Tim Barlow

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Tim Barlow
Born(1936-01-18)18 January 1936
Died20 January 2023 (aged 87)
Years active1954–2023

Michael John Leigh Barlow (18 January 1936 – 20 January 2023) was an English actor who performed many small roles in a variety of films, television programmes, and plays, under the stage name Tim Barlow or Timothy Barlow.


Life and career

Barlow was born 18 January 1936. [1] His father, a solicitor, died when he was five years old. Barlow was raised by his mother. After graduating from school at the age of 18, he entered the British Army, and spent 15 years in the military. [1]

Barlow left the army in 1969 to pursue a career in acting, receiving advice from Trevor Nunn and Sir Laurence Olivier. He wrote and performed a one-man show in which he described how he came to the decision to go into the acting profession. He previously had much success with another one man show entitled "My Army" in which he described his life in the British army in the 1960s. This toured for many years.

One of his most notable roles was playing Mr. Morrow, a blind man allergic to his guide dog in The Tall Guy alongside Jeff Goldblum. He played Tyssan in the Doctor Who serial Destiny of the Daleks . He also appeared on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and as the BFG at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, and on screen as Mr Treacher in Hot Fuzz . In 2007 he played an Ancient Blind Oracle in the HBO series Rome .

Barlow lost his hearing in the 1950s when testing a high velocity Muzzle Rifle for the British Army, until 2008, when surgery to fit a cochlear implant allowed him to recover some of his hearing. [2] His experience of having the cochlear implant fitted was detailed in an episode of BBC Radio 4 programme It's My Story, called "Earfull - From Silence into Sound". [3]

In 2016 he performed in Him, an autobiographical work about memory, ageing and the art of theatre, created by theatre-maker Sheila Hill, with videographer Hugo Glendinning, and musician Sebastiano Dessanay. [4] [5]

Director Simon McBurney announced Barlow's death on 21 January 2023, at the age of 87. [6] He died on 20 January 2023 peacefully at home surrounded by love, according to his family. [7]

TV and films

1975 Brannigan Customs OfficerUncredited
1976 The Eagle Has Landed George Wilde (Publican)
1978 Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Doyle
1979 Doctor Who Tyssan4 episodes: Destiny of the Daleks
1979 Grange Hill Mr. StilesTV series; 2 episodes
1983 Privates on Parade Commanding Officer
1984 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Russian CountTV series; 1 episode
1989 The Tall Guy Mr. Morrow
1993 Anchoress Old Pilgrim
1993 Inside Victor Lewis-Smith Mr. Lobley
1996 Mary Reilly Vicar
1997 The Ugly Police Photographer
1998 Les Misérables Lafitte
1998 Cousin Bette De Forzheim
1999A Kind of HushMax
1999 Tube Tales Elderly DrunkSegment: "Steal Away"
2000 The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz Mr. Browne
2001 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Doctor
2001 The Emperor's New Clothes Bargee
2004 The Rocket Post Hector McDougal
2004 Teeth ErnieShort
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Old GuardDirector's cut
2005Lie StillMan in Pub
2007 Rome Ancient Blind OracleTV series; 1 episode
2007 Hot Fuzz Mr. Treacher
2008 10,000 BC The Pyramid God
2008Lezione 21Simrock
2012 Cockneys vs Zombies Samurai Head Slice Zombie
2013 The Christmas Candle Oliver Barber
2014 Autómata Organizer
2012–2014 Derek JackTV series; 14 episodes
2016 Sherlock WilderTV series; 1 episode
2017 My Cousin Rachel Seecombe
2018 The Alienist Mr KreizlerTV series; 1 episode

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  1. 1 2 Barlow, Tim (26 October 2008). "Unheard Voices: Interviews With Deafened People: Tim Barlow" (PDF). Hearing Link (British Library ref. C1345/05). Interviewed by Pam Blackman. British Library. p. 1. Retrieved 22 January 2023.
  2. Destiny of the Daleks audio commentary
  3. BBC Radio 4. "Earfull - From Silence into Sound", BBC Radio 4 27 November 2008
  4. Billen, Andrew (5 September 2016). "'Laurence Olivier told me that I could become an actor — and that his hearing was going too'". The Times. ISSN   0140-0460 . Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  5. Gardner, Lyn (17 October 2016). "Plan your week's theatre: top tickets". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. Simon McBurney [@SimonMcBurney] (21 January 2023). "'And now the great Tim Barlow has left us. '" (Tweet). Retrieved 21 January 2023 via Twitter.
  7. Sand, Jonas (23 January 2023). "Roller på stribe: Tim Barlow er død". Ekstra Bladet (in Danish). Retrieved 25 January 2023.