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What is meant by "Chris Barrie is thought to have been the only member of the Red Dwarf cast to be 'legit' (or a real actor) by original Kryten actor, David Ross."? That sentence is rather confusing. Was Chris Barrie the only actor in RD cast by Ross? Dysprosia 11:19, 4 Sep 2003 (UTC)

The original wording (from the edit history) is Chris Barie is thought to have been the only 'legit' member (or legitimate actor) among the Red Dwarf cast by original Kryten actor, David Ross! - which I take to mean that Chris Barrie was the only member to the Red Dwarf cast who David Ross considered to be a 'real actor'.
Why it should matter what Ross thinks, I have no idea. —Paul A 00:33, 5 Sep 2003 (UTC)
It's mentioned in the audio commentary for one of the DVD's. I personally think it's quite amusing that Chris Barrie is the only actor that he thought was professional, compared to the others. Although maybe this little titbit would be best placed in the main Red Dwarf article? - Ferretgames 12:23, 21 Jan 2005 (UTC)

the 'legit' story is told on *many* of the commentaries. However, being mentioned many times on DVDs still doesn't really mean it's worth mentioning on this page -Dave

Actually, that's exactly what that means. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:16, 21 November 2007 (UTC)


A lot of this is unsourced material. It might be best to label it as such. Jonathan D Milne 19:21, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Frankie Goes to Hollywood, etc.[edit]

Besides doing the Reagan and Prince Charles voices on the FGTH records, Barrie also appears - bizarrely - as Jim Callaghan on the Art of Noise track "Close-Up" (a mutated 12" version of "Close (to the Edit)"). As this is basically the same production team who did the FGTH records, this was probably recorded in the same session(s). —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:32, 4 September 2007 (UTC)

Years active[edit]

it says 1987 - present. What is this based on? He was in the Young Ones, which ended several years before 1987. I can find out the specific episode if you like? He was a captain on a boat. Can you believe that? A boat! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:01, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

Yes! It says further down in the article! See! It was Nasty! But, still, what on earth is the 'years active' based on? And why is wikipedia so contradictive? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:03, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

He was in Spitting Image from the beginning as Reagan, which started in 1984. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:11, 22 June 2009 (UTC)


Have you noticed the scar on Chris's right cheek? It's most obvious in Red Dwarf 8 but you can see it in the first series as well (if you squint). Any idea where it came from?

SMK 09:35, 18 September 2009 (UTC)


I Graduated yesterday morning from Loughborough University, and in my programme it said that on Friday 16th July 2010 Chris Barrie would be given an honorary degree - DTech - "In recognition of his promotion of Engineering to the general public". This didn't happen in the morning ceremony, so I can only assume that if it did happen it was in the afternoon ceremony. I can see nothing on the graduation site, although if one were to watch the video, this could be confirmed. It should be around the middle of the ceremony. -- (talk) 16:38, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

Is he English?[edit]

Looking at the list of categories at the bottom of the article, all of them refer Barrie as being English. However he was born in Germany and schooled in Northern Ireland. According to the biography on his official site, it clearly states, "After moving to London from his native Northern Ireland…" which would suggest that Barrie self-identifies as Northern Irish and should therefore be included in Northern Irish categories. IrishPete 15:03, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

I think "native" might be suggesting that he lived in Northern Ireland at the time. His mother is definitely English; I remember there being such a source somewhere, but I cannot remember where it is for now. The best thing to do, I feel, is to change the categories to "British" which he definitely is :) (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 22:18, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

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Spitting Image[edit]

Should there be more about his work on Spitting Image? It was a very popular show as I recall, yet here it's only mentioned in the lead paragraph. Which characters did he voice? etc. -- (talk) 04:11, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

If you look on the IMDB page he was in most of the first 11 series, voicing everyone from Neil Kinnock to Ronald Reagan to George Bush I to Robin Day to Graham Taylor. He was also on quite a few tracks from the 20 Golden Gobs Album (he has a pretty distinctive voice and is hard to miss). So yeah - quite surprising his work on Spitting Image is barely mentioned since that, Red Dwarf and Brittas is mostly what I know him for. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:31, 16 October 2019 (UTC)