This woman says she is Siri's original voice

Voice actor Susan Bennett tells CNN it all began in 2005, when she was asked to recite words, phrases, and other "nonsensical" things

Susan Bennett voice of Siri
Voice actress Susan Bennett says that she's the original voice behind Apple's Siri. CNN video/Screenshot by CNET
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Apple's Siri might have finally found its true voice.

Susan Bennett, a voice actor from suburban Atlanta, told CNN in an interview published Friday that she's the voice behind Siri. To confirm her claim, CNN worked with an audio forensics expert who claims with 100 percent certainty that the voice of Siri is, in fact, hers.

The story behind Siri's voice starts in 2005, when Bennett was asked to recite words, phrases, and other "nonsensical" things in her home studio. She claims that she recorded her voice for four hours each day for a month. It wasn't until 2011, however, that Siri made its appearance on Apple's iPhone and a friend called her to point out that the personal assistant's voice sounded just like hers.

Apple has yet to confirm that Bennett is the voice behind Siri, and it's common practice in the voiceover industry to not reveal the people behind specific products. The intent is to leave all of the focus on the products and not on the voice talent.

Siri is by no means the only place Bennett claims we can hear her voice. She says that she has made a wide array of voiceover recordings for companies, including Delta Airlines. Her voice can also be heard on GPS devices and other electronics, going way back to the early days of ATMs.

With the launch of iOS 7, Siri no longer speaks with a single voice. Now users have the option to choose a male voice instead of the female. But Bennett doesn't seem concerned with being thrust into obscurity.

"I began my career as a machine many years ago," Bennett told CNN. "I'm sure that you hear my voice at some point every day."

 

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