J. K. Rowling was born in the summer of 1965 at Yate General
Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent. She left
Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a French and
Classics degree. As a postgraduate she moved to London to work at
Amnesty International, doing research into human rights abuses in
Francophone Africa. She started writing the Harry Potter series
during a Manchester to London King's Cross train journey, and
during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and
began writing the first novel. She then moved to northern Portugal,
where she taught English as a foreign language. She married in
October 1992 and gave birth to her daughter Jessica in 1993. When
her marriage ended, she returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh,
where Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone was
eventually completed and in 1996 she received an offer of
publication. The following summer the world was introduced to Harry
Potter. The Harry Potter series is distributed in over 200
territories and has been translated into 65 languages.
Jim Dale has won a record ten Audie Awards, two Grammy Awards, and seven Grammy nominations as a narrator. As an actor, he has received a British Academy Award nomination, a Tony Award, five Tony nominations, and four Drama Desk Awards. As a writer, he has received an Academy Award nomination for the song "Georgy Girl."
Dale is perhaps most famous for being the voice of all the Harry Potter audio books, in which he notably performs hundreds of distinct individual character's voices. He also voices the Harry Potter video games, as well as the interactive extra features on the Potter DVD releases.
Awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003, chiefly for his work promoting the work of chldren's literature, Dale was also inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2009.