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Merle Dandridge

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Merle Dandridge
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Biographical information
Place of birth

Okinawa, Japan

  • Actress
  • Voice actress
  • Singer
"So, the circumstances around creating Alyx were so kismet that it's almost a little scary. Because I mean, if you think of the ideal super-self that you want to be, having bad-ass moves and being able to karate-chop everybody and then add onto that a writer to make you sound witty at every turn, it's like having an uber-self for me. So I immediately fell in love with Alyx."
― Merle Dandridge[src]

Merle Dandridge is an American actress, voice actress, and singer who provided the voice for Alyx Vance in Half-Life 2 and its Episodes.


Dandridge was born in Okinawa, then moved to Beale Air Force Base in Sacramento, California, then to the Strategic Air Command Base in Bellevue, Nebraska, where she spent the majority of her childhood. She attended Papillion La Vista High School and participated in the play production class and theater department there. She then attended Roosevelt University (currently called the Chicago College of Performing Arts) with a scholarship that she earned at the International Thespian Festival.

In video games, Merle has also had voice acting roles in The Last of Us, Dota 2, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

According to Valve's Bill Van Buren, Merle was chosen among the last five over more than one hundred actors auditioning for the part. The team wanted "someone with a beautiful voice, who could be charming, very feminine, and warmly intimate, but could then go into intense circumstances and be a strong, confident, and believable action character".[1]


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