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Dermot O'Leary's Mystery Voice Feature

More information on taking part

• All UK residents aged 18 or over can take part (including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.

• Participants can email with their name and contact number (but NOT their guess). The feature may be played at any time between 0800 and 1000 on each Saturday, as promoted on air (except for when editorial requirements lead to a change in schedule).

• During this period, a short piece of audio featuring a "mystery" voice will be played and listeners who have emailed to take part and been selected will be called back to guess.

• When participants are initially called a member of the production team will ask them to confirm their details before being put to air to guess.

• This feature is not a competition and no prize will be awarded to the listener with the correct guess.


Your trust is very important to us. This means the BBC is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal data. It is important that you read this notice so that you are aware of how and why we are using such personal data. This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal data about you during and after your relationship with us, in accordance with data protection law.

Why are we doing this and how you can participate?

We like to engage with our audience and encourage audience participation, which is why BBC Radio 2 is doing Dermot's Mystery Voice. We want to hear some interesting bits and pieces about yourself which you'd like to share with Dermot and potentially chat about on air.

You can register your interest to be on the show via If your submission is successful, we will call you to find out some more information about you, which you are willing to chat to Dermot about on air. We hope to be able to invite you to the show, but we can’t guarantee it.

If we broadcast your contribution, this may include the programme being available online and/or your contribution being available across radio and online platform (including BBC social media pages such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube) and/or on demand, and your contribution may be used again by the BBC in a future broadcast.

What personal information will the BBC collect and how we will use it?

You need to be 18 or over and live in the UK to make the email submission. The BBC will collect and process the personal data that you have provided to us about yourself for the purpose of producing and broadcasting “Dermot's Mystery Voice”.

Personal data about you

  • Your name
  • Your phone number and email address
  • Your email submission which features information about your life

If you are selected to be on air, you may be asked about your job, your family and your story/experiences which you are willing to share with Dermot and the audience.

Who is the Data Controller?

The BBC is the “data controller” of the personal data we process for Dermot's Mystery Voice show. This means that the BBC decides what the personal data is used for, and the ways in which it is processed.

For the avoidance of doubt, the personal data will be collected and processed solely for the purposes set out in this privacy notice. As the data controller, the BBC has the responsibility to comply, and to demonstrate compliance with, data protection law.

Lawful basis for processing your personal data

The lawful basis on which the BBC processes the personal data is the performance of its public task. The BBC’s role is to act in the public interest and to serve all audiences with content which informs, educates and entertains, and to reflect the United Kingdom and its cultures and values to the world.

Retaining your personal data

Your personal data will be deleted within one (1) month after it being obtained.

If your contribution is broadcast, it will be retained and archived in perpetuity by the BBC.

The personal data collected will be stored within the UK and EEA.

Do we share your personal data with Third Parties?

The BBC works with our approved third-party providers who help us to provide some of our services. These data processors only use your personal data on behalf of the BBC and not independently of the BBC. We use a third party to produce ‘BBC Radio 2 Dermot's Mystery Voice’.

We currently use third-party email provider to store the data collected via email.

We may also share your personal data with a third party where required or permitted by law.

Your rights and more information

You have rights under data protection law.   

You can requestacopy of the personal data BBC stores about you.      

You have the right to ask for the personal data we collect about you to be deleted however there are limitations and exceptions to this right which may entitle the BBC to refuse your request.    

In certain circumstances, you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data or to object to the processing of your personal data.      

You have the right to ask that we transfer the personal data to you or to another organisation, in certain circumstances.  

you can contact our, Data Protection Officer if you have questions or you wish to find out more details about your rights, please visit the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy at Please note that the description of the personal data collected and how it is used set out in this notice applies to the exclusion of anything to the contrary set out in the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy.

 If you have a concern about the way the BBC has handled your personal data, you can raise your concern with the supervisory authority in the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)   

Updating this privacy notice

We will revise the privacy notice if there are significant changes to how we use your personal data. The date of the most recent revisions will appear on this page. 


Current Incorrect Guesses

The following people do NOT possess the current mystery voice so please don't suggest them

Ewan McGregor

Stanley Tucci

James McAvoy

Damien Molony

Cillian Murphy

Gordon Buchanan

Tom Hiddlestone

Ardal O'Hanlon


Sir Chris Hoy

Previous Correct Answers

Carol Kirkwood

Eric Bristow

Miley Cyrus

Howard Marks

Diana Ross

Kevin Costner

Jessie Buckley

Jack Black

Dina Asher Smith

Buzz Aldrin

Alison Moyet

Hugh Jackman

Bette Midler

Anthony Joshua

Selina Scott

Nigel Havers


Jude Law

Floella Benjamin

Mike Pence

Dua Lipa

Alan McGee

Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine)

Steve Guttenberg

Grace Jones

Simon Pegg

Keira Knightley

Marcus Rashford