Richard Starkey (born July 7, 1940), known profesionally as Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter and actor who was best known for his time as drummer of the 1960s rock band The Beatles. He was also known for being the first narrator of Thomas & Friends in the UK (as well as its initial broadcast in the US) from 1984 to 1986, and for portraying Mr. Conductor in the first season of Shining Time Station.
- Ringo Starr, George Carlin, Alec Baldwin and Michael Brandon have narrated "Thomas & Friends". Teresa Gallagher, Rob Rackstraw, John Hasler, Martin Sherman, John Hurt, Kerry Shale, Britt Allcroft, Jules de Jongh, Neil Crone, Keiko Toda and many others have voiced characters in the franchise.