Leslie Hulme, better known as Ken Barrie (Born January 9, 1933 - Died July 29, 2016) was an English voice actor and singer who served as the narrator and voice actor of Postman Pat.
He was born in Tunstall, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire in England.
In the first series in 1981 he voiced all the characters, serving as the narrator. Starting with Postman Pat takes the Bus, Carole Boyd did the voice acting for all the females and children. While Ken voiced all the male characters and Granny Dryden.

A singer by trade, Ken sang the famous theme tune and the various songs in "Postman Pat", as well as the theme tune and songs for "Charlie Chalk", another Ivor Wood TV series.

In 1989, Ken also sang two Christmas singles, "The Christmas Pudding Song" and "The Christmas Tree", produced by Bryan Daly who also composed the Postman Pat theme song.

In 1992, Ken sang a parody of the Postman Pat theme for an advertisement of HP's Postman Pat Spaghetti Shapes.

In Season 6, Ken's role of Pat was taken over by Lewis MacLeod, but he continued to voice his other characters. In Season 7, Ken stepped down from the show completely.

After a short battle with liver cancer, Ken Barrie died at his home in Denham, Buckinghamshire on July 29th, 2016.


  • Postman Pat (Seasons 1 - 5 & Specsavers Advert)
  • Matt Clifton
  • Mrs. Goggins (Season 1 only)
  • Ted Glen (Seasons 1 - 6)
  • Alf Thompson (Seasons 1 - 6)
  • Dorothy Thompson (Season 1 only)
  • Bill Thompson (Season 1 only)
  • Reverend Timms (Seasons 1 - 6)
  • Mrs. Pottage (Season 1 - Postman Pat's 123)
  • Katy and Tom Pottage (Season 1 - Postman Pat's 123)
  • P.C. Selby (Seasons 1 - 6 & specsavers Advert)
  • Lucy Selby (Season 1 only)
  • Doctor Gilbertson (Season 1 only)
  • Sarah Gilbertson (Season 1 only)
  • Mr. Pringle
  • Charlie Pringle (Season 1 only)
  • Miss Hubbard (Season 1 only)
  • Sam Waldron
  • Granny Dryden
  • Peter Fogg
  • Major Forbes (television series)
  • George Lancaster (television series)
  • Father Christmas
  • The Train Inspector


  • Postman Pat
  • The Farmer's Song
  • Handyman Song
  • Mobile Shop
  • Jess the Cat
  • Miss Rebecca Hubbard
  • Tuba Song
  • Clap Your Hands (TV Version)
  • Seaside Special Song
  • Pancake Race
  • Carnival Time
  • Out There
  • Village Fête
  • Tinsel and Fairies
  • Postman Pat's Secret
  • Ghostie Song
  • Miss Hubbard's Lost Bicycle
  • Promises
  • Balloon Song
  • Transformation: Winter to Summer


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