Richard "Ringo Starr" Starkey, born on July 7th, 1940, is the former drummer of British rock band, The Beatles, and the lead singer of his band, The All Stars. He narrated the first and second seasons of the television series. He was the first narrator of the television series and the first to play Mr. Conductor in Shining Time Station.
- He recorded the narration for the first season in eight days. That includes re-doing four episodes due to the tone of his voice.
- He also recorded narration for the Ladybird audio books.
- He returned to voice Thomas in the 2009 Children in Need charity single.
- He is currently working as a voice actor for the relaunch of the "Powerpuff Girls".