Tim Barlow

Michael John Leigh Barlow (born 18 January 1936), whose stage name is Tim Barlow or sometimes Timothy Barlow, is an English actor who has performed many small roles in a variety of films, television programmes and plays.

Tim Barlow
Born (1936-01-18) 18 January 1936 (age 85)[1]

Barlow left the army in 1969 to pursue a career in acting, receiving advice from Trevor Nunn and Sir Laurence Olivier. He has recently written and performed a one-man show in which he describes how he came to the decision to go into the acting profession. He had previously had much success with another one man show entitled "My Army" in which he describes his life in the British army in the 1960s. This toured for many years.

One of his most notable roles was playing Mr. Morrow, a blind man allergic to his guide dog in The Tall Guy alongside Jeff Goldblum. He played Tyssan in the Doctor Who serial Destiny of the Daleks. He has also appeared on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and as the BFG at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, and on screen as Mr Treacher in Hot Fuzz. Also in 2007 he played an Ancient Blind Oracle in the HBO series Rome.

He lost his hearing in the 1950s when testing a high velocity Muzzle Rifle for the British Army, until recently, when surgery to fit a cochlear implant allowed him to recover some of his hearing.[2] His experience of having the cochlear implant fitted was detailed in a BBC Radio 4 programme called "Earfull - From Silence into Sound".[3]

In 2016 he performed in HIM, an autobiographical work about memory, ageing and the art of theatre, created by theatre-maker Sheila Hill, with videographer Hugo Glendinning, and musician Sebastiano Dessanay.[4][5]

TV and FilmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Brannigan Customs Inspector Uncredited
1976 The Eagle Has Landed George Wilde (Publican)
1978 Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Doyle
1979 Doctor Who Tyssan 4 episodes: Destiny of the Daleks
1979 Grange Hill Mr. Stiles TV Series, 2 episodes
1983 Privates on Parade Commanding Officer
1984 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Russian Count TV Series, 1 episode
1989 The Tall Guy Mr. Morrow
1993 Anchoress Old Pilgrim
1993 Inside Victor Lewis-Smith Mr. Lobley
1996 Mary Reilly Vicar
1997 The Ugly Police photographer
1998 Les Misérables Lafitte
1998 Cousin Bette De Forzheim
1999 A Kind of Hush Max
1999 Tube Tales Elderly Drunk (segment "Steal Away")
2000 The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz Mr. Browne
2001 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Doctor
2001 The Emperor's New Clothes Bargee
2004 The Rocket Post Hector McDougal
2004 Teeth Ernie Short
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Old Guard (director's cut)
2005 Lie Still Man in Pub
2007 Rome Ancient Blind Oracle TV Series, 1 episode
2007 Hot Fuzz Mr. Treacher
2008 10,000 BC The Pyramid God
2008 Lezione 21 Simrock
2012 Cockneys vs Zombies Samurai Head Slice Zombie
2013 The Christmas Candle Oliver Barber
2014 Automata Organizer
2012–2014 Derek Jack TV Series, 14 episodes
2016 Sherlock Wilder TV Series, 1 episode
2017 My Cousin Rachel Seecombe


  1. ^ Interview
  2. ^ Destiny of the Daleks audio commentary
  3. ^ BBC Radio 4. [1] "Earfull - From Silence into Sound", BBC Radio 4 27 November 2008
  4. ^ Billen, Andrew (5 September 2016). "'Laurence Olivier told me that I could become an actor — and that his hearing was going too'". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  5. ^ Gardner, Lyn (17 October 2016). "Plan your week's theatre: top tickets". the Guardian. Retrieved 7 March 2018.

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