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Nigel Barrie
Barrie c. 1918
Roynon Cholmeley Nigel Jones later known as Nigel Barrie

(1889-02-05)5 February 1889
Calcutta, British India
Died8 October 1971(1971-10-08) (aged 82)
Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa
Resting placeMuizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa
OccupationDancer and Actor in Hollywood and Great Britain, Pilot/Squadeon leader: Canadian Air Corp, Royal Flying Corp and Rhodesian Airforce, Tobacco farmer in Rhodesia, Real Estate and Property Auctioneer in Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa
Spouse(s)Gertrude Elizabeth Annie Barrie

Nigel Barrie (5 February 1889, in Calcutta, British India – 8 October 1971, in South Africa) was an Indian-born British actor.[1]


Barrie's background as a dancer and actor on legitimate stages and in vaudeville in both Great Britain and the United States paved the way to early success in silent films. He made screen debut in the 1916 adventure film serial Beatrice Fairfax. After playing Marguerite Clark's love interest in the 1917 Babs series, Barrie settled into a long career as a handsome supporting player, sometimes cast as villains with roles varying from boxer to romantic interests. Increasingly dignified in appearance with his natural build and good looks, the 6' 1" actor later played Captain Halliwell in The Little Minister (1921) and was Richard Barthelmess' formidable rival in The Amateur Gentleman (1926). Returning to Great Britain at the advent of sound, Barrie continued in films until at least 1938 when he relocated to live in Rhodesia and then South Africa.

In 1918, Barrie enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps.[2]




  1. ^ "BFI entry for Nigel Barrie". Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Work in 'House of Glass' started". Dramatic Mirror. LXXXVIII (2037): 9. 5 January 1918. Retrieved 24 January 2020.


Silent Era Filmmaking in Santa Barbara, Arcadia Publishing, 2007, p. 121

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