Joan Barry (British actress)

Joan Barry, born Ina Florence Marshman Bell (5 November 1903 – 10 April 1989) was an English stage and film actress, whose career straddled the development of talkies.[1][2]

Joan Barry
Ina Florence Marshman Bell

(1903-11-05)5 November 1903
Died10 April 1989(1989-04-10) (aged 85)
Years active1922–1932
Henry Hampson
(m. 1934; div. 1936)

Henry Frederick Tiarks III
(m. 1936–1989; her death)


She was a daughter of Francis Marshman Bell, who went to Sydney, and wife Norah Cavanagh.


Born in Carlisle, she had her first role at the age of 15. Barry appeared at St James's Theatre, London when seventeen. She memorably dubbed the voice of Anny Ondra in the early Alfred Hitchcock thriller Blackmail (1929).[3] The limited sound technology available at the time meant that Barry had to dub the Czech actress in real time as she performed the role.[4]

Barry appeared on-screen for Hitchcock in Rich and Strange two years later.[2] She continued to appear in a mixture of leading and top supporting roles (most memorably in Rome Express (1932)) until she retired to start a family.

Marriages and issue

She retired from the screen after her first marriage to Henry Hampson in 1934. On 3 October 1936 she married her second husband, Henry Frederick Tiarks III (born Woodheath, Chislehurst, 8 September 1900, died Marbella, 2 July 1995),[5] son of banker Frank Cyril Tiarks and himself a wealthy merchant banker also marrying for the second time. They had two children. One of them, Edward Henry Tiarks, died when he was only six months old in 1943.[6] The other, Henrietta Joan Tiarks, married Robin Russell, the Marquess of Tavistock, who eventually became the 14th Duke of Bedford. She is now Henrietta, Dowager Duchess of Bedford. Joan Barry was the Godmother of James Macintyre Boyd.

Selected filmography


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