Steve Barron

Steven Barron (born 4 May 1956)[1] is an Irish-born English film director, film producer, writer, and music video director. He directed the films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Coneheads (1993) and The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996), as well as numerous music videos.

Steve Barron
Barron with Eddie Izzard, on the set of Treasure Island, in 2011
Steven Barron

(1956-05-04) 4 May 1956
Dublin, Ireland
EducationSt Marylebone Grammar School
OccupationFilm director, film producer, music video director, writer, assistant cameraman
Years active1979–present

Early life

Barron was born in Dublin, Ireland, the younger child of Jewish filmmaker Zelda Ruth (née Solomons) Barron (1929–2006)[2] and actor Ron Barron, who met in London. Zelda and Ron married in 1953; the marriage was later dissolved. He has an older sister, Siobhan.[2] He attended St Marylebone Grammar School in London.


Barron made his music video directorial debut in 1979 with "Time for Action" by Secret Affair and their following hit singles "My World" and "Sound of Confusion" and directed, and occasionally wrote additional treatment for,[3] various music videos. These videos, which include "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, and "Take On Me" by a-ha, would come to define the medium during the early days of MTV and are still considered among the best of all time.[4] He founded the production company Limelight with his sister Siobhan and Adam Whitaker.[5]

In 1984, he directed the science fiction comedy Electric Dreams, and then went on to direct several episodes of the television series The Storyteller before returning to film, directing the films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1990, The Adventures of Pinocchio in 1996, Rat in 2000 and Mike Bassett: England Manager in 2001. Barron directed several award-winning miniseries, such as Merlin (1998), Arabian Nights (2000) and Dreamkeeper (2003) for Hallmark Entertainment. In July 2010, it was revealed that Barron would make a return to music videos, directing "Butterfly, Butterfly", the then-final video of a-ha.

In late 2011, Barron's two-part production of Treasure Island was shown on British Sky television. The cast included Eddie Izzard as Long John Silver and Elijah Wood as Ben Gunn.[6]


In November 2014, he published his autobiography entitled Egg n Chips & Billie Jean: A Trip Through the Eighties.[7]



1977The DuellistsYes
A Bridge Too FarYes
1984Electric DreamsYes
1990Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesYes
1994The SpecialistYesExecutive producer
1995While You Were SleepingYes
1996The Adventures of PinocchioYesYes
2001Mike Bassett: England ManagerYesYes
2004Peace One DayYesDocumentary
Executive producer
2006Choking ManYesYesYes
2008The Day After PeaceYesCo-producer
2016Brahman NamanYes


1987-1988The StorytellerYesEpisodes: "Hans My Hedgehog"
1994-2001ReBootYesExecutive producer
1998MerlinYesTV mini-series
2000Arabian NightsYes
2003DreamkeeperYesTV movie
2005Mike Bassett: ManagerYesExecutive producer
2010The Road AheadYesTV movie
2012Treasure IslandYesTV miniseries
2013DeleteYesYesTV miniseries
Executive producer
2016-2017The Durrells in CorfuYes

Music videos

Music videos directed by Barron include:


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