David Barry's autobiography spans almost five decades of theatre, film and television experience. As a 14 year old he toured Europe with Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in one of the most prestigious post-war theatre tours. Vivien Leigh took a shine to him and he saw both sides of her close up. One minute she was sweetness and light, and the next she became a screaming harridan as she publicly berated Sir Laurence. In his early twenties, he starred as Frankie Abbott in the hit television sitcoms Please, Sir! and Fenn Street Gang, and those days are recounted with great humour. Hilarious events unfold as he describes working with dodgy producers and touring with argumentative actors. His is a story that covers everything from the pitfalls of working in live television to performing with hard drinking actors. 'Imagine yourself travelling - as a member of the company - with a train-load of top stars to the great cities of Europe.' Daily Express
David Barry is the pseudonym of Meurig Jones,and he was born in Bangor, North Wales. He attended Corona Academy Stage School in Chiswick, London, from the age of 12. As a child actor he worked with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in "Titus Andronicus", touring Europe in 1957. Also, as a teenager, filmed with Tyrone Power, and worked on stage with Paul Scofield. In his early 20s he played Frankie Abbott in "Please, Sir!" and "Fenn Street Gang", at which time he wrote his first broadcast script. He also wrote "Keep It in The Family" for Thames TV (3 episodes). His first book, "Each Man Kills" was published in 2002, and his autobiography "Flashback - an Actor's Life" was published in 2006, followed by "Willie the Actor", "The Ice Cream Time Machine" and recently "Mr Micawber Down Under". His next book will be published in April 2012 in his own name, "The Wrecking Bar" by Meurig Jones.
His favourite authors are Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck and many thriller writers, including Michael Connelly and Val McDermid.
Loves eavesdropping on pub customers where he picks up great dialogue. How about this one which Alan Bennett could have written.
Landlady: "I haven't seen you with your friend lately."
Man: "No, he's moved to Heathfield. He had to buy a bungalow for his wife's knees."