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Barry Humphries

Birth Place: AUSTRALIA

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John Barry Humphries AO CBE (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian actor, artist, author, comedian and satirist. He is best known for writing and playing his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. He is also a film producer and script writer, a star of London's West End musical theatre, a writer, and a landscape painter. For his delivery of dadaist and absurdist humour to millions, biographer Anne Pender described Humphries in 2010 as not only "the most significant theatrical figure of our time … [but] the most significant comedian to emerge since Charlie Chaplin".

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Barry Humphries STAGE CREDITS

[West End]

[West End]
Original London Production, 1976

[West End]
Original London Production, 1964

Broadway Production, 1963
Mr. Sowerberry

Fagin (Understudy)

[West End]
Original London Production, 1960
Other Roles



Barry Humphries Movies

[ 1967 ] Envy
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom
[ 1968 ] Art dealer
The Adventures of Barry McKenzie
[ 1972 ] Aunt Edna Everage, Hoot, Dr DeLamphrey
Barry McKenzie Holds His Own
[ 1974 ] Aunt Edna Everage, Dr. Meyer Delamphrey, Offensive Buck-toothed Englishman
It's Not the Size That Counts
[ 1974 ] Dr. Anderson, Australian TV Lady
Side by Side
[ 1975 ] Rodney
The Great MacArthy
[ 1975 ] Colonel Ball-Miller
The Getting of Wisdom
[ 1977 ] Rev. Strachey
Shock Treatment
[ 1981 ] Bert Schnick
Howling III
[ 1987 ] Dame Edna Everage - Academy Award Presenter
Les Patterson Saves the World
[ 1987 ] Sir Les Patterson, Dame Edna Everage Sir Les Patterson/Dame Edna Everage
Immortal Beloved
[ 1994 ] Clemens Metternich
[ 1995 ] Kangaroo , Dame Edna Everage
The Leading Man
[ 1996 ] Humphrey Beal
Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills
[ 1996 ] Bert, Lady Shopper, Manager
Spice World
[ 1997 ] Kevin McMaxford
Les Patterson and the Great Chinese Takeaway
[ 1997 ] Les Patterson
Welcome to Woop Woop
[ 1997 ] Blind Wally
Nicholas Nickleby
[ 2002 ] Mrs. Crummles, Mr. Leadville Dame Edna Everage
Finding Nemo
[ 2003 ] Bruce
[ 2008 ] Client
Mary and Max
[ 2009 ] Narrator
Kath & Kimderella
[ 2012 ] Dame Edna
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
[ 2012 ] Great Goblin
Justin and the Knights of Valour
[ 2013 ] Braulio
Blinky Bill the Movie
[ 2015 ] Wombo
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
[ 2016 ] Charlie, Dame Edna

Barry Humphries TV Shows

Ally McBeal
Claire Otoms
Dame Edna's Hollywood
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch
Dame Edna Everage
Loose Women
Dame Edna Everage
Not Only... But Also
In 'Poets Cornered'
Dame Edna Everage
The Barry Humphries Show
Dame Edna Everage
The View
Dame Edna

Barry Humphries Awards and Nominations

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2000 - Special Awards

Barry Humphries, The Royal Tour

Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Solo Performance

Barry Humphries, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour

Olivier Awards - 1987 - The Observer Award for Outstanding Achievement

Barry HumphriesBack With A Vengeance

Olivier Awards - 1979 - Comedy Performance of the Year

Barry HumphriesA Night With Dame Edna

Drama Desk Awards - 1978 - Unique Theatrical Experience

Barry Humphries, Housewife! Superstar!

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Barry Humphries News

Interview: Richard Tognetti and Satu Vänskä Return to Café Carlyle This Week

Violinist Richard Tognetti returns to Café Carlyle for a five-night residency from April 16 to 20, 2024. Tognetti, Principal Violin Satu Vänskä, violist Elizabeth Woolnough and cellist Eliza Sdraulig will perform music from JS Bach to Nick Drake, ito the Weimar Republic. We spoke with Tognetti and Vänskä about the show.

Richard Tognetti Will Return to Cafe Carlyle Next Week

Australian violinist Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director of the acclaimed Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), will make his much-anticipated return to New York’s Café Carlyle for a five-night residency, April 16 - 20, 2024.

A Night Of Laughter And Love ONE DAME FUNNY VALENTINE At Milburn Stone Theatre

Get ready to laugh, love, and celebrate Valentine's Day like never before with 'One Dame Funny Valentine' at Milburn Stone Theatre on Friday, February 16th, 2024. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the show kicks off at 8pm.

Video: Watch the Memorial Service for Barry Humphries at the Sydney Opera House

A state memorial service was held on December 15th for world-renowned entertainer, author, actor and satirist Barry Humphries AC CBE.

Dr. Jane Goodall To Launch Australia/New Zealand Tour In 2024

Dr Jane Goodall is coming to Australia and New Zealand for a tour in 2024. Don't miss the chance to hear from this renowned primatologist and conservationist.

See Mark Nadler, Dame Edna, David Cale & More at Pangea in December

Get ready for an unforgettable December as Cale, Starlite, Clause, Dame Edna, Garniez, and Nadler bring their incredible talents to the stage. Don't miss out on these mesmerizing performances happening this month.

Never Before Seen Artworks By Barry Humphries Now On Display At Adelaide Festival Centre

Never before seen artworks by late Australian entertainer Barry Humphries AO CBE will be on display at Adelaide Festival Centre's Festival Theatre Galleries from this weekend, celebrating the artistic talents of Humphries.

Leslie Odom Jr., Arielle Jacobs & More to Join The Drama League EMBRACE THE SEASON Gala

Get ready for a night of incredible performances at The Drama League 'Embrace The Season' Gala. Join Leslie Odom Jr., Arielle Jacobs, and other talented artists as they take the stage for an unforgettable evening. Don't miss out on this star-studded event!

Review: THE CONFESSIONS, National Theatre

A unique production from a unique playwright / director has its faults, but far outweighs them with its warm truths and redemptive conclusion

Annaleigh Ashford, Lindsay Mendez, Norm Lewis & More To Join The Drama League's EMBRACE THE SEASON Gala

Annaleigh Ashford, Lindsay Mendez, Norm Lewis, Danny Burstein, and more will be performing at The Drama League's 'Embrace The Season' Gala.

25th Anniversary Production of RIVERDANCE is Coming to Australia in April 2024

The 25th Anniversary Production of Riverdance is set to tour Australia in April 2024! Don't miss this iconic Irish dance show as it celebrates its milestone anniversary with a re-imagined version touring across the country. Learn how to get tickets and see the full schedule for the tour.

Her Majesty's Theatre Celebrates 110 Year Anniversary

The iconic Her Majesty’s Theatre turns 110 today. To help celebrate one of Adelaide’s favourite supercentenarians, the theatre is  opening the doors to the public for a special exhibition and guided tours.

Her Majesty's Theatre Guided Tours Back By Popular Demand

Her Majesty's Theatre Guided Tours are back by popular demand. The public is invited to take an exclusive behind the scenes look at Her Majesty's Theatre as she looks to celebrate her 110th birthday in September with tour dates on sale now.  

Nica Burns Officially Launches The 2023 Edinburgh Comedy Awards

Nica Burns, the longstanding Director of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, has officially launched the biggest awards in live comedy at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  

DISNEY PRINCESS - THE CONCERT Reveals Cast For 2023 Australian Tour

The leading ladies are Broadway's Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins, War Paint), Isabelle McCalla (Aladdin, The Prom), Storm Lever (Six, The Donna Summer Musical) and Australia's own original 'Belle' from Beauty and the Beast, Rachael Beck.

Bernadette Robinson Returns to Australian Stages in DIVAS

Following the success of her previous, sold-out one-woman shows, PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, THE SHOW GOES ON and SONGS FOR NOBODIES (a hit in both Australia and London), Bernadette Robinson is returning to Australian stages with the World Premiere of her post-pandemic solo tour-de-force, DIVAS.

The Lights Of The Mirvish Theatres Will Be Dimmed On Thursday in Honor of Barry Humphries

The lights of the Mirvish Theatres will be dimmed on Thursday May 4 to honour the life of Barry Humphries, the housewife superstar known to the world as DAME EDNA.

Barry Humphries, Creator of Dame Edna Everage, Passes Away at 89

Barry Humphries, comedian and creator of Dame Edna Everage, passed away surrounded by family at a hospital in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, April 22.

Scott F. Mason Makes Final Spring Performance as Dame Edna At Don't Tell Mama Next Week

Dame Edna's Official Honorary Understudy has one last 'Sassy Saturday' performance after emceeing the 2023 Bistro Awards as a Bistro Award recipient for Comedic Characterization


How many Broadway shows has Barry Humphries been in?

Barry Humphries has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Barry Humphries been in?

Barry Humphries has appeared on London's West End in 4 shows.

What was Barry Humphries's first West End show?

Barry Humphries's first West End show was Oliver! which opened in 1960

What awards has Barry Humphries been nominated for?

Barry Humphries has been nominated for several awards, including Special Awards at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for *The Royal Tour*, Outstanding Solo Performance at the Drama Desk Awards for *Dame Edna: The Royal Tour*, The Observer Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Olivier Awards for *Back With A Vengeance*, Comedy Performance of the Year at the Olivier Awards for *A Night With Dame Edna*, and Unique Theatrical Experience at the Drama Desk Awards for *Housewife! Superstar!*.

What awards has Barry Humphries won?

Barry Humphries has won several awards, including Special Awards from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "The Royal Tour," Outstanding Solo Performance at the Drama Desk Awards for "Dame Edna: The Royal Tour," and Comedy Performance of the Year at the Olivier Awards for "A Night With Dame Edna."

How many shows has Barry Humphries written?

Barry Humphries has written 5 shows including Housewife! Superstar!! (Sketches/Composer/Lyricist), Dame Edna: The Royal Tour (Playwright), Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance (Conceiver), All About Me (Playwright), Eat Pray Love! (Creator).

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