Barry John Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 78 Years Marital Status: Unmarried Education: Graduated

Profession(s) • Director
• Actor
• Writer
• Teacher
Known as Director and teacher of many famous Bollywood actors [1]Barry John Acting Studio
Physical Stats & More
Eye Colour True Grey
Hair Colour Grey
Founder of • ‘Theatre Action Group’ (1973) [2]Barry John Acting Studio
• ‘Imago School of Acting’ (1997) [3]Barry John Acting Studio – renamed as ‘Barry John Acting Studio’ [4]Barry John Acting Studio
• ‘The Free Birds Collective’ [5]The Free Birds Collective
Awards, Honours 1993: Sangeet Natak Academi Award for Theatre Direction

2020: META 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award
Delhi Natya Sangh [6]The Free Birds Collective – YouTube
Sahitya Kala Parishad Award [7]The Free Birds Collective – YouTube

Personal Life
Date of Birth 2 February 1944 (Wednesday) [8]Manoj Bajpayee – Twitter
Age (as of 2022) 78 Years
Birthplace West Midlands (County), England [9]The Free Birds Collective – YouTube
Zodiac sign Aquarius
Nationality British-Indian [10]Hindustan Times
School Coundon Junior School, United Kingdom [11]Barry John – LinkedIn
College/University The University of Leeds, England [12]The Times of India
Educational Qualification Graduated [13]The Times of India
Relationships & More
Marital Status Unmarried
Wife/Spouse N/A
Parents Father– An engineer [14]The Times of India
Mother– Homemaker [15]The Times of India
Siblings Brother– None
Sister– Christine John [16]The Times of India


Some Lesser Known Facts About Barry John

  • Barry John is a British-Indian theatre director, actor, teacher, and writer. He is also a founder of some of the famed drama companies, and groups.
  • While pursuing theatre studies in the evenings, Barry John used to sell newspapers; [17]The Times of India Barry was younger than the age of 12 at that time. [18]The Times of India
  • In an interview, Barry revealed that during the retro era of classical music, he was so fascinated by India’s classical music and culture that he studied Upanishads, [19]The Times of India the collection of one of four genres of texts that together constitute each of the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism.
  • According to Barry, while he was a student in college, he used to spend his vacations working as a labourer at a construction site at ‘Wimpy”s,’ where he used to prepare hamburgers, and at a steel factory, where he made meshes. [20]The Times of India Barry added that he never wanted to bother his parents for money and that’s why he tried to finance his studies, and other expenses all by himself. [21]The Times of India
  • While talking about his attraction toward Indian culture, Barry revealed that his first play in college was ‘Kalidas’ and the group used guitars instead of tablas. [22]The Times of India Barry said,
    In fact, my first play in college was Kalidasa, for which we used guitars instead of tablas! In 1968, Pandit Ravi Shankar staged a concert at the Coventry Cathedral. I landed up in a kurta, with beads around my neck and long hair. The concert was mind-blowing.” [23]The Times of India
  • Later, Barry spotted an advertisement looking for a teacher to teach in Bangalore, India. [24]The Times of India Barry John joined the job with a salary of Rs 200 per month. [25] Barry John, 22, taught English literature, did some radio programmes, and performed in theatres in the evenings as a hobby. [25]The Times of India
  • According to Barry, he shifted to Delhi in 1970. [26]The Times of India In an interview, Barry John revealed that he went through really hard times in Delhi. According to him, he lived in an under-construction building when he joined the Yatrik theatre group which was the resident company at the building of the Shriram Center; however, John was thrown out by the members of Shriram after a dispute. [27]The Times of India
  • Reportedly, in 1973, Barry founded the ‘Theatre Action Group’ (TAG) which functioned till 1977. [28]The Times of India In the same year, he joined the National School of Drama, but he started working after three years. [29]The Times of India
  • In association with TAG, Barry set up the foundation of ‘Nukkar,’ a theatre project for street and working children. [30]The Free Birds Collection – YouTube
    Barry John (centre) with the members of the group ‘Nukkar’
  • In an interview, Barry revealed that he did not like politics in the film industry and that’s when he realised that films weren’t meant for him. [31]The Times of India According to Barry, he moved to Mumbai and worked in films like ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’ (1977) and ‘Kissa Kursi Ka’ (1978); however, Barry was never assigned a lead or primary role in any of the films. [32]The Times of India
  • Barry John has appeared in other films like ‘Gandhi’ (1982), ‘Massey Sahib’ (1985), ‘Miss Beatty’s Children’ (1992), ‘Shaheed Udham Singh’ (2000), ‘Tere Bin Laden’ (2010), ‘Chittagong’ (2012), ‘M Cream’ (2014), and many more.
    Barry John as Police Superintendent in the film ‘Gandhi’ (1982)
    Barry John (right) as Vishnu Das in ‘M Cream’ – A still from the film
  • According to Barry, he quit films and worked in theatres. [33]The Times of India While sharing one of the experiences from his performance in theatres, Barry revealed that he was once told by Feisal Alkazi, one of his friends, that his performance in a comic play was appreciated by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. [34]The Times of India Barry added,
    In one scene, I wore only underpants and, in other scene, I was dressed as a woman, complete with wig and make-up!” [35]The Times of India

  • Barry has worked in many theatre plays such as ‘Othello: A Play in Black and White,’ directed by Roysten Abel, an internationally acclaimed play that won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival. [36]Barry John Acting Studio
    Barry John (extreme left) in the play ‘Othello: A Play in Black and White’
  • Barry has directed and taught acting to many popular Bollywood actors like Anupam Kher, Pankaj Kapoor, Anu Kapoor, Surekha Sikri, Manoj Bajpayee, Shah Rukh Khan, and many more. [37]Barry John Acting Studio
    Picture of Manoj Bajpayee (left) with Barry John (right)
    In an interview, Barry told that he met Shah Rukh Khan for the first time while he was carrying out auditions at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi. [38]The Times of India According to John, Shah Rukh Khan was a dancer at that time. [39]The Times of India Barry suggested him to give the audition as he wanted to be a part of the actual event that was going to happen. [40]The Times of India Barry described Shah Rukh Khan as a confident, talkative, and fast learner person. [41]The Times of India
    Barry John (left) with Shah Rukh Khan (right) in an Indian talk show – ‘Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai’
  • In an interview, Barry revealed that he met a ten-year-old boy through the Salaam Baalak Trust while working at a theatre workshop for Mira Nair’s film ‘Salaam Bombay.’ Barry also added that he supported his studies as a result of which he became a graphic artist. [42]The Times of India Barry said,
    I found my son through Mira Nair: Mira is a friend. I held my first theatre workshop for her film Salaam Bombay. Subsequently, the Salaam Baalak Trust, which supports street children, was formed. Through this trust, I met my son, around 15 years ago. He was 10 then and wanted to study — I have supported his education through school and college. He is a graphic artist and, last year, expressed the desire to marry this girl. But he was turned down by her family members — they called him a street-urchin and the child of a single parent. Nobody bothers to appreciate the fact that he is a self-made boy with strong values.” [43]The Times of India
  • Through social media, Barry revealed that there was some kind of confusion about his name being used in the name of the BJAS, an acting studio founded as ‘Imago School of Acting’ in 1997; the ‘Imago School of Acting’ was renamed ‘Barry John Acting Studio’ after the company moved to Mumbai. Barry made it clear that he was no longer associated with that organisation. [44]The Free Birds Collective Making it clear that he was not in any sort of collaboration with BJAS, Barry said,
    There is some confusion about BJAS. My name is still being used and abused by certain people in another organisation called BJAS but I’ve no contact with them. I’ve resigned from that company for various reasons.” [45]The Free Birds Collective
  • After resigning from BJAS, Barry founded a performing arts school and named it ‘The Free Birds Collective.’ [46]The Free Birds Collective
  • Reportedly, Barry has contributed to the introduction of Drama and Theatre as subjects by framing the syllabus for the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). [47]Barry John Acting Studio
  • Barry John has worked as a writer by coming out with 178 drama exercises and games for actors merged in a handbook titled ‘Playing For Real: Using Drama in the Classroom.’
    Barry John’s handbook ‘Playing For Real Using Drama in the Classroom’
  • According to some sources, Barry John has bought a house in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India. [48]The Indian Express
    Barry John at his home in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
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↑8 Manoj Bajpayee – Twitter
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↑10 Hindustan Times
↑11 Barry John – LinkedIn
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↑48 The Indian Express