Craig Barnett

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Craig Barnett - MR Australia 2007
Born Craig Andrew Barnett
(1974-07-16) 16 July 1974 (age 42)
East Fremantle, Western Australia
Alma mater Melville Senior High School
Occupation Model, Swimmer, Shipping Officer, Surf Lifesaver
Years active 2004–present
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)

Craig Andrew "Barney" Barnett (born 16 July 1974) is an Australian male model and ex international modelling pageant finalist, best known as 'MR Australia 2007' from the 2007 Manhunt International World Final. He was the national title holder of Manhunt Australia during 2007 and was also the face of Australian swimwear label Funky Trunks from 2004 to 2010.[1]

Barnett, commonly known by his nickname Barney, is also recognised for his television appearances on Australian television, Network Nine’s 1 vs. 100 in 2007 and Network Ten’s eighth series of Australia’s Big Brother reality television show in 2008. The same year, Barnett was named as one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors when selected as a finalist in Cleo Bachelor of the Year and featured in the March 2008 edition of Cleo Magazine.[2][3]

Early life and family[edit]

Craig Barnett was born in East Fremantle, Western Australia and was raised in the suburb of Kardinya. He has two older sisters. He led a very active childhood, revolving much around sport.

Barnett attended Kardinya Primary school and later went on to Melville Senior High School, in Western Australia. He excelled in athletics as a junior, equalling an Australian age record for the U/13 80m hurdles. He picked up an amateur skateboarding sponsorship between the ages of 14 and 16 and also became involved in competitive swimming the age of 16.

He graduated from high school in 1991 and was awarded an outstanding sporting achievement award, recognising his sporting contribution, which included winning the athletics champion boy and swimming champion boy in his final year, only eight months after taking up competitive swimming.

Barnett went on to swim competitively at a national level for over thirteen years, which included three Australian Olympic Swimming Selection Trials. He was club captain of the City of Perth Swimming Club during the 2003/2004 season and retired from national level swimming shortly after in 2005. He is currently the Victorian state short course record holder for the 50m Butterfly in the 35-39 year age division for the Masters Swimming Association, which he set in 2010.[4]


Manhunt Australia[edit]

Barnett was the winner of the national male modelling competition Manhunt Australia in November 2006 which earned him the title of MR Australia throughout 2007.[5][6] Contestants were judged on physique, photographic (photogenic qualities and the ability to work with photographers), interviewing and public speaking skills and catwalk modelling ability. He later featured on the front cover of the Men of Manhunt calendar in 2008.[7]

Manhunt International[edit]

In February 2007, he represented Australia in the largest contested and most prestigious international male modelling competition in the world at the time, the Manhunt International 2007 World Final, held at Kangwon Land Resort, in Seoul, South Korea, where he competed against a record 48 contestants from as many countries. There he finished 3rd Runner-Up and came away with cash and prizes including a modelling contract in Beijing, China. Barnett is one of only three Australians ever to finish in the top five since the Manhunt International competition began in 1993.[8]


Modelling career[edit]

Barnett's introduction to the modelling world began in 2004, when he was competing at the Australian Swimming Olympic Selection Trials for the Athens, 2004 Olympic Games. He was approached by rising Melbourne based swimwear company Way Funky to model their men's label, Funky Trunks,[9] and was the face of the label from 2004 to 2010. This led to other modelling offers and inspired an invitation to compete in the 2006 Manhunt Australia competition in which he won the national title the same year.[10][11]

Since 2004, Barnett has featured in many Funky Trunks advertising campaigns, as well as other well established fashion labels and product advertising. In recent times, he has featured as the face of Zu Shoes 'Presidential Collection' campaign, released in December 2010;[12] Tourism Victoria's Yarra Valley campaign in April 2011; Bosch Automotive in September 2011;[13] The Como Hotel Melbourne 2012; Palace Cinemas 2013, and Tourism Australia campaign in 2014.


Due to his involvement and success on a national and international level in modelling pageants, Barnett has been invited to guest judge a number of Australian national beauty and modelling contests including Best Model Australia 2007, Manhunt Australia 2007 and Miss Hawaiian Tropic 2009 national finals.

Film and Television[edit]

1 vs. 100[edit]

Barnett was a contestant on the Network Nine television game show 1 vs. 100, hosted by Eddie McGuire, which aired on 9 July 2007. He was the ‘1’ against the ‘Mob’ of 100 challengers. He was the sixth highest money winner in the history of the 1 vs. 100 (Australian game show) and walked away with $108,500.00.

Big Brother 08[edit]

Barnett appeared in the Australian series of the Network Ten reality television show Big Brother Australia 2008. He entered the Big Brother house, which was located inside the Dreamworld amusement park in Queensland, on Sunday 4 May 2008 under his nickname Barney.[14]

Television Commercials[edit]

Barnett has also made appearances in Australian television commercials, the most recent being the Volvo "Attention Seeker" TVC, which is televised to a global audience until 2012.,[15] a Target "Target Tested" TVC released March 2012, Bike Exchange TVC 2012, iiNet TVC 2013, and Holden Storm TVC 2015.

Music Videos[edit]

In December 2010, Barnett featured in the music video "That Season Again" performed Australian country music singer, Rose Carleo, directed by Twinpeak Image.[16] 'That Season Again' peaked on the Country Tracks Top 30 national radio chart at #3.[17]

Barnett most recently co-starred in the 2011 music video, "Say It's Over" performed by Australian pop singer songwriter, Tania Moran, released in April 2011 by Dusk Music Video Production.[18]


Prior to and during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Barnett was a guest speaker on Fremantle FM Radio station as a swimming expert, due to his vast knowledge of the sport and his inside information on many of the Australian Swimming Team members.


Barnett spent much of his adult life working in the field of cargo shipping and still remains involved. He currently resides in Melbourne, Australia. He is also a member of the North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club in Western Australia.


  1. ^ "Way Funky Company | Funky Trunks, Funkita, Kiargo | Australian Swimwear". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  2. ^ staff writers (2008-02-18). "Cleo's 50 hotties offer brains and brawn". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ MSA Portal © 2004-2014 by Frank Braun (2010-07-17). "Masters Swimming Australia - Records - MSA Portal © 2004-2014 by Frank Braun". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ The Sunday Times, 19 November 2006. Page 13.
  7. ^ "Procon Leisure International". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  8. ^ [1] Archived 19 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Way Funky Company | Funky Trunks, Funkita, Kiargo | Australian Swimwear". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  10. ^ The Sunday Times, 19 November 2006. Page 13.
  11. ^ Northern Territory News, Monday, 13 November 2006. Page 3.
  12. ^ "ZU Shoes Online | Shop for Ladies & Men's Shoes Online". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  13. ^ "Bosch in Australia | Bosch Australia". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Volvo "Attention seeker" TVC". YouTube. 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  16. ^ "That Season Again - Rose Carleo.Flv". YouTube. 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  17. ^ "Official Site | Store". Rose Carleo. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  18. ^ "Say It's Over - Tania Moran". YouTube. 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 


Northern Territory News, Monday, 13 November 2006. Page 3.

Perth Now (2006-11-17). Model manhunt ends in Perth

The Sunday Times, 19 November 2006. Page 13.

Procon Leisure (2007-01-10). Craig Barnett wins Manhunt Australia title

Procon Leisure (2007-02-14) Manhunt World Final Korea

Manhunt International (2007-02-14) Manhunt International 2007 Winners

Procon Leisure (2007-02-14). Procon Models Score in the Top 5 (2008-02-18) CLEO Bachelor of the Year 2008

Adelaide Now (2008-02-18) Cleo announces Top 50 Bachelors of 2008

Procon Leisure (2008-05-05) Manhut Mr Australia Craig ‘Barney’ Barnett into Big Brother

Perth Now (2008-05-02) Hunky Perth model and lifesaver to swamp Big Brother

Big Brother Chaos (2009-01-05) Big Brother Australia Housemates


Masters Swimming Association Australia:

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