Desmond Barrit

Desmond Barrit’s work in Theatre includes Damsel in Distress (Chichester Festival Theatre), Harvey (Birmingham Rep/West End), Therese Raquin (Theatre Royal Bath), The Birthday Party (Royal Exchange), Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company), the critically acclaimed Sir Peter Hall production of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 as Falstaff (Bath Theatre Royal), Habit of Art, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Mountain Giants, The Recruiting Officer, The Wind in the Willows, Three Men on a Horse (Olivier Award), Jacobowsky and the Colonel and The Magistrate (National Theatre); Falstaff in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (Olivier nomination for Best Actor); Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helen Hayes Award), Antipholus in The Comedy of Errors (Olivier Award), King Lear, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Tempest (Clarence Derwent Award), Twelfth Night, Macbeth and The Constant Couple for the RSC; Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Real Inspector Hound/Black Comedy (The Donmar); Dubarry and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Her Majesty’s); Eurydice at the Whitehall; Three Men on a Horse at the Vaudeville; The Liar (Old Vic); Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, On the Razzle and Fortune’s Fool (also on tour) at Chichester; The Wizard in Wicked (Victoria Apollo); A View from the Bridge (Greenwich); This is a Chair (Royal Court); Then Again (Lyric Hammersmith); The Chinese Wolf (The Bush); My Fair Lady (Hollywood Bowl, LA); The Three Musketeers; and HMS Pinafore (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Desmond also appeared as Frosch in Die Fledermaus (Welsh National Opera) and Bottom in The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne).

TV includes: Holby City, Endeavour, Midsomer Murders, Northanger Abbey, Young King Arthur, The Bill, Follow the Star, Madame Bovary, Maxwell’s House, The Old Devils, Homer and His Pigeons, Boon, Pirates II, Dalziel and Pascoe, Miracles Extra, True Tilda and Poirot.

Films include: Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Rebecca’s Daughters, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All for Love and Daylight Robbery.

He has recorded numerous radio plays.