Frank Barrie

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Frank Barrie
Born (1936-09-19) 19 September 1936 (age 82)
Parent(s)Arthur and Annie Smith

Frank Barrie (born 19 September 1936) is a British stage and television actor. He made his acting debut in 1959 in a production of Henry IV, Part 2 at the York Theatre Royal. He proved to be a successful Shakespearean actor throughout his career and spent three years as a leading member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company at the Old Vic. More recently, he starred in Lunch with Marlene, a 2008 tribute to Noël Coward and Marlene Dietrich and in 2010 was cast as [[Edward Bishop the gentleman friend of Dot, in East Enders. He has made over 200 television appearances.


Frank Barrie was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire on 19 September 1936 to Arthur and Annie Smith. He attended Archbishop Holgate's School and the University of Hull in Hull. He married Maryann Lloyd.[1]


Frank Barrie made his first stage appearance in 1959 in the role of Mouldy in Henry IV, Part 2, at the York Theatre Royal. He performed with the Bristol Old Vic company from 1965 through 1969, performing in the title roles of Oedipus Rex,[[Richard II, and Macheath in "The Beggar's Opera". The company toured Europe and North America in 1967 with Barrie making his Broadway debut as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Lucio in Measure for Measure. From Bristol he joined the National Theatre Company and played leading roles from 1969 to 1972. Barrie's international career has taken him to over 70 countries.>

In the early 1980s, Barrie had a world record of 12 consecutive standing ovations at the Twelfth Night Theatre, Brisbane in 1982, for Macready, a one-man show he had written and which subsequently toured to 65 countries. For this performance he was nominated Best Actor in the London critics Plays and Players awards.

In 2008, Barrie was cast as Noël Coward in the original London production of Lunch with Marlene, a play about the friendship between Coward and fellow acting legend Marlene Dietrich. The production received "rave reviews",[2] with the casting of Barrie as Coward being described as "impeccable" by The Stage.[3]

He has appeared on BBC's EastEnders as Edward Bishop in 2010 and 2011 where he played the part of the local choir master and makes friends with Dot Branning (June Brown)


  1. ^ Ian Herbert, ed. (1981). "BARRIE, Frank". Who's Who in the Theatre. 1. Gale Research Company. p. 46. ISSN 0083-9833.
  2. ^ Hammond, Elaine (8 October 2009). "REVIEW: Lunch with Marlene and Noël – at The Connaught Theatre, Worthing". Littlehampton Gazette. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  3. ^ Vale, Paul (9 April 2008). "Lunch with Marlene". Reviews. The Stage. Retrieved 29 March 2010.