Michael Barrington

Michael Barrington (3 July 1924 – 5 June 1988) was a British actor best known for his television work. His best remembered role is as the ineffectual Governor Venables in the popular sitcom Porridge which featured Ronnie Barker in the lead role.

Michael Barrington
Michael Barrington

(1924-07-03)3 July 1924
Shropshire, England
Died5 June 1988(1988-06-05) (aged 63)
London, England
Barbara New
(m. 1956; his death 1988)

Early life and career

Born in Shropshire, both his parents died when he was 16. His plans to train as a veterinarian were interrupted by Second World War service in a munitions factory and the Royal Engineers. After the war he decided to become an actor and trained at the Birmingham School of Drama. He then appeared in repertory theatres and at the Vaudeville Theatre in Salad Days.[1]

Television appearances

In addition to Porridge Barrington also appeared in; Z-Cars, The Avengers, Private Schulz, Adam Adamant Lives!, and in the Doctor Who story The Seeds of Doom, as Sir Colin Thackeray. He was cast as Sir Robert Peel in the 1975 English miniseries King Edward VII. (In the USA this miniseries was renamed Edward the King.) [2]

Personal life and death

He was married to actress Barbara New until his death from a heart attack on 5 June 1988, aged 63 in London, following many years of ill health due to lung disease.[1] He was buried in the East London Cemetery and Crematorium.

Selected filmography


  1. Richard Webster; Dick Clement; Ian la Frenais (2001). Porridge The Inside Story. Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0-7472-3294-6.
  2. Michael Barrington – IMDb

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