Eric Barker

1912 - 1990

Carry On Films: 5

Born in 1912, Eric Barker enjoyed considerable success as one of the best known faces (and, in the case of radio, voices) in British comedy. Described as a thinking man's comedian, Barker was moderately successful during his early years, but didn't really find true success until he was in his mid-40s.

As with many comedians of his era, his first taste of real success came during the war years, when Barker was involved in the forces radio show, Merry Go Round. This show was later to go on to spawn the immortal Much Binding in the Marsh. Barker's segment of Merry Go Round, entitled HMS Waterlogged, continued after the war as The Waterlogged Spa, and starred his wife Pearl Hackney. The Waterlogged Spa was followed by a string of other popular shows, including Barker's Folly and Just Fancy.

In the mid 1950s, Barker moved into feature films, starring in such classics as the St Trinians films and, of course, the Carry On series. He was perhaps ideal for a place in the Carry On team, his typecasting as an interfering busybody in films of the time made him the perfect foil for the rest of the gang. As a result, he was continually on the brunt of the antics of the likes of Williams, Hawtrey and Connor.



* Carry On London (1936)
* West End Frolics (1937)
* On Velvet (1938)
* Brothers in Law (1956)
* Happy is the Bride (1957)
* Blue Murder at St Trinians (1958)
* Carry On Sergeant (1958)
* A Clean Sweep (1958)
* Bachelor of Hearts (1958)
* Left, Right and Centre (1959)
* Carry On Constable (1960)
* Dentist in the Chair (1960)
* Watch Your Stern (1960)
* The Pure Hell of St Trinians (1960)
* Dentist on the Job (1961)
* Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961)
* Raising the Wind (1961)
* On the Fiddle (1961)
* Carry On Cruising (1962)
* The Fast Lady (1962)
* On the Beat (1962)
* The Mouse on the Moon (1963)
* Heavens Above! (1963)
* Father Came Too (1963)
* The Bargee (1964)
* Carry On Spying (1964)
* Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965)
* Three Hats for Lisa (1965)
* Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965)
* Doctor in Clover (1966)
* The Great St Trinians' Train Robbery (1966)
* Maroc 7 (1966)
* Twinky (1969)
* There's a girl in my Soup (1970)
* Cool it Carol! (1970)
* That's your Funeral (1972)
* The Chiffy Kids (1978) - TV
* Carry On Emmannuelle (1978)