Barry Simmons

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Barry Simmons
Barry Egghead.jpg
Simmons in 2013
Born 1948 (age 66–67)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation quiz player
Children 2 children

Barry Simmons (born November 24, 1948) is a quiz show contestant and was the winner of the BBC Two show Are You an Egghead? and as a result became the sixth Egghead, joining Kevin Ashman, C. J. de Mooi, Daphne Fowler, Christopher Hughes and Judith Keppel on the regular show on 2 December 2008.

Simmons told The Jewish Chronicle newspaper, "It’s the best job in British quizzing and to get paid for doing something you love is just the icing on the cake. But I have to admit I hate losing."[1]

Simmons was born in Edinburgh[2] and lives in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He won £64,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, was a semi-finalist on Mastermind and has represented England at quizzing.[1] He reached the final of the 2008/2009 series of the radio program Brain of Britain, but was defeated by Geoff Thomas. He has been a researcher at text question and answer service AQA 63336 since 2006.[3] Simmons was part of an AQA team that appeared on Eggheads; he won his own round but the team was defeated in the final round. He also appeared on Only Connect in 2013.

In 2013 he again reached the final of the Brain of Britain and won the competition. Before the final, some controversy was caused as he was thought of as "a professional quizzer". As reported by the BBC website, "There is no rule banning Eggheads from appearing on Brain of Britain – the only rule is that former champions are not allowed to return." [4]

In 2013 he was ranked number three quizzer in the world.[2]


  1. ^ a b Krieger, Candice (8 January 2009). "Barry Simmons goes from technology head to Egghead". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Brian Pendreigh (2 April 2013). "World's best quizzers swot up for city event". The Herald (Edinburgh). Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
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  4. ^ BBC defends Egghead Brain of Britain competitor,, Accessed 11 March 2013.

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