Ellen McLain is an opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. McLain provides voices for many characters in several video games from Valve. Among them are GLaDOS, the artificial intelligence antagonist in Portal (for which she won an AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2 series.[1]

McLain is the only person to have her voice in all the games in the Orange Box.

McLain also sang the ending credits song to Portal, "Still Alive", written by Jonathan Coulton.[2]

McLain is married to John Patrick Lowrie, a fellow voice actor, who has also worked on the video game Half Life 2. McLain voiced the antagonistic Overwatch voice, while her husband voiced a citizen who assists the protagonist in Half-Life 2, and in Team Fortress 2 he plays the Sniper.[3]

McLain is scheduled to reprise the role of GLaDOS in Portal 2.


  1. Hatfield, Dameon (2007-10-31). "GLaDOS Speaks". IGN. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  2. "Game Music Showdown: Mirror's Edge Vs. Portal". IGN. 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  3. Plunkett, Luke (2010-07-29). "The men and women behind gaming's most iconic characters". Kotaku. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 

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