Barry Jackson Biography
Barry Jackson was an English film and television actor who portrayed Dr. George Bullard in the popular British crime drama Midsomer Murders.
Barry Jackson Age
He was born on 29 March 1938 in Birmingham, United Kingdom, and died on 5 December 2013 in London, United Kingdom from undisclosed causes . He was 75 years old when he died.
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Barry Jackson Family
His father worked as a metal pattern-maker for the British Motor Corporation at Longbridge. No more information regarding his family.
Barry Jackson Wife | Denise Jackson
Jackson is survived by his third wife, Denise Jackson and six children.
Barry Jackson Children
He is survived by his six children, Aubrey, Kate, Anna, Lucy, Kirsten and Andy.
Barry Jackson Career
His film career included Ryan’s Daughter, Barry Lyndon, Aces High, Raging Moon, Mr. Love, and Wimbledon. His television credits included: A for Andromeda, Janus’ Mask, Adam Adamant Lives! Doctor Who, Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, Doomwatch, Poldark, Oil Strike North, New Avengers, Secret Army, Blake’s 7.
The Professionals, Coronation Street, Door Enemy, All Creatures Great and Small, Minder, Bergerac, Lovejoy, Casualty, Peak Practice, Silent Witness, Kavanagh QC, The Bill, A Touch of Frost, Holby City, Heartbeat and Midsomer Murders.
He appeared in Doctor Who in the original run of the show, including the stories The Romans and in the episode Mission to the Unknown, which served as a prelude to the epic master plan of The Daleks. Jackson also played “Drax,” the Doctor’s school chum, in The Armageddon Factor’s Fourth Doctor Story.
Barry Jackson Movies And Tv Shows
The Wedding Video
The Fourth Angel
The Shooting Party
The Sailor’s Return
Second at the final duel
Diamonds on Wheels
The Raging Moon
Alfred the Great
The Bofors Gun
Barry Jackson Midsomer Murders
He played the role of Anthony Hayward.
Barry Jackson Interview
Now I’VE been Midsomer Murdered! Killed off after 14 years, Midsomer’s pathologist Barry Jackson reveals all…
29 July 2011
He’s played Midsomer village’s veteran pathologist George Bullard since the very first pilot show in 1997, but now Barry Jackson has witnessed his last implausibly murdered corpse.
When the show returns in the autumn, there will be a new forensic scientist in the shape of actress Tamzin Malleson, real-life partner of Keith Allen (Lily’s dad). Saddened though he is, it means Barry, 73, can finally get a few things off his chest.
For starters, he’s no fan of the revamped, saucier Midsomer. Neil Dudgeon’s John Barnaby, who recently replaced John Nettles, clearly has a healthy sex life with his headmistress wife, Sarah (Fiona Dolman) – in one episode we saw him race to the bedroom to christen the newly delivered double bed.
Viewers have also been treated to the sight of Barnaby’s sidekick, DS Ben Jones (Jason Hughes), butt-naked in the shower. It wouldn’t have happened in Nettles’ day. ‘I imagine decisions like that have come from on high,’ says Barry.
‘I do worry this new licence to spice things up might alienate the heartland audience. Midsomer has always evoked a kind of Agatha Christie world that probably never existed. Will people who faithfully tuned in to watch the beautiful countryside and gracious houses really appreciate a new, sexed-up style? I may be wrong but I would have thought that they change that at their peril. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’
In fact, when you dig a little deeper, it’s clear this silver-haired, twinkly-eyed old pro has a few bugbears. ‘Originally, George was more of the local GP,’ he recalls. ‘But, as programmes likeCSI came along, he developed into a pathologist. I started wearing rubber gloves and what I called my Babygro, a protective nylon boiler-suit.
‘I’d turn up to shoot a scene and have little more to say than, “He died at midnight”. I’d have enjoyed getting into the pathological detail. I was always interested in what I had to do, but I would have loved to have been given more. If you’ve been waiting around for a month and then you go in for two days’ filming, it can be a bit disheartening.
‘On the other hand, it meant I was free to accept other work. On one occasion, though, I had to turn down an episode because I was touring in a Pinter play. The producers didn’t take kindly to that. They wrote me out for a year and got in another actor to play the pathologist. A bit petty, I thought.’
But there were good times, too. ‘I’d bend the ear of producer Betty Willingale and I’d be given a reasonable amount of lines. They also assigned me a wife [actress Alwyne Taylor] for a couple of episodes. They even gave my character a house in France and grandchildren.’
The announcement by John Nettles in 2009 that he was going to hang up his hat as Tom Barnaby hit Barry hard. ‘John is the perfect person to have as a leading actor in a company,’ he says. ‘He was carrying the whole show and yet he had time for everyone. In all those years, I never heard a grumpy word from him. So yes, I had a bit of a wobble at the prospect of his departure. In fact, I told producer Brian True-May that, if they didn’t give Bullard a bit more to do, I’d be going, too.’
Nettles’ successor turned out to be Neil Dudgeon, an actor Barry had worked with before. ‘Brian said to me, “Oh, please do Neil’s first four episodes, just to help break him in.” So I agreed. We all owe Brian a tremendous debt. He took Midsomer and made it grow and grow. Apart from raising all the money needed – and each episode costs well over a million pounds to make – he was very specific about keeping it true to what its audience expected. There was to be nothing smutty, no bed-hopping, and so on.’
It was True-May, of course, who provoked a storm earlier this year when he said Midsomer was a whites-only preserve. Barry Jackson has some sympathy with this. ‘Brian had a conception of a certain kind of English village life and I don’t find that in any way insulting. We might have seen the people who ran the local Indian or Chinese takeaway but, if it’s not written into the story, those characters won’t appear. And to start introducing ethnic minorities now would look like tokenism.
‘Midsomer has never exactly been reflective of real life. It’s terribly white, middle-class. It is what it is. So I was saddened ITV didn’t stand by Brian more robustly, after all he’s done for them.’ True-May produced four more episodes, to be shown in the autumn, before quietly stepping down.
In a long career that has encompassed more than 200 TV appearances and a turn in the Oscar-winning film, Ryan’s Daughter, Barry acknowledges that it’s probably for Midsomer that he’ll be best remembered. He certainly took the role seriously. In the Sixties, alongside his acting work, he was a fight arranger. ‘It meant I was knowledgeable about how people would look when they were damaged. I worked closely with Midsomer’s make-up department to make wounds or corpses look as realistic as possible.’
So which was his favourite murder? He smiles. ‘No contest. Oliver Ford Davies pinned to his lawn by croquet hoops and eventually done to death by a succession of his best wine bottles being aimed at him, courtesy of a Roman catapult. “No, not the Montrachet,” he cried. “Not the Châteauneuf!” ’
It’s the end of an era for Barry, yet he professes not to mind being replaced. ‘I certainly didn’t pick up the phone to Brian and plead my case. I do have my pride.’ Will he be watching the programme when it comes back? ‘I don’t think I’ll be able to resist the temptation to see how the new pathologist is getting on. It’ll be a bit strange, but I wish her well. But yes, my door is always open if they’d like to get in touch. You never know.’