BIOGRAPHY AND BACKGROUND

David Barry was born in 1943 in the Wales and attended schools in both Bangor and Anglesey before moving to London and, after attending Mortlake Secondary Modern, studied at The Corona Academy stage school in Chiswick, who other alumni include Jeremy Bulloch, Richard O'Sullivan, Dennis Waterman and Frazer Hines.

 

His intial role as an actor was at the Theatre Royal, Windsor playing the part of 'Harlen' one of the seven boys in the play 'Life With Father', based on the autobiographical stories by American author Clarence Day, Jr.

 

His best-known role was as one of the children in 'class 5C', the cowardly Frankie Abbott, in the LWT series Please Sir! which made him a household name with Deryck Guyler, Joan Sanderson and John Alderton, and his fellow pupils Peter Cleall (Eric Duffy), Peter Denyer (Dennis Dunstable) and the late actors Malcolm McPhee (Peter Craven) and Liz Gebhardt (Maureen Bullock).

 

He later work included television, films, theatre and radio and in 1980 he appeared in the feature film version of the popular TV comedy George and Mildred but David slowly moved to writing and with several credits already under his belt as a writer for the 80s sit-com Keep It In The Family, he wrote scripts for public and private sector organisations and theatre scripts for training purposes, dealing with issues such as bullying in the workplace, race, sexual orientation and disability.

 

More recently his first novel was published; a police comedy thriller titled 'Each Man Kills' and he has also creatred and wrote the first weekly UK internet soap Careless Talk  set in Tunbridge Wells and he has also completed his autobiography entitled Flashback - An Actor's Lif' in which he candidly tells the story of life as a child actor, working with famous names such as Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

Also, he recently wrote and performed in A Day in The Lives of Frankie Abbott in the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which received a 5 star review in the Edinburgh Evening News. And in the last 18 months he has given talks at the Cinema Museum, Kennington; Phoenix Artist Club, Charing Cross Road; and Flat Planet in Soho.

 

In 2015 he had two books published. A Deadly Diversion, a crime novel, and Tales from Soho, an anthology of stories set in Soho.

 

David also works as a radio presenter and broadcast weekly on www.channelradio.co.uk  and some of his guests include Tom Baker, Robin Asquith, Brian Murphy, Peter Cleall and Linda Regan. This is digital online broadcasting and can be heard all over the world.

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