Tom Barnaby

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Thomas Geoffrey "Tom" Barnaby
Midsomer Murders character
Portrayed byJohn Nettles
First appearanceThe Killings at Badger's Drift (23 March 1997)
Last appearanceFit for Murder (2 February 2011)
Created byCaroline Graham
In-universe information
OccupationDetective Chief Inspector
WifeJoyce Barnaby
DaughtersCully Dixon (née Barnaby)
UnclesNed Barnaby
First cousinsJohn Barnaby

Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Geoffrey "Tom" Barnaby (born 20 April 1943) is a fictional detective created by English writer Caroline Graham as the protagonist in her Chief Inspector Barnaby novel series and adapted into one of the main characters in the ITV drama Midsomer Murders.

Tom Barnaby (played by John Nettles) first appears in the programme's first episode The Killings at Badger's Drift and last appears in Fit for Murder, an episode broadcast on 2 February 2011, which is the final episode of the thirteenth series. He states in an episode called Picture of Innocence that his birthday is 20 April 1943. He is married to Joyce Barnaby, played by Jane Wymark and has a daughter called Cully, played by Laura Howard. He appeared in 81 episodes before handing over to his cousin John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon). He is assisted in every episode by a sergeant. He has three sergeants throughout his tenure, Gavin Troy; 1997–2003, Daniel Scott; 2003–2005 and Benjamin Jones; 2005–2011.

Chief Inspector Barnaby book series[edit]