20 March 1990
Life and career
Barnett attended City College Manchester formerly 'The Shena Simon Performing Arts School' in Manchester, where he earned distinctions in acting. He then attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles. He has previously acted for ITV and Ealing Studios. In 2012, he graduated from his acting program at UCLA.
In 2010 Rik worked on the Independent film Rebels Without A Clue, working alongside such actors as Dr Who's John Leeson. It was his work in this film that earned him the Best Supporting Actor award at Ibiza International Film Festival, some of the former recipients of this award have been Enrique Murciano and Alfred Molina. Actress Jacqueline Bisset who was Jury President along with Carlos Bardem presented the award.
Rebels Without A Clue was also nominated for Best UK Feature at Raindance Film Festival, showing at Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus, and was also screened during Cannes Film Festival. One review said how Barnett's performance was "glorious to watch", another said that "Barnett, who plays Mark, (or ‘wanker’, as he is affectionately referred to throughout) is able to switch seamlessly between the genuinely touching dialogue about his father to keeping up with dim-witted banter".
In September 2012 Barnett was featured on the cover of the Thai lifestyle magazine OUT In Thailand.
It was reported in a May 26, 2012 story in the Omaha World-Herald newspaper, that Barnett was engaged to be married to Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Adam Epstein, one of the producers of the original Broadway musical production of Hairspray.
List of credits
|2013||Romney: 2012||Narrator||USA Thunk Enterprises|
|2010||Rebels Without A Clue||Mark||Independent UK|
|2011||Bird||Matt||UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television|
|2012||Bosie -Reading-||Bosie||AE Company|
|2010||The Poseidon||Robert||Orlin ProductionsUK|
|2010||Pygmalion||Freddy Eynsford Hill||Little Theatre, Cheshire UK|
|2009||The Caucasian Chalk Circle||The Singer||CCM ProductionsUK|
|2009||Animal Farm||Moses||RSC UK|
|2009||Christmas Carol||Bob Cratchit||CCM Productions, UK|
|2008||Romeo & Juliet||Romeo||RSC Productions, UK|
|2008||Miss Julie||Jean||CCM Productions, UK|
|2008||Twelfth Night||Sebastian (Twelfth Night)||CCM Productions, RSC Production, UK|
|2008||The Train||Ensemble||CCM ProductionsUK|
Radio and commercial
|2010||A to Z -Commercial-||Bumper Car Boy||Vodaphone Telecom|
|2010||The Poseidon -Radio-||Robert||Orlin Productions UK BBC|
|2010||Hearing Dogs for Deaf People -Commercial-||Narrator||UK Polka Dot Productions|
|2013||Fifty Shades of Grey Gardens -Funny Or Die-||Christian Grey||USA Thunk Enterprises|
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- Kelly, Michael (May 26, 2012). "Showbiz not easy biz, producer says". Omaha.com, newspaper's website. Omaha, Nebraska, United States: Omaha World Herald'. Retrieved May 6, 2014. "Adam Epstein, who won a Tony Award as one of the producers of the mega-hit on Broadway. . . . A native of Miami, Adam spent 16 years in New York but has relocated to Los Angeles to produce films and TV shows. He is engaged to marry British actor Rik Barnett."
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