Chris Barrie (born March 28, 1960) is a British actor, best known as a vocal impressionist and for his role as Arnold Rimmer in the sitcom Red Dwarf. He also hosted the TV series Chris Barrie's Massive Engines on the Discovery Channel and Mean Machines on Channel 5. In 2006, Barrie appeared as a regular team captain in the BBC2 quiz show Petrolheads. He is also the star of the upcoming film Back In Business, in which he plays Tom Marks.
He was born Christopher Jonathan Brown in Hannover, Lower Saxony, West Germany, and boarded at Methodist College Belfast, in Northern Ireland. After dropping out of Brighton Polytechnic, he began his TV career as a sports personality impersonator on The David Essex Showcase. In addition to playing Arnold Rimmer, he is also famous for his role as leisure centre manager Gordon Brittas in the television sitcom The Brittas Empire.
Chris Barrie is the only member of the Red Dwarf cast who was thought to be "legit" (or a real actor) by original Kryten actor, David Ross.
Other roles include:
Numerous voice impersonations for Spitting Image Gary Prince in A Prince Among Men Ambassador/Revolutionary in Blackadder The Third (episode, "Nob And Nobility") Hilary the Butler in movies Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Lara Croft - Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life (2003) Doubting Thomas in a small series of TV adverts for Anglian Windows. Gordon Brittas in The Brittas Empire (broadcast from 1991 to 1997 on BBC1, the show ran for seven series and 52 episodes) The voice of Captain Smollett in The Legends Of Treasure Island. On various Frankie Goes To Hollywood recordings, voice impersonations of Ronald Reagan ("Two Tribes" 12-inch), Mike Read banning the single "Relax" ("The Power Of Love" 12-inch), and HRH Prince Charles ("Tag" from the album Welcome To The Pleasuredome). The title character of the game Simon The Sorcerer. His interests include dogs, vintage motorcycles and collecting fast cars. He released a video called Chris Barrie's Motoring Wheelnuts, a showcase for his personal car collection.