Barry Humphries Biography
(Actor, Author and Comedian Best Known for His Character ‘Dame Edna Everage’ on TV Show)
Birthday: February 17, 1934 (Aquarius)
Born In: Kew, Australia
John Barry Humphries is a distinguished Australian theatre personality and comedian best known for his characterisations like ‘Dame Edna Everage’ and ‘Sir Les Patterson’. A multi-talented personality, he is an actor, comedian, satirist, author, script writer, landscape painter and film producer. For close to five decades, he has been successfully working in stage productions including one-man shows, television shows and films. His portrayal of Edna, a dowdy Australian housewife, for around fifty years has brought him international fame and stardom. Humphries began his acting career as a stage artist and with time emerged as a star of the West End musical theatre, London. He made his film debut with a cameo in ‘Bedazzled’ a hit film of 1967 and went on to play several other supporting and cameo roles. A prolific writer, Humphries has penned down novels, autobiographies, treatise, scripts and plays. In 1993 he earned the ‘J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography’ for ‘More Please’, his first autobiographical work. He received several awards including ‘British Comedy Awards’ (1999) and ‘Tony Award’ (2000). He was honoured as ‘Officer of the Order of Australia’ (‘AO’) in 1982 and ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)’ in 2007.