
Barbie / ClaraKelly Sheridan
Kelly Sheridan
Barbie: A Perfect Christmas (2011)
BarbieJennifer Waris
Jennifer Waris
Barbie: A Fairy Secret (2011)
BarbieDiana Kaarina
Diana Kaarina
Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse (2012)
BarbieKate Higgins
Kate Higgins
Barbie: Spy Squad (2016)
BarbieErica Lindbeck
Erica Lindbeck


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said at 6:53 PM on Thu Feb 15 2018
I will admit that I'm very nostalgic for Kelly Sheridan's take since I grew up watching the old movies so it's only natural I'd pick her! But Erica Lindbeck is definitely a worthy successor (however it's weird to think that Celica, Futaba and Eli are all Barbie girls...). I also loved Jodi Benson dear god she was great in the clothes ripping scene!
said at 4:17 PM on Tue Sep 12 2017
1. Kelly Sheridan
2. Jodi Benson
said at 10:26 PM on Sun Jul 30 2017
Movies/Specials/Life in the Dreamhouse

1. Kelly Sheridan- She naturally sounds like an encouraging, patient, calm, and kindhearted girl, which is perfect for Barbie. I prefer her voice in the early Barbie films a little better, but I don't mind her voice when it got a bit higher later on.
2. Jodi Benson- She sounds really cheerful and upbeat and her performance as Barbie is hilarious. She is also really good in Toy Story 3 when Barbie is torturing Ken by ripping his clothes.
3. Kate Higgins- She sounds like a girly and energetic teenager which fits really well, but I'm not really a fan of Barbie sounding like a bit of an airhead (though that is part of her personality on the show).
4. Sharon Lewis- Her voice sounds kind of like a generic woman from the 80s, but I think it works really well for the time of the release. She still sounds kind and caring for others, so it's still pretty good.
5. Diana Kaarina- Her voice is pretty good for Barbie, but it's a bit too high for my liking.
6. Erica Lindbeck- I have to be honest, but I'm not really a fan of the new voice. It sounds a little too low and tough for Barbie.

Singing Voices

1. Melissa Lyons- My favorite of the singing voices. She sounds similar to Kelly's Barbie which works really well.
2. Julie Stevens- It sounds close to Kelly's Erika voice, but it's a little off.
3. Jennifer Waris- She sounds very much like Diana, but I think it's a little too loud.

Video Games

1. Chris Anthony- Besides growing up with this video alongside Kelly, I think she has the better Barbie voice in the games. It sounds like a lighter version of Kelly that sounds calm, caring, encouraging, and positive, which fits Barbie as a positive model for the games.
2. Anndi McAfee- Her voice sounds kind and encouraging, but her acting is a bit flat.

I haven't heard Danielle Judovits. If there is a chance that I am able to hear her voice, I will update my list and add her.

Full List

1. Kelly Sheridan
2. Chris Anthony
3. Jodi Benson
4. Kate Higgins
5. Sharon Lewis
6. Melissa Lyons
7. Julia Stevens
8. Diana Kaarina
9. Jennifer Waris
10. Erica Lindbeck
11. Anndi McAfee
said at 8:42 AM on Thu Nov 10 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Kelly and Jodi work perfectly here.
said at 4:28 PM on Sat Oct 8 2016
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Sharon Lewis is fine, if a bit generic.

Chris Anthony is a little higher pitched and better.

Jodi Benson's take just makes me laugh because of the "I'm a married Spud, I'm a married Spud" bit in the clip, but she does a pretty good job, jokes aside.

Kerry Sheridan has the most character in her performance, so I think I'm going to agree with the majority here & side with her.

Jennifer Waris sings well.

Diana Kaarina is okay, but her delivery kind of fluctuates a bit.

Does anyone think of Sakura from Naruto when they hear Kate Higgins Barbie?

Erica Lindbeck is pretty average.

I guess I'd go with Kelly Sheridan overall, but no one here is unfitting.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 6:47 PM on Mon Mar 7 2016
Wow, Jennifer Waris sings very beautifully! I also do like Kate Higgins' portrayal.
said at 4:58 AM on Mon Mar 7 2016
Jennifer's singing is really good so she's third after Kelly and Jodi(although Kelly is better in the earlier films than the newer ones where she sounds too much like Eden Riegel)

Kate is eh she's out there with Diana and Sharon
said at 7:31 AM on Sun Mar 6 2016
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I don't know Barbie that well but my favourites voices here are Kelly Sheridan and Jodi Benson.

Kelly has played the role the longest and is the most fitting.

Though Jodi voices the best incarnation of the character....

hmm....I guess I'll go with Kelly. I'm biased towards with her.

I guess the rest are all fine but leave little of an impression on me. It's weird how they've only recently in the past couple of years started going for new actresses for the role.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 8:57 PM on Mon Feb 29 2016
For some reason when I listen to Chris Anthony's Barbie sound clip here, her delivery of her lines sounds like she's just reading the script or just how Barbie's toy recordings would sound (but it's just this particular sound clip of Chris as Barbie, I doubt her delivery always sounded like that). My favorite is Jodi Benson, and I can't think of ranks for Kelly Sheridan, Sharon Lewis, or Diana Kaarina so I'll just say they did good in their own ways.
said at 6:56 PM on Wed Apr 29 2015
 1 Shout Out!
1) Kelly Sheridan
2) Jodi Benson
3) Diana Kaarina
4) Sharon Lewis
said at 5:31 PM on Mon Feb 24 2014
Somehow I didn't expect the DTV Barbie to be the most popular(knowing the state of DTV) yet here she is as no.1
1 Kelly Sheridan
2 Jodi Benson
3 Chris Anthony
4 Diana Kaarina
5 Sharon Lewis
said at 11:22 PM on Wed Jan 22 2014
Chris Anthony was really great though, it's just that all of them are superb
said at 11:21 PM on Wed Jan 22 2014
For me,
1) Sharon Lewis
2) Kelly Sheridan/ Jodi Benson. Kelly sounds great as Barbie, but Jodi's performance in the Toy Story films was fitting
3)Diana Kaarina
4) Chris Anthony
said at 6:02 AM on Wed Mar 13 2013
Kelly to me isn't all that great but I do like Chris very much.
said at 7:21 PM on Thu Feb 28 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Kelly Sheridan is awesome as Barbie but I'll remember her always from InuYasha :D
said at 5:57 PM on Mon Apr 10 2017
I didn't even know she was sango lol and I say Kelly 1st and Erica 2nd because at least Erica sounds like Kelly I thought she was Kelly in the star princess
said at 6:39 PM on Wed Sep 12 2012
Didn't Melissa Lyons voice Barbie?
I'm confused unless Kelly Sheridan is an alias
Ranger Lauren
said at 12:36 PM on Thu Aug 29 2013
@MatthewC17 Melissa Lyons did the singing but Kelly did the speaking
Chris Anthony
said at 2:58 AM on Sun Sep 9 2012
 13 Shout Outs!
Hi Everyone!
I had the privilege of being the voice for Barbie in the early 90's for almost 8 years! Mattel asked me to make her very sweet & innocent so that every little girl wanted to be her friend.
Our first doll we recorded was "Super Talk Barbie" who actually said over 10,000 phrases! ( so I did a lot of talking!haha) We went on to record Dentist Barbie, Teacher Barbie, Spanish Barbie, Working Women Barbie, The Holiday Singing Sisters Barbie, Cool Shopping Barbie, and Computer Barbie whose mouth went up & down & said every girls name that played with her! ( that took us 3 weeks to record her)Barbie story books. Barbie cash register, Barbie cell phones, Barbie Lap top, Barbie Hotel, Barbie Kitchen, Barbie trike, Barbie mirror, Barbie Walkie Talkies, Barbie key chain, Barbie Door bell, Barbie Tote, Barbie Watch, 30 Barbie CD Roms, Barbie purse, Barbie Boom Box..on & on & on, if it talked we recorded it! haha It was a big honor for me to record for the voice of such an important Icon. Thank you Mattel for such an honor..Chris Anthony
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 10:24 AM on Tue Sep 18 2012
@Chris Anthony Awesome information Chris! Thanks for stopping by and sharing. Hopefully we can add a 'Toys' section in the future and list all of these additional character credits on the character and your personal page at that point! :)
Psyche's Rose
said at 5:05 PM on Sat Jun 16 2012
Kelly don't make Barbie sound superficial. She sounds more like a real person. The why I loved the barbie movies was because Barbie seemed more like a person instead of an ultrafabulous super fake doll that led the idea of girls starving themselves to look good.
said at 3:49 PM on Mon May 14 2012
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Kelly :). I grew up with her voice. But I also grew up with Chris' voice on 2 playstation games I played so much in the 90's. So I like her too
said at 9:55 PM on Mon Feb 13 2012
I'm going to be bias and pick Jodi Benson I'm not a Barbie fan but Benson's performance in Toy Story 2 was rather suiting
said at 3:11 AM on Sun Feb 12 2012
I'd say Sheridan with Benson from Toy Story 3 at a close second.
said at 9:43 PM on Sat Feb 11 2012
Sheridan sounds more like how I'd imagine the character to sound looking at her appearance.
said at 8:17 PM on Sat Feb 11 2012
Sheridan. She's perfect as Barbie.
said at 7:38 PM on Sat Feb 11 2012
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Nice how with Kelly, you can hear her literally fighting the Sango within.
said at 7:36 PM on Sat Feb 11 2012
They all sound alike, but I prefer Sheridan for sounding the most natural...
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