Barry Humphries

Barry Humphries

Feb. 17th, 1934
Born in
Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Barry Humphries' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Ally McBeal TV Show
Ally McBeal
Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch (UK) TV Show
Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch (UK)
I'd Do Anything (UK) TV Show
I'd Do Anything (UK)
Parkinson (UK) TV Show
Parkinson (UK)
The Dame Edna Experience! (UK) TV Show
The Dame Edna Experience! (UK)
The Dame Edna Treatment (UK) TV Show
The Dame Edna Treatment (UK)
Dame Edna's Hollywood TV Show
Dame Edna's Hollywood
Michael Parkinson's Greatest Entertainers (UK) TV Show
Michael Parkinson's Greatest Entertainers (UK)
Friday Night Live (UK) TV Show
Friday Night Live (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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His father was an affluent construction manager. Barry was a very intelligent boy who attended Melbourne University. There, he began in revues and doing some impersonations. He moved to London around 1960 and began his TV career. He has created numerous characters, including Dame Edna Everidge and Sir Les Patterson.

  • His fourth wife, 'Lizzie Spender' (qv), is the daughter of the poet Sir 'Stephen Spender (I)' (qv).
  • He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2007 Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honors List for his services to entertainment.
  • He was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Australian society through acting and writing.
  • Barry Humphries was one of the hosts at "The Royal Pop Concert" in Buckingham Palace, London on June, 4th, 2002. He appeared as Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson and had the great honor to announce Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University (Australia) in 1994
  • He was awarded the Australian National Medal in December 1979.
  • In 2000, received a Special Tony Award for a Live Theatrical Presentation, for his one-person show titled "Dame Edna: The Royal Tour."
  • 24 October 2006 Australia Post together with The Perth Mint issued a 50 cent legal tender coin with full-colour portrait of Dame Edna. Coin is mounted in special envelope with 2 postage stamps (featuring Barry Humphries as both Dame Edna and himself) cancelled at Moonee Ponds (suburb where Edna tells she comes from). Also Australian $1 silver one ounce coin portraying Dame Edna was issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Barry Humphries as Dame Edna.

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