Excuse me, but aren’t you Siri?
CNN tracks down actress behind Apple’s obliging assistant
The actress who supplied her voice for Apple's Siri app has been tracked down by CNN, which revealed her identity on Friday.
Susan Bennett of Atlanta, Georgia, US, was named by the news network after it hired an audio-forensics expert to compare her tones to Apple's voice-command app. CNN claimed the expert was "100% certain" the Siri voice was a match for Bennett's.
Siri has been part of Apple's app suite since the launch of the iPhone 4S in 2011, providing a voice interface that allowed users to give spoken commands and queries and receive audio responses.
"I'm the voice actor who provided the voice of Siri," said Bennett, revealing she worked for four hours a day for the entire month of July 2005, to make the audio clips in a home recording booth. She was paid by the hour, but would not divulge exact sums.
"A colleague e-mailed me and said, 'Hey, we've been playing around with this new Apple phone. Isn't this you?'" Bennett added.
The voice actress has also supplied her dulcet tones to automated airport announcements and ATMs.
"I began my career as a machine many years ago," Bennett told the network. "I'm sure that you hear my voice at some point every day."