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 novels include "Each Man Kills", "Willie the Actor", "The Ice Cream Time Machine", "Careless Talk", "More Careless Talk", "Muscle", "A Deadly Diversion" and Walking Shadows". He has also published a book of short stories "Tales from Soho".
His favourite authors are Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck and many thriller writers, including Michael Connelly, Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Raymond Chandler, James Lee Burke.
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."
David recently returned to acting in his own Edinburgh Fringe Festival play "A Day in The Lives of Frankie Abbott", and also wrote and appeared in two short comedy horror films "Frankula" and "Bad Friday".