To his legions of fans across the world, Chris Barrie is best known as the hologram Rimmer – the Red Dwarf character who made love only once in his life. To others he is Hilary, Angelina Jolie's butler in Tomb Raider; but to many he will forever be remembered as Gordon Brittas, the most irritating manager in the history of the British leisure centre industry.
Chris Barrie has since added more strings to his bow as presenter of Massive Engines, exploring almost every invention in mechanised transport from trains to airships. As the proud owner of several classic cars, motorcycles and trucks, it played perfectly to one of his biggest obsessions.
After moving to London from his native Northern Ireland, Chris began his show business career as as an impressionist and one of the original Comedy Store Gong Show performers, which led to appearances on the BBCs David Essex Showcase and the Jasper Carrott Election Special of 1983, giving Chris's career the kick start it needed. It wasn't long before he was picked up by the producers of Spitting Image, and he went on to provide the voices for a stream of characters from HRH Prince Charles to Paul Daniels.
His early television and radio experience includes a series of On the Fringe for HTV, Stomping on the Cat and Pajamarama for LWT, 6.55 Special on BBC2 with Emma Thompson, The Russell Harty Show for BBC 1 as well as Weekending, Son of Cliché and The Uncyclopaedia of Rock for Radio.
Other acting roles include the part of Alexander Pope in the Channel 4 production of Handel: Honour, Profit and Pleasure, Zastrozzi, televised in April 1986 and a lead role in Plague of Goodness, the controversial Radio 4 Monday Play. His cameo appearances include the Lenny Henry Show, Happy Families and Blackadder III. In Spring 1990 Chris played the lead part in a national tour of the farce, Totally Foxed.
Chris lives in Berkshire, England, with his wife Alecks.