Ben and Holly’s little kingdom

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Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom is an animated pre-school children’s show set in an enchanted magical kingdom with fairies, elves and insects.

It is broadcasted across Nickelodeon’s 43 international channels throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

The show is created by Neville Astley and Mark Baker, and produced by Phil Davies at Astley Baker Davies – the company responsible for Peppa Pig. Many of the actors who lend their vocal skills to characters in Peppa Pig also work on Little Kingdom. These include John Sparkes, Sarah Ann Kennedy, David Rintoul and David Graham.


At the start of every episode a map is shown and the Wise Old Elf will say “Today’s adventure starts at the (Setting of the episode)” At the very centre of the map is The Meadow. Other locations include:

  • Gaston’s Cave (North West)
  • The Elf Windmill (North East)
  • The Great Elf Tree (East)
  • The Elf Farm (further East)
  • The Frog Pond (South East)
  • The Royal Golf Course (which eventually becomes a crazy golf course) (South West)
  • The Little Castle (West)
  • Mrs Witch’s House (further West)

In the episode Picnic on the Moon, the Wise Old Elf says “Today’s adventure starts in outer space.” The map says that the Little Kingdom is located in Mercia, United Kingdom.

Each area of the trees that surround The Little Kingdom are named as:

  • The Little Forest (North West)
  • Elf Oak Wood (North East)
  • The Pine Forest (South East)
  • The Bramble Woods (South West)

Most of the text seen the episodes is in Lorem ipsum, a dummy text used in the printing industry and based on Latin. However, English text does occasionally appear.

Ben Elf:

Ben is an elf and one of the main characters alongside Princess Holly. His parents are Mr & Mrs Elf. He lives in the Great Elf Tree, number 4. Ben wears ablue shirt, a blue pair of shorts and blue triangular hat with an oak leaf sticking out. Ben is a young Elf. He has many friends, and his best friend is princess Holly.
Ben is voiced by Preston Nyman.

  • Princess Holly:

Holly is a fairy and one of the main characters alongside Ben Elf. She likes to use magic despite the risk of things going wrong. Her best friend is Ben Elf and her parents are King and Queen Thistle. She wears a pink dress and a small crown.
Holly is voiced by Sian Taylor.

  • King Thistle:

King Thistle is the King in Little Kingdom. He is the father of Princess Holly, Daisy, and Poppy. He is often hungry and grumpy, finds other elves and fairies annoying and boring, and sometimes hates having a bath.
King Thistle is voiced by Ian Puleston-Davies.

  • Queen Thistle:

Queen Thistle is the Queen in Little Kingdom and the wife of King Thistle. She is the mother of Princess Holly, Daisy, and Poppy. Queen Thistle does not appear as often as Holly, but she is very responsible and never angry.
Queen Thistle is voiced by Sara Crowe.

  • Daisy and Poppy:

Holly’s cheeky, baby twin sisters. They’re not very good at magic but that doesn’t stop them from trying! They are quite cheeky and usually end up causing trouble with magic. Daisy wears a yellowdress while Poppy wears a red dress. As Daisy and poppy are very naughty, Holly hates her sisters.
Daisy and Poppy are voiced by Zoe Baker.

  • Nanny Plum:

Nanny Plum is Holly’s nanny and ‘teacher’, and a general housekeeper for the King and Queen. She is very good at magic and capable of speaking many animal languages (excluding ones which she claims to be a bit difficult such as Mole, Aardvark, Ant and Centipede). She often ends up into all kinds of trouble which she was trying to prevent Holly and friends from getting into. She is also a toothfairy. Although being quite bossy, she is very good at cleaning with magic. She rivals the Wise Old Elf.
Nanny Plum is voiced by Sarah Ann Kennedy.

  • Wise Old Elf:

An elf that lives in the same tree as Ben at the top in room 98. He also is the Wise Old Tailor and librarian. He also runs the Elf School and The Elf factory. His hat contains a maple leaf. He rivals Nanny Plum and strongly disapproves of magic. He is often rude to fairies and only agrees in elf work and doings.
The Wise Old Elf is voiced by David Graham.

  • Mr Elf:

Mr Elf is the father of Ben. His job is to deliver items to various places such as food to the castle as well as working for the elf farm. Mrs Elf complains he always works too hard. He likes all fairies.
Mr Elf is voiced by John Sparkes.

  • Mrs Elf:

Mrs Elf is the mother of Ben. She has a lily leaf and flower in her hat.
Mrs Elf is voiced by Judy Flynn.

  • Gaston the Ladybird:

Gaston the Ladybird is a male lady bird who lives in a small cave. He likes his house messy as well as food that is “smelly and foul”. He doesn’t mind giving Ben rides when Ben needs to fly. Nanny Plum translates for him quite often. He acts quite similar to a dog, making a barking sound when he ‘speaks’.
Gaston is voiced by Taig McNab, who is also credited as Editor for Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig.

  • Violet Fairy:

Violet is a fairy who is one of Holly’s closest fairy friends. She wears a violet dress and has violet hair.
Violet Fairy is voiced by Lucy Moss.

  • Strawberry Fairy:

Strawberry is a fairy who is one of Holly’s friends. She wears a light green dress and has red hair.
Strawberry is voiced by Zara Siddiqi.

  • Fleur Fairy:

Fleur is a fairy who is one of Holly’s friends. She wears a red dress, a red bow and has black hair.
Fleur is voiced by Alice May.

  • Barnaby Elf:

Barnaby is an elf and is one of Ben’s friends. He wears a brown shirt and brown shorts. He likes to play football. His hat has a wheat leaf in it. He has blonde hair and his uncle is Redbeard, a pirate.
Barnaby is voiced by Stanley Nickless.

  • Jake Elf:

Jake is an elf and is one of bens friends. He wears a grey shirt and grey shorts. Jake is voiced by Jonny Butler

  • Lizzy Elf:

Lizzy is an elf who is one of Ben’s friends. She wears a hat with a pink flower in it.
Lizzy Elf is voiced by Cecily Bloom.

  • King and Queen Marigold:

King and Queen Marigold are relatives of the Thistle royal family. Holly and her family fear that they are “boring and snooty” yet their characteristics often turn into the opposite.
King and Queen Marigold are voiced by John Sparkes and Morwenna Banks, respectively.

  • Redbeard The Elf Pirate:

Barnaby’s pirate uncle. He claims to be a pirate, yet good in nature. He is polite but often overdoes it, such as kissing Nanny Plum’s palm every time he talks to her. He wears a pirate hat.
Redbeard is voiced by David Rintoul.

  • Tarquin:

One of Daisy and Poppy’s friends. He is featured in “The Party” and refers to his name in the third person. (eg.”Tarquin likes parties!”)
Tarquin is voiced by Jonny Butler.

  • Raspberry:

One of Daisy and Poppy’s friends. She is featured in “The Party”. She is Strawberry’s rude little sister who yields a rude wand. She has red hair.
Raspberry is voiced by Abigail Daniels.

  • Nettle Elf:

One of Daisy and Poppy’s friends. She is featured in “The Party”. She is Barnaby’s little sister. She has a stinging nettle which stings every time you touch it. She continuously stings King Thistle.

  • Big Bad Barry:

An enormous fish that Mr Elf has tried to capture many times. Holly, King Thistle and Ben tried to capture him despite Mr Elf’s warnings and they to were no match.


Source: wikipedia