Barry Howard

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Barry Howard
Barry Frederick Howard

(1937-07-09)9 July 1937
Nottingham, England
Died28 April 2016(2016-04-28) (aged 78)
Poole, Dorset, England

Barry Frederick Howard (9 July 1937 – 28 April 2016) was an English actor. He was best known for his role as Barry Stuart-Hargreaves in the first seven series of the long-running BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, in which his deadpan comedy style and classic facial expressions made him a popular character.

Life and career[edit]

Howard was born in Nottingham. While completing his national service in the Royal Navy, Howard found himself wanting to train for the theatre at the Birmingham Theatre School. Unable to gain a grant from the local authority, he worked for almost two years at the Alexandra Theatre in a backstage role to fund his place at drama school.[citation needed]

Howard appeared in Terry and June, You Rang, M'Lord?, The House of Windsor and Dad, in addition to Hi-de-Hi! In 2004, Howard played the character of Geoffrey in the short film Open Casket. In November 2009, he appeared in an episode of the BBC comedy Beautiful People. Howard appeared in Doctor Who, in its 2009 two-part Christmas special, as driver of the mini-bus containing the old age pensioners' group seeking the Doctor.[1]

In 2012, Howard appeared in the fifth series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy Fags, Mags and Bags as Frank Butcher. In 2015, he provided the voice of the lead character in ITV's sitcom Mr Snufflesworth, a live action comedy starring a dachshund dog who lives in South London.[2]

Howard was also a stage actor, and was half of one of the most celebrated Ugly Sister acts in pantomime regularly appearing opposite John Inman.[3][4]


Howard died from blood cancer, aged 78, on 28 April 2016,[5] at his home in Poole, Dorset.[citation needed]

Television roles[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (13 April 2009). "Russell Davies' final show reunites old friends for a Doctor Who adventure". Western Mail. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
    Staff (13 April 2009). "June Whitfield spotted with Doctor Who in Cardiff". South Wales Echo. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Hi-de-Hi! actor Barry Howard has died aged 78". The Telegraph. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Obituary: John Inman". The Independent. 9 March 2007. Archived from the original on 5 June 2007.
  4. ^ "John Inman". The Stage. 15 March 2007.
  5. ^ "Hi-de-Hi! actor Barry Howard dies at 78". BBC News. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2020.

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