British actor, comedian and voice over artist. He first achieved success as a vocal impressionist, notably in the ITV sketch show Spitting Image.
Chris Barrie began his TV career as a sports personality impersonator on The David Essex Showcase; it was at this point that he adopted the surname “Barrie” for Equity reasons – as there was already an actor named Chris Brown on the Equity UK lists.
He provided the voice of Ronald Reagan in the pop song ‘Two Tribes’ by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and for other tracks by FGTH and Art of Noise.
Barrie is also well known for his role as Gordon Brittas, the title role in The Brittas Empire, a BBC sitcom running from January 1991 to February 1997 for seven series, with 52 episodes, including two Christmas specials.
Each episode revealed a disastrous occurrence, which Brittas was sure he could sort out, the truth being that he was normally one of the causes of all the trouble that went on.
Barrie has also hosted the television series Chris Barrie’s Massive Engines and Chris Barrie’s Massive Machines on the Discovery Channel which was later shown on Channel 5 where both series received record viewing figures and are now on DVD.
In 2006, he appeared as a regular team captain in the BBC Two quiz show Petrolheads, and is the star of the British crime/comedy/drama film Back In Business, in which he plays Tom Marks.
Barrie’s interests include vintage motorbikes and collecting fast cars. In 1995, he released a video called Chris Barrie’s Motoring Wheel Nuts, a showcase for his personal car collection. His current classic car collection comprises a Triumph TR2, MGB-GT, Wolseley 1500 and a Jaguar XJ6 (his everyday car). He is a contributor to Practical Classics magazine.
Voice Over Talents & Advertising
Chris Barrie appeared in a TV commercial for Anglican Windows in 1997, and as a voice artist voiced advertising campaigns for the Daily Mail and Maryland Cookies.