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Barry Humphries AO, CBE

Broadcaster, Comedian, Actor, Writer
17 February 1934 to 22 April 2023

An Australian comedian, actor, writer and broadcaster, who was BAFTA nominated four times between 1981 and 1990 for his portrayal of superstar housewife Dame Edna Everage. She was just one of Barry Humphries’ many comic creations, which also included professional drunk Sir Les Patterson, who headlined his own film, Sir Les Patterson Saves the World (1987). Based in the UK from the 1960s, Humphries slowly built his career and became a staple on British television over the following decades through the likes of Barry Humphries’ Scandals (1970), The Barry Humphries Show (1976-1977) and The Dame Edna Experience (1987-1989). Humphries also carved out a successful acting career, featuring in the likes of Bedazzled (1967), Immortal Beloved (1994), Spice World (1997), Ally McBeal (2001-2002), Finding Nemo (2003) and the Absolutely Fabulous movie (2016). He was appointed AO in 1982 and CBE in 2007.

Read Barry Humphries' Guardian obituary

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Read Barry Humphries' New York Times obituary

Read The Sydney Morning Herald on Barry Humphries