Chris was born in England, but his career as an actor, writer, and teacher has taken him around the world. He has acted in the UK, the US, and New Zealand. He received a BA (Hons) at Durham, UK, and Dip. Ed. from Sheffield, UK.
For several years he was head of production at South Pacific Pictures, overseeing numerous co-productions with the UK, France, Canada and the USA. He was also executive producer on New Zealand's longest running drama, Shortland Street. Bailey's early television credits include work as director on such New Zealand icons as Gloss, Mortimer's Patch and the cult children's hit Under the Mountain, which he is currently revisiting to develop as a feature film.