Steve Barron

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Steve Barron
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Barron in July 2009
Steven Barron

(1956-05-04) 4 May 1956 (age 67)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active1976–present

Steven Barron (born 4 May 1956) is an Irish-British filmmaker. He is best known for directing the music videos for the songs "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, "Summer of '69" and "Run to You" by Bryan Adams, "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, "Electric Avenue" and "I Don't Wanna Dance" by Eddy Grant, "Let's Get Rocked" by Def Leppard, "Going Underground" by The Jam, "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League, "Baby Jane" by Rod Stewart, "Pale Shelter" by Tears for Fears, "Africa" by Toto, and "Take On Me" by A-ha. The videos for "Take On Me" and "Billie Jean" have each garnered over 1 billion views on YouTube. Barron also directed several films, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Coneheads (1993), The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996) and Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001).

Early life[edit]

Barron was born in Dublin on 4 May 1956,[1] the son of filmmaker Zelda Barron (née Solomons; 1929–2006)[2] and actor Ron Barron. His mother was born in Manchester to an English mother and Russian father. His parents married in 1953 but the marriage was later dissolved. He has an older sister named Siobhan.[2] He was raised in London and attended St Marylebone Grammar School.


Barron on the set of the 2012 TV series Treasure Island

Barron made his music video directorial debut in 1979 with "Time for Action" by Secret Affair and their following hit singles "My World" and "Sound of Confusion" and directed, and occasionally wrote additional treatment for,[3] various music videos. These videos, which include "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, and "Take On Me" by a-ha, would come to define the medium during the early days of MTV and are still considered among the best of all time.[4] He founded the production company Limelight with his sister Siobhan and Adam Whitaker.[5][6]

In 1984, he directed the science fiction comedy Electric Dreams, and then went on to direct several episodes of the television series The Storyteller before returning to film, directing the films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1990, The Adventures of Pinocchio in 1996, Rat in 2000 and Mike Bassett: England Manager in 2001. Barron directed several award-winning miniseries, such as Merlin (1998), Arabian Nights (2000) and Dreamkeeper (2003) for Hallmark Entertainment. In July 2010, it was revealed that Barron would make a return to music videos, directing "Butterfly, Butterfly", the then-final video of a-ha.

In late 2011, Barron's two-part production of Treasure Island was shown on British Sky Broadcasting.[7]

In November 2014, Barron published his autobiography, Egg n Chips & Billie Jean: A Trip Through the Eighties.[8]



Year Title Director Producer Writer Cameraman Notes
1976 Trauma Yes
1977 The Duellists Yes
A Bridge Too Far Yes
1978 Superman Yes Uncredited
1984 Electric Dreams Yes
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Yes
1993 Coneheads Yes
1994 The Specialist Yes Executive producer
1995 While You Were Sleeping Yes
1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio Yes Yes
2000 Rat Yes Yes
2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager Yes Yes
2004 Peace One Day Yes Documentary
Executive producer
2006 Choking Man Yes Yes Yes
2008 The Day After Peace Yes Co-producer
2016 Brahman Naman Yes
2019 Supervized Yes Yes


Year Title Director Producer Notes
1987–1988 The Storyteller Yes Episodes: "Hans My Hedgehog"
1994–2001 ReBoot Yes Executive producer
1998 Merlin Yes TV mini-series
2000 Arabian Nights Yes
2003 Dreamkeeper Yes TV movie
2005 Mike Bassett: Manager Yes Executive producer
2010 The Road Ahead Yes TV movie
2012 Treasure Island Yes TV miniseries
2013 Delete Yes Yes TV miniseries
Executive producer
2016–2017 The Durrells in Corfu Yes

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ "Steve Barron Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Simon Relph (12 September 2006). "Obituary: Zelda Barron". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  3. ^ " - index = Steve Barron Profile". Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Interview with Iconic International Music Video Director Steve Barron (Michael Jackson, Madonna & David Bowie) | IMRO Ticket Offer". 16 November 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  5. ^ "CAMPAIGN CRAFT: THE CREATIVE ISSUE - Why Limelight went from UK commercials boom to bust. The kitchen-table start-up couldn't rekindle its glory days. Emma Hall reports". Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  6. ^ "'They were on their last legs': Behind the story of how Take On Me catapulted A-Ha to success". Journal. 3 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  7. ^ Rose, Steve, "Elijah Wood: 'I was thrilled to play Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit'", The Guardian, 22 December 2011; retrieved 25 December 2011.
  8. ^ Hawksley, R. "'Michael Jackson? I was more excited about The Human League!'",, 27 November 2014; retrieved 28 November 2014.

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