Kelly Sheridan is a Canadian voice actress. She was born on May 19, 1977 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and is currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Sheridan made her debut in Barbie movies in 2001, with Barbie in the Nutcracker. Mattel had auditioned 70 people to find the right voice for Barbie, and they eventually picked Kelly Sheridan.
Sheridan voiced Barbie and other characters in the Barbie and My Scene film series for twenty-one films altogether. However, Sheridan was replaced by Diana Kaarina in 2010 as Barbie's new voice. This was due to Mattel wanting to do more modern and fashion-orientated films, and so they cast a new voice to reflect this.
At the time, Sheridan wrote a note on her Facebook page addressing her replacement:
|“|| I have been receiving lots of emails and posts to my Facebook page lately about the recent Barbie voice recasting. I thought I would take a moment to address your concerns and questions about why I was replaced. I debated saying anything at all, and certainly didn't want to until the most recent movie was released. But it's now no big secret that Barbie has a new voice and some of you have genuine concerns that I was the one to leave. |
Over a year ago I received a call notifying me of changes Mattel was making to the entire Barbie brand and that it was going to affect the types of movies they would be making. They wanted to move away from the classic princess stories in an effort focus on something more modern and fashion oriented. While they thanked me for all the work I've done on the past 18 films, I was told that they would be looking for a new voice to match this new direction.
I have immensely enjoyed playing this iconic character over the past 10 years and love hearing from fans that enjoy the movies as much as I do. The most recent messages from fans on my board offering to campaign on my behalf and contact Mattel have been so touching. Remind me to never make you angry! Your encouragement and support means more than you'll ever know. Playing Barbie has been one of those amazing opportunities that come by only a handful of times in an actor's career, and only then if you're lucky. I am a lucky girl indeed.
— Sheridan addressing her replacement in her Facebook page.
After fan appeal, Sheridan returned as the voice of Barbie in 2012. It was originally thought that Sheridan would voice Barbie in the 2016 movie Barbie: Spy Squad, as she was credited on the BBFC website. However, Sheridan stated on Twitter in September 2015 that she was not in the film. She did not know if she was no longer voicing Barbie at all, of if it was just Spy Squad that she was not cast in. She was replaced by Erica Lindbeck
- Kelly Sheridan's favourite Barbie movies are Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper and Barbie and The Three Musketeers.
- Sheridan received the combo pack for Barbie in The Pink Shoes, as well as the dolls of Kristyn, Giselle and Odette free from Mattel. She also receives annual Christmas presents from them.
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