18 March 1947 |
Patrick Barlow (born 18 March 1947) is an English actor, comedian and playwright. His comedic alter ego, Desmond Olivier Dingle, is the founder, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the two-man National Theatre of Brent, which has performed on stage, on television and on radio.
Barlow is the scriptwriter, as well as lead performer, in many National Theatre of Brent productions, in particular All the World's a Globe (1987), Desmond Olivier Dingle's Compleat Life and Works of William Shakespeare (1995) and The Arts and How They Was Done (2007). In non-Theatre of Brent performances, he wrote and played in the four-part situation comedy for radio called The Patrick and Maureen Maybe Music Experience which ran for four weeks from January 1999.
Barlow played Bob whose character was besotted with his co-star Imelda Staunton, having already overcome unrequited love for another character, called Sarah (initially mistaken as Jacinta) who delivered the sandwiches in Is it Legal? (1996–1998), and played the part of the vicar in Jam & Jerusalem. He has also written and directed his National Theatre of Brent material for television, and played the part of Max in series 2 and the 2004 special of Absolutely Fabulous.
Patrick Barlow wrote a stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps which premiered in June 2005 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. After revision, the play opened at London's Tricycle Theatre in August 2006, and after a successful run transferred to the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly in September 2006. The play has also been performed on Broadway since early 2008, in Australia by the Melbourne Theatre Company in April 2008. and in Wellington, New Zealand, by Circa Theatre in July/August 2009 and in Bancroft, Ontario by Blackfly Theatre in July 2011. This play was performed in Ottawa, Ontario, by Seven Thirty Productions September 7--24, 2011 and in Halifax, Nova Scotia, by the Neptune Theatre in January–February 2015.
Most of his film work has been in small, cameo roles, for example:
- Shakespeare in Love (1998) as Will Kempe
- Notting Hill (1999) as the Savoy Concierge
- Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) as Julian
- Girl From Rio (2001) as Mr. Strothers
- Nanny McPhee (2005) as Mr. Jowls
- Sam Marlowe (18 August 2006). "The 39 Steps". The Times. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
- Dominic Cavendish (18 August 2006). "Irreverent romp down the nostalgia track". Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
- Brian Logan (23 September 2006). "The 39 Steps (Criterion, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
- "The 39 Steps, Melbourne Theatre Company".