Chris Harris (actor)

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Chris Harris

Chris Harris (born Bridgwater, Somerset) is an English actor, director and writer. He has appeared in several UK TV series including Into the Labyrinth and "Hey Look That's Me".[1] More recently he has built a successful career in pantomime, acting as a pantomime dame, as well being a director and writer at the Bristol Old Vic and the Theatre Royal, Bath. He lives in Portishead in North Somerset.[2]


Chris Harris studied drama at the Rose Bruford College, then went into rep., which culminated in two years with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company.[3]

He attended the Jacques Lecoq's L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Ladislav Fialka's Pantomime Company in Prague, and was for a short time at the Moscow State Circus School. In 1966 he was in his first pantomime at the Salisbury Playhouse with Stephanie Cole. Since 1976, he has performed his one-man comedy shows around the world.

He is a regular visiting lecturer for the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.[4] He co-directed the opera Griselda for the Buxton Festival, and appeared in two productions for Dutch Television with members of the Welsh National Opera.[5]

He spent nine years, up until 2000 writing, directing and starring in pantomimes for the Bristol Old Vic and since then has done the same for the Theatre Royal, Bath. [6]

Television appearances[edit]

  • Hey Look That's Me - 1976-84
  • The Rocking Horse Winner - 1977
  • Into the Labyrinth – 1982
  • Chasing Rainbows – A Nation and Its Music - 1986

Radio appearances[edit]

  • The Chris Harris Road Show, BBC Radio Bristol.
  • The Birds
  • Hiawatha
  • Harvey Angel

One-Man stage shows[edit]

Books written or co-written by Chris Harris[edit]


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  4. ^ Sleeping Beauty programme, Theatre Royal, Bath 2009
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