|Born||29 November 1965|
Maidstone, Kent, England
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
Shaun Williamson (born 29 November 1965) is an English actor, singer, author, quizzer and broadcaster. He is best known for his role as Barry Evans in EastEnders and as a satirical version of himself in the BBC/HBO sitcom Extras.
Williamson was born in Park Wood, Maidstone. He attend Holy Family RC Primary School, followed by St Simon Stock Catholic School where he frequently played truant. Following school he became a postman, but developed a drink problem, consuming 12 pints of beer a day by the time he was 18. He later said he joined the Royal Navy at that point "to break that cycle". He completed his training at HMS Raleigh. He intended to become a helicopter pilot but was rejected when it was discovered he was colour blind. He subsequently worked in various jobs such as a Bluecoat for Pontins, as a rep for Club 18-30 and one season at Camp America. Aged 26 he was working for Safeway when he decided to enlist at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Williamson is widely known for his portrayal of the foolish, hapless Barry Evans in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, a role that he played from 1994 to 2004. This was Williamson's second role in the soap; he previously had a brief role as a paramedic earlier in 1994. In 2009, he stated that he had no regrets about leaving the show.
Williamson was the subject of This Is Your Life in 2001 when he was surprised by Michael Aspel whilst working on the set of EastEnders. In 2004, Williamson appeared on and won an episode of Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes, impersonating the singer Meat Loaf. Williamson finished third in the 2007 series of Comic Relief does Fame Academy. Other television roles have included parts in the detective series Inspector Morse, the ITV drama London's Burning, the BBC sitcom Waiting for God, and the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant comedy Extras as a send-up of himself.
Williamson competed in Celebrity Big Brother 20, and became the eighth housemate to be evicted, on day 23. Most recently, in 2020, Williamson appeared as recurring character Chris Smith, future father-in-law to the titular character played by Spencer Jones in the BBC Two sitcom, Mister Winner. He reprised the role from the pilot which had previously been broadcast in 2017 on BBC One.
Stage roles have included Monty the DJ in the West End run and UK tour of Saturday Night Fever, and appearing at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre from December 2003 to January 2004 in a pantomime production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, alongside Toyah Willcox. In 2006 he starred in the pantomime Dick Whittington at The Playhouse in Weston-super-Mare. He returned to the Marlowe Theatre from December 2007 to January 2008, in Aladdin, alongside Stephen Mulhern. During 2008 he played Nathan Detroit in the touring production of Guys and Dolls, having already appeared in the part in the West End. In 2008–2009, he was again appearing in Aladdin, this time at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. In May 2006, Williamson played the lead in the play Road to Nirvana at The King's Head Theatre London and in October 2006, appeared in a sketch as part of the charity benefit The Secret Policeman's Ball which was staged at the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2009, Williamson toured the UK playing habitual criminal Norman Stanley Fletcher in a stage version of the classic TV comedy Porridge. The script had been newly written by the series' co-authors, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
In 2012, he toured in a stage revival of the Ealing Studios film The Ladykillers.
He also played the roles of Baron Bomburst and Lord Scrumptious in the UK tour production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
In 2018, Williamson wrote a BBC radio drama series titled Eden's End, set in the Kent hop picking season of 1939. The series starred Shane Taylor (Band of Brothers), Steve Nallon (Spitting Image) and Candis Nergaard (Call the Midwife). The murder mystery series was directed by Samuel Supple and produced by Violafilms.
He was a guest on the Radio 4 programme Saturday Live on Saturday 3 October 2020.
Williamson spent a year competing in the UK Quiz Grand Prix as research for his book A Matter Of Facts which details the world of elite general knowledge quizzing competitions. During this time he became a Top 50 ranked player in the UK. During an appearance on ITV's Beat The Chasers (which he won), the Dark Destroyer described him as "celebrity quizzing royalty".
Williamson has three children and has been married twice. His first child, Gary, was born in 1987 when Williamson was 22. Gary's mother was a circus performer with whom Williamson was in a relationship. After breaking up she told Williamson of her pregnancy but Williamson left to pursue a career in America, promising to care for the child on his return. When he returned the circus performer had married another man, and this man was listed as Gary's father on the birth certificate. His true parentage was revealed to Williamson in 2013. Williamson subsequently married his manager Melanie Sacre, and they were married for 16 years. They have two children together, Joe and Sophie. He married Adele, his second wife, in 2018.
|1989||Crime Monthly||Taxi Driver||Episode: 'Mirza Murder Casebook'|
|1994||Waiting for God||Brown||Episode: 'A Royal Visit?'|
|1994-2004||EastEnders||Barry Evans||656 episodes|
|1994-2008||The Bill||Dave Monks / SO19 Officer||3 episodes|
|1995||Inspector Morse||Garage Cashier||Episode: 'The Way Through the Woods'|
|2002||The Basil Brush Show||Evil Furniture Genius||Episode: 'The Date'|
|2005||GB3-Being Young||Mr. Dozey||Television film|
|Funland||Cliff||Series 1, episode 2|
|2005-2007||Extras||Barry / Shaun Williamson / Barry from Eastenders||10 episodes|
|2007||Holby City||Larry Randle||Episode: 'Mirror Man'|
|2008||Fairy Tales||Sava Stojkovic||Episode: 'Rapunzel'|
|The Slammer||Jimmy Jinx|
|Dani's House||Clown||Episode: 'Amnesia'|
|2008-2014||Doctors||Roy Marlin / Walter Twiddle / Bob Robbins||3 episodes|
|2009-2011||Scoop||Digby Digworth||39 episodes|
|2011||New Tricks||Martin Fallon||Episode: 'The Gentleman Vanishes'|
|2011-2013||Life's Too Short||Shaun Williamson||5 episodes|
|2013||Celebrity Juice||Barry||Episode: 'Coronation St. vs. EastEnders'|
|Sooty||Barrie Bonkers||Episode: 'The Fancy Dress Party'|
|Plebs||Balbus||Episode: 'The Best Man'|
|2016||Sexy Murder||Brian Jessop||6 episodes|
|2017||Casualty||Terry Boydell||Episode: 'The Stag, the Dog and the Sheep'|
|Comedy Playhouse||Chris Smith||Episode: 'Mister Winner'|
|2018||Moving On||Geoff||Episode: 'Two Fat Ladies'|
|2020||Mister Winner||Chris Smith||2 episodes|
|2021||Beat The Chasers: Celebrity Special||Himself; Contestant; Winner||1 Episode|
|1996||Stella Does Tricks||Mr. Peters' driver|
|2008||Daylight Robbery||Police Chief|
|2009||The Invention of Lying||Richard Bellison|
|2017||The Blazing Cannons||Mu Mu Manager|
|2018||This Is Jayde: The One Hit Wonder||Shaun||Also writer and producer|
|2018||Paying Mr. McGetty||Himself|
|2021||Cold Sun||Alex Huntsworth|