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{ Cast & Crew: Barrie Ingham }

Barrie Ingham (February 10, 1932 - January 23, 2015) was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and has had a long career as an accomplished actor in stage, TV and film.

He was educated at Heath Grammar School and became a Royal Artillery Officer. After serving, Barrie Ingham spent a year with the Manchester Library Theatre Company, followed by two years at London's Old Vic Theatre, initially as Fortinbras, graduating through several Shakespeare productions to leading roles as Cecil Farringdon (The Magistrate), Lelie (Sganarelle) and Damis (Tartuffe). He has played leading roles in London at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, the English Stage Company and the Mermaid Theatre Company and as leading man in many West End musicals, plays and revues.

Sir John Geilgud gave him his Broadway debut and he subsequently played in many hit musical shows in New York. He has made over 200 appearances in American and British TV and motion pictures. He combines his career as an actor with that of director and producer (notably of the record breaking Hans Anderson at the London Palladium). Today, his voice work on The Great Mouse Detective is still considered one of the highlights of his career. He was professor at the University of Texas at Austin, theatre consultant to Baylor University and is artistic advisor to the Shakespeare Society of New York. His two one man shows have played worldwide. He met his wife Tarne in their first theatre jobs and they have four lovely daughters and too many grandchildren to count.

After a brief illness during Christmas, Ingham passed away peacefully in his sleep on the 23rd of January, a few weeks before his 83rd birthday. Fans around the world, especially those who love Basil, have made works of art. They have been added at this page:

A Tribute to Barrie Ingham


  • Honorary Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • National Theatre of Great Britain Player
  • Australian Theatre Most Distinguished Actor Award
  • Drama League Award for the Best Performance in a Broadway Musical
  • Southern California Motion Picture Council Award

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