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Meet the Voice of GLaDOS in 2013

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Your chance to meet the voice of GLaDOS is coming. Ellen McLain,  the woman who gave life to the infamous cake withholder GLaDOS of Portal and Portal 2 will be returning to Chicago in 2013 to celebrate Anime Midwest. G

LaDOS’s first ever live performance of “Still Alive” and “Want You Gone” was at Anime Midwest two years ago, in 2011, and so far Anime Midwest is the only place fans can meet Ellen McLain in 2013.

Ellen McLain, the voice of 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, hails from Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked in theatre and opera for over thirty years. Her professional career began on Broadway with Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady and with the legendary Peggy Lee in her show, ‘Peg’. Ellen’s credits range from Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman to Mimi in La Boheme.

McLain provides voices for many characters in several video games from Valve. Among them are the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2 series.


McLain is the only person to have her voice in all the games in the Orange Box. She sang the ending credits song to Portal, “Still Alive” and Portal 2, “Want You Gone”, both written by Jonathan Coulton, and sang the Turret Opera by Mike Morasky featured at the end of Portal 2. McLain now lives in Seattle with her husband, fellow voice actor John Patrick Lowrie, who insisted she get a voice demo for years and is therefore responsible for her subsequent fame as the much loved and hated GLaDOS.

Her husband, famed sci-fi novelist John Patrick Lowrie, will also be returning. John Patrick Lowrie was born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At 16 he left home to make his way as a singer/guitarist/flautist/trombonist in a rock ‘n’ roll band, sleeping in parks and communes and getting to know several hippies. You may know him better as the Sniper from Team Fortress 2 or Pudge, Earthshaker Dark Seer and others from DotA 2.

You can even hear McLain in the trailer for the upcoming movie Pacific Rim. The movie’s director Guillermo del Toro spoke of GLaDOS and McLain in an interview with the Toronto Sun,

“I wanted very much to have her, because I’m a big Portal fan,”

“The filter we’re using is slightly less GLaDOS. Slightly. The one in the trailer I wanted to be full-on GlaDOS.”

Over 3,000 people will converge on the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois from July 5-7, 2013 for the next Anime Midwest. Anime Midwest features over 100+ events, dozens of dealers and artists, dozens of video game tournaments, and dozens of epic guests. Some of the convention’s events can be found at

Attending the convention requires registration either in advance or at the door. Advance registration is cheaper, and can be found online for only $30 USD at Anime Mid West.

Daniel Ryan
Daniel Ryan
Daniel 'Sheriff Dan' Ryan is a long time Dungeon Master who has worked in Esports, Marketing, and writes about Gaming when the sun goes down.



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