'Mind the gap' announcer Phil Sayer dies aged 62

Voiceover artist was heard on London’s tube network and railway stations across the country

The man whose voice was familiar to millions of Londoners from his “mind the gap” tube announcements has died.

Phil Sayer, 62, whose voice was heard daily on London Underground platforms, as well as on many automated PA systems on railway stations across the UK, died on Thursday from cancer.

His wife, Elinor Hamilton, made the announcement on Facebook, writing: “Phil Sayer – voice of reason, radio, and railways. A dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. We are sorry to announce that this service terminates here.”

Phil Sayer
Phil Sayer appearing on This Morning in 2014. Photograph: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock

Sayer worked as a BBC presenter in the 1980s before setting up a company with his wife to promote their work as voiceover artists. He retired from doing voiceovers in April after his health declined.

In 2007, Sayer told the BBC: “These days, most of my work is as a voiceover artist, though I still present live shows and conferences for corporate clients from time to time. It’s my voice on most of the automated PA systems on railway stations across the UK. As a result, I’m heard saying ‘Sorry…’ quite a lot.

“The company I run with my wife Elinor also provides PA announcements for large parts of the London Underground. We’re quietly proud that our two-person company from the north-west of England beat off competition from the big boys in London to win this lucrative contract.

“Lastly, at the grand old age of 54 I’m the proud dad of two-year-old twin boys. Silly old fool, eh?”

The mind the gap announcement was introduced in 1968 after it became impractical for drivers and station attendants to warn passengers. The warning was also painted on the edge of the platforms.


Nadia Khomami

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