Barrie was born in Leicester a long time ago. Having dabbled in various folk bands on the East Midlands circuit, Barrie went off to London to train as a classical actor at The Webber Douglas Academy.After graduating from Drama School he went straight to the Young Vic in London working with Michael Bogdanov. This was followed by seasons and tours with the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park and two years at The Old Vic playing Mole in Toad of Toad Hall. Shakespeare features heavily in Barrie’s career having played Feste, Puck, Macduff and many other roles for major theatres across the country.
Television appearances include ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ with Peter Cushing, ‘Bergerac’ with John Nettles, The Bill, Albion Market amongst others productions, as well as a number of TV commercials. Film credits include ‘A Kind of Hush’
Barrie can be heard on several Shakespeare Productions for Naxos Audiobooks appearing alongside Kenneth Branagh, Timothy West, Sam West, Celia Imrie, Geraldine McEwan and many more illustrious names.
Following many years treading the boards across the country Barrie settled down in Maldon where, as well as continuing to appear in stage, television and radio productions, he formed macTheatre with his wife, Nicola Esson, devising and performing numerous shows based around themes – Christmas, Robert Burns, love and World War 2 to name but a few. macTheatre’s first production was Barrie’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘The Chimes’ which played in Maldon before transferring to The White Bear in London. The Chimes will be produced again in 2012 to celebrate the bi-centenary of Dickens birth.
In 2002 mac Theatre was asked to produce an open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Maldon’s Promenade Park and Barrie has directed and produced a Shakespeare-in-the-Park production annually ever since.
Barrie also performs a number of one-man shows including ‘Shakespeare in Song’, a show featuring more than 20 of Shakespeare’s songs set to music by Barrie. There is a CD available of these songs entitled ‘Now that’s what I call Shakespeare’