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Belfast voice artist Peter Dickson quits The X Factor after 11 years

Published 28/07/2015

Voice of the X Factor Peter Dickson quits after 11 years on the show.
Voice of the X Factor Peter Dickson quits after 11 years on the show.

Belfast's Peter Dickson - one of the most recognisable voices on TV - has quit the X Factor.

Dickson is the voice behind The X Factor, Live at the Apollo and Britain's Got Talent - and not a trace of a Belfast accent to be heard.

He announced on his Twitter page that he will not be returning for the latest installment of Simon Cowelll's ITV talent show.

He wrote: "After the best 11 years with the X Factor, it's time for me to check out and cut loose."

The 58-year-old has also lent his talents to Emirates, Etihad and SatNav systems.

The self-proclaimed ‘Voiceover Guy’ got his first break in television while studying for a psychology degree at Queen’s in the late 1970s.

“I was a member of the Queen’s film unit and Queen’s Film Society; we would have made documentaries and short films. Whilst at Queen’s I was told about a BBC announcer position. I went for it and got it.”

Peter spent four years as a radio reporter and sub-editor at BBC Northern Ireland, where he worked on shows such as Good Morning Ulster.

In 1982 he moved to BBC Radio 2 in London, where he presented his own entertainment series, ‘Peter Dickson's Nightcap’.

In the 1990s Peter decided to move away from journalism to focus on presenting and voice work.

His voiceover career began while working with BBC Radio 2 presenter Steve Wright: “I would say my Voiceover Guy persona grew out of my time with Steve Wright. It was a brilliant show”.

When Sir Bruce Forsyth needed an announcer for Bruce's Price Is Right, Peter was brought on board and he made the catchphrase ‘Come on down’ all his own.

Despite spending most of his life in England Peter remains close to his roots in Northern Ireland: “I return every Christmas and spend at least a week in Northern Ireland. My wife’s parents still live in Comber and my sister lives in Bangor.”

He told the Belfast Telegraph in 2011 he loves the atmosphere of the show: “It is the biggest show on TV and I am very proud to be associated with it. It’s a real fun show to do. Simon Cowell is delightful and very straightforward.”

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