Glynis Barber

Glynis Barber


10/25/1955, Durban, South Africa

Birth Name

Glynis van der Riet


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Although most people now see her as an English actress, Glynis was born in South Africa, an only child, and grew up in Johanesburg. Her parents split up when she was a child. When Glynis was seventeen, her mother died. A year later, in 1974, with monetary support…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Her first-ever job after graduating was as an Assistant Stage Manager (ASM), who acted as well, with Chelmsford Rep.

    • Glynis is interested and involved in politics and human rights issues. This interest came about when Glynis was still in school where she was inspired by Helen Suzman, who visited the school Glynis attended. In the apartheid era, Helen Suzman was the only female and liberal parliamentarian.

    • On 26 December 1996, Glynis appeared for the first time as DCI Grace Barraclough in the long-running UK soap Emmerdale.

    • Glynis is involved in The Aspergers Syndrome Foundation. This charity was established in 2002 and is based in London. It supports people suffering from this condition.

    • In 2006, Glynis presented as well as produced a documentary for the UK-based charity Protimos.

    • Glynis speaks French.

    • Her son Alexander is named after her stepfather, whom she loved very much.

    • Glynis is a vegetarian.

    • Glynis' most recent appearance on stage was in Terrence Rattigan's play Separate Tables.

    • Together with her husband Michael, Glynis has a son named Alex, who was born in 1992.

  • Quotes

    • Glynis Barber: I'm thrilled with the role I have on Emmerdale. It's been 20 years since I last played a detective, although this one is the boss. She's the head of her team, a strong, no-nonsense career woman. I shall thoroughly enjoy playing the part.