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Michael Barrington (1924–1988)


Michael Barrington (3 July 1924 - 5 June 1988) was a British actor best known for his television work. His best remembered role is as the ineffectual Governor Venables in the popular sitcom Porridge which featured Ronnie Barker in the lead role. Born in Middlesex, England, both his parents died when he was 16. His plans to train as a veterinarian ... See full bio »

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Known For

Porridge
Porridge Governor Venables
(1974-1977)
I Promised to Pay
(1961)
Doctor Who
Doctor Who Sir Colin Thackeray
(1976)
The Jazz Age
The Jazz Age Colonel Feddon
(1968)

Filmography

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 1987-1988 Emu's Wide World (TV Series)
Prince Poorly
- Episode #3.13 (1988) ... Prince Poorly
- Episode #3.12 (1988) ... Prince Poorly
- Episode #3.11 (1988) ... Prince Poorly
- Episode #3.4 (1988) ... Prince Poorly
- Episode #3.3 (1988) ... Prince Poorly
 1984-1986 Emu's All Live Pink Windmill Show (TV Series)
Prince Poorly
- Episode #3.10 (1986) ... Prince Poorly
- Episode #3.6 (1986) ... Prince Poorly
- Episode #3.5 (1986) ... Prince Poorly
- Episode #2.1 (1985) ... Prince Poorly
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Prince Poorly (uncredited)
 1983 Number 10 (TV Mini-Series)
William Huskisson
- The Iron Duke (1983) ... William Huskisson
 1982 The Chinese Detective (TV Series)
Chief Supt. Nuttall
- Oblomov (1982) ... Chief Supt. Nuttall
 1981-1982 Janet and Company (TV Series)
- Episode #2.2 (1982)
- Episode #1.3 (1981)
 1981 Private Schulz (TV Series)
Sam Maynard
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Sam Maynard
 1980 Can We Get on Now, Please? (TV Series)
Benjamin Skinner JP
- Trial by Television (1980) ... Benjamin Skinner JP
- Variations in Two Flats (1980) ... Benjamin Skinner JP
- What's Your Medicine? (1980) ... Benjamin Skinner JP
- The Underdog (1980) ... Benjamin Skinner JP
- Pettigrew's Last Stand (1980) ... Benjamin Skinner JP
 1980 Cribb (TV Series)
Professor Quayle
- A Case of Spirits (1980) ... Professor Quayle
 1973-1979 Play for Today (TV Series)
John Dunkerley / Bolton
- The Network (1979) ... John Dunkerley
- Song at Twilight (1973) ... Bolton
 1979 Love Among the Artists (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Sutherland
- Education and Achievement (1979) ... Mr. Sutherland
- Excursions and Explosions (1979) ... Mr. Sutherland
 1979 Atom Spies (TV Movie)
Gerald Gardiner
 1978 Betzi (TV Movie)
Sir George Cockburn
 1978 The Stud
Vicar (uncredited)
 1977 Cross Now (TV Movie)
Bromley
 1977 Peter Voss, der Millionendieb (TV Series)
- Dritte Folge (1977)
 1974-1977 Porridge (TV Series)
Governor Venables
- Pardon Me (1977) ... Governor Venables
- Poetic Justice (1977) ... Governor Venables
- The Desperate Hours (1976) ... Governor Venables
- No Peace for the Wicked (1975) ... Governor Venables
- Disturbing the Peace (1975) ... Governor Venables
 1976 The New Avengers (TV Series)
General Stevens
- Dirtier by the Dozen (1976) ... General Stevens
 1976 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Mr. Erskine
- The Picture of Dorian Gray (1976) ... Mr. Erskine
 1976 Second Verdict (TV Series)
Solicitor General Godefroy
- The French Bluebeard (1976) ... Solicitor General Godefroy
 1976 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Sir Colin Thackeray
- The Seeds of Doom: Part Six (1976) ... Sir Colin Thackeray
- The Seeds of Doom: Part Five (1976) ... Sir Colin Thackeray
- The Seeds of Doom: Part Four (1976) ... Sir Colin Thackeray
- The Seeds of Doom: Part Three (1976) ... Sir Colin Thackeray
- The Seeds of Doom: Part One (1976) ... Sir Colin Thackeray
 1975 Centre Play (TV Series)
Reg
- Brent Geese (1975) ... Reg
 1975 Raffles (TV Series)
Earl of Milchester
- The Amateur Cracksman (1975) ... Earl of Milchester
 1975 Raffles (TV Movie)
Earl of Milchester
 1975 Churchill's People (TV Series)
General Barker
- Mother India (1975) ... General Barker
 1962-1975 Z Cars (TV Series)
Daniel Bristow / Mr. Easton / Mr. Tansfield / ...
- A New Broom (1975) ... Mr. Easton
- Carbon Copy: Part 2 (1969) ... Daniel Bristow
- Carbon Copy: Part 1 (1969) ... Daniel Bristow
- Happy-Go-Lucky (1964) ... Mr. Tansfield
- Information Received (1962) ... Mr. Heseltine
 1975 Edward the King (TV Series)
Sir Robert Peel
- The Boy (1975) ... Sir Robert Peel
 1974 South Riding (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Fretton
- Beggars and Choosers (1974) ... Mr. Fretton
 1974 The Fortunes of Nigel (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Mungo Malagrowther
- Part 5 (1974) ... Sir Mungo Malagrowther
- Part 4 (1974) ... Sir Mungo Malagrowther
- Part 2 (1974) ... Sir Mungo Malagrowther
- Part 1 (1974) ... Sir Mungo Malagrowther
 1972 Thirty Minutes Worth (TV Series)
- Episode #1.7 (1972)
 1972 The Edwardians (TV Mini-Series)
Melvyn Hayes
- Horatio Bottomley (1972) ... Melvyn Hayes
 1972 Freewheelers (TV Series)
General Grant
- Helga: Part 1 (1972) ... General Grant
- The War Game (1972) ... General Grant
- The Knot (1972) ... General Grant
- Vertigo! (1972) ... General Grant
- Framed! (1972) ... General Grant
 1972 The Public Eye
Mr. Scrampton
 1972 Six Days of Justice (TV Series)
James Curtis
- With Intent to Deceive (1972) ... James Curtis
 1971 Mogul (TV Series)
John Morden Cross
- It's Thumbs Down for You Pizarro! (1971) ... John Morden Cross
 1970 For the Love of Ada (TV Series)
Mr. Jarvis
- Wedding Plans (1970) ... Mr. Jarvis
 1970 Hark at Barker (TV Series)
Director
- Rustless on Cooking (1970) ... Director
 1969 Department S (TV Series)
Heppel
- Death on Reflection (1969) ... Heppel
 1969 The Gold Robbers (TV Mini-Series)
Ashe, Private Secretary
- The Great Bullion Robbery (1969) ... Ashe, Private Secretary
 1969 The Champions (TV Series)
Manager
- Nutcracker (1969) ... Manager
 1969 Her Majesty's Pleasure (TV Series)
Governor
- The Woman's Touch (1969) ... Governor
- Tea for Two Hundred (1969) ... Governor
- This Can't Be Love (1969) ... Governor
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Mannard
- Camille 68 (1968) ... Dr. Mannard
 1968 The Jazz Age (TV Series)
Colonel Feddon
- Lonely Road (1968) ... Colonel Feddon
 1968 Public Eye (TV Series)
Lawrence Friend
- It's Learning About the Lies That Hurts (1968) ... Lawrence Friend
 1968 Up the Junction
Barrister
 1967 The Gamblers (TV Series)
John Kay
- Tycoon of the Year (1967) ... John Kay
 1967 The Revenue Men (TV Series)
Robert Quest
- Conflict of Interests (1967) ... Robert Quest
 1967 Haunted (TV Series)
Professor Gordon
- After the Funeral (1967) ... Professor Gordon
- I Like It Here (1967) ... Professor Gordon
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
- London Assurance (1967)
 1967 Mr. Rose (TV Series)
Clulow
- The Good Loser (1967) ... Clulow
 1967 Privilege
The Bishop of Essex
 1966 Intrigue (TV Series)
Sir Toby Fowler
- That's What's Pushing the Price Up (1966) ... Sir Toby Fowler
 1966 Adam Adamant Lives! (TV Series)
Armitage
- Ticket to Terror (1966) ... Armitage
 1966 You Can't Win (TV Series)
Roland Bolshaw
- Goodbye Myrtle Goodbye (1966) ... Roland Bolshaw
- In at the Deep End (1966) ... Roland Bolshaw
- Who's for America? (1966) ... Roland Bolshaw
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Prosecuting counsel
- A Man Like That (1966) ... Prosecuting counsel
 1966 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Mr. Hibbert
- Episode #1.888 (1966) ... Mr. Hibbert
 1966 The World of Wooster (TV Series)
Policeman
- Jeeves and the Change of Mind (1966) ... Policeman
 1961-1965 The Avengers (TV Series)
Norman Todhunter / Head waiter
- Dial a Deadly Number (1965) ... Norman Todhunter (uncredited)
- The Yellow Needle (1961) ... Head waiter
 1965 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Harry Cartwright / Reverend Cobbold
- A Little Temptation (1965) ... Harry Cartwright
- Dan, Dan, the Charity Man (1965) ... Reverend Cobbold
 1960-1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Fabricio / Shoe Shop Manager / Cutworth
- Women Beware Women (1965) ... Fabricio
- The Gentle Assassin (1962) ... Shoe Shop Manager
- The Accomplices (1960) ... Cutworth
 1965 The Plane Makers (TV Series)
Finch
- A Hoopla of Haloes (1965) ... Finch
 1964 The Villains (TV Series)
Irving / Harry Stamp
- Big Fleas Have Little Fleas (1964) ... Irving
- Network (1964) ... Harry Stamp
 1964 Sergeant Cork (TV Series)
Dilthorne
- The Case of the Penny Plains (1964) ... Dilthorne
 1964 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Gus Kingshott
- The Witness (1964) ... Gus Kingshott
- The Fire Raiser (1964) ... Gus Kingshott
 1963 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Edgar Nuttall
- Episode #1.317 (1963) ... Edgar Nuttall
 1963 Maupassant (TV Series)
Rivet
- Bachelors (1963) ... Rivet
 1963 The Victorians (TV Mini-Series)
Geoffrey Wedderburn / Sam Baxter / Mr. Potter / ...
- Sweet Lavender (1963) ... Geoffrey Wedderburn
- The Silver King (1963) ... Sam Baxter
- Still Waters Run Deep (1963) ... Mr. Potter
- Two Roses (1963) ... Mr. Furnival
- The Ticket-of-Leave Man (1963) ... Mr. Gibson
 1963 The Odd Man (TV Series)
Captain Burgon
- The Betrayal of Ambrose Fleech (1963) ... Captain Burgon
 1962 The Dark Island (TV Series)
Doctor Glenville
- Episode #1.6 (1962) ... Doctor Glenville
- Episode #1.5 (1962) ... Doctor Glenville
- Episode #1.4 (1962) ... Doctor Glenville
 1961 Follow That Man
Hotel manager
 1961 Maigret (TV Series)
Monsieur Saint-Marc
- Shadow Play (1961) ... Monsieur Saint-Marc
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Rowson
- A Call on Kuprin: Part 1 (1961) ... Rowson
 1961 The Hellfire Club
Footman (uncredited)
 1961 I Promised to Pay
Hay
 1960 Bootsie and Snudge (TV Series)
Policeman
 1960 On Trial (TV Series)
Usher
- Horatio Bottomley, MP (1960) ... Usher
 1960 Skyport (TV Series)
Passport officer
- Episode #1.45 (1960) ... Passport officer
 1957 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Emile
- Flight from France (1957) ... Emile
 1956 Story Conference (TV Short)
Young man
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Joe Orton's play, "What the Butler Saw," at the Teatr Y Werin in Aberystwyth, Wales in an Oxford Playhouse Company production with William Russell and Pauline Yates in the cast.
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Trivia:

Son of George Frederick Barrington (born 1885) and Nellie Barrington (born Nellie Perkins) who married in 1914. See more »

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