Barry Quin
Barry Quin

1949 (age 72–73)
Years active1972–89; 1992–present
(m. 1979; div. 1989)

Barry Quin (born 1949) credited also as Barry Quinn, is a British-Australian actor and briefly producer who has appeared on stage and television and film, on the small screen he has featured in numerous TV series and mini-series, but he is best known for his role as an original cast member of TV series Prisoner playing Dr. Greg Miller. He was married to his Prisoner co-star Peta Toppano during the early 1980s, but they divorced after ten years; he has since remarried.


A graduate of the Central Drama School in London, Quin was primarily a stage actor in his early career. After a small role in the British television series Just William in 1977, he had bit parts on UK sitcom Two's Company and US drama series Charlie's Angels.

He was touring Australia as part of a stage production of Othello when he met his future wife Peta Toppano. While auditioning for Prisoner, Toppano suggested Quin for the role of Greg Miller when she learned the producer was looking for an actor to play a young prison doctor. Both their characters were introduced with the storyline of the two having had a prior relationship as old college sweethearts. Shortly after the series debuted, they were married in April 1979.[1] The two remained on the series until the end of the 1979 season, when they were written out for their characters too, to be married.

In 1980, he would star in the television miniseries Lucinda Brayford co-starring Wendy Hughes and Sam Neill and, the following year, in Sara Dane. He appeared in a number of television series including M.P.S.I.B. and Carson's Law. Although having minor roles in I Can't Get Started and Departure, he had moderate success as Lt. Zachariah Hicks in the 1987 television miniseries Captain James Cook followed by Emma: Queen of the South Seas (1987) and Cappuccino (1989) in which he was also credited as an associate producer.

After Darlings of the Gods (1989), Quin took a leave of absence from acting coinciding with his divorce from Peta Toppano. He returned to acting three years later with a guest appearance on Police Rescue and Mission Top Secret. Before long, he began playing recurring characters on Big Sky and Mirror, Mirror II. He also made guest appearances on Murder Call, Water Rats, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, The Secret Life of Us, Love My Way and All Saints.

In April 2002, he also returned to the stage performing as Gordon in David Williamson's Soulmates at the Sydney Opera House. After a cameo appearance as a news anchorman in Superman Returns (2006), Quin made several appearances as Geoff Olivetti in Home and Away between 2006 and 2009.

Barry also played the character Professor Sorvad in the 2011 Australian comedy movie Dealing with Destiny.

He also played 'Phil' in two episodes of the YouTube web series The Horizon in 2013.[2]


Production Year Role
Kate (TV series) 1972 Tony Graham (9 episodes)
Harriet's Back in Town (TV series) 1973 Tarquin Melville
Crime of Passion (TV series) 1973 Marcel Verenne
Ten from the Twenties (TV series) 1975 Hugh Garthorne
Just William (TV series) 1977 Ward Hadlow
Jubilee (TV series) 1977 Francis Considine
No Appointment Necessary 1977 Nicholas Hodgekiss
Two's Company (TV series) 1978 Greg
Charlie's Angels (TV series) 1978 Ed Jarvis
Salvage 1 (TV series) 1979 Engineer
Skyways (TV series) 1979 Jeremy Drake
Prisoner (TV series) 1979-1980 Dr. Greg Miller
Lucinda Brayford (TV mini-series) 1980 Hugo Brayford
Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (TV mini-series) 1981 Messenger
Sara Dane (TV mini-series) 1982 Richard Barwell
Carson's Law (TV series) 1983
M.P.S.I.B (TV series) 1982-1983 S.C. Gary Manore
I Can't Get Started 1985 John
Departure (Film) 1986 Jack
Australians (TV series) 1988 Private Kingsley
Captain James Cook (TV mini-series) 1988 Lt. Hicks
Emma: Queen of the High Sea's 1988 The Hon. W.H. Lyttelton
Darlings of the God ((TV movie) 1989 Dan Cunningham
Cappuccino (film) 1989 Larry
Police Rescue (TV series) 1992 Mr. Scanlon
Corrupt Justice (TV movie) 1993 Julian Roberts
G.P. (TV series) 1995 David Harding
Mirror, Mirror (TV series) 1995 Gervaise de Luttrelle
Mission Top Secret (TV series) 1995 Thornton
Big Sky (TV series) 1997 Simon Kroger
Murder Call (TV series) 1998 Dr. Charles Stark
Water Rats (TV series) 1997-2001 Raffe Johanssen (1997) - David Faraday (2001)
Ihaka: Blunt Instrument (TV movie 2001 Andrew
The Lost World (TV series) 2002 Lionel Huxley
Subterano 2003
Jessica (TV movie) 2004 McDonald
The Secret Life off Us (TV series) 2005 Hunter Davies
Love my Way (TV series) 2006 Derek
Superman Returns 2006 News Anchor #5
Disgrace 2008 Desmond Swarts
All Saints (TV series) 2002-2009 Dr. Simon Byrne - Andys Father
Home and Away (TV series) 2000-2009 Dr Phillip Grigg (as Barry Quinn - Dr. Geoff Olivetti
The Horizon (TV series) 2009 Phil
Rake (TV series) 2010 Dalton
Dealing with Destiny 2011 Professor Sovad
Battle Ground 2013 Dr. Bennett
John Doe: Vigilante 2014 Dr Keith Simms
Dance Academy: The Movie 2017 Competition Judge
2.22 2017 Samuel Keifer
A Place to Call Home (TV series) 2017 Neil O'Sullivan
Skinford: Chapter Two 2018 The Tailor


  1. ^ Kingsley, Hillary (January 2000). "Prisoner Press Clippings – 'Prisoner'". Wentworth Web: an Unofficial Prisoner Cell Block H website. Archived from the original on 1 October 2005.
  2. ^ "Two Sleeps Until The Horizon". 30 October 2013. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.