Glynis Barber

Glynis Barber

Oct. 25th, 1955
Born in
Durban, South Africa
5' 6

Glynis Barber's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Blake's 7 (UK) TV Show
Blake's 7 (UK)
Dempsey and Makepeace (UK) TV Show
Dempsey and Makepeace (UK)
Jane (UK) TV Show
Jane (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Glynis Barber (born Glynis van der Riet; October 25, 1955) is a South African-born British actress of Afrikaner descent.

When Barber was five years old, her parents divorced, and she and her mother moved to Johannesburg. She studied at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Barber's been acting since 1978, her popular breakthrough came in 1981 with her role as Soolin in the BBC science fiction television series Blake's 7.

In 1982 she took the title role in the television series Jane playing a World War II heroine. This series was filmed against a blue screen allowing for the addition of a cartoon background, an experimental technique in its day. However, Barber is best known for her mid-1980s role of Sgt. Harriet Makepeace in the British police drama Dempsey and Makepeace.

Since 1987, Barber has appeared frequently in plays, films and television series. She also starred in the LWT drama series Night and Day as Fiona Brake. In 2006 she joined the cast of ITV soap, Emmerdale, playing the character of DCI Grace Barraclough, investigating the death of Tom King on Christmas Day. She exited the soap in September 2007, when her character was killed.

In 2009, she appeared as hospital administrator Jean McAteer in The Royal, another ITV drama series set in Yorkshire On October 23, 2009 it was announced she would play Glenda Mitchell the mother of Ronnie Mitchell, Roxy Mitchell and Danny Mitchell in EastEnders after 'Jill Gascoine' withdrew from the role during her first day on set. On February 27, 2011 it was announced that Barber was to leave EastEnders in March 2011.

In September 2013 she appeared in the ITV dancing show Stepping Out with husband Michael Brandon.

Her stage work has included Macbeth, Killing Time with 'Dennis Waterman', High Flyers with 'Hugh Grant', Make Me a Match and The Graduate. In 2011 Barber starred alongside 'Christopher Timothy' and 'Denis Lill' in Alan Ayckbourn's Seasons Greetings playing Belinda. In 2013 she plays impulsive and rebellious Melissa Gardner in Love Letters at Dundee Repertory Theatre along with Michael Brandon.

She appeared as Lady Caroline in Michael Winner's 1983 remake of The Wicked Lady, which starred 'Faye Dunaway'. She later appeared alongside 'Vanessa Redgrave' in the 1997 film, Déjà Vu.

She appeared as Anthea Davis in On the Nose in 2001 along with 'Dan Aykroyd' and 'Robbie Coltrane'.

Barber married actor 'Paul Antony Barber', whom she met at drama school, in 1976. They were divorced in (1979).

Barber married her Dempsey and Makepeace co-star 'Michael Brandon' (November 18, 1989). They have a son, Alexander Max Brandon (b. November 1992).

  • Has a son with 'Michael Brandon (I)' (qv): Alexander, b. November 21, 1992.
  • Measurements (in 1985) 32-24-35

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