Ellen-Ray Hennessy (born February 17, 1950) is a Canadian voice actress.
An award-winning “BON VIVANT,” this theatrical alchemist Awakens, Inspires and Delights ALL who witness her unique form of ”MAGIC!”. ELLEY has traversed the stages, film sets, television and radio studios for over 40 years, delighting audiences World Wide. Her talent and her compassion to share it are “unparalleled.”
Elley has performed in over 300 theatrical productions, with hundreds of on-camera series and movies to her credit, and she has voiced literally thousands of commercial campaigns, animated series, animated movies and games.
Currently, she is screening a new Cartoon Network show in LA, Greetings From Samson, playing Harvey (a 55 year old man). Three shows that Elley voiced have recently been nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards – The Cat in the Hat Halloween Special, where she sings with Martin Short; The Wide World of Wandering Wenda by Margaret Atwood, where she plays the yodelling, Yolanda Yukihosen & Shuyan Saga, and an interactive game where she played 30 characters.
Recent TV Series include: Pink is In (playing warden of an all women prison), and Carter (playing a Mystery writer), shot with Amaze Films; also, the Ubisoft game called Starlinks: Battle for Atlas, playing Hespa Thorn; and the upcoming animated feature film, Tabaluga; as well as a mini series shot in Russia, called Insomnia, that went to Cannes.
Currently, Ellen voices delightful characters on My Little Pony, The Becky and Bagel Show, Corn & Peg, Hotel Transylvania, Cyberchase and Arthur, with some surprises coming up. She is voicing a Subaru campaign as well as a new Belair Direct campaign. She also narrates the TV Series, Guilty Rich. Ellen is presently jurying the Emmy Awards for Best Animated Series and Best Voice.
Upcoming projects include a new Netflix Series shooting in Toronto (NDA), as well as working on a new play, Haon of the Sticks and Dada Elsa. She is doing final edits on her third book of inspirations called Papoo #2 by Salt River Publishing (the first called Butterfly Kisses, second, Fly With Eagles on Amazon) and is writing a new animated series property (NDA).
Elley teaches internationally with upcoming conventions in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Ohio, Manchester, Germany, Russia, Toronto, Vancouver and London to name a few. She delights in teaching at Sheridan U of T, as well as the University of Windsor where she received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for her contributions to the Arts and Humanities.
The dressing rooms at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre were named after her for her years of support on the Board, as well as sitting on numerous Arts Org boards, giving back to her community. There is nothing this powerhouse can’t do and nothing she wouldn’t give to the world of story-telling. If you want to know what true transformation looks like, experience Elley Ray and see “inspired creativity” at its’ best, because she gives it to audiences worldwide in the hopes of uplifting humanity.
- My Big Big Friend (2009-2014) - Additional Voices
- Spider Riders (2006-2007) - Beerain
- Bakugan: Battle Brawlers (2007-2008) - Elfin, Child B (ep. 8), Spectator D (ep. 9), Additional Voices
- Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies moved to a starter town? (2021) - Ichou (ep. 10)
- Memories (1995) - Mother