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Frances Barber (born on 13 May 1958 in Wolverhamptonmarker, West Midlands, Englandmarker) is an Olivier Award-nominated English actress with a long and distinguished stage career. She has also worked extensively in BBC, Granada and ITV television drama.

Personal life

Barber attended Bangor Universitymarker; whilst there, she dated director and fellow alumnus Danny Boyle. She has had what some consider to be a turbulent personal life, but currently is in a strong relationship with a younger man named Michael. In 2006, she received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Wolverhampton.

Recent career


With Pet Shop Boys, she starred in their musical Closer to Heaven in 2001 as well as guest singer for the song "Friendly Fire" on their 2006 live concert at the Mermaid Theatre. She also appeared alongside Ian McKellen and Roger Allam in the Old Vic's pantomime production of Aladdin over the 2005-6 Christmas season. She again starred with Ian McKellen in 2007 playing Goneril in Trevor Nunn's production of King Lear and as Arkadina in Chekhov's The Seagull with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avonmarker followed by a world tour throughout the year. They again performed the two plays in repertory at the New London Theatremarker on Drury Lanemarker, opening in November 2007 and closing mid-January 2008. She appeared in Madame de Sade opposite Judi Dench and Rosamund Pike at the Wyndham's Theatremarker, and will soon be appearing opposite Niall Buggy in Brian Friel's Afterplay, in a celebration of the author's work.


Barber is a regular face on British television; she recently guest starred in the Spring 2007 season of the BBCs Hustle, reprised her role as Goneril in the 2008 TV film of King Lear. In 2008, she appeared as Mrs Prentice in the BBC sitcom Beautiful People and Nancy in Casualty.

Theatre career

Select filmography


  1. Bangor Professor remembers ex student Danny Boyle
  2. British Theatre Guide - RSC Double Press

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