Vaughan Savidge was born in Luton in 1956, and was christened two years later - at his grandmother's insistence - lest he drown on his way to Africa by ship.
Both his parents are journalists, and he spent his first 10 years living abroad - in Africa, Singapore and Australia.
His family returned to Britain for a few years to allow him a stab at conventional education.
At 16, Vaughan got his first job as a trainee journalist at Radio Television Hong Kong. He ended up working for all three Hong Kong radio stations simultaneously, as well as dubbing kung-fu films. He would like to think he is remembered in HK film circles for dubbing The One Armed Swordsman, and giving the lead character the line "I'm going to kill you with my own two hands."
A job with British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) led him away from Hong Kong to Gibraltar, and eventually West Germany, where he fell into television, producing a weekly programme for four years.
Vaughan later produced training videos for BFBS in London, before returning to Hong Kong for five years to make corporate films there.
He has worked for the BBC as a freelance newsreader since 1996; at World Service, Radio 4 and more recently Radio 3. He also does voiceovers for commercials and corporate videos, and teaches businessmen how to be interviewed for radio and television.