Tony Barry – Bio
Tony Barry is an award winning and highly-respected actor and voice artist. Having played both leading and character roles in over 55 feature films and 45 television series and theatre (in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Korea and Japan), Tony is most well-known for his award-winning performance in Gaylene Preston’s film memoir, Home By Christmas, in which Tony won Best Lead Actor at the QANTAS New Zealand Film and Television Awards in 2010. Other notable roles include those in Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, The Time of Our Lives: both seasons (first season with two legs and the second with one!), Mystery Road, Hell Has Harbour Views,(Best Supporting Actor nomination), Infamous Victory: Ben Chifley’s Battle for Coal, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, Road to Nhill, I Can Jump Puddles, (Best Actor nomination), The Night We Called It A Day, multi award-winning Korean film Lady Vengeance, and Tony’s PENGUIN Award-winning performance in the ABC’s Scales of Justice: a 1983 dramatic television mini-series that initiated the Fitzgerald Royal Commission into Queensland Police Corruption and brought down the Joh Bjelke-Petersen Government.
Such a diverse and successful acting career is equally matched by Tony’s contribution to both the local community (awarded The 2017 ECHO’s "True Believers" award for Community Activism and the Arts), and his continual activism in matters pertaining to indigenous rights, the environment, conservation, and politics. Tony has also worked to educate, motivate, and inspire confidence in a wide range of students in schools, correctional centres, Queensland Police, indigenous groups, recovering drug and alcohol groups, to TAFE and filmmaking classes. Tony is considered a natural teacher with a unique energy and technique, who has not only empowered countless students over the course of his career, but continues to believe in the need to empower youth to have their say in the future direction of our planet. This is the foundation of YEP.